Tips on Eating Foods That are Good for Your Gut

Prebiotic and Probiotic Good for your GutIf you suffer from gut problems, you probably want a solution for healing fast. Instead of turning to medication right away, consider improving your diet. Eating the right foods is an important part of keeping gut issues away and fixing them, if you’re already suffering. In combination with prebiotics (complex carbohydrate and fiber-rich foods) and probiotics (friendly gut bacteria), a healthy diet can mean all the difference in good gut health.

Here are a few tips on eating foods that are Good for your Gut:

Choose Prebiotic and Probiotic-Rich Foods

Certain foods contain natural prebiotics and probiotics that help keep a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut. When you consume these foods on a regular basis, you’re constantly introducing friendly microbes into the intestines that will starve off bad microorganisms and keep them from taking over. Foods that are rich in natural prebiotics and probiotics include garlic, leeks, non-dairy yogurt, artichokes, dark chocolate, kim chee, kombucha, kefir, and sauerkraut.

Opt for a Food with Prebiotics and Probiotics for Breakfast

To get in the habit of eating lots of prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods for good gut health, make sure you start the day with these beneficial substances. Beginning your morning with a banana, or a smoothie with banana in it, gives your gut the healthy fiber it needs to feed friendly bacteria and help them proliferate. This is just one example of a breakfast with ingredients for good gut health.

Opting for a non-dairy yogurt—one without a lot of sugar that can feed bad bacteria—also allows good microbes in the gut to start multiplying after a night without food.

Choose More Prebiotics and Probiotics for Lunch

By mid-day, your body is ready for even more prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods. Remember, the good bacteria in our gut does not live forever. These friendly microbes are always doing their good work and then dying off, so it’s important that you keep renewing them and feeding new growth in the right way.

Lunchtime meals that are abundant in prebiotics and probiotics include green smoothies with coconut kefir and spirulina, whole grain bowls with fermented veggies, and kombucha with a fresh veggie salad.

Make Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Your New Best Friend

With your plant-based dinner, and with every meal, we suggest you take a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to improve digestion. Apple cider vinegar eases bloating and inflammation, and it alkalizes the pH levels in your body. Wondering what that stringy sediment is at the bottom of the vinegar bottle? It’s the “mother tincture,” and it’s what makes apple cider vinegar so powerful as a probiotic.

The benefits of eating a prebiotic and probiotic-rich diet should outweigh any temptation to turn toward sugary comfort foods when your digestive system is feeling off. In many cases of IBS, and other digestive problems, it’s the sugar-rich foods that feed the bad bacteria and cause poor gut conditions in the first place.

In addition to adding the foods we’ve mentioned to your diet, consider taking a daily prebiotic or probiotic, such as Perfect Pass Prebiotic and Perfect Pass Probiotic, to improve the health of your intestinal tract.

Veggies with Benefits: DIY Fermented Veggies

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A five-year study headed up by the Human Microbiome Project, which includes 200 researchers from 80 universities, found that the human body is made up of more microbes than human cells.

That’s right–we’re all just sacks of seething bacteria! Now before you freak out, remember that the word ‘bacteria’ has been given negative connotations by the hand sanitizer-fueled paranoia of the germ police. Bacteria come in good varieties too.

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Crohn’s Friendly Restaurants in San Diego

Crohn's friendly restaurants

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If you have Crohn’s disease (like 700,000 other Americans do), you know the pain of random flare-ups and try to avoid the foods that can trigger discomfort. Unfortunately, a lot of the most delicious, greasy treats are off-limits, as they irritate your gastrointestinal lining.

But what if you’re on vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world, San Diego, and don’t want to have to worry about navigating through menus for safe foods? You don’t have to subsist on bananas for the duration of your trip. Crohn’s may be a highly individualized disease, but our list of top Crohn’s friendly restaurants in San Diego will have something for everyone. Read on to discover what works for your gut, and where to get it.

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Probiotic Supplements vs Yogurt: The Battle for Best Bacteria

Probiotics vs Yogurt

Whether you just heard about the benefits of probiotic bacteria, or you’ve known about it for years, you can expect to hear a lot more about it in the future. But before you frantically stock up on yogurt, miso soup, and tempeh – all foods that are known for their belly-calming probiotic benefits – consider the benefits of choosing a probiotic supplement over yogurt as your main source of good gut bacteria.

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