The good news is that the balance of bacteria in our gut can be quite quickly altered through dietary manipulation. There are 2 main avenues for improving your gut bacteria that work together:
1) Get the bacteria in there!
This can be through a probiotic supplement (look for one with some diversity and a good total number of bacteria)
OR through fermented foods likes yoghurt, kombucha tea, kimchi, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, miso, tempeh
2) Feed the bacteria …
You can take all the probiotics in the world, but if you don’t feed them good nutritious foods they’re not going to stick around. Your bacteria thrive on:
Prebiotic fibre – legumes, barley, the onion family, asparagus, linseeds, apples, oats, brown rice and bananas are excellent sources
Resistant starch – oats, legumes, cashews, bananas and carbohydrates such as rice, potato, pasta that have been cooked then cooled down
So, in a nutshell, it’s improtant to have a good balance of bacteria in our gut for a whole host of health reasons, and fermented foods, probiotics, high fibre foods and resistant starch can help us to achieve that balance.