Why You Should Care about Gut Health
The gut houses a complex ecosystem of microbes, known as the microbiome, that affects your whole body. These millions of strands of bacteria, viruses and fungi have evolved over time to function within and actually help the human body thrive.
“Wait... there are tiny living creatures inside of me?” Yep. And they’re pretty awesome, because they ensure your survival.
These microbes help you digest nutrients, maintain your immune system health and also play a big part in healthy brain function, the digestive system, metabolic processes (which have a huge part in weight management) and can even impact heart health!
5 Gut-Healthy Foods
So, how can you keep your gut happy and healthy? There are tons of ways, but today, we’re taking a look at food!
Greek Yogurt—Packed full of probiotics, Greek yogurt helps increase the good bacteria in your gut and manage digestive issues. Make sure to grab the plain, organic kind.
Apple Cider Vinegar—Antiviral, anti-yeast and antifungal properties help ACV support the biome and its sensitive immune balance; it can also be used to help heartburn and digestive problems. Look for a bottle that says “with the mother.” This means it’s unrefined, unpasteurized and unfiltered.
Fermented Foods—Foods like kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha increase antibodies for a stronger immune system, regulate appetite and reduce sugar and carb cravings! Watch out for kefir and kombucha “drinks” that have a lot of added sugar.
Bone Broth—One of gut health’s biggest food heroes, bone broth restores gut lining, fights food sensitivities, helps increase good bacteria and encourages healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract. You can find this in health food stores, or it’s pretty easy to make at home!
Leafy Greens—Research suggests that leafy greens like spinach and kale are crucial for feeding good gut bacteria, shutting down the ability of bad bacteria to grow and thrive. As always, go organic whenever possible.