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article imageHow a good diet leads to a healthy gut

By Tim Sandle     Mar 17, 2014 in Health
According to a leading nutritionist, diet is key for our gastrointestinal health. A good diet can prevent several immune related disorders and ill-health effects.
The reason why diet is deemed so important is because by eating and digesting, a person feeds their gut microbiota, and this influence its diversity and composition of bacteria.
The word microbiota represents an ensemble of microorganisms that resides in a previously established environment. Human beings have clusters of bacteria in different parts of the body, such as in the surface or deep layers of skin (skin microbiota), the mouth (oral microbiota), the vagina (vaginal microbiota), and so on.
According to Professor Francisco Guarner, University Hospital Valld'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain: “if this balance is disturbed, it might result in a number of disorders, including functional bowel disorders, inflammatory bowel diseases and other immune mediated diseases, such as celiac disease and certain allergies. Also, metabolic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, and perhaps even behavioral disorders, such as autism and depression, can be linked to gut microbial imbalances.”
So, what does this mean with regard to our daily diet? According to Guarner, an increased intake of foods with high amounts of animal fat, as well as of greasy and fried foods is not recommended, while a diet rich in vegetables, salads and fruits has proven to be beneficial to digestive health under normal circumstances.
He adds: “The crucial challenge is to clearly determine which organisms are beneficial and exert a preventive or therapeutic effect. And for those that can duly be termed 'probiotics', the range of applications has to be defined more precisely than has been done so far.”
Probiotics are microorganisms that some have claimed provide health benefits when consumed. Probiotics have to be alive when administered. The findings were discussed at the recent meeting Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit in Miami, FL, U.S.
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