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Bacteria Can Be Good For Your Stomach


Foods containing probiotics including tempeh, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, kefir, yogurt, miso soup, soft cheese, sourdough bread
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Did you know 100 trillion bacteria live in your digestive system? Bacteria can enter the digestive system through your mouth and travel to your throat, stomach, and intestines, or gut. The bacteria that live and work together to keep you healthy are called the “gut microbiota.” They help the body break down food, absorb vitamins and minerals, and protect us from getting sick.

We all have bacteria in our body. The food that you eat affects the types of bacteria that live inside of you. Here are four science-based ways to improve the healthy bacteria in your body.

  1. Fiber: Find it in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
  2. Water: Enjoy it plain, carbonated, or mixed with fruit.
  3. Probiotics: Get healthy bacteria from yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, pickles, and sourdough bread.
  4. Prebiotics: Feed healthy bacteria foods like oatmeal, asparagus, bananas, onions, and beans.

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