Having “friendly” bacteria in your digestive system is important for good health. They help the body extract nutrients from food, and boost the immune system in the fight against inflammation and many diseases associated with it.
Gut microbes do much better with a plant-based diet, according to a study done at the Washington University School of Medicine in Seattle. That’s because plant-based foods “feed” the good bacteria in your digestive system.
The researchers also found that a diet of roughly 1,800 calories a day is best, rather than the typical American way of eating, which clocks in closer to 3,000 calories and is linked to excess weight and chronic illnesses. Rather than feeding unhealthy inflammation, plant-based foods help minimize it.
Getting more plant-based foods in your daily diet is a great