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You may think you eat food to fuel your body but that’s not all it does.  Emerging research shows that what you eat actually influences the composition of your microbiome, which can help you feel healthier and lose weight.

“We have entered the gut-health era of diet and nutrition and it will be here for a long time indeed. The science is simply too persuasive to suggest otherwise,” top expert Jeannette Hyde says.

Microbiome is the term used for the bacteria, particularly those living in the intestines.

Hyde, a London-based certified nutritional therapist, is the author of “The Gut Makeover: 4 Weeks to Nourish Your Gut, Revolutionize Your Health and Lose Weight,” a popular book in the U.K., which was published here on May 2.

Here are excerpts from her recent interview with Newsmax Health.

Q:  Why is our microbiome important?

A:  Our microbiome communicates with our hormones to keep them balanced, it influences how aggressively we extract calories from food eaten, and it also communicates with our immune system and signals to our brain.  

Q: What is a healthy microbiome like?

A: A healthy microbiome is dominated by beneficial bacteria and contains lots of different varieties of bacteria. An unhealthy microbiome is dominated by nasty types of bacteria, with the good ones left in the minority, and also has little variety of bacteria.

Q: What health problems does an unhealthy microbiome cause?

A: When the microbiome is out of balance, or deranged, we may experience digestive issues such as chronic bloating, wind, loose stools, constipation, or alternating between the two.

Q: How does a healthy microbiome help you?

A: A healthy microbiome is important to have a healthy microbiome keeping your weight, mood, and immune system in check. Early studies are also showing that eating foods to enhance the microbiome can lead to improvements in memory and mood, and autoimmune disorders to name a few

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