A Happy, Healthy gut takes nurturing and tending to a little bit each day! A healthy microbiome does a multitude of things for the body: decrease risk for disease, help us absorb the right vitamins we need, help us maintain a happy mood and healthy weight and many more… See below on how to maintain a Happy Healthy Gut:
1. Eat probiotic foods every day.
Probiotic foods are those that have been fermented and allowed to grow these helpful bugs, such as yogurt; kefir; sauerkraut; kimchee; miso; natto; and pickled fish, meats, and eggs. Since probiotics are easily damaged by heat and processing, look for good-quality sources in the refrigerator section that contain live bacteria.
2. Eat prebiotic foods.
These are generally carbohydrates that are especially rich in substances like inulin, arabinogalactans, and fructooligosaccharides. You don’t need to put those terms on your shopping list, though—just choose onions, garlic, asparagus, jicama, or Jerusalem artichokes to help keep those gut bugs well fed and happy.
3. Don’t eat late at night.
This is called “pruning a little.” A daily mini-fast from 7 p.m. until your breakfast the next day to allow a little bit of your microbiome to “die off” each time. This is equivalent to trimming your microbiome so that it can continue to grow with the healthy probiotic bacteria that you’ll be adding and nourishing.