Did you know that having a healthy gut has benefits beyond digestion? It actually plays an important role in how your body functions from boosting your immune system to aiding weight loss. That's right — a 2013 study showed that obese women saw significant results by improving their gut health.
Health and science journalist Max Lugavere took to Instagram to share the importance of nourishing your gut. And the best way to do that is by consuming more dietary fiber. You may be familiar with probiotics, which are live bacteria found in fermented foods like yogurt. But Max says to choose foods with prebiotic fiber, which promote the growth of "good" bacteria.
"Prebiotic fiber are microbiota-accessable, meaning your gut bacteria will consume it and make them happy," he wrote.
Here are nine of the top gut-healing foods that Max recommends:
- Garlic (prebiotic, antiviral, antifungal)
- Leeks (prebiotic, antioxidant)
- Onions (prebiotic, antioxidant)
- Jicama (prebiotic)
- Kale (prebiotic, antioxidant)
- Sunchokes (prebiotic)
- Bone broth (healing)
- Turmeric (antioxidant)
- Capers (prebiotic, antioxidant)
However, if you're just beginning to incorporate these foods into your diet, Max suggests to do so slowly. Otherwise, a sudden increase can lead to intense gas and bloating.