How Fermented Foods May Increase Microbiota Diversity and Decrease Inflammation

Dr. Brett Berner
5 min readSep 13, 2021
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· Researchers have shown a link between the gut microbiome and overall health. It has also been established that one’s diet can alter the gut microbiome.

· A recent study published in the journal Cell found that diet modulates the gut microbiome, influencing the immune system.

· The researchers found that fermented foods may be valuable in restoring microbiome diversity and decreasing inflammation pervasive in modern society.

In a new study, intake of fermented foods has been found to counter the decrease in gut microbiome diversity and decrease markers of inflammation.

The study found that a high-fermented food diet caused a steady increase in microbiota diversity and decreased markers of inflammation. This study has laid the groundwork for extensive research to explore the effect of dietary interventions on the human gut microbiome.

Gut microbiome

The human microbiome is a general term for the bacteria and other microorganisms present in and on the human body. For example, the gut microbiome is a community of diverse microbes present in the gut.

Over the last decade, there has been an increase and a significant one in the number of research conducted on the gut microbiome and its relation to human health.

Studies have shown that the gut microbiome is associated with human health. For example, the microbiome makeup affects the development of some types of cancer, metabolic disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and other non-communicable chronic diseases.

It is important to note that the human gut microbiome is usually stable during its lifetime. However, several factors such as medications, environmental factors, and even diet can significantly alter one’s gut microbiome.

The issue is a pressing one, as nutritionists and medical researchers have argued that the diversity of the gut microbiome has been negatively affected by Western diets, resulting in poor health.

For instance, a 2018 study published in the journal Nutrients argued that processed food which makes up a more significant percentage of the Western diet has severely…

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