If there’s one aspect of health and wellness that gets consistently overlooked, it’s gut health.

And it’s not surprisingly – in the grand scheme of bodily functions, the inner workings of the intestines and colon aren’t exactly pleasant conversation topics.

But with that said, this really is something that should get more attention.  Because at the end of the day, gut health isn’t JUST digestion – it’s also intricately tied with a number of functions, including immunity, sleep cycles, and yes, even brain functions and mood.

Unfortunately, while the information on what to eat for fat loss is almost limitless, finding good advice on what to eat for your gut can be a bit more challenging.

Here are three quick tips to get you started.

 

Tip #1 – Eat Fermented Foods

Fermentation (the process of storing and preserving foods for long periods of time with microorganisms and bacteria) isn’t a new phenomenon, and has been practiced by almost every culture since at least the dawn of agriculture.

Unfortunately, in our modern world of cheap convenience foods, many of these fermented products have been all but forgotten.

Which is really too bad – because these are some of the best things you can eat for increasing the amount of “good bacteria” in your body and improving the overall health of your gut.

Here’s a quick list of fermented products to give you some options –

  • Kimchi
  • Kefir
  • Natto
  • Kombucha
  • Sauerkraut

Tip #2 – Get More Fiber

Along with getting more fermented foods into your diet, eating more dietary fibre is one of the healthiest things you can do for your gut.

In case you’re unfamiliar, fibre is essentially the “undigestible” part of certain foods.  During digestion, it is separated, broken down, and ultimately passed through your system before being eliminated as waste.

The reason this is important for the gut is not only the fact that it helps to “keep things moving”, but it’s also critical because the good bacteria in your system uses this fibre as a food source.

 

Tip #3 – Get Rid Of “Problem” Foods

Obviously if you want to optimize your health, it would do you a world of good to get rid of the worst offenders (i.e. “junk food”).

But there are a number of foods that are otherwise “healthy” that can cause gut issues in certain people.

A great example of this is dairy.  Low fat dairy is a fantastic source of calcium and protein, but for many people, it can cause a lot of issues with digestion.

The same goes for starchy carbohydrates like bread and rice.  Some people can absolutely handle them just fine, while others find that they wreak havoc on their system.

Much like eating to optimize your mood, there’s really no simple way to identify problem food – it just takes a little awareness on your end.  Pay attention to what you eat, and if you notice that a particular food makes you feel gassy and lethargic, be sure to cut it out as soon as possible.