Digestive Health Blog

Microbiota Basics: Whats living in your gut?

We hear a lot about “good” or “bad” bacteria particularly when discussing our gut health. But what exactly does good, or bad mean? We have trillions of microorganisms living in and on our bodies, and a very large proportion of these organisms reside in our gut! The large community of microorganisms make up our gut microbiota. Unlike the cells that make up our bodies, bacteria are only composed of a single cell. Our cells, also called eukaryotes, contain many more components than bacterial cells, or prokaryotes. One thing that both cells have in common is that they have DNA. How can a single-celled organism have such an impact on our health? "Good" Bacteria Usually when we describe “good” ba

My 4 Favorite Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are helpful for your digestion because they are full of good bacteria to help support our gut health. Sometimes, when I mention fermented foods to clients, they are initially hesitant about trying them. This is understandable, as many people are not used to eating fermented foods! I find that understanding the process that goes into making fermented foods can make eating them a little less intimidating. Fermentation Basics The good bacteria in fermented foods develop during the fermentation process. Fermentation is an anaerobic process (meaning it doesn’t use oxygen) that converts sugar to acids, gases, alcohol, and other byproducts. This process helps preserve food and was t

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