Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Let's talk about something extremely important to everyone's basic health, Gut Health.
What is Gut Health?
In our digestive tract we have trillions of bacteria and they all play an important role in our health. Of the thousands of different species of gut microbes that live there, some are good for you and some are not so good for you.
It is very important that you have a plant-based diet to diversify your gut microbes, which prevent and treat conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and inflammation associated with autoimmune diseases.
How can I increase the good bacteria in my Gut?
1. Fill Up on Fiber
High-fiber foods help feed the good bacteria that improve immune function, reduce inflammation, and chronic disease. It even helps to regulate mood!
2. Pick Prebiotic Rich Foods
Prebiotics feed good bacteria. Good sources of prebiotics:
Artichokes, leeks, onions, garlic, asparagus, spinach, beans, bananas, oats, and raw dandelion greens to name a few.
3. Fermented Foods
Healthy sources include:
sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kimchi, kombucha, and water kefir.
4. Avoid Animal Products
Red Meat, high fat dairy products, and fried foods all reduce the growth of healthy bacteria and enhance the growth of "bad" bacteria linked to chronic disease.
5. Limit Fats
Use cooking sprays or broth instead of oils. Make your own salad dressings. Most plant foods are already low in fat.
6. Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics
Overuse can kill off healthy bacteria. USDA estimates that 80% of antibiotics are actually used in animal agriculture.
7. Practice a Healthy Lifestyle
Sleep, Exercising, and managing stress can all have a positive impact on your gut health.
*Source: Physicians Committee for responsible medicine