Can you eat your way to a healthier gut? When looking at the gut bacteria that keeps our digestive tract and immune system running smoothly, the answer may be yes.

Every person's gut contains billions, even trillions, of bacteria. This collection of bacteria is referred to as our microbiome. Many studies are now underway to help further understand this system and how it affects our overall health; but, we already know some things that can help you create a healthier gut microbiome.

As in any environment, diversity in your gut bacteria is a sign of good health. Some foods seem to increase the diversity, such as...

  • fruits

  • vegetables

  • coffee

  • tea

  • wine

  • yogurt

  • buttermilk

Foods that can negatively affect the system are those simple carbohydrates found in sugar laden foods and drinks and even whole fat milk products. Medicines can also disrupt the system. Antibiotics for example can kill the good bacteria in your gut as well as the infection for which it was prescribed. Other outside forces that possibly contribute to a poor gut microbiome are poor sleep patterns, obesity, diabetes, and the use of artificial sweeteners.

In general, eating a healthy diet that is rich in fiber and low in carbs will benefit your gut and may just put your digestion back on track.

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