The bacteria in your gut is a whole new frontier for doctors to understand.

In 1928, penicillin was discovered. And it saved lives.

So the pharmaceutical companies made more and more antibiotics like penicillin to kill any bad bacteria that came around. And for decades, antibiotics were revered as miracles.

Until they made too many. Bad bugs in our environment became super bugs.

And antibiotics stopped working. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that the CDC now reports it won’t make any new antibiotics.

This has forced scientists to look at our relationship with bacteria a little differently. What if bacteria aren’t all that bad? What if we NEED some bacteria in our bodies?

It’s important to realize that this understanding of bacteria being good is new to the medical world. That means that the information we have on which bacteria are best is limited.

But if you pay attention, you will notice that new research is slowly emerging to help us understand which bacteria we want in our bodies and how we go about encouraging the growth of these good bacteria.

For example…

Did you know that we’re starting to identify a bacterial balance in your gut that makes you hold onto weight?

Did you know that a decline of good bacteria in your gut and an abundance of bad bacteria can contribute to depression and anxiety?

What about autism? Researchers have narrowed autism down to three strains of bacteria in the gut that might be common to all autistic children.

One of the current beliefs about your gut today is that diversity of good bacteria is what is important. The more different species of good bacteria you have, the better.

Last week an interesting story came out about a young man who went to a small village in Tanzania to live for four days. The people in this village are one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes known to exist.

They measured this man’s gut microbiome before he went and when he came home. After just four days in this small village, his good bacteria went up by 20%. That’s a growth that’s unheard of in such a short period of time and impossible to obtain with a high-powered probiotic.

What did this tribe eat that was so magical for the healthy gut microbiome?

Berries, nuts, fats, and meat.

Sound familiar? But the real key was they ate a variety of the above foods. This tribe eats over 600 different species of birds. They cycle foods, rarely eating the same thing over and over again. So in four days, this young man got exposed to foods he never ate before. And his gut microbiome benefitted from it.

What does this mean for you?

Stop eating the same foods over and over again. Be sure you are varying your meats and vegetables especially. Each new food improves the growth of new good bacteria into your gut.

I did a Facebook Live on this subject last week. Here’s the video if you’d like to learn more.

As you move through your summer, think variety. If you like blueberries, try loganberries. If BBQ chicken is your favorite, how about turkey or duck for a change? Keep mixing it up. That’s the key.

As always, hope that helps.

Cheers to being the healthiest version of you possible!

Have an awesome day!!

Dr. M