A couple of days ago I was speaking with someone about the importance of gut health and although many people know how important it is, it can there is often confusion when it comes to what we can be doing to help our gut.
First, let’s discuss exactly what your microbiome is. Specifically, it refers to the microorganisms living in your intestines. This may sound surprising, but we all have 300 to 500 harmful and helpful different species of bacteria in their digestive tract. Keeping this part of the body healthy is not difficult as long as you make a conscious effort to do so.
The topic of gut bacteria usually goes hand in hand with taking a probiotic. Yes, this can help with having a healthy gut, but fiber can help with this too. Fiber feeds your microbiome and will get your gut healthier than ever. Fiber digests in your body slowly, which means that it will lower the rate that sugar enters your bloodstream- which can help prevent Type 2 diabetes! Before you begin ingesting more fiber it is important to realize that there is such a thing as “too much” which can lead to abdominal discomfort.
Getting that fiber in your diet- 3 simple ways to get more fiber every day
- Focus on plant-based proteins: Lentils, chia seeds, and chickpeas are an inexpensive, tasty, and easy way to incorporate a healthy and earth-friendly fiber in your meals
- Snack on fiber: Most snacking foods do not have a lot of fiber in them. Rather than grabbing a handful of chips, get out some yogurt or popcorn, just as tasty but better for your gut.
- Choose whole grains over refined grains: Whole grains are processed less, compared to refined grains which are not as nutrient-rich due to processing.