Your gut is home to trillions of good bacteria that thrive on the foods you eat. Good bacteria aid in digestion and boost your immune system. Bad bacteria can cause bloating and gas. When your gut is healthy, it helps your entire body stay healthy. These gut busters are destroying all those good-for-you bacteria.
Healthy food stimulates healthy bacteria. The reverse is also true. Diets low in fiber and high in sugar and meat have less bacterial diversity and contain more of the "bad" bacteria associated with obesity. Find out our top "gut busters" to avoid for a healthier digestive track.
Heating fermented foods, such as kimchi or sauerkraut, can kill some of the good bacteria. For optimal benefits, keep these foods refrigerated and below 115°F. Many of the fermented foods that are produced for mass production are pasteurized – a form of heat sterilization that destroys the live cultures. (Freezing, however, is fine.) Look for the words live or active cultures on the label, and shop the refrigerated section of the supermarket to ensure that those good-for-you-bacteria are still alive!