illustration of strawberries and stomach liningWhat type of fruit did you eat last? September is Fruits & Veggies- More Matter® Month. According to their site, more than 90% of both adults and children don’t consume the adequate amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate nutrition guide. 

If you’re not eating enough fruits and veggies then hopefully you’re being proactive in maintaining a healthy gut by consuming foods with a high probiotic content. Kombucha, a very popular fermented tea drink, has been proven to keep your digestive health in tip-top shape. A healthy gut can go a long way with the recent news of individuals affects with chronic gastrointestinal issues. 

Over 3 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This condition breaks down into two main conditions: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn's Disease occurs when inflammation affects the lining of the digestive tract. Ulcerative Colitis is when inflammation occurs through the entire digestive tract.  Eating foods rich in nutrients and probiotics allow good bacteria in the gut that prevent inflammation which could, in turn, may help with these conditions. Other foods that help keep your gut in shape include sauerkraut,  tempeh, kimchi, kefir, pickles, broccoli, asparagus, and... strawberries? 

A recent study with mice with IBD showed that strawberries suppressed symptoms including weight loss and bloody diarrhea. Not only did symptoms decrease in the mice, but strawberries increased the good bacteria known as microbiota composition in the gut. The study concluded that eating about three-quarters of a cup of strawberries a day is all that is needed for a healthy gut! Human studies still need to be done but for now, these are great findings. The doctor who handled the study is optimistic about the results in humans. 

Aside from this study, other health articles online mention that consuming sprouted grains also help for a healthy tummy. Sprouted food is when the grain is still in the germination phase. The majority of the grains in bread that you find at the grocery store is already done growing. When you eat sprouted bread the grains have sprouted more than just regular bread. In other words, the more processed your bread is the fewer nutrients you get from it. This article on sprouted food states that sprouted bread helps with digestion, blood sugar levels, and weight loss.  Sprouted wheat bread also has lower levels of gluten.

If you are managing some sort of IBD, Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis be sure to consult your doctor first. If you're looking for products to help with bowel containment, visit the bowel incontinence products page specially designed to protect you day and night. 

Now that you know all the healthy foods to eat to keep your tum in line, how will you take charge this month? Add in some yogurt to your fruits? Maybe try kimchi in a meal? Heck, how much just cutting up some fresh strawberries? You don't have to be managing IBD or Crohn's or have a gluten-allergy to eat healthier. Bottom line, eat as many fruits and veggies if your diet allows and be sure to incorporate probiotic-rich foods to keep your gut's bacteria in line.

Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor on changing diets or if you have any questions regarding your own health.