What’s the Secret to a Healthy Gut?

What’s the Secret to a Healthy Gut?

Majority of us have heard that we should consume yogurt daily to keep our gut healthy. Yogurt contains some live bacteria (Bifidobacteria) that is found to be plentiful in healthy individuals. Two terms are associated with the healthy gut, probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that are beneficial to the human gut. Yogurt is a good example of probiotics. (more about probiotics)
Prebiotics are foods that are not being absorbed in the top part of our gut, and after reaching the intestine they become food for the bacteria (such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli). Prebiotics include fruits and vegetables, and also legumes. Studies identified several types of foods that are highest in prebiotics: bananas, apples, whole grains breakfast cereals, garlic, leeks, onions, asparagus, artichoke, beans, wine and coffee. Healthy bacteria in the intestine can combat unwanted bacteria, providing a number of health benefits.

Journal of Agriculture and Chemistry recently published a study that identified and tested an additional prebiotic food that showed a significant increase in Bifidobacteria in overweight but otherwise healthy 47 years old men. Freeze dried blueberries were used as a morning drink for six weeks (equivalent to 1 cup of fresh berries). This study concluded that only one cup of blueberries a day will increase certain populations of Bifidobacteria which will lead to a healthier host, the man.

2 Responses to What’s the Secret to a Healthy Gut?

  1. L says:

    Flax-seed oil is very good for digestive tract also. I eat 1 tbsp of this oil every morning an hour or so before breakfast on empty stomach and it really helps.

  2. [...] properties to this drink. Yogurt and berries are super foods for your gut, since they contain probiotics and prebiotics. Blueberries are also a super food by itself; they are full of antioxidants, vitamin C and great [...]

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