The Best Foods for Your Gut Health
First there was Atkins diet, then keto, and a range of raw and other dietary fads. These days, gut health is all the rage. And the best way to take care of the good microorganisms in the gut, according to doctors and research, is to nourish them with healthy foods.
To compile a list of some of the best foods for gut health, 24/7 Wall St. consulted registered dietitians and nutritionists and reviewed several studies on what benefits certain foods may have on the gut microbiota.
The trillions of microbes that live in our gut have an important role, often helping to keep us healthy, but they have also been tied to increased risk of chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Several nutrients play a key role in gut health. “You need both soluble and insoluble fiber, a combination that helps to stimulate digestion,” said Amy Gorin, a registered dietician nutritionist and owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area.