3 Gut Killers
Proper digestion is key to good health; your gut is vital to the process of food breakdown, absorption and elimination. Home to an endless community of bacteria, both good and bad, the fine balance of your gut can be affected by many factors.
Gut Killer #1 Antibiotics.
It’s true that at times antibiotics play a key role in addressing serious infections however often antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed and used as a ‘quick fix’. The reality is that antibiotic use is really more of a quick harm. If you think of your gut as a lush forest, taking years to grow and thrive, antibiotics are like a forest fire and one prescription can wipe out all your precious gut bacteria. Making it difficult to rebuild and replenish especially with prolonged antibiotic use.
Solution. Take antibiotics sparingly and only when needed and make sure to include plenty of fermented foods and prebiotic containing foods in your diet regularly.
Fermented foods (contain probiotics, healthy living bacteria):
miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, kombucha
Prebiotic foods (stimulate bacteria growth):
chicory, dandelion greens, artichokes, banana, garlic, leek, onion, asparagus, oats