Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pay Attention to How You Feed Your Gut Microbes

"In the meantime, this argues strongly in favor of not damaging the gut with foods to which one has a demonstrated sensitivity. A number of people have issues with gluten, dairy, corn, soy, or nuts, but there are other foods to which people can have reactions – not always immediate reactions, but delayed ones. Pay attention to your own unique body. It’s an interesting exercise to track your diet, your energy, and your mood for three days to a week, just to see what patterns can emerge.

It’s also a good idea to eat probiotic foods (kefir, sauerkraut, kosher dills, kombucha, and the like) every day. Every meal, even. Particularly if you’ve had one or more courses of antibiotics (and tell me someone who hasn’t), and have not consistently taken probiotics afterwards, probiotic foods can go a long way towards helping restore the integrity of your gut and a happy population of beneficial bacteria."

The leaky gut and the gastroenterologist | For Love of Food