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How Diet Affects the Good Bacteria in Your Gut

By Edited Oct 27, 2015 0 0

If there’s one thing science has taught, it’s that "delicious" is not always good for the health. Oftentimes, the tastiest snacks and meals are often the worse choices for kids and adults alike. Most of the time, eating a lot of processed food or relying on mostly cooked food will feed your system with dangerous chemicals. This will disrupt the balance inside your gastrointestinal tract.

As we speak, there are over 100 trillion good bacteria inside your gut - that makes up about three pounds of your overall weight. These microorganisms work to support your body’s metabolism. However, because of the frequent consumption of processed snacks such as junk food and soda, these microorganisms are endangered.

In order to raise their population once more, it is advised to eat food with abundant quantities of probiotics. Probiotics or beneficial bacteria help support your digestive system in breaking down food molecules. They also have a positive influence in your body’s nutrient absorption. Probiotics sources often come from fermented foods.

If you review history, you will discover that fermented foods have been a part of cultures for myriads of years.

    •    During the Roman times, people consumed sauerkraut.
    •    In India, it was a commonplace practice to drink a fermented beverage called lassi.
    •    Bulgarians, who are known for their longevity, had high amounts of fermented milk and kefir in their diet.
    •    At present, Asians eat cultured versions of cabbage, turnips, eggplants, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots.

Apart from sauerkraut, other popular fermented choices are natto, miso, kimchee, tempeh, olives, and pickles. If you’re not a fan of cultured vegetables, you can always opt for yogurt. Yogurt provides large quantities of beneficial species of bacteria.

All of these cultured selections are available at present. Whichever fermented food you eat or beverage you drink, it should not be pasteurized. Pasteurization is a process that kills harmful bacteria and pathogens in food. The only downside is that it also rids the food of beneficial strains of bacteria. Make sure you read the labels when you pick products.

Apart from fermented foods and beverages, you may also opt to try probiotics supplements – whether in pill, liquid, or powder form. They are practical in the sense that you can carry them around when you travel to places with unfamiliar foods. You may do research to find out how to pick high-quality probiotics supplements.

Along with increasing your consumption of fermented foods, you should make sure that you have eliminated unhealthy food sources in your diet. That should be the first thing you need to do to prevent the depletion of good bacteria in your digestive tract.



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