Improve Digestive Health with These Top Gut Friendly-Foods
by Joanne Troppello
Maintaining a healthy gut is a huge factor in living a healthy life. You can feed the more than 40 trillion good bacteria in your digestive tract when you eat a plant-based diet. You have both healthy and not-so healthy bacteria living in your digestive tract. Eating a plant-based diet is helpful in fighting bad health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and inflammation. When your gut is healthy, that positively impacts all your body functions such as optimized brain function.
Eat More Fiber
Many people who exercise and want to eat right add protein to their diet, but they don’t always include more fiber at the daily recommended amount of 40 grams. Adding more fiber to your daily diet can significantly help your gut. You’ll experience better immune system functionality when you increase your fiber intake since those good gut microbes extract necessary fatty acids, vitamins, and nutrients from the fiber.
Adding fiber to your diet can help you decrease inflammation and obesity. Soluble fiber that is found in oatmeal, veggies, and fruit can be helpful in lowering LDL cholesterol and blood glucose levels. The insoluble fiber which is found in whole grains, kidney beans, fruits, and veggies works well to clean out your digestive tract.
Eat More Fermented Foods
The word fermented may not sound good, but these types of foods can effectively fuel your digestive health. These fermented foods increase the good bacteria in your gut which can then overtake any unhealthy bacteria. Better mineral absorption is a positive side effect of increased bacteria in your gut. Do not cook fermented foods. If you do, that can kill the healthy bacteria that is needed in your digestive tract.
Your body can better absorb iron when you eat sauerkraut, or fermented cabbage. This fermented food is rich in vitamin B. It contains healthy bacteria that will help your gut to increase digestion and mineral absorption. Kefir is another fermented food that is thicker than if you’d drink milk. However, it is thinner than yogurt. Kefir grains and yeast go through a fermentation process and that creates kefir.
Eat More Greens
People generally try to kill dandelions. This weed can quickly overtake their beautiful green lawns.
Eating dandelion greens can improve the lipid count in your blood. The prebiotic fiber, inulin is found in the dandelion greens.
One great way to eat dandelion greens is to add them to your salad. Just know that these greens are extremely bitter. If that is not your cup of tea, then combine dandelion greens with romaine lettuce, spinach, or spring mix greens to decrease the overall bitterness of the salad.
If you don’t want to start eating dandelion greens, you can add asparagus, kale, or broccoli to your diet. These green veggies are great at improving overall digestive health. Inulin is also found in asparagus, just like in dandelion greens.
You can eat seaweed, which is another fiber-rich green that works well to improve your digestive health. The digestion is slowed down as the seaweed increases mucus levels in the gut. This also allows the energy from food to be released more slowly into the rest of the body.
Make positive changes in your diet by adding more fiber-rich foods to effectively improve digestive health. Fiber, fermented foods, and greens are important for gut health.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter.