You’ve probably read by now that the bacteria in your gut can affect your body in a lot of ways, including how well your brain functions. If you’re looking for a way to prevent diseases and keep your body and mind extremely healthy, start in your gut and nurture your good bacteria. Here are some ways to protect your symbiotic (good) bacteria:
- Only use antibiotics when extremely necessary. When you go to the doctor, they may want to prescribe you antibiotics for everything, when in reality antibiotics are useless against things like the common cold. Antibiotics actually wipe out all bacteria, good and bad. If you do find you need an antibiotic, make sure you take probiotics to keep the good bacteria in your system.
- Eat fermented foods. Fermented foods like kimchee, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, Kombucha and fermented vegetables are a good, natural source of probiotics. Eat lots of these if you don’t want to take probiotic supplements.
- If you don’t like many of the foods or drinks above, take a probiotic supplement. Look for products with Lactobaccilus plantarum, Lactobaccilus acidophilus, Bifidibacterium longum and Lactobaccilus brevis.
- Get enough prebiotic fiber. Foods that have prebiotic fiber are chicory root, dandelion greens, onions, garlic, jicama and Jerusalem artichoke. This helps enhance the growth of your current probiotic organisms and can help probiotics work more effectively. You can also get prebiotic fiber in a supplement called acaciaum.
- Reduce how much sugar, carbs and gluten you eat. When you eat a lot of junk foods that contain sugar, carbs or gluten, you will have an imbalance in your gut bacteria. This can lead to inflammation, diabetes and other diseases. Gluten also increases the permeability of the gut lining.
- Buy non-GMO products. You may have seen lately in the news that Chipotle is no longer using any GMO products. Take their lead and skip any genetically modified products. The ingredients in GMO products have been shown to change your microbiome.
- Don’t use aspartame anymore. Aspartame also leads to changes in the microbiome and can be a risk for developing diabetes.
Do you take a probiotic or ever worry about your gut health? Did you know that taking care of your good bacteria can help your brain too? Share with us!