Diet is extremely influential in intestinal health.
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Every human being has trillions of gut microbiota, or good bacteria, in his body. Harvard Medical School reports that two studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic revealed that good bacteria in the stomach work not only to prevent disease, but to treat common diseases as well. Consuming a diet that puts good bacteria in your body is not only beneficial for optimal health, but important after taking certain medications, like antibiotics, which are known to kill the good bacteria in the body along with the bad.
Why a Healthy Diet is Best
The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine states that 90 percent of every person's cells are microbial. The committee goes on to point out that, because our diet influences these microbes, it's the best way to put good bacteria in our stomachs. In fact, simply by changing what we eat, we can cultivate microbiota within 24 hours time. Microbiota are known to especially thrive off plant-based foods.
High Fiber Foods
Start adding high fiber foods, such as asparagus, bananas, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, polenta and leeks, into your daily diet. These foods contain inulin, which is an insoluble fiber. Once the fiber travels through the body and makes its way to the colon, it begins to ferment into the good bacteria your body so desperately needs. Fiber is also responsible for making you feel full for a longer period of time, so you're less likely to indulge in sugary treats that aren't so good for your body.
Naturally Fermented Foods
Incorporate naturally fermented foods into your diet next. A few examples of foods in this category include kefir, sauerkraut, miso and pickles. Unlike the fiber which ferments in the colon, these foods are already fermented and full of live good bacteria called probiotics. Some people opt to take probiotic supplements, but this isn't necessary if you're consuming enough fermented foods naturally.
Lactic Acid Yeast
Add lactic acid yeast along with your daily meals for five to seven days when you need a boost of good bacteria. Dr. David Williams, author of "Healthy Weight Healthy Heart: Achieve Both Naturally," says lactic acid yeast acts much the same way fermented foods do. This yeast produces extra amounts of lactic acid, which stop the bad bacteria from growing in the lower bowel while allowing the good bacteria to multiply. You can get this product in a tasty wafer from a variety of vendors.