Greg DuPree
Antara Sinha
January 02, 2018

Sometimes, easing what ails you is as simple as enjoying a home-cooked meal. We've chosen some of the best ingredients to boost gut health—and created a recipe that shows you just how easy it is to get these foods into your diet.

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What to Eat for Better Gut Health

SAUERKRAUT
Fermented sauerkraut is abundant in lactic acid bacteria—the good kind that help with digestion. Opt for the refrigerated stuff; shelf-stable versions are heated, which kills bacteria.

KEFIR
Kefir is also replete with lactic acid bacteria, which helps aid digestion, fights off harmful bacteria, and is possibly effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and other tummy troubles.

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ONION AND GARLIC
Both alliums are prebiotics, meaning they provide food for the nearly 1,000 species of healthy bacteria—probiotics—to thrive in your gut.

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BROCCOLI
Full of fiber, broccoli boasts plenty of prebiotic fodder for probiotics in your intestines to flourish—meaning a happier and healthier gut.

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Make It: Savory Broccoli-and-Sauerkraut Salad

Add tangy, funky sauerkraut to broccoli salad for a game-changing flavor twist.

Greg DuPree