1. Avoid saturated fats
Did you know there are 10 times more bacteria cells than regular cells in your body — and the majority are good gut bacteria? As researchers delve deeper into the fascinating world of these microbes, they’re noticing a distinct link between what we eat and how we feel. We now know saturated fats contribute to bowel disease, and a new study from the University of Chicago blames high-fat, Western-style diets for the increase in colitis cases. Foods high in saturated fats shift the makeup of good gut bacteria and encourage the growth of bad bacteria associated with inflamed bowels. That’s because these fats are tough to digest and force your gut to recruit extra help from the liver. The ensuing process, which produces more bile, weakens intestinal walls and makes them more susceptible to attack from a wayward immune system.