Fibre, Probiotics and the MicrobiomeOn September 5, 2020 by email@example.com
Have you ever heard that you need fibre or roughage (another name for fibre also spelled fiber) in your diet?
You may even have seen ‘Added Fibre’ advertised on your food.
Fibre is plant carbohydrate such as cellulose which cannot be completely broken down by human digestion. It comes from whole grains, fruit and vegetables. Dark green vegetables and beans have higher amounts of fibre than other foods. The European guideline is 25g per day.
Eating fibre is said to reduce cancer, obesity, blood pressure and heart disease, help with mental health and gastrointestinal diseases.
Not bad for something which is indigestible.
This ‘indigestible’ food is being digested by the many microbes – a vast array of bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and viruses – which make up your microbiome, your gut flora. It is chewed up and spat out as vitamins, food for energy, protection against harmful germs and many other things the body needs to survive. It has even been claimed that the microbiome can produce every single neurotransmitter the human body requires.
Probiotics are germs you eat. They end up in your gut with the rest of your microbiome. If you’ve ever had a yoghurt you’ve had probiotics before.
Eating probiotics can change your life but don’t forget to feed them with fibrous food.
Good sources of natural prebiotics are yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, gerkins, some cheeses (cheddar mozzarella gouda) and buttermilk.
Rats are natural eaters of everything they come across. If you put poo in their environment, down it will go. Poo contains the microbes of your microbiome.
Rats eating poo from depressed people become depressed.
Giving them poo from people who are not depressed takes away the depression.
I’ll leave you to decide what to do with this information but I would recommend researching a more sanitary source of microbes.