Take care of your microbiome and improve your gut health with these 3 important dietary additions…
Did you know that the health of your gut impacts virtually every other system in your body? From your brain, to your oral health, and even your heart, a healthy and balanced gut microflora is essential for good health.
So how do you ensure the health of this important area of the body?
You take care of your microbiome.
The microbiome is made up of trillions of microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and more. Sometimes referred to as microbiota, these tiny organisms help maintain balance and health in your digestive tract, as well as throughout the rest of your body. According to this article,
An imbalance (often referred to as dysbiosis) of the gut microbiome and microbiota has been connected to many issues in the body including:
- Obesity and weight gain
- Digestive disorders (GERD, IBS, etc.)
- Yeast overgrowth
- Compromised immunity
- and much more!
These tiny microbes are extremely sensitive to changes in their environment, and there are numerous habits and substances that can have a negative impact on your gut health. For example, drinking alcohol, consuming chlorinated water, using SplendaⓇ (sucralose), taking antibiotics, or eating a diet high in sugar, simple carbs, and processed foods, as well as a lack of probiotics and prebiotics, fiber, or fruits and vegetables – can all harm your delicate gut bacteria and encourage the overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria.
However, there are also a number of things that can help improve your gut health and keep your healthy microbes in balance. Here are three things to add to your diet right now to support your gut health:
#1. Fermented Foods
The remedy seems pretty simple there… avoid the things that cause the imbalance, and start including good sources of those that help it.
Take fermented foods. For centuries, different cultures have all had their own versions of fermented foods. These cultural treats are not simply tasty, they served a purpose – mainly that of preserving foods before there was adequate refrigeration, and for travel. However, whether by design of accident, there’s much more to it than that.
Fermented foods and substances actually contain a wide range of microbe goodness that is incredibly beneficial for your microbiome. A diverse set of microbiota equals a happy gut. Eating a diverse range of fermented foods and substances will give you a better balanced microbiome.
It begins with the pre-digestion that occurs in the fermenting. The sugars and starches are broken down by probiotics and yeasts. The end result is an array of probiotics that your gut loves, as well as lactic acid.
The benefits of eating fermented foods and substances is largely due to anaerobes, which are a specialized microbe that assist in the fermentation process, at the same time creating bioactive compounds. These compounds themselves have many benefits, including properties that are antioxidant, antihypertensive, and even anti-cancer. Best of all, anaerobes make the nutrients in fermented foods, and within your own digestive system, more bioavailable to you. This means more is absorbed and utilized by the body.
#3. Fulvic Acids
Something else we used to consume more of in ancient times are fulvic and humic acids. These substances are promoters of a balanced microbiome and help your body to absorb probiotics. Organic vegetables grown directly in the soil are high in fulvic acid.
It is thought the main reason fulvics are so beneficial for our microbiome and health is that they form bonds with bioactive molecules, acting as a carrier for them. Digestive disorders such as leaky gut (food, pathogens, and other particles are able to pass through the intestinal lining into the bloodstream), SIBO, and IBS can be supported or potentially avoided with the use of good fulvics.