Must Have Foods For Optimal Gut Health
If there’s something wrong with your gut, it could be making you sick and tired. Many people don’t even realize they have a problem. If you’re suffering from some type of digestive disorder, IBS, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, gas etc. an unhealthy gut may be the root cause.
The health of your gut determines what nutrients are absorbed and what toxins, allergens, and microbes are kept out. It is directly linked to the health of your whole body. Today we’re talking about the best foods for achieving optimal gut health!
Broth made from high-quality, grass-fed, organic bones is filled with gut healthy nutrients including gelatin and collagen. Bone broth is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system. It contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, as well as chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine which help reduce inflammation in our joints.
Sauerkraut and kimchi are natures probiotics and are full of healthy lactic acid which promote good digestion. Eating a little bit of cultured vegetables every day helps to balance the stomach and promote a healthy gut microbiome.
Foods like asparagus, garlic, leeks, and onions are a certain type of dietary fiber that feed the good bacteria in your gut. They help the gut bacteria produce nutrients for your colon cells and leads to a healthier digestive system.
We love drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning to start our day, this helps flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body. Lemon contains Vitamin C and potassium which provides a little immune boost. Vitamin C is also good to help support the adrenals and can potentially help reduce the effects of stress.
nature’s candy, filled with antioxidants, we love berries on their own or in smoothies! Fruit is a good source of fiber which helps keep our digestive tract happy and regular.
Coconut oil is one of the richest forms of saturated fat with almost 90% of it being saturated. Coconut oil was demonized in the past however, new research shows that this type of saturated fat is mostly harmless as opposed to the ones found in steak or cheese. It also contains the medium-chain triglycerides caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid which are easily digested and used in the body for energy and may also have therapeutic effects.
This yellow spice contains a compound called curcumin. This active-ingredient in turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. To boost the effects of this antioxidant consume black pepper with it, this will naturally help our body absorb the nutrient.
Cinnamon can help curb sugar cravings. It is also beneficial at helping balance blood sugar levels. Sprinkle on almond butter and eat with an apple or banana for a balanced snack!
Ginger is great for digestive health. Add fresh grated ginger to your morning smoothie or add it to water to enhance the flavor.
Cooking with fresh herbs provides more than just flavor. Herbs are packed with nutrients and contain essential oils that not only taste great but are loaded with disease and germ fighting antioxidants. Using fresh herbs to cook with can help support a healthy digestive system.
Because the amino acids in collagen build the tissue that lines the colon and entire GI tract, supplementing with collagen can support healthy digestive function. We love using unflavored collagen in our smoothies, tea, or even coffee!