Today’s show is all about the microbiome: the trillions of bacteria that live in and on you. For the most part, all those good-for-you bugs live in your intestinal tract (AKA, your gut), and research shows that they play a role in everything from good digestion to the regulation of your metabolism, immune system, and even your mood. (I heard this crazy statistic once that if you lined up the bacteria that live in your gut end to end, they’d reach the moon!)
To help us digest this exciting topic, I invited Brierley Horton, MS, RD to join me on the show. Brierley is the Food and Nutrition Director of Cooking Light magazine. If you haven’t seen their June issue yet, you need to pick it up, because the issue is all about Gut Health. On the show, we’ll be giving your microbiome a healthy makeover with a list of foods rich in probiotics (those are the beneficial bacteria) and prebiotics, the foods that your good bacteria love to eat. Hey, they have to eat something. And we have a few recipe ideas for your dinner table including a recipe for Broccoli-and-Kraut Slaw, which you can find right here on the blog.
Your diet can have a positive impact on the health of your beneficial bacteria, helping it to thrive and grow, so you won’t want to miss even a second of this show.
“You want diversity in your microbiome, and you want to grow the ‘good’ bacteria.” –Brierley Horton
It’s GIVEAWAY time!
Giveaway: Want to win a copy of The All-New Fresh Food Fast: 200+ Incredibly Flavorful 5-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes, by the editors of Cooking Light? To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post and tell me about your favorite recipe featuring good bacteria (probiotics) or prebiotics (the high-fiber foods bacteria love to eat) and/or why you’d like to win Fresh Food Fast. I’ll pick the winner at random on May 30th. Good luck! (U.S. only, please)
- Brierley talks about what it’s like to work at Cooking Light magazine.
- Why Cooking Light decided to do an entire issue on gut health.
- What actually is the microbiome?
- Diabetes, cancer, asthma, and heart disease are related to inflammation in your body, and guess what? A healthy microbiome can help to control inflammation.
- Probiotic foods like kimchi, yogurt, and miso can help to promote a healthy microbiome. What else should you pop into your grocery cart?
- Prepare to fall in love with fermented foods.
- And what about fiber? Which types are good for the gut? The answer: cellulose and fructans. What are they?
- Broccoli stems contain cellulose, a type of fiber that good bacteria love to eat.
- Make sure to check out Cooking Light’s list of probiotic foods, including probiotic beverages and snacks.
- Learn all about miso and why it’s a probiotic.
- Get the recipe for Broccoli-and-Kraut Slaw.
- How to do a 3 Day Gut Health Makeover.
- Your brain health and your gut health are connected.
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