One of the fastest-growing areas of research in the medical field is gut health.
That’s because the health of your gut has a direct impact on your entire body. This includes digestion, your immune system, your mental health, your joint quality and so much more.
However, with this new spotlight comes a bevy of swift marketers looking to cash in. You’ve probably seen the ads: probiotic, prebiotic and other gut health supplements that sport hyperbolic claims. Many people are buying these promises … and the products, as they are flying off the shelves of every health food store.
Now, I’m not saying there aren’t effective and helpful supplements for your gut health. Because there certainly are.
But with over 100 trillion bacteria in each of us, we all have very different gut biomes. And each of us will react differently to these supplements, many of which do not have long-term scientific research to back up their safety.
If you feel you have a specific problem, you must go to a doctor and get the right type of tests performed so you know exactly what needs to be fixed.
I believe when it comes to general gut health, the best way to keep a healthy biome is through your diet and eating foods rich in helpful bacteria.
Which is why I want to share with you three delicious ways to improve your gut health, day in and day out.
Kombucha is an ancient Chinese drink. It’s been around for more than 2,000 years.
Known in the East as the "immortal health elixir," Kombucha is a type of fermented tea that’s loaded with gut-benefiting bacteria.
Research has shown Kombucha can prevent and heal leaky gut (where bacteria, food particles and/or viruses "leak" through your digestive lining and into your bloodstream) and stomach ulcers.
Kombucha can also help keep candida yeast from overpopulating within the gut. In other words, it helps restore balance to your digestive system.
Kombucha is full of powerful antioxidants, including a very unique one known as D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone (DSL).
DSL, and the accompanying vitamin C present in Kombucha, provide you with protection against cell damage, inflammatory diseases, tumors and overall depression of the immune system.
You can find Kombucha at most grocery stores now, but be wary of brands that use a lot of sugar.
My personal favorite brand is GT’s, which has a ton of unique and delicious flavors.
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Home brew kits have also become very popular and significantly reduce the price if you’re someone who likes to drink Kombucha every day.
Farmhouse Culture’s Gut Shot
This is a brand-new product on the market, and it’s a one-of-a-kind "shot" of gut-health-promoting bacteria.
Created by the brand Farmhouse Culture, Gut Shot is a concentrated liquid of fermented vegetables. It’s rich in probiotics and other digestive enzymes.
This is a convenient way to get the benefits of fermented foods if you don’t like the more-traditional means of consumption like, say, eating sauerkraut.
Gut Shots come in a variety of great flavors like smoked jalapeno, garlic dill pickle, ginger beet and kimchi.
Just like the name says, all it takes is slamming down a small 2-ounce shot of the liquid to reap the benefits that gut-friendly fermented vegetables provide.
Bone broth is simply made by simmering the bones and ligaments of animals. This process releases healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine, which all have the power to transform your health.
Studies show that gelatin in bone broth is beneficial for:
- Restoring strength of the gut lining
- Fighting food sensitivities (such as wheat or dairy)
- Helping with the growth of helpful bacteria
- Supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.
Bone broth has been used for thousands of years to cure many digestive issues such as leaky gut, diarrhea and constipation.
The benefits of bone broth reach far beyond just gut health, though.
Bone broth protects your joints, improves your skin, helps you sleep better, strengthens your bones, increases your energy, and so much more.
Up until now, the only way to reap the benefits of bone broth was to buy the bones and boil them yourself.
But in the past couple years, single-serving, portable bone broths have hit the market.
My favorite comes from the company EPIC, who makes a ready-to-heat Bone Broth in beef jalapeno, homestyle savory chicken, and turkey cranberry sage flavors.
Health practitioner Dr. Josh Axe recently released the first Bone Broth Protein as well, with 20 servings in a portable container.
All three of these options above provide easy and delicious ways to improve your gut health, and maintain an optimal gut biome, starting today.
I would love to know your own experiences with gut-health-promoting foods and drinks by leaving a comment below. Have you ever used any of these products before? Do you have any other suggestions for your fellow readers? Let us know!
Happy and healthy investing,