Eating a rich diversity of real foods, particularly plants, is the key to a healthy gut. This challenge is a fun way to get you started!’ Tim Spector, author of ‘The Diet Myth’Naturopath Enid Taylor and her Director of Science husband Glenn Taylor, run The Taymount Clinic; a leading private clinic focusing on digestive health. Taymount are pioneers in gut flora transplants (FMT) and aim to restore unhealthy microbiomes – our beleaguered gut flora – in conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, food intolerances and a range of neurological conditions linked to an unhealthy gut. The focus is on our need for diverse gut flora which worldwide, we’re losing thanks to repeated medication and narrower food choices. A healthy microbiome is crucial to a healthy immune system as 70-80 percent of our immune system lives in our digestive system. The gut has also been called the second brain; the two are connected by an extensive network of neurons. Think about the phrase, ‘gut feeling’. To keep the gut healthy we need to feed it – it’s our body’s ecosystem after all – unbalance it and we wilt. We depend on a vast army of microbes to keep us alive – and even when our microbiome is in good shape, those microbes need nurturing. Our microscopic soldiers protect us against germs and break down food to release energy. They make us tick.The 50 Foods Challenge offers a fun way to ensure that your microbiota are getting the variety of foods they need to keep them diverse and well-balanced – keeping you vibrant and healthy. The book also includes background information on the trillions of good bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in our gut, diet plans and ways to help fussy eaters. And it is not just for adults – kids love the challenge so the whole family can take part.