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The importance of 40 different colours

The foods you eat daily may play a part in controlling or guiding which metabolites your gut produces.

A diverse diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish have shown over a longer period to modulate the gut microbiota for the better. These foods provide fibre and plant chemicals known as phytochemicals which turn into short chain fatty acids such as butyrate and propionate. These  metabolites may potentially decrease the inflammatory process, regulate appetite, stabilise blood glucose levels and help protect the gut barrier.

Colourful phytonutrients, fibre and omega 3 help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. A diet high in plant based foods, fibre, low in processed foods is the basis behind feeding the good guys. The more colours the better, the colours we see in many plant foods reflect their polyphenol component which are a group of antioxidants shown to promote the growth of good bacteria. If we try to incorporate as many colours as possible into our daily diet we are more likely to provide to fuel needed for the different bacteria.

A diverse and robust microbiome supports healthy digestion, gut and immune function, brain and mental health, and vitamin synthesis – with powerful positive effects extending throughout your entire body. There is evidence to show that eating over 40 different plant foods each week improves the diversity of the microbiota.

Next time you’re shopping try choosing something different, everyone loves a little more colour in their life including your gut, the bolder and brighter the better.

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