The trillions of microbes inside your body come in all shapes and sizes and inhabit various parts of your body, particularly your digestive tract. We know that what we eat feeds this colony of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and amoebae. Based on what you give your gut bugs, they can change how you digest and metabolize food and can even tell your brain when you’re hungry and full.

But it turns out that when you eat might be just as important: You might be giving your gut microbes too much food at the wrong times of day, and intermittent fasting could be just what you need to take your gut health to the next level.What is intermittent fasting?Intermittent fasting (I.F.), also called time-restricted feeding, is an eating pattern that involves eating food only during a specific window of hours each day.

You get a “feeding window” and a “fasting window.”During the fasting window, you can’t consume anything that has calories. You can drink water, black coffee, and zero-calorie herbal teas. Some, but not all, I.F. experts say you can also drink zero-calorie sports beverages and other beverages sweetened with artificial sweeteners (but we know artificial sweeteners are bad for your gut).Most people use I.F. as a weight-loss strategy, but this popular eating pattern actually holds much more promise than that: I.F. can lead to improved fat-burning, improved insulin sensitivity, lowered blood sugar levels, and improved heart health.Those things all influence our gut in one way or another, but the real kicker is that I.F. itself may improve gut health. Please watch this video about fasting and Protein.

Source: How Intermittent Fasting Affects Your Microbiome | Clean Plates