COVID-19 has led to renewed interest in how to support immunity and the role of food in ensuring the immune system is ready to react. Taking care of your immune system is not only important during a pandemic, but also for every stage of life (Part 2).

Since its creation in 2018, World Microbiome Day has been launched on all continents to raise awareness to the general public and researchers of the importance of microbial diversity for humans, animals, plants and planet health. #WorldMicrobiomeDay 2020 celebrates the diversity of diet and gut microbiota as a good indicator of better health and well-being.

There is a lot of information out there about the foods you should choose to support your gut health. In part 4 of our series, registered dietitians Andrea Hardy, Paula Crespo, Kate Scarlata, Megan Rossi and Mariana Camarena help you separate facts from fiction as you try and optimize your health.

Fermented foods are a known source of lactic acid bacteria. A high-throughput sequencing analysis of food and human metagenomes proves that fermented foods are a source of lactic acid bacteria for the gut microbiome, and that abundance is shaped by both age and lifestyle.

Improving the health of your gut is one of the most effective ways to enhance your overall health and quality of life. In part 3 of our tips from dietitians, Andrea Hardy, Paula Crespo, Kate Scarlata, Megan Rossi and Mariana Camarena share suggestions for maintaining or restoring your gut health (Part 3).