These foods act like fertilizer for your “inner garden” by nourishing gut bacteria and creating a diverse microbiome. 

Tim Spector is the author of The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat and Prof. of Genetics at Kings College, London.

GLOSSARY

PREBIOTICS – foods that contain non-digestible fibres that feed bacteria
PROBIOTICS – live bacteria found naturally in some fermented foods
INULIN –a carbohydrate that can’t be digested in your upper intestine
POLYPHENOLS – a group of chemicals, many of which have health benefits, which are  released from food after microbes digest them.
 

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