Everyday Fruits that Power Up Your Gut Health

By Sharon Moore on April 20, 2017

Your gut plays a big role in your health. Growing body of research suggests that our gut is actually our ‘second brain’. Having a healthy gut does not only give us protection from many diseases like diabetes and obesity, it also impacts our mental health.

One of the easiest ways to boost your gut health is to eat foods that are high in fibre. Here are some of them:

Raspberry

These lovely gems taste delicious for sure. But aside from pleasing your taste buds, eating raspberry also boosts your gut health! Their high water and fibre content helps prevent constipation and maintain a healthy digestive tract.

Apple 

When it comes to gut health, apple is one of the most popular fruits out there. Studies show that one of the most important health benefits of apples is their impact on bacteria in the digestive tract. Research has found that regular consumption of apples significantly alters amounts of two bacteria - Clostridiales and Bacteriodes - in the large intestine. This does not only foster balance within your gut flora. It also boosts your metabolism. 

Kiwi

This nutrient-dense fruit is absolutely good for your gut! The fibre in kiwi helps eliminate toxins from the colon which assists in preventing colon cancer.

Bananas

Who doesn’t love banana? It’s sweet and really filling. You can have it for breakfast or as snack throughout the day. Being so high in fibre, eating banana helps stimulate the production of good gut bacteria in your stomach. Not only that. Bananas also contain a prebiotic compound (non-digestible fibre) that passes through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and remains undigested since they cannot be fully broken down. As it reaches the colon, it is fermented by the gut microflora. This promotes balance within your gut flora.

Blueberries

Being one of the healthiest food on earth, blueberries do amazing things in your body. In your gut, in particular, they help destroy harmful bacteria. Since most berries are packed with tiny seeds, they tend to have higher fibre content than other fruits.

Pears

The skin of pear contains about half of the pear’s total dietary fibre. But even with its high fibre content, it is considered one of the easiest foods to digest. Pears also contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and anti-cancer phytonutrients that all play an important role not in just in your gut but also your overall health!’

Your gut is your second brain. So you should take care of it and ensure that it gets enough of the things it need, particularly fibre and good bacteria. Adding these fruits in your regular diet helps you do just that!

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