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What can you do to get a healthy gut bacteria?

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Start by eating a nutritious diet high in fiber-rich foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A “western” diet that’s high in fat and sugar and low in fiber can kill certain types of gut bacteria, making your microbiota less diverse. Exercise can also encourage the growth of a variety of gut bacteria. Having a more varied gut microbiota may promote better health and, in turn, reduce your risk of disease.

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Eamonn Quigley, MD, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, Houston Methodist Hospital.

Quigley, E. , September 2013. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Baron, S. , University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 1996. Medical Microbiology

Singh, V. , December 2015. Cell Metabolism

Sartor, R. , 2012. American Journal of Gastroenterology Supplements

Burns, M. , June 2015. Genome Medicine

Mayer, E. , July 2011. Nature Reviews Neuroscience

Carabotti, M. , April-June 2015. Annals of Gastroenterology

Scher, J. , November 2013. Elife

Sonnenburg, E. January 2016. Nature,

Clarke, S. , June 2014. Gut

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Eamonn Quigley, MD, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, Houston Methodist Hospital.

Quigley, E. , September 2013. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Baron, S. , University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 1996. Medical Microbiology

Singh, V. , December 2015. Cell Metabolism

Sartor, R. , 2012. American Journal of Gastroenterology Supplements

Burns, M. , June 2015. Genome Medicine

Mayer, E. , July 2011. Nature Reviews Neuroscience

Carabotti, M. , April-June 2015. Annals of Gastroenterology

Scher, J. , November 2013. Elife

Sonnenburg, E. January 2016. Nature,

Clarke, S. , June 2014. Gut

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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