<#comment>I’ve heard a lot about good bacteria and bad. What are good bacteria and how can bacteria be healthy for us?

Our stomach lining, or gut, has a mix of good and bad bacteria. Collectively this is called gut micro-biome.

Our gut health is based on the population of each of these bacteria. Our gut or stomach is quite like our second brain. It is responsible for the production of nearly 80 per cent of the happy hormone called serotonin. Our gut health also takes care of our hormone production, sleep cycle, cravings and our behaviour in general. Keeping your gut healthy by increasing the amount of good bacteria Is one of the most effective things we can do. Eating good fats first thing in the morning in the form of coconut oil, ghee or butter or avocados or nuts or coconut meat is an excellent habit you should cultivate.

Every day, aim to eat one portion of fermented veggies such as sauerkraut or pickled cucumbers or carrots. Have 5 grams of L glutamine every single day with lunch to improve the population of good bacteria in your gut, and keep off refined sugar completely. Switch to getting your sugar from dates and figs because refined sugar is food for bad bacteria; they thrive on it.

If your consumption of sugar is high from refined foods, refined carbs or even from too many fruits in the day, the bad bacteria multiply and populate your gut.

Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop.