Do you find that you have a lot of gas? Maybe you feel bloated after eating? Is your stool often loose? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you may have an imbalance in your gut's bacteria.
The bacteria in your intestines aid in the digestion of the foods you eat. An imbalance in your bacteria can result in the above symptoms. If you suspect your gut bacteria is out of balance, here are 7+ ways you can help restore the balance.
1. Eat fermented foods. Harvard Medical School shares that fermented foods are high in probiotics. Eating kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, meso, kefir and yogurt may be all you need to help.
2. Increase vegetable intake. The Huffington Post states that foods high in undigestible fiber, like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, appear to help balance gut health.
3. Eat sulfur-containing metabolite foods. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) shares that cabbage, kale, broccoli and cauliflower contain glucosinolates which reduce inflammation in the gut.
4. Avoid alcohol. Limiting your alcohol intake, according to the Huffington Post, may restore some balance as the alcohol actually tends to negatively affect gut health.
5. Consume prebiotic foods. Prebiotic foods provide food for the probiotics in your gut. By feeding your probiotics, you give your gut a helping hand. Fiber and complex carbohydrates are good sources of prebiotics, according to Healthline.
6. Eat bananas. Bananas help keep the bacteria in your stomach well-balanced, according to PCRM.
7. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Bananas help balance the bacteria in your stomach, but artificial sweeteners, which people so love, do just the opposite. Healthline says to keep your intake of artificial sweeteners to a minimum.
8. Breastfeed for six months. Breastfeeding won't help you any, but according to Healthline, you will be setting your baby up for healthy gut bacteria.
By taking time to tweak your diet just a little, you may be able to save yourself the pain, discomfort and embarrassment of improper gut bacteria.