Let’s spring into April with good gut health! Our gut is “the largest organ of immunity in the body.” There are several ways we can ensure our guts are healthy. First, by having a daily source of probiotics, high fiber and plant-based foods in our diet. Many studies show that people who consume higher amounts of fiber have a greater diversity in their gut. The bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract feed off of the food we eat and in return these good bacteria keep our bodies healthy. Therefore, by combining natural sources of probiotics, plant-based and high fiber foods we can create an environment for growth of healthy bacteria. Four functions a good intestinal microbiota provide for our bodies are:
- Preventing development of pathogenic bacteria
- Create a strong immune system
- Synthesize B Vitamins and Vitamin K
- And provide a source of energy for colonic cells and liver cells
Add Cleveland Kraut as the natural form of probiotic to your diet, while combining it with whole grains and plant-based foods. Give this recipe a try!
1 cup mixed greens
2 Tablespoons Roasted Garlic Cleveland Kraut
½ large tomato
Handful of whole-wheat spicy pita chips
Salad dressing: 1 Tablespoon olive oil, ½ lemon squeezed, & everything seasoning.
By: Allie McTighe MS, RD, LD
Source: The Inside Tract: What RDs Need to Know about the Gut Microbiome. Journal of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2013.