Starting a post with a quote from Hippocrates is not something I’m usually known to do, but when I began researching how to ease some of my health concerns, the importance of good gut health became obvious.
Some thousands of years ago, back in 400 BC, the father of medicine made this claim, and it remains true to this day. All disease really does begin in the gut. (Guess that Hippocrates did know a thing or two.) Poor gut health can be responsible for a myriad of everyday conditions we face, like stomach pain, gas, bloating or diarrhea, and can have even bigger health impacts, like the development of autoimmune diseases, eczema, digestion issues and even rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s no wonder gut health is one of the most popular quests for health-minded people. Kombucha, kimchi and kefir are now being sold in supermarkets everywhere. Having a healthy gut isn’t as simple as popping a probiotic in the morning, however;
Here are five surprising ways to heal your gut with food:
1. Cut out the sweet stuff. Sugar is known to feed bad bacteria, causing an imbalance in your gut. Next time you find yourself reaching for the sweet stuff, try something bitter instead: Bitter foods help stimulate gut bacteria and ease your digestive tract.
2. Eat more gelatin. Gelatin is a gut-healing hero. Many studies have proven that adding gelatin to the diet can help heal our gut’s protective lining, the mucosa. Gelatin stimulates this protective lining, encouraging it to produce more gastric juices that help with your foods digestion.
3. Make bone broth your BFF. Bone broth is made with all the mineral goodness found in the bones of animals. It is then ground down, and is consumed as a base for soup or on its own. Bone broth is also full of collagen and amino acids that can help heal damaged intestinal walls.
4. Get into sprouted seeds. Chia seeds are already well-regarded with folks who base their diets on whole foods, but did you know that they can also help your gut? Chia, flaxseeds and hemp seeds are high in fiber, which can help support the repair of your gut lining and encourage the growth of good bacteria.
5. Try cold potatoes. No, your eyes do not deceive you, eating cold potato can really help your health. Potatos are high in resistant starch, a substance that has been proven to heal an inflamed digestive tract. In fact, potatoes are one of the foods that contain the most resistant starch. Why eat them cold? The cooking and cooling process increasing its effectiveness.
Have we missed anything on this list? Let us know how you help cultivate a healthy gut!
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