Are you trying to figure out what foods can help support your gut health and help you maintain a healthy weight? We’ve all heard the saying you are what you eat, right?
Today, I will share with you what foods can help you. I’m Dr Richa Mittal, Founder and Medical Director of Radiant Health Weight loss Wellness, an integrative weight loss and preventative health practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
A diet low in sugar and highly processed foods, as well as a diet high in prebiotics and probiotic foods can help to keep your gut healthy. How? Well, when we eat this way, we help our healthy gut bacteria thrive. And those bacteria produce substances called short chain fatty acids that help manage hunger, maintain a healthy weight, and actually decrease inflammation, and reduce risk for diabetes and heart disease. Let’s start with prebiotics. These are foods that are high in fiber. We’re aiming for about 35 to 40 grams a day. Examples of food that are high in fiber are: beans, any variety you like; peas, like chickpeas, black eyes peas, green peas, beans sprouts; lentils; vegetables, especially artichoke and asparagus as well as avocado; fruits, especially raspberries; and whole grains like quinoa, oats, farro, and whole wheat.
When it comes to food with probiotics, which are literally containing bacteria, those foods are going to be fermented and those are a great option. Things like kimchi, miso, kombucha, yogurt, non-dairy yogurt, sourdough bread, sour dill pickles, sauerkraut, and tempeh. Over time, as you add these foods, you will have more energy, drop weight, and have a healthier digestion. Be sure to share this video with someone you care about who is struggling with improving their health and would benefit from this information.
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