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  • Deanne Pandey

Your Gut’s best friends

What you eat directly influences the makeup of bacteria in your gut—known as the microbiome—which in turn impacts your health. A healthy gut helps keep chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer at bay, and also can reduce inflammation, keep your brain healthy and help you maintain a healthy weight. It's never too late to change your diet to support better bugs in your gut. Your gut relies on just the right balance of different bacteria to digest your food and to prevent infection and inflammation. Gut health also affects your mental health, weight, blood sugar, and liver. Prebiotic foods whole grains, bananas, greens, onions, garlic, soybeans, and artichokes act as food for healthy gut bacteria. Probiotic foods like yogurt are full of good bacteria already. The right mix is the most desirable in in terms of gut health.

Here are some foods that your gut loves!

  1. Fermented foods-Fermenting is a method of preserving foods with bacteria and yeast. When you eat fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut, you get the live bacteria in them. This makes them a great source of probiotics.

  2. Bananas-Bananas are great for your gut due to its high fiber content and are also very easy to find. Bananas supply your gut with inulin, a type of fiber that helps good bacteria grow.

  3. Leafy greens-Greens are great, but leafy greens are your gut’s pal. They’re a top-notch pick because they’re high in fiber and a special carb, both of which feed helpful gut bacteria.

  4. Whole grain foods- people have several misconception about whole grains being unhealthy. But when consumed the right way and in the right form, they are great. Your body can’t break down fiber on its own. When it gets to your large intestine, gut bacteria get to work fermenting it. This creates acids that feed cells in your intestines while helping to protect your gut from harmful bacteria.

  5. Polyphenols-These compounds in foods protect your cells from damage while fighting inflammation and infection. Colorful foods are rich in polyphenols, as are tea, coffee, and red wine. Polyphenols in green tea may help fight “bad” bacteria like E. Coli and calm symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and peptic ulcers. Polyphenols can also promote the growth of good gut bacteria.

These are some foods that will effectively improve your gut health and help you keep diseases at bay. Try and incorporate them in your diet as much as possible.

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