The Best Foods for Maintaining Good Gut Health

Most people think of exercise or clean eating when it comes to their health. Many forget to care for their gut. No, we’re not talking about sit-ups; we’re talking about the bacteria inside your digestive tract. Improving your health may be a matter of the good versus bad bacteria inside you.

Choosing foods high in prebiotics and probiotics will help improve your immune system and digestion — and in some cases prevent diseases. These are the 15 best foods for maintaining good gut health. One superfood may be the most powerful item at your grocery store (page 10).

1. Sauerkraut

Bratwurst with sauerkraut
A bratwurst with sauerkraut | CabecaDeMarmore/Getty Images

People enjoy this fermented cabbage dish as a side or topping for hotdogs, brats, and sausages. The acids that create sauerkraut’s sour flavor are the same acids that help the probiotics to flourish. An outstanding source of vitamins, protein, and fiber, sauerkraut can help people with irritable bowel syndrome.

Next: This food takes 24-72 hours to make.

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