Have you ever thought about your gut? Over the last couple years there has been a significant increase in research about the gut which is actually called the microbiome. Although our gut AKA microbiome is not on the forefront of our minds, it is extremely important to our overall health. Our microbiome is made of trillions of tiny microorganisms which include bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. It is very common to consider our gut having ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in the body and we know that too much bad bacteria can lead to illness.

A healthy balance of good bacteria vs bad bacteria is very important for our immune system to remain strong and efficient. Good bacteria allows the body to properly digest food, absorb vitamins and minerals, and eliminate toxic particles from the body. When this system is disrupted our health starts to become diminished. 

It is easier than you might think to promote a healthy gut. Here are some tips:

  • Drink decaf green tea with honey and fresh squeezed lemon first thing in the morning
    • These nutrients help wake your digestive system with a flood of healthy gut promoting nutrients
  • Take a probiotic/prebiotic supplement in the morning
    • Always research, read reviews, and compare products before purchasing to make the best informed decision for yourself
  • Drink Kombucha
    • The live bacteria will help promote a healthy gut
  • Yogurt
    • Look for products with the least amount of added sugar
  • Kefir
    • This is a kind of fermented milk that is packed with healthy bacteria for your gut
  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut

As you incorporate these foods and beverages you will want to do this slowly so that you don’t overwhelm your body. If your body is not yet used to these foods, you may experience stomach aches as your body will try to get toxins out if you have too much at once. A healthy gut not only keeps your body functioning properly but you will also feel good, have more energy, boost your immune system, and some individuals experience weight loss. Get your health on and make your gut healthy again!

– Rachael Omdoll, Campus Dietitan