FoodHealthy gut, happy life: The role of diet in intestinal wellness

Healthy gut, happy life: The role of diet in intestinal wellness

Young olives on the tree
Young olives on the tree
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10:19 AM EDT, May 25, 2024

The intestines, often called the "second brain," play a key role in our overall health. Their condition affects our well-being, immunity, and even our mental state. That's why it's essential to ensure the proper functioning of the gut microbiome.

Healthy food is not just low in calories and fat. It primarily includes products rich in nutrients that support the intestines' function. Fortunately, we don't have to rely solely on fermented delicacies such as kimchi or kombucha. We can include many other readily available foods in our diet to take care of our intestines.

Unprocessed foods as diet's king

Instead of buying ready-made "health" products often filled with sugar and artificial additives, we should opt for unprocessed foods. Our plates should be dominated by:

  • Whole fruits and vegetables: rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, they provide an excellent food source for gut bacteria.
  • Legumes: beans, chickpeas, lentils - not only provide protein but also fiber, which regulates bowel function and prevents constipation.
  • Whole grain products—sourdough bread, oatmeal, and brown rice—deliver fiber and other valuable nutrients, supporting the gut microbiota.
  • Olives: rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols, they promote the growth of good gut bacteria.
  • Unpasteurized cheese contains more beneficial bacteria than famous pickles, positively affecting the gut microbiome.

Additional allies of the intestines

Apart from the above-mentioned products, it's worth including:

  • Dark chocolate: is rich in polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties and support the intestines.
  • Vinegar: apple cider and other types contain acetic acid bacteria and cellulose that positively influence the intestines' functioning.
  • Fermented foods: sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi - are rich sources of probiotics, i.e., live cultures of bacteria that regulate the gut microbiome.

Remember, a healthy diet is about the right products, regular meals, and the right amount of water. By taking care of our intestines, we take care of our whole body!

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