Microbiome diversity quiz
To make sure your good gut microbes are flourishing and providing you with maximum health benefits you must ensure you feed them the right foods. There are over 500 different species of microbes living within our gut so the more variety we have in our diet, the more likely we will be giving each different type of microbe the fuel they need to survive and thrive.
The main fuel sources for our good gut microbes are fibre, prebiotics, and plant phytochemicals. If we have plenty of these nutrients in our diet we can be confident we are keeping our microbiome diverse and healthy.
Foods rich in these nutrients include wholegrains (unrefined grains like oats, whole wheat, barley, brown rice, whole corn, millet, and quinoa), legumes, nuts and seeds, fermented dairy like yoghurt or kefir, and plenty of colourful fruit and vegetables.
To find out how diverse your diet is in promoting a healthy gut microbiome, take our Microbiome Diversity Quiz!
What your score tells you
If you are concerned about the state of your gut microbiome, make an appointment to see our gut focused Accredited Practicing Dietitian.
Note: If you have an underlying gut condition, like IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, etc, you will need to address this first before you increase your intake of fibre-rich foods. Please speak with your GP and consult an Accredited Practicing Dietitian.