Foods Good for Your Gut
By Sara Butler
Did you know that your gut is full of tiny living organisms that help you to stay healthy? It’s true! Researchers have identified more than 400 different types of bacteria that are beneficial to your health -- and they all live in your digestive tract. It’s important for your health to keep these little bugs healthy so your digestion can function optimally. Here are a few foods you may want to consider adding to your diet to help.
You’ve probably heard the term probiotics, but what does it mean? Probiotics are beneficial yeast and bacteria that help to fight back against the bad bacteria that can grow in your gut. Probiotics boost your intestinal health and can also help to make your immune system stronger. There are many foods that contain probiotics, foods you probably want to make sure are a part of your healthy diet.
This is by far the most common probiotic foods out there. And you’re probably already eating it! As long as you’re eating yogurt made with active and live cultures, you’re getting a dose of good bacteria right along with all that yogurt-y goodness. Just remember to watch the sugar content, since sugar helps the bad bacteria in your gut proliferate.
This cultured milk drink is a lot like yogurt but with a thinner, more drinkable consistency. You can choose any product that has live cultures -- and it’s a bonus if you can find some kefir that also has some helpful strains of yeast that will further improve your gut health.
There are several common fermented foods out there you can easily add to your shopping list. Sauerkraut is the most common, but you have to be careful what kind you choose. Most sauerkraut isn’t fermented, but pickled, so it doesn’t contain the healthy probiotics you may think. Look for a brand that is made the old-fashioned way. You can always experiment with making your own fermented foods at home!
Buying olives preserved in brine will provide your body with beneficial probiotics, similar to those found in fermented foods. So, go ahead -- indulge. Just makes sure to keep an eye on that sodium content!
Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans that have been pressed into a cake. Many vegans and vegetarians use it as a meatless protein source, but it also happens to be a great source of probiotics.
Make sure to incorporate foods that are good for your gut and you'll improve your overall health along the way.
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