Improving your gut diversity with 50 different foods in 7 days

gut diversity

I like to think I eat pretty healthily (when I’m not playing rubbish bin to my four year old daughter), I definitely get my 5 a day every day and on many days I might even get closer to 10 a day. But when I was invited by the Taymount Clinic to see if I could eat 50 different foods in 7 days I thought….holy moly…now that’s a lot of different foods. Could I do it?

But before I answer that question, let’s look at why you would – or should – do it.

The Taymount Clinic – the world’s first faecal microbiota transplant clinic and experts in digestive health  – recommend that to maintain diversity in your gut, you also need to have diversity in your diet – which means eating 50 foods a week!

So what’s the big deal with a diverse gut anyway?

According to Glenn Taylor, founder and director of science at the Taymount clinic, “Increasing the diversity in your gut is very important – we found that eating more diverse food boosts your microbiome quality and quantity of ‘good’ bacteria in your gut, which can help to improve your general health and wellbeing.”

So back to the challenge. Here’s the bottom line:

  • 50 foods
  • No duplicates
  • No counting foods made of the same stuff as different items
  • Count herbs as individuals, spices, vinegars and oils – they all count
  • No e-numbers, preservatives, additives etc
  • See how your bowels react to such a wide diversity of foods!

So off I merrily went and charted my eating for the week.

gut diversity

And here’s what I ate:

  1. Oats
  2. Mango
  3. Cauliflower
  4. Beef
  5. White potato
  6. Brocolli
  7. Carrots
  8. Avocado
  9. Banana
  10. Courgette (10 foods – approx 300 different bacteria)
  11. Sweet Potato
  12. Rice
  13. Honey
  14. Dairy yogurt
  15. Strawberries
  16. Chia seeds
  17. Almonds
  18. Wheat
  19. Cucumber
  20. Tomato (20 foods = approx 600 different bacteria)
  21. Parsley
  22. Onion
  23. Garlic
  24. Chickpeas
  25. Sesame Seeds
  26. Olives
  27. Paprika
  28. Lamb
  29. Rocket
  30. Garlic (30 foods = approx. 900 different bacteria)
  31. Peas
  32. Chicken
  33. Ginger
  34. Tumeric
  35. Cherries
  36. Lemon
  37. Cocoa
  38. Spinach
  39. Sunflower seeds
  40. Pumpkin seeds (40 foods = approx 1,200 bactiera)
  41. Peanuts
  42. Salmon
  43. Black pepper
  44. Kiwi
  45. Coconut
  46. Corn
  47. Egg
  48. Mackarel
  49. Seaweed
  50. Apple cider vinegar (WOOP WOOP!!!! 50 foods = approx 1,500 different bacteria)
  51. Basil
  52. Marjoram
  53. Oregano
  54. Cod
  55. Cinnamon
  56. Pear
  57. Tuna
  58. Butternut Squash
  59. Grapes
  60. Blueberries (SMASHED IT!)

So there you go, not only 50 but actually 60 different foods in a week and a happy gut! I can’t say if I would have eaten all of this in an ordinary week as I think the challenge definitely made me think a lot more about WHAT I was eating and to focus on greater variety, but these are all foods I do include in my usual diet.

Remember folks, diversity on the plate = diversity in the gut flora! Do you think you could have probably eaten 50 different different foods in a week or does this sounds like a lot to you? Do leave a comment and share. And if you’re interested in (trying to )lead a healthy lifestyle why not find out what happened when I did a detox.

Talya xoxo

Improving your gut diversity with 50 different foods in 7 days

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12 comments

  1. Interesting challenge! I get closer to 10 a day as well. They say piling your plate with lots of different colours is good for you too.

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