Gut health

They're the friendly bacteria that could help to fight fat. It's the germs in our tummies that may be the key to warding off diseases like parkinsons, depression and even help lose those lovehandles.

A recent us study found gut bacteria from obese humans made mice fat but bacteria taken from thin people did the opposite in fact the thin bacteria protected the mice from getting fat germs.

Raw food teacher Remedy Bliss runs good gut health workshops in Adelaide teaching people the old art of fermenting foods for healthy digestion she says it's the good bacteria in them that can lead to weight loss and give us energy. "You get a lovely flat tummy - they're doing so much clean up work that your metabolism starts to kick in and before you even know it the weight is dropping off because you're reestablishing the balance again" Today she's making fermented cabbage, carrot and kale.

Up to 40 per cent of australians suffer from gastrointestinal issues such as bloating and irritable bowel sydrome poor diets, stress and anti-biotics can all play a part but science is only now discovering how these millions of tiny tummy bugs can improve our health. "What you want to do is encourage those bacteria that are already in you to be good or do you good. They're in foods like bananas, baked beans, brown rice, a local product called freekah"

According to the CSIRO's Dr David Topping the friendly bugs feed off fiber which is why he's spent the last 12 years developing a super grain cereal. But Professor Peter Clifton from the university of SA isn't convinced there's enough evidence "At the moments there's no definitive proof.

Certainly high fiber diets tend to improve some people but not necessarily all people"

That's not stopping 63-year-old Suzanne Vregdenburg - she hasn't felt better since introducing fermented foods into her diet. Remedy says the proof is in the probiotics, "When you're digestive system is functioning uptimally everything else falls into place"

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CSIRO

Barleymax Cereal - available at Supermarkets

www.csiro.au

Gut Foundation

www.gutfoundation.com