Microbiome Reset Protocol
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Integrative, functional eco-dietitian Mary Purdy, MS, RDN calls the gut the “hub of wellness”.
Why? Because she has seen time and again, that when individuals resolve digestive issues or focus on gut health, many other health concerns improve as well.This central hub, where we digest, absorb, and process nutrients from our food, is also the space where we produce nutrients such as vitamins B12, thiamine, riboflavin, and vitamin K. It’s a space where we detoxify and eliminate waste. In addition, the microbiome communicates with our brain and our immune system. To ensure optimal healthy function, a little TLC can go a long way.
Her message is that better health may be closer than you think, and it can begin as soon as your next meal. It surprises some people to learn that the human gut microbial population is extremely responsive to dietary changes-even in as little as 24 hours and it’s encouraging to know that a steady diet of whole, unprocessed, fiber-rich foods may set you on a course for wellness.
While we don’t know everything there is to know about how diet influences our microbiota, we do know that fiber is an essential food for our beneficial bugs and that plant foods in general are important in promoting microbial diversity. No matter what types of bacterial species we currently have, the right dietary changes can shift that population for the better. In her new book, The Microbiome Diet Reset, Mary states:
“The world’s largest study on human bacteria, the American Gut Project indicated in 2018 that increasing the number of plant foods in the diet (specifically, more than 30 types of plants weekly) increases diversity in the microbial population. This is a good thing since, as mentioned earlier, the more diverse our internal ecosystem is, the more likely we are to be resilient against infection.”
While a nutrient, fiber rich diet is most important to gut health, extra support may benefit those with digestive concerns. In her Microbiome Reset Protocol, Mary shares her favorite supplemental antioxidants and polyphenols, prebiotic fiber and probiotics which support and help “reset” the microbiome for a quick jumpstart to wellness.
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Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, is an integrative and eco-minded dietitian with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from Bastyr University, where she has been adjunct faculty since 2015. A popular national presenter at health and nutrition conferences, she also hosts the podcast Mary’s Nutrition Show, and is a tireless advocate for a more sustainable food system that supports our environment and helps mitigate climate change.Mary is the author of the books Serving the Broccoli Gods, and her latest, The Microbiome Diet Reset.