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Gut Health 101: Staying Healthy Leads to More Adventure

A healthy gut is important for not only your digestive system, but also your overall health and wellness. Your digestive system needs healthy bacteria to absorb nutrients and break down food. Bacteria also helps get rid of unwanted toxins in your body. When the body's microbiome is out of order, problems such as inflammation and bloating occur. Even depression, insomnia, diabetes, and obesity can be caused by an unhealthy gut flora.

Consuming the right foods will help boost the good bacteria in your intestines. Fermented foods are excellent for the gut, and keep your system running efficiently. Probiotics are also essential to your digestive system. Read on to discover some of the foods that are beneficial to your digestive health.

Yogurt

Probiotics in yogurt aid in digestion and stimulate responses from intestinal cells. The healthy bacteria added to yogurt can greatly improve your gut microflora and help with gastrointestinal issues like constipation, IBS, colon cancer, diarrhea, and lactose intolerance. It can also lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and reduce high blood pressure. Yogurt also contains natural additives like carrageenan, which is extracted from seaweed and is used to bind food proteins. Natural additives are better than synthetic additives, which can wreak havoc on the digestive system.

Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented beverage created from black tea and sugar. It is full of healthy probiotics and contains many essential vitamins and minerals. Not only is this beverage great for your gut, it also has been known to prevent cancer, arthritis, and high blood pressure. Kombucha comes in a variety of flavors such as blueberry, strawberry, ginger, and coffee.

Mangos

The enzymes in mangos aid in protein breakdown and keep digestion running smoothly. Mangos also keep the beneficial bacteria in your gut alive, as well as control blood sugar and reduce bodily fat. They are also high in fiber and contain a lot of water, which is crucial for digestive health and wellness.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial. It helps to kill harmful bacteria and yeast in the body, and removes toxins in the digestive tract. In addition, it helps the body absorb calcium, magnesium, and fat-soluble vitamins.

Garlic

Garlic keeps your gut healthy by feeding the flora that already exists in your digestive tract. By feeding the probiotics in your gut, you are keeping your microbiome in a healthy state. Garlic is most beneficial when eaten raw.

Dark Chocolate

It may seem odd that chocolate is considered healthy for digestion, but dark chocolate nourishes the probiotics in your gut. The healthy bacteria in your system needs to be fueled in order to continue working, and chocolate does just that. The fiber in dark chocolate passes through our digestive tracts undigested and eventually reaches the probiotics in our bodies.

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage that contains the Lactobacillus bacteria, which gets rid of the bad bacteria and encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the body. Sauerkraut is also high in fiber and antioxidants and helps get rid of symptoms like bloating, gas, and indigestion.

Bone Broth

Broth that is made with the bones and marrow of animals is extremely nutrient-dense and helps heal the lining of the intestines. Because of its healing properties, it prevents conditions such as food intolerances and IBS.

Lentils and Beans

Extremely high in fiber, lentils and beans keep your digestive system running smoothly and prevent constipation and other digestive diseases. Fiber is an essential part of a healthy gut and can prevent weight gain, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer.

Maintaining a healthy digestive flora is crucial, as the health of your gut can influence your entire well-being. A healthy gut also prevents constipation, gas, and bloating. Consuming foods that contain good bacteria is a great way to keep your microbiome in good shape, and fortunately, there are a variety of versatile and tasty foods that offer this.

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