1. Prebiotics and Probiotics
Prebiotics are a type of fiber that are found in foods like artichokes, onions and garlic and help to breed good bacteria in your gut. Make sure to eat a diet rich in these foods or take a fiber supplement like True Balance Lean Fiber. Additionally, Probiotics are an important part of this process because they are the good bacteria that you want to maintain in your stomach. Eating probiotic-rich, fermented foods in your diet like sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir and kombucha will help you retain health-enhancing probiotic bacteria, or you can incorporate a probiotic supplement into your routine for optimum probiotics.
2. Reduce consumption of sugars and carbs
Foods with excessive sugar and carbohydrates can create an imbalance of gut bacteria that’s associated with inflammation and diabetes. Work with your physician to balance your diet and monitor your sugar and carbohydrate intake.
3. Say no to Gluten
This may be a difficult one for many, since bread can be a daily staple and even traditional wheat bread is marketed as health food. However, gluten can increase the permeability of the gut lining, which creates inflammation and bacteria which circulates systemically in your body. We recommend to our patients to cut gluten out of their diet or try a gluten-free bread option if you must have it.
4. Buy Non-GMO Products
There are many reasons to avoid genetically modified food, with some being the health and welfare of animals and the environment. But in terms of your personal health, it’s best to avoid them because there has yet to be a consensus on what the effects are. Some studies show that GMOs may have the potential to lower the effectiveness of antibiotics in our population, which could create widespread antibiotic resistance. Other studies show that consuming GMOs may create potential alterations in the human genome, allergenicity of introduced genes and high toxic production plans and animals that may lead to long-term health effects. In other words, just avoid them altogether.