Maintaining A Healthy Gut
In order to promote digestive health, it’s important to eat the right things. Probiotics and prebiotics both encourage a healthy tummy.
1. Eat Foods Rich in Probiotics
Probiotics are lacto-fermented foods which contain live good bacteria. They’re relatively easily digested, including foods like sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha.
2. Add Prebiotic Fiber To Your Diet
Prebiotics are selectively fermented carbohydrates. They feed the growth of good bacteria and, unlike probiotics, are not as easily digested, meaning they make it all the way through the lower intestine. They include foods like chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, garlic, asparagus and leek.
3. Exercise Regularly
Another key factor in maintaining gut health is regular exercise. Gentle exercise like yoga has been shown to improve gut health in individuals with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS(2).
4. Avoid GMOs and Foods High in Pesticides
Glyphosate or Roundup, which is abundantly used on genetically engineered crops. Exposure to this dangerous chemical has been found to alter the human microbiome.