Super Foods for Gut Health
by Dr. Chomba on Sep 02, 2017
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The human gut is home to trillions of micro-organisms, and the population of bacteria in the gut is ten times more than all the cells in the body combined.
Our gut flora plays a major role in our health and is responsible for regulating metabolism, protecting the body against infection and enhancing gastrointestinal functions.
Therefore, it’s important to have healthy gut flora for a healthy digestive system. One way to achieve this is to eat the right foods. Some of these foods are considered to be ‘super foods’ for gut health. Here are a few to include in your diet to improve and optimize your gut health.
Bone broth contains immune-optimizing components which serve as building blocks for gut healing. This is especially beneficial for those suffering with a leaky gut. One particular component that makes bone broth helpful for gut healing is gelatin. Gelatin is made up of hydrophilic colloid which attracts liquids, such as digestive juices. Gelatin also contains glucosamine, silicon, calcium and phosphorus which further promote a healthy gut.
Flax Seed Tea
Flax seeds contain soluble fiber, omega 3 fats and lignans. These components aid in lubricating and they also have an anti-inflammatory effect, making them beneficial for colon healing.
To make the tea, pour one tablespoon of flax seeds into 12 ounces of boiling water. Allow it to steep overnight and strain off the seeds before drinking.
Red cabbage contains L-glutamine amino acid which aids in healing the soft tissue lining of the intestines. Red cabbage is beneficial for people suffering from leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Coconut kefir contains beneficial bacteria that will recolonize your gut and promote hydration in your mucous membranes. It has beneficial yeasts that destroy pathogenic yeasts. It also works to purify, strengthen and clean the intestinal walls and keep it strong and healthy against any disease-causing pathogens such as salmonella and E.coli.
Coconut kefir has been found helpful in assimilating the nutrients in the gut while also enhancing the usage of B vitamins and other trace minerals.
The medicinal powers of moringa have been used for centuries in treating indigestion. Moringa is loaded with fiber which helps clean the intestines and also contains antibacterial components for killing off unwanted invaders that may adversely affect a healthy digestion.
Moringa is a powerhouse of isothiocyanates which serves as a natural antibiotic to help destroy H. pylori, which can cause stomach ulcers. By adding moringa to your diet, the less likely you are to suffer from gastritis and duodenal ulcers.
Oranges are packed with soluble fiber, that when fermented by the gut bacteria, has several health benefits. The process of fermenting soluble fiber in the gut produces a byproduct called butyrate. This substance is known to act as an anti-inflammatory that helps the gut to work in a healthy manner.
The butyrate helps regulate the growth of cells in the gut lining. As a result, proper balance is achieved between the formation of new cells and the death of old cells in the lining of the gut.
Chia seeds are powerhouses of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals. They provide a soothing effect that is beneficial for sufferers of gastrointestinal distress. They are also gluten free which makes them ideal for those who have celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
In addition, chia seeds are high in dietary fiber which promotes bowel regularity. This fiber content also makes people feel full quicker. Once it reaches the stomach, it forms a gelatin-like substance that serves as a prebiotic for enhanced probiotic growth in the gut.
There are quite a few foods to choose from in the list above, so you can certainly add a few or all of these super foods to your diet without too much trouble. If you do, you’ll boost your gut health!