You may have heard the news… certain foods contain fiber that is exceptionally good for us. The reason? What you eat feeds either the good bacteria that live in our gut or the bad bacteria that live in our gut.
The good guys digest the foods we eat and give us essential fatty acids, organic acids, micronutrients and protect us from the bad guys. The bad bugs produce inflammatory signals that weaken our bodies and slowly but surely deteriorate our health.
As you can see what we eat has a huge impact on our health. The good news? It’s easier than you think to eat well and watch our health improve as a result. These are 5 of my personal favorites that give you the most bang for your buck in terms of gut heath.
I’ll be publishing a book in around September that will have more info on the gut health and recipes as well so check back in the fall for more information. For now, here are some of the best foods to add to your diet today to start reaping the benefits of feeding the good gut buddies.
- Artichoke Hearts– buy them jarred in water. You can add them to salads, stir-fries or just eat them right out of the jar (like I do!).
- Ground Flax Seeds– in addition to the ample fiber that the good gut bugs love flax seeds contain essential fatty acids and some protein as well. Very good for feeding our friendly gut buddies. Please note they do need to be fresh ground to get the full benefit as the fatty acids in flax seeds go bad quickly once exposed to air.
- Avocados– this fruit is full of healthy fiber and health fat. Slice them and put them on salads, blend them in a smoothie or mash them up into guacamole. These delicious foods are versatile and delicious.
- Sweet Potatoes– these are a great source of a special type of fiber called resistant starch. This means that while we cannot digest it the good bacteria in our gut can and they love it! Adding a half a sweet potato a day to the diet is easy and delicious.
- Jicama– what, you’ve never heard of jicama? Just kidding. I hadn’t either until relatively recently. You can find them in most grocery stores. All you do is slice them up and peel them. Then you can eat this crunchy, almost sweet veggie as is or dip it in guacamole for super healthy treat.
These are 5 of my favorites but there are many, many more great choices. Leafy greens, all cruciferous veggies, garlic, onions and more all feed our helpful little gut buddies! Keep watching for more articles and don’t forget to check back for the book in the fall.