It’s that time of year again… Switch on the television and you are bombarded with the “January diet message”… playing on the fact that you may have overindulged a bit during the festive season and now guilt-tripping you into going on the latest diet fads to drop those few extra pounds.
Forget about these crash diets for a moment and think about this: You can start keeping your waistline in check by simply following a healthy balanced diet, like the Paleo diet rich in animal protein, healthy saturated fats, and fresh fruit and veg.
However, the latest research also shows that eating a variety of food is essential to keeping your stomach healthy… and your weight in check. That’s’ because different foods provide different kinds of bacteria to your stomach.
And the more diverse the gut flora in your stomach, the more they can help to absorb essential nutrients, help fight disease and increase your metabolism.
I’ll drink to that
Two new studies show that your particular mix of gut microbes is most influenced – both negatively and positively – by what you eat and drink. Researchers from the Netherlands found that what you consume has the single largest influence on your gut flora.
As you’d expect, the researchers suggest that you stick to the standard fruits and veggies – but you can add to that list some favourites like red wine, coffee, and even buttermilk!
In fact, consuming red wine and coffee is encouraged by the researchers. Previously we told you how drinking coffee and red wine could help keep cancer, heart disease, and even diabetes at bay.
However, the Dutch researchers also pointed out that carbohydrates (including refined sugar), fizzy drinks and some dairy products can damage the delicate balance of gut bacteria in your stomach. And it should come as no surprise that if you are eating a lot of refined carbohydrates and junk food you’re making it really tough for your gut bacteria to do their job.
So, if you really want to keep your waistline in check try switching to the Paleo diet, It will limit your carbohydrate intake and help balance your gut flora naturally, among many other benefits like potentially alleviating allergy symptoms… reducing inflammation… boosting your energy… and even helping to keep ype 2 diabetes at bay.
And if you occasionally feel like enjoying a glass of red wine with your dinner, go ahead and do it without feeling guilty… after all, you’ll be helping the good bacteria in your gut.
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Drinking Red Wine Is Good for Gut Bacteria, published online May 25, 2012, webmd.com/