Gut Promoting Foods

Probiotics: consume at least one or more foods from the probiotic list on a daily basis.

Note that though beer and wine have been included, the commercially prepared and bottled are generally poor sources.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Aged Balsamic (2 yrs. plus)
  • Beer (unpasteurized)
  • Cultured/fermented vegetables
  • Kefir, Milk
  • Kefir, Water
  • Khimchi
  • Miso
  • Saurkraut
  • Beet Kvass
  • Wine, Red/white
  • Yogurt, full fat, traditional(not flavored/sweetened)
  • Coconut yogurt

Pre-Biotic Foods: (needed for the growth and survival of the healthy gut bacteria)

Try to include one from each category in your diet daily. Also follow cooking practices like stir-frying, steaming etc. to ease digestion of certain foods that may lead to bloating or gas for some people based on their digestion and underlying conditions. The most issues happen with cruciferous vegetables, radishes, spinach, cauliflower etc.

A) Resistance Starches Foods (Grains)

Barley
Brown/white rice
Corn (non-GMO)
Einkorn
Kamut
Oats
Spelt
Rye

Whole wheat
Sourdough bread (prepared with levein)
Quinoa
Amaranth
Millet

B) Resistance Starches (Beans/Legumes)

  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Chickpeas/Bengal gram
  • Green beans
  • Green peas
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils (red, green, brown)
  • Navy beans
  • Peanuts(organic)
  • Soybeans (organic)
  • Split peas
  • Turtle beans

C) Resistance Starches (Tubers)

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Jicama

Pre-Biotic Fruits (FOS, Inulin)

Apples
Bananas
Dates
Figs
Grapefruit
Lemons
Nectarines
Peaches
Pomegranates
Watermelon
Berries
Asparagus

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Burdock
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chicory
  • Collard Greens

Pre-Biotic Vegetables (FOS, Inulin)

  • Dandelion
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

Note:

All grains/legumes/beans/lentils  (specially the ones with skin) need to be soaked for 8 hours or overnight to improve digestibility. The ones without skin can be soaked for 4 hours at least. Brown rice should always be soaked for 8 hours or more as it is very high in phytic acid which makes it difficult for the to break down and absorb the nutrients easily.

Download a PDF copy of this post

Share this post

Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on email
Share on print

You may also be interested in...

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Some important foods that support the bodies immune system to fight chronic inflammation: Turmeric: Excellent way to get benefit is to drink turmeric milk on

Read More »

Eat a Rainbow!

Try and pick fruits and vegetables from each color category given below to get diversity in your diet. This is an optimum way of getting

Read More »