How to Improve Your Gut Health

By December 19, 2017Healthy Eating, Nutrition
gut health

Poor eating habits can do more than wreck your weight; they can make you sick as well. Adding certain foods into your daily diet can turn things around, however; learn how to eat to improve your gut health.

Like it or not, your digestive system is an entire ecosystem of bacteria—some good and some bad. The key is to keep it all in balance. As WebMD explains, “Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food for probiotics.”

So how do you make sure you have enough of each?

Foods for Gut Health

For prebiotics, the key is fiber. Some examples of foods that provide prebiotics:

  • almonds
  • bananas
  • asparagus
  • greens
  • legumes
  • mushrooms
  • onions
  • oats

The common theme among probiotics? They’re fermented foods. Some examples:

  • miso
  • kefir
  • cheese
  • yogurt
  • kimchi
  • sauerkraut
  • kombucha
  • raw apple cider vinegar

As you might have guessed, sugar, animal fat and processed foods are most likely to upset your digestive balance. The easiest way to ensure a good balance? Consume more fruits and vegetables. Learn more and be well!

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