There is a lot of discussion these days about the microbiome – the trillions of bacteria that live in and on our bodies. The gut microbiota, as it’s called, has been linked with everything from obesity and diabetes to anxiety and depression. So it’s no surprise that people are looking for ways to improve their gut health.
Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to heal your microbiome. Here are four tips:
- Eat probiotic foods. Probiotics are “good bacteria” that help keep the gut microbiota healthy. Good sources of probiotics include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles.
- Eat plenty of fiber. Fiber helps keep the gut microbiota healthy by providing them with food to eat. Good sources of fiber include fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts.
- Avoid processed foods. Processed foods often contain unhealthy ingredients that can harm the gut microbiota. Stick to whole foods instead.
- Manage stress. Stress can have a negative impact on the gut microbiota. Find ways to manage stress in your life.