Reduced quantity and diversity of intestinal bacteria may be a big reason that we are seeing increased incidence of inflammatory conditions, such as obesity, type-2 diabetes, and auto-immune disorders in the modern world. Over-use of antibiotics is one reason that this is happening, reduced fibre in our diets is another. The good new is that just by increasing the amount of fibre that you eat each day, you can restore depleted bacterial counts in your intestines, which may go a long way towards not only preventing, but also resolving some of these chronic illnesses.
From the article: “If you’re not eating dietary fiber, your immune system may be existing in kind of a simmering pro-inflammatory state,” says Sonnenburg—the very state that predisposes us to different Western diseases. “Our diet and deteriorated microbiota are really a major piece of the puzzle in trying to understand why Western diseases are rising like crazy.”
About the author: Rebecca Wong has been working in the herbal business since 2000. She has received her training in acupuncture and herbalism from respected authorities Paul Des Rosiers and Vu Le at the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toronto, and Michael Tierra at the East West Herb School in California.