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Improve Digestion Time for a Gut Check


Improve

Digestion,

Time for A

Gut Check

Your Body's Microbiome

is Made up of

Trillions of Bacteria

Before your stomach begins to churn, remember that not all bacteria is bad. A large number and diversity of bacteria is linked to overall health.

The gastrointestinal tract accounts for more than 70% of your immune system by keeping foreign invaders out of your body. Fostering the "friendly flora" helps your body fight off infection, improve digestion and may even contribute to brain health and better skin.

It is all about a healthy balance. Smoking, stress, poor diet, antibiotics use and lack of exercise can throw off balance of bacteria in your gut.

How to feed your flora, begin with these suggested foods . . .

Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar that is Unfiltered contains good bacteria plus enzymes that develop during fermentation.

Kefir

Is a cultured fermented drink mostly commonly made with cow's milk. It tastes tart like yogurt but is thinner. Bacterial, yeast and milk proteins are introduced to kefir through a "starter" ad fermented at room temperature Kefir provides calcium, protein and B vitamins.

NON-DAIRY KEFIR

Water Kefir

Is a completely dairy-free kefir product. It is a delightful beverage that can be flavored and carbonated. It is a great fermented alternative to soda pop.

Coconut milk kefir

A popular alternative to dairy milk kefir, is a tangy coconut-flavored cultured milk. It can be cultured with very little or no dairy exposure.

Coconut water kefir

Is a delicious cultured option for those who wish to avoid all traces of dairy but still want a probiotic drink. Coconut water is a popular natural electrolyte drink.

Yogurt

Is made from Milk that has been fermented with friendly bacteria and it is a source of protein and calcium. Look for yogurts with active or live cultures for the greatest benefits to your gut health. Be careful of to avoid yogurts with high amounts of sugar added.

Non-Dairy Yogurt

Contains probiotics just like dairy yogurt. You can opt for soy, almond, or coconut non-dairy yogurt.

Miso

Is a Japanese condiment typically made from fermented soybeans. Miso paste is sold with the Asian foods. It is salty and can vary in color from white to brown. It contributes protein, aids in digestion and promotes growth of healthy bacteria in the body.

Pickled Vegetables

Are another source of probiotics. Pickling is a method of food preservation that has been around for thousands of years. Pickled vegetables such as cucumbers are made with salt, so enjoy them in moderation due to their sodium content.

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