1. Eat More Protein and Amino Acids
Digestive wear and tear each day requires constant repair. If we add inflammation, bowel challenges or other gastrointestinal issues, as well, then we need additional protein and other nutrients to help restore gut health.
Taking in extra good protein helps us digest extra protein more easily, because protein enzymes get released and put to work. In addition to protein, fats, vitamins and minerals, we also need amino acids to feed the gut and help restore the gut lining. Soybeans have four major components that can enhance the make-up of our gut bacteria: fiber, oligosaccharides, isoflavones and protein. Soy also has healthy bioactive peptides. Almased is of course rich in non-GMO soy.
2. Choose More Fiber
In addition to including Almased and lean protein in our gut health diet, we will want to include foods with a type of starch, called resistant starch, which acts like soluble fiber.
Fiber-rich vegetables are among the very best microbiome-friendly foods because they contain resistant starch. Studies indicate that resistant starch offers significant health benefits, such as supporting healthy metabolism of glucose. Examples of foods that feature resistant starch include lentils, chickpeas and beans, firm bananas, rolled oats and cashews, and whole-grain products. Almonds, apples, artichokes, blueberries and pistachios also increase our levels of specific good bacteria, called Bifidobacteria. Incorporating a variety of fiber into your diet is also a great way to keep your digestive system humming along.