Indians have started bypassing idli, dosa, poha and sago upma for English-style breakfast recipes that include whole-grain bread, cornflakes, muesli and eggs. The latest discovery that consuming a fiber-rich diet helps produce stronger bones and has a positive influence on chronic inflammatory joint disease supports our change and promotes eating these cereals alongside our usual breakfast recipes.
Eating a healthy meal improves well-being of an individual. Human beings have bacteria in their gut and these are the good ones that help in maintaining good health in our body. A diet can have a positive/negative impact on our health depending on these intestinal bacteria. It might even shock any individual to know that he/she carries two kilograms of benign bacteria in his/her intestines. The different bacteria species help in digestion by breaking down fiber into individual components that can be completely absorbed by the body. This process produces a by-product, short-chained fatty acids, that provide our body with energy, support intestinal movement and help in anti-inflammation. These bacteria also shield our body against the attack of pathogens that might be present in the gastrointestinal tract. These bacteria have a dual nature-just like the sun sign Gemini-they can protect or destroy our body depending on their composition.
Battle between Bacteria & Arthritis
Intestinal bacteria don’t impact the autoimmune diseases directly. The metabolites that work for the bacteria affect our immune system and prevent attack of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Some short-chain fatty acids (byproduct) such as propionate and butyrate are present in the joint fluid and this is how they positively impact joint functionality.
Consuming a diet rich in fiber can enhance the formation of more short-chain fatty acids, mainly propionate as this minimizes the number of bone-degrading cells and slows the bone degradation process greatly. Including foods rich in fiber and increasing the intake of bacteria-friendly diet can help in the anti-inflammation process and have a positive impact on bone density.
Women are greatly at a risk of osteoporosis and inflammatory joint disease after menopause. Consuming muesli, fruits and vegetables throughout the day can enhance the production of good bacteria and maintain a rich variety of bacterial species that aid in good health. A well-balanced diet is the key to optimal well-being. You can get in touch with nutritionists/dietitians at www.firsteatright.com who can help you plan a personalized diet chart that helps you maintain healthy gut bacteria and promote overall good health.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.