Gut health is a vital part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Everything you ingest must go through your digestive system, which, in turn, provides all the micro- and macronutrients your body’s cells need to function properly.
When we eat certain processed foods, the delicate microbe balance in the stomach can be disrupted and thrown out of whack. Obviously, you don’t want that. To help keep the right balance of microbes thriving in your gut, consider the following tips.
Cut back on sugars and starches
If you think you love sugar, it’s nothing compared to a bad bacteria’s sweet tooth. Sugar is their favourite food. To keep bad bacteria from building up in your gut, avoid consuming refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup. In addition, take care to reduce the amounts of starches you’re eating (think bagels and white bread, potatoes, etc.).
Nosh on whole, unprocessed foods
The healthier, whole foods you eat, the better. This would include fibrous fruits and veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
Chow down on fermented and living foods
Fermented foods, such as yogurt or the latest health food trend, Kombucha (made through natural fermentation with good bacteria and fungi) can actually help to increase the rainforest of friendly bacteria in your gut.
Supplement with a good probiotic
This can go a long way in keeping your gut on track by repopulating healthy bacteria. Try taking USANA® Probiotic This probiotic supplement helps bring balance to your belly and digestive tract with a blend of good bacteria—Bifidobacterium BB-12 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus LGG.
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