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Low-Fiber Diet Depletes Your Gut Bacteria - Microbiome Extinction

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 3, 2016 9:00:36 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim & Winter Ninivaggi


A low-fiber diet causes your gut bacteria to plummet. So far that your bacteria can become extinct. 

A healthy gut is a necessity for healthy living. Your health starts in your gut. An imbalance can cause incredible negative effects on your health and life. A good healthy gut can aid in weight loss, prevent illness, chronic disease, arthritis, and mental illness.

Your gut is your body's health command station

There is new concern that the intake of low-fiber diets associated with the convenience of modern life lead by our face- paced society has effects on future generations. Another words, you can pass down your bad gut. Eating low-fiber diets can ultimately eliminate entire populations of bacteria necessary to maintain a healthy gut.  Extinction of a bacterial species can make recovery impossible through healthy eating alone. The gut microbiome requires a diversity of bacteria present to function naturally. 

Many processed foods are fiber-free and most food consumed is extremely low in fiber. Convenience is hindering our bodies natural bacteria. To put it into perspective how little fiber our society is consuming, it is about 1/10th that of less industrialized societies. Disruptions in the gut microbiome can lead to autoimmune diseases. Our gut is where our nutrients are broken down and vitamins produced. A balance in the gut flora is the first step. Your gut flora levels can turn an illness on or off. Maintaining healthy levels is key. An imbalance can cause an intensification of most diseases. 

70% of the immune cells in the body live in your intestine.  These immune cells circulate throughout the body. The gut microbiota directs how the immune cells behave in other parts of the body.  Microbes in the gut shed proteins, carbohydrates and other molecules that can leave the gut and play a role in either conjuring up or suppressing disease.

Try to introduce more fibers into your diet. Many foods are naturally high in fiber such as bran, berries, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and most green vegetables. Avocados are high in fiber. Try a delicious healthy guacamole by mixing ripe avocado, diced onion and tomato, and some green peas for a high fiber snack that tastes great too. 

Many people diagnosed with irritable bowl and autoimmune disease need to take control of their gut microbiome. Undiagnosed Celiac could be the causing the catastrophy happening inside your gut. At Second Nature Care we ofer comprehensive stool analysis to understand what is happening in your microbiome. We also offer testing for Celiac disease and Celiac genomics. When someone is positive for the genetics behind celiac we immediately remove all gluten and any known gluten-free cross-reactive foods. We also offer Good Gut probiotics. If you are interested in finding out what makes up your microbione and how we can correct it give us a call. We are your go to gut guides. 

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Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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