The Gut Stuff Reader:
Hello and Help!
I’ve just received my gut microbiome results from Atlas Biomed today.
It shows that 60% of my bacteria are the toxin and inflammatory producing Enterobacteriaceae!
How do I reduce this? Will the gut makeover diet be enough?
Thank you for sharing the details of your results with us. It is worth taking into account that when you do a stool test, this is just a snapshot of what’s going on in your gut at that given time. Your gut microbiota is a flexible or “plastic” colony of bugs that change over time. It is easy to get lost in the detail of which families, species, and strains of bugs do what, so my advice is to increase the diversity of your diet, and “The Gut Makeover” is as good as any other way of doing that.
Based on recent research published after the completion of the American Gut project, we know that better food diversity tends to result in better diversity of gut bugs too. This is still emerging science, but researchers came to that conclusion after looking at over 10,000 samples from different people, so it is highly likely to be at least partially true. Plus it’s safe and doable. I created an easy-to-use tool called the “50-food challenge” that you can download for free from my website to help you get an idea of where you’re at with diversity. Go to https://mate.as/mediterranean-gut to get your copy now. Hope this helps! Find me on my Instagram and let me know how it went.
No advice in this column is designed to override any by your medical doctor and should not be relied on as a substitute for specialist dietary advice. If you have any concerns about your health, visit your general practitioner, or medical consultant.
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