A diet high in fish and vegetables can help keep your gut healthy. Getty Images
- A new study presented this week found that eating a plant-based diet or a Mediterranean diet can affect your gut microbiome.
- “Friendly” bacteria are more likely to appear when people eat a healthy, well-rounded diet.
- Researchers are still learning about the microbiome and how it can affect your health.
Trillions of bacteria and other microbes live in the human digestive system. Together, they form a community that’s known as the gut microbiota.
Many bacteria in the microbiota play important roles in human health, helping to metabolize food, strengthen intestinal integrity, and protect against disease.