Which foods heal and boost function in my GI tract?

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Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

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Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics are types of dietary fiber that feed the friendly bacteria in your gut. This helps the gut bacteria produce nutrients for your colon cells and leads to healthier digestive system.

Enzymes

Enzymes are essential for healthy digestion and a healthy body. They work with other chemicals in the body, such as stomach acid and bile, to help break down food into molecules for a wide range of bodily functions.

Fiber

Dietary fiber has various health benefits. Not only does it feed your gut bacteria, fermentable fiber also forms short-chain fatty acids, which nourish the colon wall. Additionally, viscous, soluble fiber may reduce your appetite, lower cholesterol levels and decrease the rise in blood sugar after high-carb meals.

Foods and their function:

Bone Broth (Collagen – Healing)

Live Coconut Yogurt (Probiotic)

Coconut Kefir (Probiotic)

Kimchi (Probiotic/High Fiber)

Sauerkraut (Probiotic/Enzyme)

Kombucha (Probiotic)

Miso (Probiotic)

Tempeh (Probiotic)

Natto Fermented Soybean (Probiotic)

Pickles (Probiotic)

Fennel (anti-spasmodic)

Okra (Coating the GI Tract)

Chia Seeds (Fiber/Hydrating)

Beets (Nutrient Dense/Fiber)

Dark Green Vegetables (Fiber & Magnesium)

Apples (Fiber)

Sprouted Whole Grains (Fiber)

Dandelion Greens (Fiber/Prebiotic)

Apple Cider Vinegar (Acid/Enzyme)

Papaya (Papain – Protein Enzyme)

Pineapple (Enzymes)

Kiwi (Enzymes)

Avocado (Fat Enzymes & Fiber)

Mango (Sugar Enzymes)

Raw Honey (Enzymes)

Aloe Vera (Enzymes)

Ginger (Enzymes/Speeds Digestion)                                                                      

Asparagus (Prebiotic)

Garlic (Prebiotic)

Onion (Prebiotic)

Leeks (Prebiotic)

Jerusalem Artichoke (Prebiotic)

Seaweed (Prebiotic)

Jicama Root (Prebiotic)

Barley (Prebiotic)

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