THE GUT MICROBIOME AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR HEALTH (PART 4)

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THE GUT MICROBIOME AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR HEALTH (PART 4)

Today in my fourth and final post in my blog series exploring, The Gut Microbiome and What It Means for Your Health, I’m cutting straight to the chase and sharing How You (yes, you!) Can Support Your Microbiome.

How to Support Your Microbiome

Take Stock of Your Diet

Growing evidence shows that diet directly affects gut health and the good bacteria in your body’s microbiome. Conversely, gut health affects your ability to absorb nutrients, how hormones such as insulin are produced, and how and when fat is stored.

Avoid foods that promote inflammation:

  • Refined vegetable oils (canola, corn, soybean)
  • Pasteurized dairy products
  • Refined carbohydrates and processed grains
  • Conventional meat, poultry, eggs
  • Added sugars
  • Trans fats

Build your diet from foods that promote good bacteria and reduce inflammation.

  • Fresh organic vegetables (at least 4 servings a day; more better!)
  • Whole organic fruit (especially apples, berries of all kinds, cherries, stone fruit, pomegranate, grapefruit)
  • Herbs, spices and teas
  • Probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, fresh pickles, sauerkraut juice
  • Wild-caught fish, cage free eggs and grassfed meat
  • Healthy fats, such as grass-fed butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocadoes, nuts and seeds
  • Grains and legumes, specifically black beans, chickpeas, lentils, wild rice, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, steel-cut oats
  • Small amounts of red wine and dark chocolate/cacao

And there’s more . . .

  • Avoid antibiotics whenever possible.
  • Exercise more and stress less.
  • Consider supplementing with CoQ10, carotenoids, omega-3 fish oil, selenium, and antioxidants to prevent free radicals from damaging microbiota.

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