Is A Plant-Based Diet Good For The Gut
It seems like every year there is a new diet fad that promises health and weight loss. Paleo, vegan, keto, we’ve heard of them all. But which is the best for the health of your gut? Today, let’s explore how a plant-based diet can benefit your microbiome.
What is a plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet is a diet that focuses on food derived from plants. People who eat plant-based avoid all animal-sourced foods and artificial ingredients and focus on eating whole foods. Eating plant-based means avoiding meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, and anything else that comes directly from an animal.
Diet And The Gut
We know that your gut health is shaped by your lifestyle choices. What you eat, drink, and your levels of stress can have a negative impact on your health. That's why eating the right foods for YOUR body can ensure it's functioning properly.
Is a plant-based diet good for the gut?
A recent study by Nature Medicine looked into this exact question. They identified a few key factors that suggest that a plant-based diet can help keep your gut microbiome in balance.
- Increased Fiber Intake: An increase of fiber naturally occurs when on a plant-based diet. More fiber leads to an increase in the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Fiber also increases short-chain fatty acids linked to improved immunity and improved intestinal function.
- More Diverse Microbiome: Eating plant-based generally means avoiding all processed foods and filling your diet with more whole foods. Whole foods naturally create a more diverse microbiome which leads to a healthier gut.
Negative Impact Of A Plant-Based Diet
If your body isn’t used to eating this way, there may be a period of time where it needs to adjust to the new foods. You may feel more bloated and gassy during this transition period.
Vegan Vs. Plant-Based
Although similar, there are some differences when it comes to a vegan vs. a plant-based diet. Generally, those who associate with veganism adopt veganism as a lifestyle. This encompasses not only the food they eat but also the clothes they wear and the products they purchase.
In addition, many processed foods are considered vegan but do not contain the necessary nutrients to help diversify bacteria in the gut. Focusing on eating whole foods, rather than specifically vegan food has been proven to have a positive impact on gut health overall.
All diets impact people differently. If you find yourself feeling sluggish when eating plant-based, discuss other diet options with your doctors. Diet isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach!
No matter what eating style works best for you, the addition of our GoodGut Program is designed to rebuild and restore gut health long term. Taking the right supplements alongside a healthy diet can strengthen the gut against future invaders.