Red wine and coffee are a good mix for your gut bacteria

“Variety is the spice of life,” the old adage says.

But sometimes, we can get really set in our ways. We LOVE our routines.

They’re safe… comfortable… predictable. We don’t have to think about them – we just do.

And that means sometimes even our meals fall into a rut.

But as easy as it is to eat the same fish for dinner every Friday… or order the same thing at the same restaurant every single time you go… variety is also ESSENTIAL to keeping your stomach healthy.

And the latest research findings as to how to increase this diversity may surprise – and delight – you.

You see, with different foods come different bacteria – and the more diverse the bacteria population in your belly, the more they can help you fight disease and absorb nutrients from your food and put them to use.

Two new studies show that your particular mix of gut microbes is most influenced – both negatively and positively – by what you eat and drink. Researchers from the Netherlands found that what you consume has the single largest influence on your gut community.

And what should you be eating and drinking, then, according to researchers from Belgium?

As you’d expect, there are the standard fruits and veggies – but add to that list some favourites like red wine, coffee, and even buttermilk!

That’s right, red wine and coffee aren’t just permitted… they’re encouraged!

It’s no surprise to me, as I’ve previously shared with you how drinking coffee and red wine can keep cancer, heart disease, and even diabetes at bay.

In the study, on the other hand, carbohydrates like sugars and fizzy drinks (and some dairy) have been shown to adversely affect gut bacteria. And if that’s pretty much all you’re eating, you’re making it really tough for your gut bacteria to do their job.

Again, that’s no big shocker to me.

Switching to the Paleo diet will limit your carb intake and help you achieve this balance in your gut, among many other benefits like alleviating allergy symptoms… reducing inflammation… boosting your energy… and even keeping diabetes at bay.

This Paleo diet includes a broad range of proteins, veggies, nuts, seeds, and fruits; so not only will you be mixing it up with your gut bacteria, but you’ll keep your palate from getting bored as well.

And even if our ancestors hadn’t yet figured out how to make them, coffee and red wine is both welcomed as part of Paleo – just as long as you don’t overdo it.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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  1. Red wine gives me terrible headaches and coffee gives me the jitters. So I guess it’s back to taking probiotic supplements for me.

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