I’ve already written a post about why you should check the efficiency of your gut and how to do it. Now I want to elaborate on simple and natural solutions to boost healthy gut bacteria.
Everyone thinks it’s easy, just throw in a pill with probiotics every day and your done.
But, there are so much more efficient and tastier ways to strengthen your microbiome! Now, I’d like to present my favourite 5 foods to include in your diet!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Yes, there are different kinds. If you want to boost your microbiome or take advantage of the benefits of acv, you have to buy acv with “the mother”. This means, an acv with natural fermentation through lactobacillus species.
Acv can help with weight loss, because it promotes digestion and stabilises the ph-balance. It is rich in enzymes and potassium. Additionally it helps relieve muscle pain and contributes in the maintenance of a healthy organism and glowing skin.
What acv does is raise the amount of stomach acid needed for proper digestion without making the body acidic, unlike eating acidic foods like proteins from animals or foods with high fat content or acidic properties like berries.
A good acv is raw, organic, unpasteurised, unfiltered, cold pressed and with the mother.
It can be used in baked goods, dressings, detox water, for pickling, internally and externally. The possibilities are endless.
For detoxing a glass with a tbs acv 30 minutes before a meal up to 3 times a day can do wonders.
2. Apple Pectin
Apple pectin is a natural water-soluble dietary fiber. It gels up when mixed with liquids and can be uses in baking, just like gelatin (from animal bones).
You might already eat it unconsciously e.g in jam. It’s what makes most jams and marmelades vegan.
Just like every dietary fiber, it supports intestinal health, because actually, it’s even more important to substitute prebiotics n comparison to probiotics. Prebiotics are the nutrients that feed healthy gut bacteria. Yes, only healthy gut bacteria, since pathogens feed off sugar, proteins and fats.
The obvious use for apple pectin are all jelly or gelee-like dishes, like jello, jams, fruit cakes. But I personally just mix a teaspoon in my morning oatmeal or porridge or pancakes, basically everything to give the dish a slightly acidic taste.
It doesn’t taste like much, it just fills the dish with a sour apple note which is just superb especially for autumn and winter season sweets.
Some people swear by drinking half a glass of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of apple pectin with their daily probiotic. Since I take mine with breakfast or dinner anyway, I neglect this tip.