6 Facts About Your Gut Bacteria That You Will Wish You Knew Earlier
1. There are more bacteria in you than cells in your body.
Sounds difficult to believe, but the number of bacteria in your body are 10x superior than the number of cells. The human body contains trillions of microorganisms, that may weigh from 1 to 3kg. Most of them are located in the large intestine. What’s more surprising than that is you have 100 times more bacterial genes in your body than human genes!
2. The profile of your gut bacteria will decide whether you are healthy or not
Diarrhoea is a very well-known consequence of a bacteria imbalance. Recently, more health conditions have been associated with gut bacteria imbalance, such as type 2 Diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and even depression.
3. Bacteria from the large intestine have several roles in your health, including production of vitamins.
From the digestion of carbohydrates that otherwise won’t be digested, to the synthesis of vitamin K and several components of vitamin B complex, bacteria play a several vital roles in your health. Some bacteria, members of genus Bacteroides, have been shown to synthesize a substance that is known to be antidiabetic (prevents diabetes), antiatherogenic (prevents the build-up of the plaque in the arteries), anti-obesogenic (fights obesity), hypolipidemic (reduces blood cholesterol) and even support the immune system. Other roles include activation of antioxidants and antibacterial effect.
4. What you eat will influence the type of bacteria.
The bacteria that are beneficial for our health is grown with diets that include fermented food (yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, etc) vegetables, fruits, wholegrains and olive oil (plant-based diets). Bacteria that are known to cause harm, thrive in people with diets that are high in meat, sugar and processed foods.
5. You can change your bacteria profile, to a more beneficial one, just by eating mainly plant based diets for at least 4 days
Studies shown that four days is the minimal time, that a diet can positively influence the gut bacteria, when changing from a meat-based diet to a plant-based diet. These changes seem to be more permanent after 6 weeks.
6. Px Plate meals are perfect for your gut bacteria
Px Plate meals are plant based, known to positively influence gut bacteria. Moreover, they are rich in prebiotics, fibre and antioxidants which are natural food for the good bacteria in your gut. So, what are you waiting for? Start eating Px Plate meals regularly and feed your bacteria the right way!