You can keep your gut happy by eating foods full of healthy bacteria, including sauerkraut, yogurt and kefir.
It’s hard to imagine that anything numbers into the trillions in your intestinal tract. But in healthy adults, your lower intestine is full of trillions of happy, healthy beneficial bacteria known as probiotics that help your body digest food and stay healthy.
However, your gut bacteria can sometimes get out of balance, which allows harmful bacteria to overpopulate and can lead to illness and disease.
Eating fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut help keep your helpful gut bacteria happy and strong. When these bacteria are in a good balance, they work hard to keep YOU happy and strong.
Here is a quick list of what your gut bacteria, and the fermented foods you eat, do for your body:
Scientists are learning more all the time about the value and benefit of maintaining a healthy gut bacteria environment and population. Getting all the benefits of these foods is as easy as adding yogurt to your breakfast, sauerkraut to your sandwich or tempeh to your dinner, so go out and populate your gut with these foods and feel the difference in your vitality!
— Elisha Rain, MS, CN, Bastyr dietetic intern, and Debra Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.
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