facebook pixel 4 Foods You Should Be Eating for Good Gut Health
Site Search
< Blog Home < Nutrition and Diet

4 Foods You Should Be Eating for Good Gut Health

Having good gut health means good health overall. Here are four foods that may keep your tummy happy and healthy.

Gut health, bananas and yogurt

The word “gut” isn’t exactly the most pleasant word in the English language, and maybe that’s because nothing is more unpleasant than an unhappy gut. From constipation to irritable bowel syndrome to chronic acid reflux, your gut—also known as your gastrointestinal tract—seems to know exactly how to ruin your day.

You may exercise and manage your stress and get plenty of sleep, but if you aren’t paying attention to your gut health, your overall health will suffer. On the other hand, when your tummy is happy, you’ll process food better, feel more energetic, and even better ward off illnesses through a strengthened immune system.

Thankfully, tending to your gut’s needs isn’t expensive or complicated: In fact, here are a few foods that contribute to your GI health.

1. Prunes

Listen to your grandmother and eat more prunes. These dried plums are a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. The fiber combines with bile acids in your intestines and then forms a gel that’s passed.

2.  Asparagus

You may have heard of probiotics, but how familiar are you with prebiotics? Most cultures naturally include prebiotic foods in their diets, but Americans have managed to eliminate most healthy foods from our plates and that includes vegetables like asparagus, artichokes, and leeks.

Prebiotics are the only foods that feed good bacteria in our guts, and that good bacteria plays a role in improved digestion, lowered stress response, and lower risk for weight gain.  

3. Kefir

Prebiotics and probiotics work together to maintain gut health; kefir happens to have both, which makes it synbiotic. Kefir is a type of yogurt, and it’s great at feeding lactobacillus, bacteria that helps with lactose intolerance and overall gut health.  

In fact, check out the BBC’s study that showed how significantly people who drank kefir improved in overall gut health. There’s one catch, though: Store-bought kefir usually contains much lower amounts of probiotics and prebiotics, so save some cash and make your own.

4. Bananas

Easy, right? This friendly yellow fruit helps stabilize gut bacteria and fight inflammation. Plus, they’re portable, delicious, and cheap. When your gut is out of balance, send bananas to the rescue: They’re great at combatting diarrhea and settling upset tummies. 

Related: Ten Simple Ways to Lose Belly Fat

Paying attention to your gut has a correlation to how much better you feel, and incorporating these four foods can ultimately lead to happier days. Just think of it: Something as simple as adding kefir and bananas to your diet may be the key to a more settled stomach.   

 

SelectHealth may link to other websites for your convenience. SelectHealth does not expressly or implicitly recommend or endorse the views, opinions, specific services, or products referenced at other websites linked to the SelectHealth site, unless explicitly stated.

The content presented here is for your information only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, and it should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

You May Also Like...

Healthy Living

7 Daily Exercises You Can Do While You Brush Your Teeth

Get your body moving with these simple exercises you can do while brushing your teeth.

Healthcare and Insurance Basics

Preventive Care for Men and Women: Cancer Screenings [Infographic]

Preventive care can help you gauge your current health status and find out ways to protect it now and in the future. Follow these recommendations for getting screened for cancer.

In the Community

Is Your Organization Keeping Utah Healthy? Apply for Our Award

Each year, we recognize 20 organizations that are making a healthy difference in Utah to help support their missions.

Business

How Our Mission Differentiates Us from Our Competitors

Here’s a look at how our mission helps our products differ from our competitors, how we educate consumers about their plan options, and how our team is involved in local communities.

Contenido Español

Consejos para preparar un depósito de alimentos y qué tener en su despensa

Cocinar en casa no tiene que ser complicado.

Related Articles

Related Articles

Nutrition and Diet

Flourless Pumpkin Bread

This version of pumpkin bread only requires 6 ingredients—it’s made without flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

Nutrition and Diet

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Parfait

This is a great pumpkin recipe for fall—or, if you're a pumpkin lover, you can enjoy it year-round. You can find pumpkin puree at any time of the year in the baking aisle—usually next to the evaporated milk.

Nutrition and Diet

Spiced Grilled Chicken with Lemon

If you’re planning your first barbecue of the season, here’s a great grilled chicken recipe—spiced with cumin, ginger, and paprika.

Nutrition and Diet

Family Friendly Sparkling Sangria

Impress your guests with this colorful, yet simple sparkling drink that’s perfect for a special dinner—plus, the whole family can enjoy this version.

Post Author

Jennifer Diffley
Jennifer Diffley is a SLC resident. She is a senior copywriter and has her MFA in creative writing from NYU. Jennifer is committed to health, but has an unhealthy fascination with outrageous shoes.