The best microbiome recipes

Welcome to Guts & Glory’s recipes that are good for your microbiome and gut health. Recipes that help you eat healthy and feel better.

Because what we eat both nourishes us and feeds the trillions of microbes that live in our gut – which is key to both health and happiness! Below you can find tasty inspiration for a gut healthy breakfast, dinners and other foods that let you eat well and be well.

Your gut is home to trillions of microbes, the microbiome! Often called our body’s second brain, the gut microbiome plays a central role in our overall health and well-being.

Did you know that our gut microbes influence brain function? And that what we eat has major effect on these microbes and how they communicate with our brain, in turn influencing how we think and feel? So, the great news is that there’s a lot of things we can do to feel our best!

When embarking on a gut health journey it is useful also to keep in mind the harmful effects of ultra-processed foods on our gut microbiome – and therefore overall health.

Today, ultra-processed foods make up more than half of the diet of the population in many countries, with high-sugar breakfast cereals, microwave meals, and pizzas filling up freezers and cupboards nation-wide.

Prof. Felice Jacka, OAM talks about “The shocking way ultra-processed foods damage your brain” in a Zoe podcast with Zoe CEO and Founder Jonathan Wolf. And what she shared was a pretty powerful link between diet and our brain; specifically the part of our brain concerned with learning and mental health, called the hippocampus:

What we saw was a very clear link between the size of people’s hippocampus and their diet quality, and it wasn’t just a tinsy little effect … It was equivalent to about 60% of the shrinkage that you see in the hippocampus as people get older!

Combine this with research showing links between ultra-processed foods and increased risk of lifestyle-related diseases and early death, it’s well worth our while to try and reduce the amount of ultra-processed food we eat.