5 Foods/Drinks That Can Improve Your Gut Health

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The bloating, indigestion, and abdominal pain that come with digestive problems are never fun to deal with. There are many different things that can affect your gut microbiome, including high-stress levels, lack of sleep, an over-accumulation of uric acid, or consuming too many processed or sugary foods, just to name a few.

If you’re having trouble with your digestive health, consider adding one or more of these foods or beverages to your diet which have been known to get your gut back into tip-top shape.

1. Coffee

    That morning cup of coffee can be used for more than just an extra boost of energy. It can also help stimulate your digestive tract and promote the growth of good bacteria in the stomach. Coffee acts like a laxative where it gets things moving pretty quickly.

    However, it's not recommended that you rely on it solely as a way to help with digestion.

    2. Ginger

      If food lingers too long, it can cause bacterial overgrowth, nausea, vomiting, or obstruction of the stomach. Consuming ginger can help by encouraging efficient digestion so that food doesn't linger.

      You can add it to your tea, spoon it over some grilled fish, or do whatever else you like to try to incorporate it into your diet.

      3. Peppermint

        The leaves of peppermint contain menthol, menthone, and limonene which are compound essential oils that have been known to help calm an upset stomach. Peppermint can also help improve the flow of bile, allowing food to pass through the stomach more quickly.

        4. Kimchi

        Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish that typically contains cabbage or Korean radish, spring onions, garlic, ginger, fish oil, and chili paste (which is what gives it its vibrant red color and spicy taste).

        Kimchi is a fermented food that contains natural probiotic bacteria which are beneficial for your gut and can help improve some digestive problems, like constipation.

        5. Kombucha

          Kombucha is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. Kombucha is packed with antioxidants and probiotics known to help boost the health of intestinal cells and aid in food digestion. At most, you should drink 1-2 cups of kombucha per day to try to help with gut health.

          **Consult with your doctor before changing your diet.

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