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Six foods that love your gut

To have a healthy gut, we need to provide it with foods that promote good bacteria. Here are six foods you will want to add to your diet.

1. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage
These are called cruciferous vegetables, which mean they contain specific microbes that reduce inflammation. They can protect against cancers of the colon, stomach, liver, breast and lung. They act like ‘doormen’ in removing pathogens out of your system.

2. Bananas
Besides being a very fast and convenient food, they can reduce inflammation because of the potassium and magnesium content. Where the vegetables above show pathogens the door, bananas then bring in the ‘good guys’ to maintain a happy balance of phyla.

3. Blueberries
Blueberries are known as a superfood because of the antioxidants, vitamin K and fibre they provide. They can assist in a healthy gut and improve our immune system too by modifying microbiota.

4. Beans
Beans are a member of the legume family, and they help feed the good bacteria in the gut. They also release short-chain fatty acids that aid in the absorption of micronutrients. They can also help you feel less hungry as they are full of fibre, protein and Vitamin B, which has the added benefit of weight loss.

5. Natural Yogurt
Yoghurt can contain millions of good bacteria and can be quick and easy to eat. Although there are many types around you, want to look for that which has ‘live active cultures’ or similar wording. Many are nothing more than a quick snack, however, to promote good health spend a little time in getting they type that will be adding to your gut not full of sugar which has the opposite effect.

6. Kombucha
While technically not a food, this ancient Chinese elixir is made from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by bacteria and yeast. Containing live bacteria it is great for your gut and has been said to help prevent and fight cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.

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