Your microbiota is the set of microorganisms that lives within you. It accompanies you faithfully from even before you are born and remains with you for the rest of your life. In fact, there are ten times as many microbial cells in your body as there are human cells, so it is worth making sure they are on your side.
Your ‘other you’ can be your best ally…
or your worst enemy
You do not want your inseparable microbiota to starve and turn against you. You want it to be satiated, happy and full of energy to protect you from pathogenic microorganisms and provide you with essential nutrients. And it eats what it can get from what you eat.
We are still a long way from knowing all the intimacies of our ‘other selves’, but there seems to be a quorum as to what reinforces the alliance and what stokes hostility. Evidence suggests that ultra-processed foods crammed with sugar and refined flours nourish yeast and other unflattering guests, while bacteria considered good seem to thrive by fermenting the fiber that we cannot digest. So fiber-rich diets appear to be the best treat we can indulge our microbiota with.
Take care of your microbiota and it will take care of you.
Whether you coexist with a powerful and faithful ally or with a hungry and desperate enemy, fortunately, only depends on you.