Choosing Gut-Friendly Foods for Digestive Health

We all know what it’s like to have an upset stomach or to experience foods that just don’t sit right. But sometimes, gut health can be more complicated than a short-lived stomach ache. The gut is a complex microbiome that can affect your whole body. The good news is that a lot of your gut health is in your control. 

Knowledge is key to choosing the right food for gut health, and we’ve got some advice to get you on the right track.  

Why is gut health so important? 

First, what’s so important about the gut anyway? The gut is often considered the body’s second brain because it controls so much of how we are feeling. 

According to Healthline writers Megan Dix and Erika Klein, imbalances in the gut microbiome can result in fatigue, unusual weight gain or loss, migraines, skin irritation, and so much more. People with gut problems may feel generally unwell, which can be stressful and frustrating. 

Conversely, a healthy gut can improve your energy levels, sleep cycles, and general health. A healthy gut is one of many factors that contribute to a healthy and happy lifestyle. So, how do we make it happen? 

The best foods for your gut health

When thinking about food for gut health, focus on having a well-rounded diet of whole foods. Here are some of the top foods to improve your gut-health diet. 

  • Green vegetables. Leafy greens, like spinach and kale, can work wonders to help your gut because they are high in vitamins and fiber. 
  • Fermented foods. Fermented foods are high in probiotics, healthy bacteria that make your gut function at its best. Popular options include kombucha, kimchi, or classic Greek yogurt. 
  • Whole grains. These foods, such as our Arrowhead Flax Seeds and our Organic Pearled Barley, can help you achieve a high-fiber diet which is helpful for digestion. 

Foods to avoid for gut health

Moderation is the key to a healthy gut, so if you feel like your microbiome may need some help, you may want to limit your intake of the following:

  • Alcohol. Unfortunately, alcohol can be difficult to digest and can also be hard on the stomach lining. 
  • Fried foods. These foods can also be hard for your body to process and, at times, can foster the growth of bad bacteria. 
  • Sugar, gluten, and dairy. Foods containing these ingredients may be potentially harmful to your gut health.

Recipes that will keep your gut happy 

Eating foods good for gut health means you get to eat food that’s delicious and makes you feel good. Check out some recipes that will help get your gut on the right track. 

Or looking for something that’s just right for breakfast? Check out our Buckwheat Pancake and Waffle Mix

Taking care of your gut can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. With so many delicious options, all you have to do is test them out!

Try this recipe for gut health:

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About Abby Grifno

Abby is a health and wellness writer based out of Washington, DC. As a teacher, she believes health and knowledge go hand-in-hand with helping individuals make the best decisions for their health goals. Through her fact-based research and writing, Abby strives to make nutrition and wellness engaging, accessible, and fun!

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