How the food you eat affects your gut – Shilpa Ravella

One of the principal rules, if not the main rule of gut health is that these gut bugs thrive on fiber. This is their preferred food — because fiber is not digested by human enzymes,” Bulsiewicz said. Fiber reaches the colon fully intact, the microbes feed on it and digest it. “They will release something called short-chain fatty acids,” which he said “are the most healing, most anti-inflammatory thing that I’ve ever come across.”

recent study from the Laboratory on Thymus Research published in Frontiers in Endocrinology detailed the relationship between SCFAs and the Central Nervous System. Though it’s a brand-new area of research, scientists are learning that there may be a link between gut bacteria and the brain – and even mood disorders like depression and anxiety.