The Gut and Ageing

What happens in the gut doesn’t only stay in the gut it also has a consequential impact on how well we age.  A recent review indicates that resistant starches found in cooked beans and legumes, white fleshed sweet potatoes, and cooked potatoes that have been allowed to cool, as well as fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, tempeh and yogurt, increase what is known as short chain fatty acids which contribute to a healthy gut ecosystem and longevity.  Vitamin B1 and K2, derived from this type of diet are of particular importance as they bolster the immune system, promote healthy bones and reduce the risk of heart disease.  Supplementing with probiotics might also increase a potentially beneficial gut bacteria called Bifidobacterium.

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