Are you feeling like hell? We feel you. There could be so many different causes: the change in weather, your age, the flu, or maybe even something more sinister. Not to worry. As it turns out, the typical sickly symptoms of the body—from thin, dull hair, and sallow skin, to acne breakouts, body aches and sluggish energy—all point to one place. The gut. Hmmm, so gut health is a thing, is it? Oh yes. And not only that, keeping your gut healthy starts with mindful eating, and that means you should eat foods carefully.
Which foods boost your gut health and help you feel to feel great all over? Garlic, for one (it’s worth the stinky breath). And there are others. So start weaving these key foods into your diet now, and start you’ll start feeling like your old (or young!) self again, from head to toe.
7 Foods That Boost Gut Health
When we have an overgrowth of candida in the gut, you experience things you’re gonna hate, like acne breakouts, bloating, and constipation. Garlic mitigates all of these problems. Why? Because it kills candida. Garlic also aids in digestion and immunity and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for joint aches. Allicin, which serves as an anti-aging, antifungal benefit to garlic aids in smoothing skin and preventing acne and other skin conditions.
Responsible for helping food to travel effortlessly and smoothly through the GI tract, flaxseed keeps us regular on the regular. Flaxseed also contains cancer fighters called lignans which ward off heart disease, and there’s nothing more important than keeping our heart healthy. On a lighter note, flaxseed helps to minimize rashes, skin flare ups and irritation. When you consume flaxseed, your skin becomes more even toned and less sensitive.
Apple cider vinegar
One of the best ways to address any digestive issues is to combine a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water or in tea and drink it before a meal. This stuff helps your body to break down food, and prevents indigestion and stomach issues after eating. Any time you can aid the digestive process, you’ll notice glowing skin and a youthful radiance.
Celery & Celery Juice
Celery is yet another anti-inflammatory and cancer fighter that also lowers blood pressure and rids us of sugar cravings (and sugar makes the skin sallow and leads to breakouts). The natural salts in celery juice maintain a healthy gut pH. The common recommendation is to drink 16 ounces on an empty stomach and improvements to digestion and physical appearance will be evident within 10 days.
High in fiber, cauliflower helps the gut to maintain healthy microbes. This is important because when microbes or gut flora are out of whack, a whole slew of symptoms become evident. These include digestive issues, depression or anxiety, and skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Kimchi is delicious and sauerkraut or pickled vegetables can make for a nice topping to a salad or mid-day snack. These fermented foods are packed with good bacteria, which balances the microbiome, the anchor for our health and immunity.
Another “prebiotic” fiber that keeps the gut healthy and balanced is asparagus. You can add garlic to it and broil it in the oven and you’ve got a 1 -2 punch of gut-friendly foods in one delicious side dish. It’s important to note that people who suffer from stomach pain may not do well with prebiotics in larger amounts. If the gut is already inflamed, these foods can cause a flare up so watch your intake.
Dr. Christopher Calapai is an Osteopathic Physician board-certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, he is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.