Why Nurturing Your Gut Health May Be the Key to a Diet that Works

Diet and nutritionThe latest research suggests your gut bacteria is almost as unique as your fingerprint. Inside your gut, you house a distinct combination of bacteria that determines how your body reacts to certain foods. In a recent study, researchers were astonished to discover that for some people, a typically innocuous food like a sweet potato caused higher spikes in blood sugar levels than in others. These same differences were observed over and over again with a number of foods.

The microbiome of the gut began to garner attention when experts watched the incidence of autoimmune diseases soar across recent decades, particularly those conditions related to the gut, such as celiac disease. The number and types of bacteria that effectively flourish in your gut is highly influenced by your diet and other lifestyle choices – and it’s thought to be a key determinant of disease risk and weight loss success.

Someday, finding the perfect diet to manage a healthy weight may be as simple as assessing the profile of your gut bacteria.

These six simple changes to your daily lifestyle will help you improve your gut health:
1. Drink plenty of water. It’s so important!
2. Supplement with a high quality probiotic.
3. Add a variety of fiber-rich foods to your diet, and/or add a fiber supplement.
4. Eat a well-rounded diet consisting of fresh, whole foods and plenty of vegetables.
5. Eliminate processed foods, sugar, and artificial ingredients as much as possible.
6. Increase intake of fermented foods such as miso, kimchi and sauerkraut to promote healthy gut bacteria.

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