Author, Katherine Harmon Courage wants that people must think of digestion as something, which is a journey of collaboration between people and their microbes. Through her new book, which is named, Culture: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome, she says that it is a series of encounters with different kinds of microbial players, which takes place through the winding passage having a 30-foot tunnel of one’s gastrointestinal tract. In moving along the path, microbes digest the food, which we cannot.
Now, an increase in the research on Microbiome over the last twenty years has come up with a revelation that their function is a lot more than only helping in the digestion of food. They help to restrict people from gaining weight, develop resistance against any kind of infection and even assist in changing one’s mood. Still, the scientists have a lot to learn regarding the actual identity of all these microbes. Plus, the scientists also need to look at exactly how, the ones which are beneficial, create magic. Katherine Harmon Courage feels that the attention on the microbes has been short-sighted. In her book, she has looked into the exact science behind, how the foods that feed the microbes, affects our health.
Courage hence feels that creating the appropriate environment for the native microbes is extremely essential. According to her, the best way to do so is by consuming loads of diverse kinds of fiber for them. She asks people to take fruits and vegetables in their diet, which carry the fiber known as Fructo-oligosaccharides. Adding these to the diet has helped in reducing the markers of inflammation. Apart from fruits and vegetables, intake of milk can also be ideal to feed the Microbiome with. Milk contains a type of fiber known as galacto-oligosaccharides.