Bacteria in Your Gut

Different foods that affect overall gut health

Just hearing the word “bacteria” can make you cringe, conjuring thoughts of ear aches, strep throat, and other infections. But certain bacteria are actually good for your body, especially those that line your intestinal tract. “Gut health” has been on the forefront of medical news in recent years, as studies have shown the health of your digestive system is an important part of overall health and well-being. When gut bacteria are out of balance, you can experience gas, bloating, diarrhea, and other unpleasant issues.

Pre- vs. Probiotics

You’ve likely heard of probiotics and what they can do for your body. Did you know pairing them with prebiotics can improve your health even more?

Prebiotics are a type of fiber that pass through the digestive system, then become fermented in the colon. Found in foods like garlic, onions, jicama, and artichokes, prebiotics feed the probiotics that already live in the gut and help your digestive system process food. Probiotics are naturally found in fermented food, such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimichi, and yogurt (add nuts or seeds for extra protein!)

Growing Good Bacteria

Improve the quality of bacteria in your gut and keep your system aligned by:

  • Taking a probiotic with 5-10 billion CFUs consisting of a blend of live and active cultures from various strains
  • Eating more raw foods, as well as prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods
  • Drinking more water to flush out the toxins
  • Limiting your intake of anti-biotics, which kill bad bacteria, but also kill good ones
  • Reducing your intake of refined sugar, sodium, and artificial sweeteners

Contact your Capital Women’s Care providerif you have any questions about overall health. We’re always happy to provide recommendations to improve your quality of life!

 

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