Source: NDTV Food
The transition phase is back again and the changing weather has already started to affect a lot of people. Be it seasonal allergies, cold, or cough, the sudden change in weather is causing a toll on people’s health in more than just one way. During this time of the year, our immunity levels tend to take a dip. Frequent indulgence in spicy and fattening foods could lead to an upset stomach, further creating an imbalance in the gut flora. What plays a major role here is having good bacteria. Good bacteria help in improving digestion to a great extent. Not only does it help in boosting the immunity, but also helps in maintaining healthy body weight. You can keep your gut health strong by including foods in your diet that contain good bacteria, like fermented foods.
According to the book ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing House, “The biochemical process of fermentation in foods encourages the growth of friendly bacteria that helps maintain a healthy gut. It is not an understatement to say that a healthy gut – one that digests food and nutrients efficiently – is the basis of good health. Healthy and balanced intestinal flora is also a way of preventing intestinal disorders.”
Here is a list of 3 foods that can help boost digestion and keep the gut healthy and going:
Idli lovers, rejoice! Now, there are more reasons for adding this wonder delight to your daily diet. Not only is it immensely delicious, but is also replete with health-benefiting properties. Prepared using rice and lentils, this fermented delight increases the bio-availability of minerals, which further gives rise to an improved gut health.
Miso is known to serve friendly bacteria in the gut. Its high-antioxidant content makes it immensely beneficial for the gut. When choosing miso, look out for organic, non-pasteurised miso.
“Cabbage naturally contains a friendly bacterium, Lactobacilli plantarum. Fermenting promotes the growth of this organism, which can help balance intestinal flora and inhibit the growth of E.coli, salmonella and candida. It can also help improve the general health of digestive tract,” notes the book, ‘Healing Foods’. Y
So give your gut a healthy boost by including these foods in your diet.