You may or may not already know this but 80% of your immune system and the majority of your body’s serotonin is in your gut!
Your gut microbiome is the foundation of your health! Good gut health is when you balance helpful and potentially harmful bacteria and yeast in your digestive system. In short, if your gut is not healthy, your immune system and hormones will not function properly, and you will get sick.
Aids in the digestion of the foods you eat
Absorbs nutrients, and uses them to fuel and maintain your body
Is where your body gets rid of metabolic waste and toxins
If your gut is imbalanced and your immune system isn’t working properly, your serotonin and hormones will not work either and you will get sick often.
An unhealthy gut will also struggle to rid itself of toxins. If this occurs, issues such as chronic fatigue, chronic illnesses, and inflammation throughout the body will arise. That’s why people experience symptoms such as brain fog, diarrhea, chronic bloating, constipation, gas, and joint pain.
Also, did you know that the brain is the second gut? So, if your gut isn’t working properly, your brain will struggle too.
Dos and Don’ts of good gut health
- Normalize eating a wide range of plant-based foods as possible
- Eat fiber-rich foods
- Eat healthy fermented foods
- Avoid artificial sweeteners
- Buy “live” yogurt
- Swap staple foods often
- Forget the low carbohydrate fad
- Focus on less processed foods, red meat, and sugar
- Move your body every day to aid with metabolism
Resetting your gut starts with cleaning up your diet and with that said, the following foods should be included in your daily diet.
Vegetables help increase fiber in the diet plus they are rich in probiotics. Vegetables that you should mainly focus on for a gut reset include:
Fruits help by supporting healthy bacteria growth. Fruits you should feast on for a gut health reset include:
Grains + Legumes
Grains and legumes contain fiber and are low in sugar:
These specific drinks contribute the good bacteria in your digestive system:
Kefir (coconut water or cow milk-based)
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are good sources of fiber: