The last hunter-gathers and what they can teach us about health

 Hunter gatherer diet supports a rich gut ecology. Picture credit: BBC

Hunter gatherer diet supports a rich gut ecology. Picture credit: BBC

This BBC Food Programme episode is fascinating listening - it takes us to the home of the Hadza people, the last remaining hunter-gathers in East Africa. The episode explores how their diet, which for many is still 100% non-cultivated and wild, affects their gut microbiome (gut bacteria), which in turn then protects and supports their health and wellbeing.

It's a truly fascinating episode, in two parts. To hear the whole story, listen to part one first, but episode two contains more interesting talk about the microbiome and what it does for us.

If you can’t find time to listen, the take-home is this: a varied, seasonal and unprocessed whole food based diet supports good gut microbiome, which promotes good health. And this microbiome responds to dietary changes very fast: Dr Tim Spector, whom you will hear in the episode, recorded marked changes in the three days he spent with the Hadza people.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p057w3nm