While eating for gut health is relatively new territory in the health and wellness world, we know that having a few gut-resetting remedies on hand can't hurt. In light of the indulgent holiday season, MindBodyGreen tapped a few of the country's top registered dietitians and nutritionists to uncover which foods they turn to when they're looking to reboot their digestive systems. Here's exactly what you should put on your plate when you're looking to nourish your microbiome:
Low-sugar fruits and vegetables as a source of carbohydrates are essential. Some of my favorites are blueberries, jicama, and radishes. They also serve as prebiotics to feed the probiotics (good bacteria).
If I feel like my gut needs a reboot, I reach for my favorite fermented/cultured products: kombucha and yogurt! For yogurt, I'll either have plain Greek or Icelandic yogurt, such as Fage or Siggi's. For kombucha, I'll often get GT's Trilogy or Gingerade or Health Ade's Pink Apple. The trick to maintaining a healthy gut is staying consistent, so I generally try to have at least one probiotic-rich food or beverage every day.
I love fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi! I love fermented foods but specifically love fermented vegetables because they don't require sugar for growth like kombucha. They deliver fiber and bioavailable vitamins and minerals along with your daily dose of probiotics.
Next up: the best snack for gut health.