Foods To Eat For A Healthy Gut
As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. Unfortunately, people eat too much sugar and processed foods, but lack fruits and vegetables in their diet.
Fiber is important for our overall digestive health. A fiber-rich diet aids in digestion and prevents constipation.
Whole grains such as brown rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, barley, oats and sprouted whole wheat bread support healthy digestion due to its high fiber content. Grains should be a small part of one’s diet, concentrating on live, fruits and vegetables.
Water, on its own, is essential to the metabolic process. Drinking too little water slows down and constipates your digestive system. It is recommended that you drink ½ your weight in ounces every day. Drink most of your water away from meals. Drinking some water with your meal is OK, but limit it to 4-8 ounces. Drinking too much water with your meal dilutes the necessary enzymes and acid for good digestion. Also, drink filtered water that has had the chlorine and fluoride removed, which are two very toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
Good fats in your diet support good digestion as well as balance cholesterol and feed the brain. These include; avocado, coconut, cold pressed olive, sesame, flax and pumpkin seeds; cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, halibut, sole, cod and tuna. Avoid vegetable oils.
Believe it or not, trillions of beneficial bacteria are present in your gut. Eat foods that contain probiotics like coconut kefir, water kefir, kumbucha, fermented seaweeds and veggies to improve the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria. Eat yogurt occasionally. Although there are some live bacteria cultures present, the dairy does not contribute to a healthy gut.
Good bacteria help reduce digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea and indigestion. They also help support our immune system which is seated in our digestive tract.
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