Healthy intestine, healthy body. You may be surprised to learn that your immune system (approximately 75 to 80 percent) depends largely on your intestine.
"We know antibodies that help fight diseases that are manufactured and processed in our stomach," says Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, author of The 21-Day Belly Fix. "If your intestinal health goes downhill, your immune system goes down too."
That is why it is especially important to maintain a healthy microbiome, for the wide variety of bacteria that live within us.
Humans have bacteria living in both the intestine and the brain. If these bacteria become ill or the number is unbalanced, it can cause inflammation, digestive problems and weight gain. But it is never too late to solve these problems in order to lose weight. These 15 expert-approved foods help heal the intestine.Advertising - Keep reading under Pan
"Yes, the bread, although we are not talking about the processed breads that we buy in stores and supermarkets that has such a bad reputation," says Dr. Tasneem. "Homemade or freshly baked bread in a bakery, fermented for a while and made with active cultures, has many anti-inflammatory properties."
Try it with:Buy fresh bread from a local bakery and use it to make a sandwich.Red wine
You have surely heard that a glass of red wine a day is good for your health, and it is true, provided that the bottle has had time to ferment. "If it is fermented over time, it may contain healthy bacteria for the intestine," Dr. Tasneem explained.
Try it with:Enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner.
Antioxidants, antioxidants and more antioxidants! This super fruit contains fiber, vitamins, potassium and folic acid, all of which help reduce cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease.
Try it with: Mix blueberries with yogurt, granola and you will have a perfect breakfast.Kombucha tea
This fermented tea originated in Russia as a secret remedy to fight diseases. "That's because it has a good culture of bacteria that help fight some diseases," says Dr. Tasneem.
Try it with:Buy a little at your local store and prepare a glass for a mid-morning snack.Broth
Avoid prepared and processed wines, they will not have the benefits you are looking for. Instead, opt for a broth made with bone prepared over low heat for hours. "It has a wide variety of bacteria in it to heal the intestine," says Dr. Tasneem.
Try it with: Prepare A chicken over low heat during the hours you are out. The chicken (and the nutrient-rich broth) will be ready for dinner when you return. Save the broth to use throughout the week.Coconut oil
This ingredient contains many medium chain triglycerides, also known as good fatty acids. "It slows the digestive process and helps the balance of the intestinal microbiome," says Dr. Tasneem.
Try it with: Put half a tablespoon in a smoothie or add to a rice cake.
This superfood is wonderful, since it is full of choline, an essential micronutrient. It helps the anti-inflammatory response, explains Dr. Tasneem.
Try it with: Bake two eggs for 10 to 12 minutes. Take them to work as a snack.Kefir
First cousin of yogurt, kefir is also beneficial for good bacteria in the intestine, as long as it has fermented with active cultures. "There are so many different flavors, from coconut afresa, that you just have to find the flavor you like, but make sure it doesn't have a ton of sugar," says Dr. Tasneem.
Try it with:Buy a jar for the week and take out a cup every day and mix it with granola for a mid-morning snack.
You might think that these high-fat snacks may not help you lose weight, but you are wrong. "Almonds have a high content of healthy fats and are also a good source of vitamin E," says Dr. Tasneem. In addition, they are rich in fiber, which helps feed good intestinal bacteria.
Try it with:Soak a handful (it will make them easier to digest) and take it in a zippered bag for your lunch.Olive oil
Not all oil is bad. In fact, olive oil helps with inflammation and can reduce both LDL (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol, thanks to its contribution of omega-9, explains Dr. Tasneem. "But don't heat it, that causes its anti-inflammatory properties to be lost."
Try it with:ORna spoonful in salad salad or in a slice of bread.Raspberries
A curious fact: Raspberries have as much fiber as any other berry, explains Dr. Gerard Mullin, Doctor of Medicine and author of The Gut Balance Revolution. Good intestinal bacteria thrive in fiber.
Try it with: Take them with yogurt or make polo shirts for the summer.Salmon
"The easiest way to increase anti-inflammatory fats: change red meat for salmon more often," says Dr. Mullin's book, The Gut Balance Revolution. Salmon is rich in omega-3, which are directly involved in the arrest of inflammations. Buy wild varieties whenever possible.
Try it with:Sprinkle a salmon steak with olive oil, wrap in foil and cook for 20 minutes.Spinach
Spinach can reduce blood pressure and are also beneficial for eye health, Dr. Mullin explains in his book. In addition, it has many antioxidants and has even been said to help fight cancer.
Try it with:Use them as a base for a salad at lunch or dinner.Chard
They are considered as an inexhaustible source of nutrition, vitamins, magnesium, fiber and iron, all of which help to regulate blood sugar levels and to combat the ingestion. Avoid those grown with pesticides. The best option is to buy organic products.
Try it with: Skip them to accompany any meal.Yogurt
Look for a variety with live and active crops. "If done correctly, yogurt can effectively help repopulate the good bacteria that are needed to fight and prevent disease and maintain a healthy weight," according to Dr. Mullin.
Try it with: Enjoy them for breakfast.