The gut microbiome is emerging as the next "new frontier" in understanding human health. The scientific evidence is mounting that a balanced whole food plant-based diet is crucial to healthy gut function. And healthy gut function is a foundation of good health overall.
Most people are overly concerned with where we might get adequate protein if all we eat is plants. However, informed gastroenterologists know that the more important nutrient is fiber. No one who eats enough calories and quantities of plant-based foods suffers from protein deficiency. But the importance of getting enough fiber, which comes from plants and not animals, is a much larger and more pressing concern.
Fiber from plants performs numerous vital functions from balancing blood sugar to regulating mood since the majority of neurotransmitters are created in the gut, and not in the brain, like many may assume. But fewer than 5% of people eating a standard American diet get enough fiber, and they eat far more unhealthy fat and excess protein than is sensible.
Eating plants and their beneficial fiber helps reduce inflammation, assist in healthy weight loss, create balanced mood and mental states and more.
Take good care of your precious microbiome - eat plants and love your guts! Learn to go plant-based here.