Did you know that having a healthy gut has benefits beyond digestion? It plays an important role in how your body functions, from boosting your immune system to improving heart health to helping with weight loss. To make sure we’re choosing the foods that are best for gut health, we spoke to gastroenterologist and G-Plan‘s Chief Medical Officer Rahul Dixit, MD.
How do you know if your gut health is suffering? Dr. Dixit said if you’re having significant abdominal discomfort, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea with fatigue and weakness or brain fog, then your gut is out of balance. “This can lead to mental and physical dysregulation and increased risk of depression and anxiety.” Another sign of an unbalanced gut microbiome is rectal bleeding from internal hemorrhoids, which could be caused by either significant diarrhea or straining from constipation.
Dr. Dixit recommends avoiding artificial sugars, fried foods, red meat, and dairy to support your gut health. But what should you eat? Read on for the best foods for gut health.