The intestinal microbiota, which is the set of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses …), living in the intestine, plays an important role in several functions of the body and health.
Connie Rogers and Darrell Cockburn, professors of nutritional science at Pennsylvania State University present, on The Conversation site, five ways to improve the health of the microbiota.
Eating fruits and vegetables
Although the different foods in our diet can influence the intestinal microbiota, it is mainly fibre – the carbohydrates in the diet that we cannot break down ourselves but that the bacteria in the intestine can use, that promotes the formation of a healthy microbiota.
Eating a varied and abundant selection of fruits and vegetables is a great way to feed some of the most beneficial bacteria for health.