CDHF Talks: The Role of Nutrition/Diet in a Healthy Gut Microbiota


This video was made possible due to an unrestricted educational grant from Activia.

Researchers are constantly looking into how to harness the power of the microbiota for better health. While we don’t have a specific definition for a healthy gut microbiota yet, we know that certain lifestyle and environmental factors help to encourage growth of health promoting bacteria in the gut, and certain factors can also have a negative impact on the gut microbiota.

In this series of videos, CDHF’s registered dietitian and gut health expert, Andrea Hardy will be discussing how what we eat influences our gut microbiota, including things like fibre, pre and probiotics, fermented foods, and where research in the area of the gut microbiota is headed.

Watch the full version or skip to each section to find the answers you are looking for.

Full version:

Part 1: What is you Gut Microbiota?

  • What is your gut microbiota?
  • How does our gut microbes take care of us?

Part 2: How does the Gut Microbiota Develop?

  • When does the gut microbiota develop?
  • What factors harm our gut microbiota?

Part 3: How does Nutrition Play a Role in Influencing the Gut Microbiota?

  • How does nutrition play a role in influencing the gut microbiota?
  • What types of foods improve the gut microbiota?

Part 4: Fibre and the Gut Microbiota

  • Why is fibre so important to include in your diet?
  • Simple ways to add more fibre to your diet

Part 5: Probiotics and the Gut Microbiota

  • What are probiotics?
  • How do we choose the right one?

Part 6: Fermented Foods and the Gut Microbiota

  • What are fermented foods?
  • How are they different from probiotics?
  • What are the benefits of eating fermented foods?

Part 7: Where is Research Going in the Area of Nutrition and the Gut Microbiota?

  • Manipulating the gut microbiota to prevent and treat diseases
  • Should you get a gut microbiota test?

To learn more about probiotics, visit Activia.