How to grow your microbiome
Just as a thriving garden depends on the right mix of plants, a healthy gut depends on good bacteria to thrive. Nurture your microbiome (aka: "gut garden") with these 3 simple food tips:
#1) GO PRO
Probiotic-containing foods, such as kimchi, yogurt with live active cultures, fresh sauerkraut, tempeh, and kombucha provide the gut with beneficial bacteria and there fore improve the health of the microbiome. Not all bacteria survive the trip through the stomach, but those that make it settle in the gut or exert positive effects as they pass through.
#2) FEED GOOD BUGS
Prebiotics encourage the growth of the right bacteria in your gut. If taking PRObiotics is like planting what you want in your garden, eating PREbiotics is like fertilizing them. Prebiotics contain fibers that don't digest all the way, so they leave leftovers for the gut bacteria to eat or "ferment." They also help keep things moving in our gut, which is important for maintaining a healthy gut community. Prebiotic-rich foods include Jerusalem artichokes, onions, garlic, asparagus, chicory and bananas.
#3) STARVE BAD GUYS
Think of the bad bugs in your system as weeds to thin out. Research shows too much sugar and saturated fat feed the bad bacteria associated with obesity, diabetes, and even neurological issues, so avoid overdoing it on junk food.
Moving into 2023...
Is your body feeling the effects of too much sugar, salt, and alcohol? Are you constipated from eating too much cheese?
How about feeling bloated, puffy eyes, achy, and lethargic?
Gut health influences everything from digestion to brain function to immune health and much more! This is why we're making gut health a top priority in our 2023 wellness journey.
Our website carries a large selection of product specifically chosen to support the gut microbiome in various ways. Please reach out if you have any questions.
Kelly Harrington, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian for Healthy Goods