There is a fascinating series running at the moment on Radio 4 called The Second Genome. It explores how the microbes within and on our bodies, called the second genome, affects our metabolism and health. It also looks at gut health and how it affects our immune system. One episode suggests that improving gut health may reduce the need for antibiotic usage. There are many areas for further research which may even turn up interesting news for us MS sufferers.
Perhaps the hipsters are right to focus on gut health by eating kimchi and drinking kefir. A recent study has accepted that there are health benefits from drinking kefir such as reducing blood pressure and ameliorating the symptoms of chronic conditions such as IBS.
My wife makes a mean kimchi and a vegan kefir from hemp or coconut milk.
Since I started following the Swank diet about a year ago, and adding kimchi and kefir, my level of alertness has definitely improved. I have also kicked the habit of an afternoon nap as I no longer need it. Naturally, there are other factors to consider such as regular exercise, my use of Biotin and CBD products.
Having listened to the first two episodes of the series, the case for improving gut health is a strong one. I would recommend a listen, if you can.
Happy listening and treble kefirs all round.