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The Best Probiotic Foods for a Healthy Gut

Updated: Jul 24, 2023


Healthy foods help your gut diversity, health, microbiome, gastrointestinal gi system for you and the gastroenterology doctor

You probably know that the foods you eat can affect your body differently. But did you know how many different ways you can be affected?


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How is it that our gut health affects our overall health so much? Recently, new research has been developing concerning our microbiome, the trillions of bacteria in our gut. Our microbiome is linked to almost everything, so we must keep our microbiomes in balance.


Our diet plays a massive role in our microbiome, meaning that you are in control of building a better microbiome! Probiotics are bacteria that are good for your gut. Here are some probiotic-rich foods that you should implement into your diet.


Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is stocked with live and active cultures and is also high in calcium! Cottage cheese pairs well with berries for a sweet breakfast or scallions and peppers for a savory snack.


Kimchi

Healthy foods help your gut diversity, health, microbiome, gastrointestinal gi system for you and the gastroenterology doctor

Kimchi is a Korean fermented cabbage dish that provides a kick of flavor. Along with being full of probiotics, it can reduce inflammation and improve your immune system.


Sauerkraut

The cabbage in sauerkraut is fermented with lactic-acid bacteria, which helps keep your gut balanced. On top of that, it is high in fiber, aiding digestion.


Yogurt

Healthy foods help your gut diversity, health, microbiome, gastrointestinal gi system for you and the gastroenterology doctor

Yogurts naturally contain probiotic cultures that benefit your digestive tract. Strains of Greek yogurt also add specific probiotics to boost your gut. Add in fruits and granola to make a quick and healthy snack.


Miso

Miso is a fermented soybean-based paste found in many traditional Japanese dishes. Besides being rich in probiotics, it is also high in protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium. However, it is high in sodium, so use it sparingly.



Pickles

Cucumber pickles brined in saltwater and fermented are full of good bacteria. Additionally, pickle spears contain vitamins A, K, and potassium, improving blood, cell, and heart health. Consider adding a few chopped pickles to your next salad or wrap.


Kombucha


The recent "kombucha craze" is because the drink has health benefits. Kombucha is a fermented tea made with sugar, tea, bacteria, and yeast. Along with probiotics, it has tons of antioxidants that boost your immune system.


Apple Cider Vinegar

As its name may suggest, this is a vinegar made from fermented apple sugars. The acetic acid found in this vinegar can aid digestion and weight loss. It makes for a delicious salad dressing, but its abrasive taste may take some time.


Although probiotics provide your body with many benefits, knowing the potential negatives is essential. Find out more in this past blog post:



 


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While maintaining a healthy diet is important, balance and moderation are ultimately the keys to staying healthy. Talk to your doctor or nutritionist before implementing drastic dietary changes.


Personally


I eat a high-fiber, mostly plant-based 🌱 diet, no red meat, drink 4 liters of water a day, exercise, and am focused on keeping nutrition simple. I am sharing what works for me and what I routinely recommend to my patients.


"Balance. Portion control. Keep nutrition simple. Eat Smart. Eat Healthy. 🌱 🌾 🌿"

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