Good gut health is critical for overall wellness and the first place to start to mend your issues. Everything you consume passes through your gut so if your gut isn’t healthy you will experience a host of problems such as type II diabetes, arthritis, neurological issues (e.g. depression), fatigue, fibromyalgia, rashes and more. By eating a diet made up of mostly pre-packaged/processed food will contribute to chronic illness.
By restoring the health of your digestive tract you are restoring the health of the rest of your body. As Hippocrates said, “All diseases begin with the gut.”
The good news is there are foods that you can begin to add to your diet with the removal of processed food and refined sugar. The purpose of the foods listed is to add to the gut flora (good bacteria) needed for the gut to perform optimally.
Here is a list of 10 foods to add to your diet for optimal gut health:
- Dark green vegetables
- Sprouted grains
- Kimchi (fermented Korean vegetables)
- Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage)
- Kefir (fermented milk drink)
- Kombucha tea (fizzy black or green tea)
- Tempeh (fermented soybean)
- Miso (Japanese fermented soybean)
- Yogurt (live and active cultures)
These aren’t the only foods to help your gut on the path to optimal health, however, it’s a great start.
It all goes back to the old saying, “You are what you eat!” When you eat, keep in mind you need to fuel the body not just fill the belly. Your digestive tract is the gateway to the rest of your body.
By simply being mindful of what you eat will be a big step.
Eat well and be well!