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How to Be Kind to Your Gut–or how a mango a day can keep your gut healthy

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Feeling bloated? Sleeping poorly and dealing with diarrhea or skin problems? These are many of the ailments linked to poor gut health. Many of us would love to lose some of our excess weight around our gut and feel healthier.

By eating foods that contain good bacteria, you’ll lose weight and feel better. A healthy gut microbiome is essential to break down the foods you’re eating, as well as absorbing essential nutrients and eliminating toxins.

How can you promote a healthy gut?

Adopt a diet rich in probiotics and fermented foods to promote good bacteria.

Here are some foods that can you can incorporate into your daily diet:

Apple Cider Vinegar helps your body create HCL (hydrochloric acid) which is beneficial in digesting fats, carbs, and proteins.  It also helps to relieve acid reflux and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) because of its beneficial probiotics and amino acids.

Kombucha is packed with probiotics.

Kombucha is packed with probiotics and therefore is fantastic for your gut. It’s made from the fermentation of sugar in tea by bacteria yeasts.

Lactose-free dairy products such as those that are dairy free are much easier to digest.

Fermented coffee is a good alternative to regular coffee that is kinder to the gut since the bitter, heartburn causing notes are removed.

Sauerkraut is tangy, delicious and healthy.

Sauerkraut is naturally fermented cabbage that contains the beneficial Lactobacillus bacteria that you want to have in your gut. It’s very low in calories and full of good bacteria.

Mangoes help to keep that good gut bacteria flourishing. High in vitamins A, C and B-6, as well as potassium and magnesium. Beyond all the nutrients and vitamins that mangoes have, a mango a day can improve your gut health and help control weight gain and blood sugar levels.

Yogurt that is full fat and no with no added sugar has a very high amount of beneficial probiotics.

Kefir is sort of a liquid yogurt, containing at least 10 live and active strains of bacteria that are very beneficial to your gut and a much more powerful probiotic than yogurt. It’s a rich source of calcium, protein, and b-vitamins

Coconut Oil is antiviral, antifungal, anti-bacterial and antimicrobial. It contains acids that are great for killing off harmful yeast and bacteria while restoring your stomach’s acidity levels.

Wild Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which is very anti-inflammatory and helps to heal an inflamed gut.

Garlic is known to be an amazing prebiotic. Prebiotics help to feed the existing flora in your gut, which is just as important as eating probiotics to keep your gut healthy.

Collagen is one of the largest proteins in our bodies and is essential not only for gut health but for slowing down the aging process. You can now find it in everything from creams and cosmetics to pills and powers. It promotes skin elasticity and holds together your bones and muscles. Throw some collagen protein into your morning smoothie, coffee, or soup.

Bone Broth is any soup made from chicken or beef bones. It’s that wonderful chicken soup our moms and grandmothers often served. The longer the stock cooks the better. And there’s nothing like a good broth to cure what ails your gut.

High Fiber Foods such as artichokes, green peas, lentils, almonds, raspberries, and apples add great fiber to your diet. Fiber helps to move food efficiently through you body so you can void things like constipation, hemorrhoids, and digestive diseases. Remember to keep up your water intake by consuming at least 8 glasses of water each day. This will keep the fiber moving along.

Kimichi is a popular Korean side-dish rich in probiotics.

Kimchi is a fermented cabbage and radish side dish that is rich in probiotics and loaded with vitamins A, B, and C. It is not unusual to find it as part of each meal in a Korean home.

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