Have you heard that your gut is considered your second brain?
Keeping your gut healthy will keep you healthier. Your gut has good and bad bacteria, and it’s essential to get the good bacteria in balance so that you don’t experience any painful or uncomfortable side effects. Processed foods, stress and lack of sleep are a few life habits that will cause your gut to become out of balance and not able to function properly.
You can keep your gut healthy and happy when you choose to follow these habits daily.
Go whole, unprocessed, and unrefined
Start by making most of your plate — fill it with colorful vegetables and plant-based ingredients. These high-fiber foods are among the best to nourish your good gut bacteria, and this is a step you can take with each meal you eat.
Munch on more fat
Good fat, that is! Things that have omega-3 and monounsaturated fats help reduce inflammation so that healthy bacteria can grow in numbers. Think high-quality extra virgin olive oil and avocados.
Omega- 3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids increases your good gut bacteria which are vital in keeping your gut healthy. You can receive adequate amounts by eating seafood, nuts, and seeds.
My favorite sources of Omega-3 fatty acids are walnuts, chia seeds, and kidney beans. Add Omega-3 fatty acids foods to your daily diet.
Start craving coconut
Coconut oil and coconut butter both contain MCT oils that help fight inflammation and can be beneficial in losing weight. These are easy to add to nearly any recipe without changing the flavor, so make these a part of your daily routine as often as possible.
Quick tip: Add a teaspoon of MCT oil to your morning coffee a couple of times during the week.
Get rid of bad fats
While good fats help your gut health, the bad fats are doing harm. Ditch the vegetable oils high in Omega-6 fatty acids and swap them out for the good stuff with coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. This simple switch reaps noticeable benefits.
Make more room for fiber
Fiber makes you feel fuller longer, and also gives your gut prebiotics, which helps feed that good bacteria. Go for more nuts and seeds, and you’ll be on the right path.
Fall in love with fermented foods
Koreans eat kimchi with every meal. If you can’t stand the spice, go for sauerkraut, miso, or tempeh to help get your good bacteria in your gut multiplying.
Healing your gut takes time, especially if you’ve been on the SAD (Standard American Diet) meal plan for most of your life. Take the challenge, begin your healing today.
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