To live a happy and healthy life, it is essential to have a healthy gut. Creating the right balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut is important. Bacteria helps break down the foods you consume and helps the GI tract absorb nutrients, and eliminate toxins. When your microbiome is out of whack, you may experience bloating, inflammation, skin conditions, diabetes, poor sleep, and weight gain.
Focusing on your diet and consuming foods that promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut will keep these unwanted conditions at bay. Here is a list of foods recommended for a healthy gut.
• Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is loaded with probiotics and amino acids which relieve acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
• Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut helps to crowd out the bad bacteria while helping the good bacteria to flourish. It also helps in the reduction of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
• Broccoli: Broccoli s rich in sulfur-containing metabolites that help reduce inflammation in the gut as well as the risk for several cancers.
• Miso: A fermented plant-based food that promotes gut health. According to research miso helps to crowd out the unhealthy bacteria while improving the absorption of minerals as well as improving the health of the intestinal cells.
• Kombucha: Loaded with probiotics, kombucha provides the digestive system with good and healthy bacteria which prevents gut inflammation while improving digestion.
• Coconut Oil: This antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal oil is helpful in keeping gut healthy by restoring the acidity level in the stomach.
• Wild Salmon: An abundant source of omega-3 fatty acid, wild salmon promotes gut health with its anti-inflammatory attributes.
• Garlic: Garlic is an excellent source of prebiotics that feeds and fuels the good bacteria in the gut.
• Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate enhances prebiotic and probiotic fiber which nourishes good microbes and promotes good gut health.
• High-Fiber Foods: foods that are high fiber such as artichokes, asparagus, green peas, lentils, almonds, raspberries, and apples improve digestion and prevent constipation and digestive issues.
These are some of the foods that promote good gut health and overall well-being. Adding these foods into your diet will support a healthy digestive system and reduce GI distress. If you struggle with GI issues, start by replacing packaged foods with some of these gut supporting foods.
We offer several programs to support you along the way. Our Gut Support Series and our Paleo Program were designed to guide you towards the path to improve your gut health. Improving gut health is the beginning to a longer and more enjoyable life. What other foods have you found beneficial in your search for ultimate health? We would love to hear what is already working for you!