- Eat a wide range of foods – have a nutritious diet of fresh, whole foods rich in fiber. Choose mainly plant sources like fruits, veggies, legumes, beans, and whole grains.
- Avoid a diet rich in sugar – this can harm certain types of gut bacteria, affecting the balance of the microbiome.
- Eat fermented foods – foods like plain yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut are great for your gut health. These fermented foods can improve your balance of good bacteria and reduce the amount of bacteria that cause intestinal diseases.
- Eat food rich in polyphenols – found in cocoa and dark chocolate, red wine, green tea, and almonds. Red wine that has been shown to increase levels of beneficial bacteria in people with metabolic syndrome.
- Limit the use of antibiotics – antibiotics can eliminate healthy bacteria along with problematic bacteria. Use only when needed as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
- Regular exercise – can encourage the growth of a variety of good intestinal bacteria and make the bacterial mix more diverse, and in return reduce the risk of disease.
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