The main objective of our gut is to digest our food and absorb its nutrients to support our body functions. These processes of digestion and absorption are supported by hundreds of “Good” bacteria that already exist in our digestive system. It is essential to replenish these bacteria in our gut, by intake of food rich in these bacteria because low erring or absence of these bacteria can alter the efficiency of the digestive system and lead to other linked health issues like obesity, immunity problems and depleted appetite, over health of the person. Here are some foods that bring in the good bacteria for the health of your gut:
1. Yogurt is an easily and widely available dairy product. Unless you are allergic to dairy products, yoghurt is a tremendous source of the healthy bacteria like lactobacillus, bifidus and acidophilus to reap the stomach-health benefits. Probiotic bacteria in yoghurt enhance digestive health. Yoghurt is low calorie, low sugar and also a good source of vitamin D, B12 and calcium.
2. Miso is a soup made from fermented soy and has high amount of gut friendly bacteria. Try including this in your diet.
3. Kimchi , is a mix of vegetables that have been left to ferment with water and some spices such as red peppers. It is extremely rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals and probiotics to aid in gut health. Kimchi is a great source of vitamins A and C, so you can totally count it as a serving of veggies for the day!
4. Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage, salt and water mixture, contains lactobacilli plantarum and has been shown to give your digestive system a substantial boost, along with aiding your immune system.
5. Kefir is a fermented milk product that is a natural probiotic, similar to yoghurt but richer in gut friendly bacteria. Due to its increasing popularity for its health benefits, Kefir nowadays is added to ready-to-drink smoothies, ice creams or other milk based drinks. Those with lactose intolerance usually are able to tolerate Kefir.
6. Onions, yes this food item used almost in very dish has some extra digestive benefits. Onions are a great source of sulfur, which acts like a weapon against harmful bacteria in the gut, helping to remove it from the body, and also removes toxins from the liver.
Include these foods in your diet to support your digestive system, enhance your activity level and body metabolism rate. Keep wondering who said all bacteria are bad.