Good gut health goes far beyond digestion. A healthy, balanced gut can help reduce inflammation, improve mood, boost immune strength, and boost energy.
However, keeping your gut healthy takes work. It’s true that you were born with a certain makeup of gut bacteria, or maybe even a condition like irritable bowel syndrome, but there are ways to influence how it works.
You may be able to control the population of bacteria living in your gut to some degree. Good things can happen when you have a diverse population of flora – called the microbiome.
Signs of an out of balance gut include stomach issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Mood swings, depression and fatigue can also occur. Skin issues like eczema can arise, as can weaker immunity or an increasing number of food intolerances.
You may be able to improve your gut health with the help of this checklist:
- Make sure you drink enough water
- Eat leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, asparagus, broccoli, and cabbage
- Snack on fiber-rich fruits like apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, etc. Fruit brings sweetness and a variety of textures.
- Use fresh herbs and spices to season foods. Ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, and different chili peppers are good options.
- Eat foods rich in “probiotics” such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso. Buy plain yogurt and add fruit, nuts or other healthy toppings to add flavor.
- Choose whole grains like oats, whole wheat bread and pasta instead of cereals and white options.
- Include healthy fats from nuts, avocado, olive oil, seeds and nut butter
On the other hand, there are foods you will want to avoid. They understand:
- fried food
- Highly processed meats like deli meats, bacon, hot dogs and sausages.
- Foods containing refined grains, such as white bread and pasta
- Sweet candies, including jams.
- Soft drink
- Foods with Artificial Sweeteners
Eating a diet rich in nutrients, fiber and fresh foods will likely improve gut health and improve your overall health and the way you feel every day.