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Gut Health

Today we are going to explore why it is crucial to have a healthy gut. The word “gut” actually refers to your stomach and intestines. We’ve all heard of antibiotics – they kill the bad bacteria that cause infections. But not everyone is aware of probiotics- which put healthy bacteria back into your gut. Luckily, a lot of foods contain these beneficial bacteria.

Here are some foods that you can choose:

• Yogurt- When choosing a yogurt, it is important to look for ones that say “live active cultures”- this is the bacteria that helps to crowd out the bad bugs that cause intestinal infections.
• Kombucha Tea- This is a fermented tea that can have a tangy and vinegar-like taste to it. It also becomes naturally carbonated as it ferments, but it is chock full of live active cultures.
• Sauerkraut- Yes, I am referring to the condiment that is mostly seen on top of hotdogs. This is a fermented cabbage that has been around since about the 4th century BC. Again, the fermenting stage makes sure that it is full of live, active cultures.
• Pickles- I love pickles, and I didn’t know they could be good for you! Pickles are cucumbers that are, you guessed it, fermented! The healthiest pickles are the ones that are made with brine (salt and water), rather than vinegar.
• Mangos- A study by Oklahoma State University has shown that incorporating a mango a day into your diet can improve your gut health.
• Coconut oil- Yes! Coconut oil contains fatty acids that kill of harmful yeast and bacteria while restoring your stomach’s acidity levels.
• Wild Salmon- It is important that your salmon is actually wild, meaning it was caught in its natural environment and not farmed- it contains an abundancy of omega-3 fatty acids, which is an anti-inflammatory and can help heal an inflamed gut.
• Garlic- Garlic is a prebiotic, meaning that it feeds and fuels the existing good bacteria already present in your gut.
• Bone Broth- This is a stock made from the bones and marrow of a chicken or cow and then slowly cooked for 24 to 72 hours. The slow cooking process causes all of the minerals and amino acids to populate the broth and it becomes one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Nutrients like L-glutamine help heal the gut lining of the small and large intestine.

While there are foods that are good for your gut, there are also foods that cause inflammation which is not good. These include processed foods, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and GMOS. Signs of an unhealthy gut include digestive issues, bad breath, moodiness, skin conditions, heartburn, and many others.

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