If 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.