Feeding a Healthy Gut

Gut health is becoming more and more common in conversations these days.  You may wonder why?  Well, it’s because the health of your gut is one of the most crucial elements of a healthy body. 

In order to have a healthy gut it needs to contain healthy bacteria and immune cells. The bacteria and immune cells are like soldiers that battle bad bacteria, horrible viruses and gross fungi.  The soldiers then report the situation  of the battlefield in your gut to your brain which is in charge of general health and well-being.

The bacteria that lives in your gut can affect everything form allergies, obesity, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and much, much more.   The best way to take care of your gut is through a healthy diet.

Here we’ve listed some of our favorite gut empowering food and a few we don’t ever touch.

The good

Some of the best foods for a health gut are probiotics and prebiotics.  Otherwise known as fermented foods.    Fermented foods offer the most natural source of probiotics.   Prebiotics are fibrous food that feed the good bacteria in our gut.  Together they make a happy and health gut.   Here are four foods for gut health.

 Feeding a Healthy Gut

#1 Kimchi

I absolutely LOVE kimchi!  A Korean sample of fermented cabbage, kimchi has two kind of good bacteria that we look for, lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.   Kimchi is garlicy, sour and often spicy.  It goes wonderfully with almost everything.  It is said to also reduce blood pressure and prevent obesity.

 

#2 Yogurt

Yogurt is also a naturally fermented food that has probiotics.  People who eat yogurt regularly have better gastrointestinal health and digestion.   So, you want to look for a good quality yogurt that has at least 1 billion live or active colony-forming units.

 

#3 Garlic

Total garlic lover here (Look out for my pickled garlics coming soon).  Garlic is rich in natural prebiotic and inulin fiber.  Garlic increases the good bacteria in the gut which can alleviate some gastrointestinal diseases. 

 Feeding a Healthy Gut

#4 Apple

Apples are high in pectin content, which make up about 50 percent of the fiber content in an apple which helps reduce bad bacteria in the gut.  So, an apple a day, really keeps the doctor away.

 

The bad

There are some foods that will harm all the good you’ve been trying to do for your gut.

 

#1 Alcohol

Chronic alcohol intake is said to effect changes in bacteria in your gut, leading to alcohol-induced tissue injury and liver disease. 

 

#2 High Saturated Fat Diet

Studies have shown that diets rich in saturated fat (fatty meats, butter) may increase the bad bacteria in your gut and kill the good. So safe to say stick with lower fat and unsaturated fats like olive oil and nuts to help your gut.

 Feeding a Healthy Gut

#3 Food Additives

It is believed that common food additives disrupt the bacteria balance in your gut.  It’s also said to increase intestinal inflammation and increased chance of irritable bowel disease.  

 

So, if you want take care of your gut stick to a clean diet packed with fruits and veggies, less refined, processed foods and watch your alcohol intake.

 

Live your Life. Nourish your Body. Glow from Within.

 

 

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