Magical Microbes — How to Feed Your Gut

If you’re looking for a way to revitalize both your gut and your health, the route is simple: All you have to do is eat foods that nourish your gut flora. It’s not a secret, The Guardian says. In fact, major food suppliers have already figured it out, and are producing kombuchas and fermented products that contain probiotics. But beware: Not all foods sold as “healthy” are gut-friendly.

Because 70 to 80 percent of your immune system resides within your gastrointestinal tract, optimizing your gut microbiome is a worthwhile pursuit that will have far-reaching effects on your physical health and emotional well-being. A vital first step toward balancing your gut flora is to eliminate sugar from your diet, especially sugars found in processed foods. And, as food manufacturers are keenly aware, eating fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut, as well as consuming prebiotic foods like garlic, leeks and onions, can help create an optimal environment for beneficial gut bacteria, while decreasing disease-causing bacteria, fungi and yeast.

At the same time, you also have to be careful not to fall in the trap that comes with processed foods, no matter what the label says. That’s why I believe one of the most important things you can do for your health is to simply give up manufactured, processed foods. Next, as mentioned, recognize the value of fermented foods in helping to "heal and seal" your gut as a means of boosting your health and/or reversing disease.

And most importantly, remove sugar from your diet, as it not only destroys your metabolic processes, but causes an imbalance of bacteria in your gut. In my latest book, “Fat for Fuel,” I explain how low-carb, high-fat diets — and eating less frequently — may be the answer to taking control of your health and getting on track to a great feeling of well-being.

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