Tim Spector: Food isn't simply fuel

The scientist has spent years researching how gut health affects our overall health. He explains why the interior matters.

Kimchi and kombucha are among the fermented foods in Tim Spector's fridge. Then there are the vegetables: as many as possible.

Eat at least 30 different plants every week, in addition to starchy mainstays like potatoes or rice.

Diversity cultivates a healthy microbiome, the microorganisms in our stomach, which digest food, regulate our immune systems, and adjust our brain chemistry.

"Variety of gut microorganisms provides you a diversity of compounds and a healthy immune system and metabolism,"

When compared to his former eating habits, Spector's morning of muesli, orange juice, and tea is a far cry.

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