23 Best Foods For A Happy Gut

January 8th, 2017 by Loretta Lanphier

23 Best Foods For A Happy Gut

A prudent step for not only good physical health but also good mental health is consuming foods for a happy gut. Research now tells us that the gut microbiome really is our “second brain.” Did you know that 95 percent of the body’s serotonin (maintains mood balance) is in your digestive system? Most know that at least 75-80% of the immune system is located in the digestive tract. This means that the foods you choose to put into your body has a huge effect on keeping your immune supported and functioning well.  Since 90% of your cells are microbial cells and your diet influences your microbes, it is prudent to make sure that we focus on eating foods that are gut-friendly. So when we talk about gut health, the old adage “you are what you eat” rings true.

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Below are the 23 best foods for a happy gut. Daily include some of these foods for a happy gut.

23 Best Foods For A Happy Gut

According to Justin Sonneburg, biologist at Stanford University: “Diet is one of the most powerful tools we have for changing the microbiota.” An imbalance in your gut can be a hidden culprit for health concerns such as fatigue, learning and behavioral issues in children, asthma, eczema and rosacea.

  • Fermented Vegetables
  • Grass-fed Bone Broth
  • Kefir and Coconut Kefir
  • Red Cabbage
  • Chia Seeds
  • Aloe Vera
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Organic Salted Gherkin Pickles
  • Organic Brine-Cured Olives
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Ginger
  • Dandelion greens
  • Onions
  • Apple
  • Red Beets
  • Avocados
  • Organic Oats
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Lemon Purified Water
  • Organic Beans
  • Garlic

Natural Remedies for Maintaining & Restoring a Happy Gut

Below are a few things you can do to maintain and restore a happy gut.

  • Avoid processed foods.
  • As much as possible, prepare your foods at home.
  • Consume probiotic-rich foods.
  • Eliminate refined sugar and white flour.
  • Avoid unnecessary antibiotic use.
  • Eliminate gluten.
  • Consume healthy fats and healthy oils.
  • Drink only purified water. Do not drink water packaged in plastic bottles.
  • Consume raw nuts.
  • Manage your stress.
  • Remove as many toxins from your diet as possible.
  • Perform an intestinal cleanse at the beginning of spring and fall.
  • Perform a parasite cleanse two times per year.
  • Rebalance your gut by taking a good probiotic every day.

References and Research

Kiefer D, Ali-Akbarian L (2004). “A brief evidence-based review of two gastrointestinal illnesses: irritable bowel and leaky gut syndromes”. Alternative Therapy Health Medicine 10 (3): 22–30.

Champeau, Rachel. Changing gut bacteria through diet affects brain function, UCLA study shows. May, 2013.

Bischoff SC. ‘Gut health’: a new objective in medicine? BMC Med. 2011;9:24.

Carasi P1, Racedo SM2, Jacquot C2, Romanin DE3, Serradell MA4, Urdaci MC2. Impact of kefir derived Lactobacillus kefiri on the mucosal immune response and gut microbiota. J Immunol Res. 2015;2015:361604. doi: 10.1155/2015/361604.

Szaefer H1, Krajka-Ku?niak V, Bartoszek A, Baer-Dubowska W. Modulation of carcinogen metabolizing cytochromes P450 in rat liver and kidney by cabbage and sauerkraut juices: comparison with the effects of indole-3-carbinol and phenethyl isothiocyanate. Phytother Res. 2012 Aug;26(8):1148-55. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3692.

Simopoulos, A. P. Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 21 (6).

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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