What the heck are gut bugs and why do we need them?

Well, when I say “gut bugs”, what I’m referencing is the “gut microbiome”. It has become a hot topic and I’m hoping to clear things up a little bit for you! I want to give you a very brief and simple summary of what it is and how it affects us in a basic sense. The gut microbiome is a collection of all of the bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms in our body, aka bugs. A more diverse collection of “good” bacteria = better for your body.

There are a ton of factors that go into your gut health, but I wanted to focus on one in particular, diet. The diversity of your gut health is strongly affected by your diet. By changing up your diet, you can improve your gut health in as little as 24 hours! Crazy right? But that also means that it can go from “good” to “bad” pretty quickly as well. Which is why it is important to implement these changes into your diet for the long haul

So why should you even care about the bugs in your gut? Well, there are a TON of awesome benefits.

Benefits of a Diverse Gut:

  • Better energy levels
  • Improved brain health
  • Stronger immune system
  • Less bloating
  • Better sleep
  • Potential prevention of further issues/diagnoses

And many more as well! These are just some of the main benefits that we can all relate to. So, the next step is to figure out what the heck we’re supposed to eat to get all these “good bugs” in our body. Here are some examples:

  1. Beans, berries, whole grains, nuts, squash.
  2. Prebiotic-Rich Foods. Prebiotics feed healthy bacteria. Examples include onions, garlic, asparagus, whole wheat, spinach, beans, bananas, and oats.
  3. Probiotic-Rich Foods. Probiotics are the live bacteria found in fermented foods. Examples include sauerkraut, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, Kombucha.
  4. Water is the key to everything. Drink more!

So basically, a variety in your diet is key! Make it a goal next week to add more fiber rich and fermented foods to your grocery list. I hope you found this blog post to be helpful in clearing up all of the craziness we see on the internet!

Have any more questions? Feel free to drop them below and I’d love to help in any way that I can! Don’t forget to like this post if you enjoyed it 🙂

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Source: Cindy D. Davis, Ph.D. Nutr Today.2016; 51(4): 167–174.

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