How to Improve Digestive Health

Are digestive problems slowing you down, a lack of probiotics may be the reason. Bad bacteria is normal and abundant in our intestinal environment and may be the root cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well as negatively impact vaginal, urinary, and oral health. Studies suggest that improper gut bacteria levels are linked with depression and arthritis.  If you are struggling with poor gastrointestinal health it may be time to revamp your diet to add more probiotics.

 

Probiotic Consumption

 

Probiotics play a key role in the proper digestion of food and serve as a key component of overall gut health. A Lack of probiotics or “live good bacteria” is common in our diets today because fermented foods are a primary source and may not be a popular choice for many people – too much bad bacteria will have detrimental effects on overall health. Before you rush to the store for a probiotic supplement consider adding these natural sources of probiotics. (Research infers that probiotics derived from food have an immediate effect on our intestinal system as they contain various types of good bacteria, for example, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.)

 

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Kimchi
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Miso
  • Sauerkraut

 

Johns Hopkins Health Alerts suggest that consuming 8-ounces of live-culture yogurt may reduce bloating and increase bowel movement frequency after a few weeks. In addition according to an article published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, people who consumed live-culture yogurt twice a day experienced shorter times between eating and bowel movements. Good news since that is less time fighting stomach pain.

When dealing with intestinal discomfort or digestive health issues, probiotics should be scrutinized first. A considerable amount of health related concerns derive from too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria. In order to maintain proper health we must take great caution in preventing a probiotic deficiency in our bodies.

 

 

 

 


Also published on Medium.

2 comments on “How to Improve Digestive Health”

  1. Yes kimchi is the bomb! This was a good read; thanks! 🙂

    1. Kimchi would be last on my list. Colby always wanted me to eat it. Not a fan!

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