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Fermented foods could improve your gut health

Fermented foods could improve your gut health

We often hear about “bad” microorganisms, ones that cause food spoilage, disease and other harm. But there are actually many more “good” microbes out there that are beneficial and can even improve our health.

The microorganisms used to make fermented foods is a great example.

A study found that eating a diet rich in fermented foods increases the diversity of gut microbes, which improves health, fortifies immune responses and lowers inflammation. The researchers found the results particularly exciting, as it’s one of the first examples showing how a simple diet change can dramatically affect a person’s intestinal microflora.

In the study, 36 healthy adults ate a diet that included either fermented or high-fiber foods for 10 weeks. Those who consumed fermented foods exhibited an increase in microbial diversity. Larger servings resulted in an even stronger effect.

The researchers also reported lower levels of several types of inflammatory proteins in blood samples of those eating fermented foods. This included one type associated with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and chronic stress.

“People have been eating fermented foods for hundreds of years,” says health-coaching?_ga=2.19557823.669552544.1636475875-474961514.1630600818″Pamela Voelkers, dietitian and integrative health coach from Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wis. “Fermentation uses controlled microbial growth as a way to increase shelf life and give a unique and delicious taste, texture and appearance to the fermented food.”

During the fermentation process, microorganisms like yeast and bacteria break down components in the food, such as sugars, into other products like organic acids, gases or alcohol.

The American Heart Association lists a number of health benefits associated with fermented foods. These include lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and inflammation, as well as improved weight management, mood, brain activity and bone health.

There are thousands of different kinds of fermented foods. Some of

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Nutritionist Warns Against These 6 Everyday Foods That Lead To Poor Gut Health

Your gut health affects not only how your food is digested but also how your entire body functions. If your gut health is compromised, it could lead to several issues including obesity, kidney problems, heart disease, anxiety and others. The natural bacteria in your gut play a key role, and it is necessary that your diet supports them. Wondering what you should be doing? Celebrity Nutritionist Lovneet Batra recently shared some important suggestions in this regard. More specifically, she listed down food items that can damage your gut health. While cutting off their consumption completely may not be an option, you should definitely consider limiting their intake. Check them out below.
Also Read: 5 Simple Precautions You Should Take To Avoid Food Poisoning

Here Are 6 Everyday Foods That Are Bad For Gut Health:

1. Refined Sugar


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We already know a few of the health risks associated with high intake of refined sugar. It is known to lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and much more. Another reason to limit its consumption: it “eliminates healthy gut bacteria, which can cause inflammation in the body,” according to Lovneet

2. Artificial Sweeteners

Since sugar has now been discredited, you might turn to seemingly healthy alternatives. But beware! The nutritionist explains that since “our bodies are not designed to process (digest) artificial ingredients, artificial sweeteners can trigger an immune response causing inflammation.” Hence even these so-called ‘safe’ alternatives can lead to poor gut health.
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3. Fried foods

Just like refined sugar, we already know that too much fried food is bad for our health in general. But how does it affect our gut exactly? According

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