July 28, 2012

You Can Thank Your Gut Bacteria

1 Home Cooking Best for Seniors' GI Health

Because older people who live in their own homes have better diets, they have more beneficial bacteria in their guts than those who live in nursing homes or other facilities, and also score higher on physical and cognitive fitness tests. A study conducted by University College Cork in Ireland found that the diets of elders still living independently provided more fruits and vegetables, fiber, whole grains and lean protein than the diets of facilities, which lacked variety and emphasized bulk filler food such as potatoes, porridge and heavily sweetened foods and beverages. Rich and balanced diets promote the growth of diverse intestinal bacteria that aid our digestion, help produce vitamins, enhance our immune systems, and are otherwise linked to general health and disease resistance.

More at Npr.org | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Types of Intestinal Bacteria

Tags: Intestinal Bacteria, GI Bacteria, Healthy Gut Bacteria, Gut Bacteria in Seniors, Gut Bacteria and Diet, Gut Bacteria and Health, Diet and Cognitive Health, Diet and Older People

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