Bacteria get a bad rap. Now, it’s true that certain types can be harmful but there’s a whole world of good bacteria that can improve your health.
Here are a few ways to add some good bacteria to your diet.
Option 1: Bananas
Bananas are amazing. They’re loaded with potassium, come in their own packaging complete with color-coded displays of freshness, and can really help your gut bacteria. This makes them a great option for reducing inflammation. Blueberries are another fruit with a positive impact on “good bacteria.”
Option 2: Legumes
Peas. Beans. Peanuts. Legumes are wonderful. They’re typically very inexpensive and have a tremendous amount of protein and fiber. Additionally, they help us with the release of SCFA (short-chain fatty acids), which is fantastic for the absorption of nutrients and nourishing good bacteria.
Option 3: Fermented Plants
This is probably the most direct way to ingest or improve good bacteria in your body. Fermented plant-based foods like tempeh and miso have healthy living bacteria, which head straight to your gut and not only provide benefits themselves but also get rid of unhealthy bacteria.
Option 4: Cruciferous Vegetables
Don’t worry, no one expects you to immediately recognize the name “cruciferous vegetables.” This family of veggies includes greens like collards, kale, and arugula as well as cauliflower, all sorts of broccoli, and Brussels sprouts among others. These plants contain glucosinolates, which can remove carcinogens.
Excellent resources for healthier eating can be found at the website of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. These particular recommendations came from Meghan Jardine, the associate director of diabetes nutrition education at PCRM.