Eating for gut health: Microbes & me

    Discover all about your unique gut bacteria – known as the microbiome – and how food, medicines, lifestyle factors and more can affect it.

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    We’re all familiar with eating plans that aim to help you lose weight, boost energy or fuel your fitness – but how often do you think about eating for good gut health?

    Within all of our bodies hides a unique microbiome – a complex ecosystem of around 100 trillion microscopic organisms – and we’re only just starting to understand the part that these microbes play in our health and wellness.

    Our new series, in collaboration with BBC Future, looks at all the factors that affect our unique microbiomes – from dietary choices to lifestyle factors.

    We’ve worked with dietitian Emer Delaney to bring you expert information and specially selected recipes that will help you to understand how to eat for better digestive health.

    How does diet affect gut health?

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    Learn how healthy gut bacteria affect overall well-being, the best foods for digestive health, and how diet, antibiotics and stress can affect the microbiome.
    How does diet affect gut health?

    What are probiotics and what do they do?

    Overnight oats with raspberries and yogurt

    Discover the benefits of probiotics and prebiotics, the best foods, drinks and supplements, and how to boost good gut bacteria for a healthy digestive system.
    What are probiotics and what do they do?

    Does gut health affect weight?

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    How does your unique 'microbiome' – the trillions of tiny bacteria in your gut – affect your weight, and do home testing kits work? We asked a dietitian to explain.
    Does gut health affect weight?

    5 ways the food you eat affects your brain

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    We asked a dietitian to explain how different foods, drinks and nutrients affect the brain, including carbohydrates, probiotics, fats, caffeine and vitamins and minerals.
    5 ways the food you eat affects your brain

    Gut-friendly vegan recipe collection

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    Discover delicious, plant-based dishes packed with nutritious ingredients to promote digestive health. These recipes have been selected by dietitian Emer Delaney.
    Gut-friendly vegan recipe collection

    Gut-friendly recipe collection

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    Boost your digestion with our specially selected recipes. Unless you follow a specific diet for health reasons these ingredients will promote the health and function of your digestive system.
    Gut-friendly recipe collection

    What is a detox diet?

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    Detox diets promise to make us feel better by cutting out supposed 'toxins'. Nutritionist Kerry Torrens discusses the pros and cons of drastic diets...
    What is a detox diet?


    Emer Delaney BSc (Hons), RD has an honours degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Ulster. She has worked as a dietitian in some of London's top teaching hospitals and is currently based in Chelsea.

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