There are millions of bacteria in your digestive tract. Some are good, and others are not. When you do things that support the bad bacteria, their numbers begin to increase and this can lead to digestive issues (stomach aches, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea). Some research has suggested that an imbalance in the bacterial culture of your digestive tract can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and even increase your risk of heart disease. The stomach lining can regenerate in approximately 3-5 days. This means that the microorganisms in the digestive tract can be modified relatively quickly. Making the right choices at your next meal can show improvements in your health and wellness rather quickly. Here are some tips to promote the good bacteria, and get your digestion back on track.
Vegetables: Eating a diet high in fiber helps promote the growth of helpful bacteria in your body. Women should consume 25 grams per day of fiber, and men 38g per day. Get your fiber from whole wheat, beans, brown rice, and vegetables.
Wash up: Some antibacterial soap contains triclosan, which may alter your gut bacteria in a negative way. The mechanical action of washing with soap and water is the best way to keep your hands clean. Antibacterial is not necessary.
Look for fermented: Fermented foods (pickled veggies, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt) all boost beneficial bacteria that support good digestion. One serving 2-5 times a week can help your belly!
Think before you eat: Sit at a table to eat, eat slowly, chew your food, relax, and enjoy!
More Support: Be sure your thyroid is healthy. Get enough iodine to be sure your thyroid is controlling metabolism properly. Move toward a well balanced diet that contains the nutrition you need.
Pro/prebiotics: Probiotics contain the live bacterial cultures that help your digestive track. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria in your stomach. These supplements can help repair your digestive track.
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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
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