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Foods for Gut HealthGut health, probiotics, fermentation…there are so many trendy buzz words that focus on gut health.  It can feel a tad overwhelming at times.  The key message is that your gut health is linked to so many things that happen in your body and mind — such as your immune system and mindset.  Healthy gut bacteria protect you from disease, keep inflammation low, and help with your mental health.

Incorporating healthy foods for your gut, which help achieve a balanced microbiome, is easier to achieve than you might think.  And once you do this regularly, you might notice reduced bloat and an overall feeling of wellness.

Here are some top, common foods that help improve your gut health (and they don’t require a dictionary to understand what they are):

(1) Apple Cider Vinegar

According to a eatthis.com, apple cider vinegar, helps your body create HCL (hydrochloric acid), which is a beneficial belly acid that helps digest fats, carbohydrates, and protein.  Taking shots of it can aid in weight loss, help to relieve acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome — because of all the probiotics and amino acids.

There are so many ways you can find it now — from raw juices to sparkling drinks and straight up shots.

(2) Papaya

These are an underrated fruit in Canada since it’s not local here.  But, there are so many health benefits to these mouth-watering fruits that they’re worth a taste.

Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that aids digestion not to mention that they’re high in fiber and water content.  We know what that means — improved bowel movements (goodbye constipation) and hello to a healthy digestive tract.

(3) Sauerkraut

To reap the gut health benefits of this fermented food, you only need 1 tablespoon per day!  That’s it!  Many love this tangy cabbage as a side to meat dishes or roasted veggies.  The healthy components crowd out bad bacteria leaving room for the good ones to flourish.

If you’re not sure what it is — it’s actually just fermented cabbage that happens to contain plenty of vitamins C and K, iron, and fiber, plus natural probiotics.  This simple side dish can help your system by optimizing gut flora and balancing your gut microbiome

(4) Coconut Oil

Whether you cook, bake, incorporate it into smoothies or eat it straight, coconut oil is a great option for improved gut health.

Organic virgin coconut oil is packed with anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal nutrient lauric acid. This nutrient provides excellent support to improve gut health (which also aids in overall immunity). If you’re not a fan of the coconut flavour you can even buy unflavoured oil now so you don’t even know it’s derived from coconuts.

Many people incorporate a tablespoon into their morning smoothies to start the day and boost body performance.

(5) Ginger

Ginger is known for its health properties (and ability to ward off vampires). But, did you know that this fragrant spice is also great for your gut health?

Not only does it taste great and add a zing to foods and smoothies, but it also helps your overall digestion.  Ginger aids In the process of moving food through the Intestines so It doesn’t sit In your stomach, ferment and cause bloating and pain.

 

This is just a short list of quick ways to boost your health.  Along with a good probiotic and proper nutrition, you can really make a difference in how your body functions.  Overall gut health boosts you immunity so if it’s off it can be difficult to feel good.

What foods would you add to this list?

Candra Mae Wife of a Grocer

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