We have some advice for staying healthy while enjoying your favorite dishes this Thanksgiving.

You may have heard of the microbiome – the bacteria that help or hurt our guts. When we have a ‘healthy gut,’ or a good balance of ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ bacteria, our digestion, nutrient absorption, and toxin elimination are better, we’re less bloated, and we are better able to sense when we’re full. Research also suggests that some diseases, including anxiety and depression, may be linked to lower gut health.

So, during this holiday season when rich foods make it harder to maintain a healthy microbiome, we can take steps to build a healthy gut: Probiotic and prebiotic supplements may help maintain a healthier gut microbiome; and we can also incorporate more probiotic-rich foods into our diets, such as:

  • Asparagus
  •  Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Kimchi
  • Mango
  • Miso
  • dark chocolate
  • Pickles
  • Sauerkraut
  • Tempeh
  • Yoghurt

 Enjoy the holidays, have some treats, but take care of your microbiome and you’ll enjoy your holidays even more.

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