NOURISH YOUR GUT!
Learn about the top healing foods that you can incorporate into your lifestyle to maintain optimal gut-health.
After years of yo-yo dieting and restrictive dieting, I definitely did some damage to my gut. Cue the Halo Top ice creams ridden with sugar alcohols, drinking coffee on an empty stomach, the “sugar-free”, “zero-calorie” syrups, highly-processed 90-calorie SlimFast bars, and a keto diet loaded in animal protein. I had all of that and to make a long story short -- my gut was not happy.
I would experience stomach discomfort, bloating, sugar cravings, and fatigue or poor sleep. Finally, I decided to ditch the artificial sweeteners, processed foods, and obnoxiously large amounts of meat intake. Then over time, my gut finally started to heal.
Now the key question is...What foods should you consume to heal your gut? Keep reading!
Fiber-Rich Foods - Fiber is probably one of the most gut-friendly foods. Specifically, prebiotic fiber is great to add to your diet because they help the good bacteria grow in your gut, leaving your gut flora super happy :) My personal favorite fiber-rich meals are a hearty bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with frozen berries and Ezekiel bread with mashed avocado and garlic-sauteed kale. You get your daily dose of dark, leafy vegetables, prebiotic fiber from the oats, and antioxidant-rich fruit!!
Probiotics - Probiotics provide your body with a healthy community of microorganisms, all leading to better digestion and a happy gut! Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, such as kimchi, Greek or dairy-free yogurt, and kefir, but my all-time favorite is kombucha. However, be sure to pick brands with no added sugar! A daily probiotic supplement is also a great source. The general recommendation is to choose one with at least 1 billion colony forming units (CFUs) and the genus Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, or Saccharomyces boulardii.
Collagen - Collagen is super helpful in maintaining great gut health, as it contains sufficient amounts of amino acids that are beneficial to the intestinal tract and the stomach lining. Bone broth is one great source of collagen and is also a personal favorite of mine. You can drink it straight up, use it in soups, stews, or cook quinoa in!
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