According to a recent article published by the Los Angeles Times, diets lacking in fiber and high in fat cause an extinction of gut microbes in the gut microbiota. Now many of you may be wondering what does that mean for you? It means if you are like most of us and are following the diets of most Americans then your gut biodiversity maybe lacking.
When I look at my diet, I shudder to think about the days when I was a resident and how terribly I used to eat back then. I was on a fast food diet and back then I knew better, but because of the crazy hours I had back then, I decided not to worry about the quality of foods I was eating back then. According to this study, though, for me to completely restore my gut microbiota I would need to make a significant in how I was eating over a long period. I couldn’t take some Greek yogurt and believe that my gut would all be healed. The truth is some of the damage that I did back then to my gut microbiota is probably irreversible. It’s still not the end of the world, though, as long as I decided to change my diet for good that is what I decided to do many years ago.
We are learning more and more everyday about the gut microbiota and how it impacts our health. Things that one would consider would have nothing to do with gut health like migraines, skin rashes, and stress to just name a few. The other issue we have today is we are a happy prescription society. We want antibiotics to wipe out a lot of things when it’s not necessary and antibiotics studies are showing mess up gut health. If you want to find out more ways to better manage your gut health, please do not hesitate to give my office a call.
Dr. Shah, MD