What on earth is the microbiome diet?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019

Another day, another diet. This one though is a game changer as instead of focusing on what to eliminate, it focuses on your actual biochemistry and bacteria.

Intrigued? Read on.

A microbiome diet is all about creating an environment in which the good kind of bacteria can thrive. This can lead to better digestion, improved overall health and wellbeing, and weight loss.

As will all new "diets" there's many variations, but the most popular is a three-step program created by integrative medicine and intestinal health specialist Dr. Raphael Kellman.

In the program, the first phase (21 days) involves using diet to remove bad bacteria and increase good bacteria while the second phase (four weeks) is about giving your metabolism a boost. The final step in the plan teaches how to continue improving your gut health for life.

What can you eat? Non-starchy fruits and vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats and fermented foods like pickles and kombucha. Other important parts of the diet including taking probiotics and eating plenty of fiber.

What can’t you eat? You’ll want to avoid processed foods, sugar, eggs, soy, gluten, dairy and yeast.

Also foods including dried fruit, brown rice, potatoes and peanuts are off-limits because of their high sugar content.

Who is it for? If you have an imbalance of bacteria in your intestines, then you’ll have a much higher risk of developing problems like bloating, irritable bowel, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions, immune suppression, weight gain and even depression.

As always, if you’re concerned about health issues, speak with a doctor or nutritionist first before making any changes to your diet. But this diet seems pretty on the mark if you're wanting to improve your overall health and maybe drop a few kilo's.

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