How can i improve my gut health?
How can i improve my gut health? Anyone with gluten-intolerance or even IBS knows the importance of having a good gut. We often look at people who can almost eat anything at anytime and anywhere and feel a bit jealous knowing that these people can digest almost anything without any trouble. No matter what people say about the Gluten Free people that we eat much better diet or a healthier diet but somewhere i know that the regular gluten diet is not all that bad. Everything in excess is bad, so is gluten. But gluten has its own importance in the diet and we can’t or we shouldn’t deny that.
Anyway coming back to the topic, we all have the gut issue, some suffer from it more than others. I suffer from the gut issue terribly and only i know how i step out to attend meetings etc. I have consumed so much Imodium in the past that it nearly stopped working on me. I decided to stop taking Imodium and started exploring other options to take care of my stomach situation.
If you can relate to my issue or if you have a weak gut, then you can try consuming these food items. They have helped me and these are simple things, there is no harm in adding them to your daily diet.
Do you know about bacteria?
Do you know that your body contains trillions and trillions of microbes, most of which are beneficial. They are found in abundance in your gut, where they play a critical role in digestion, immune function. What you eat is not just for your body, but the same food also feeds the bacteria. Interesting, isn’t it?
Things you should try to eat for better gut health.
Probiotics: Probiotics are live “good” bacteria a that keep your digestive system balanced. There are probiotic-rich foods, from cultured veggies, like sauerkraut or kimchi, to fermented drinks like kefir and kombucha. Try adding yogurt to your daily food. Live yoghurt is an excellent source of bacteria, yogurt is easily available and very versatile. Try eating fresh yogurt, the packaged ones may have high sugar content.
You can even try any pro biotic brand like Yakult.
Fiber: there are foods that are high in fiber like bananas, oats, and flaxseeds, which are considered prebiotic and feed good bacteria. So it is important that we add variety to our diet so that we can feed various of them.
Almonds: have good probiotic properties, they are high in fiber, full of fatty acids and polyphenols.
Sourdough: They are so much in fashion these days but they are in fact great for our gut health. Made by fermenting the dough naturally, these are easy to digest than the regular bread where we use dry yeast.
Banana: Cheapest source of good bacterial. This humble fruit has so many good properties. Bananas are full of the kind of fiber that good bacteria enjoy. They also contain healthy minerals.
Plant-based food: Also add a wide range and variety of plant-based food to your daily diet. A healthy gut has a wide variety of microbes, each of which prefers different foods so restricting our food intake to only a few food items is not a good idea.
Extra virgin olive oil: They contain a very high level of Polyphenols loved by microbes. It is VERY IMPORTANT to consume the right quality of this oil. There are many oils available in the market but not all are as great. Listing down my favourite brand, I have done a lot of testing and research and found my favourite. Find the oil here.
Polyphenols according to Healthline.com are ”micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases”.
I read a good article on gut health here, maybe it will help you too.
You can also read about the gluten-free snacks that are great for your health here.