4 Food Types That Are Bad For Your Gut Health

4 Food Types That Are Bad For Your Gut Health

Recent studies have shown that our digestive system is host to a number of microorganisms and they play an important role in our body functions. Combined, these microorganisms constitute what is known as the microbiota/flora of the gut. However, the normal composition of this flora is susceptible to a lot of factors including but not limited to food choices and the general health of the host.

Any disturbance in this composition can cause digestive symptoms including bloating, frequent gas, and diarrhea alternating with constipation. Among other symptoms, bad gut health can also lead to psychological symptoms, skin conditions, and increased sugar cravings. Therefore, it is imperative that we consume foods that are good for gut health and avoid those which disturb the gut flora. Below, we discuss some of the foods you need to avoid for better gut health.

1. Processed Foods 

Through better awareness, it is common knowledge that processed foods are bad for our health. However, their adverse effects on our gut health are a big reason behind that notoriety. A lot of it has to do with the fact that they contain added sugars, fats, and salts. These ingredients not only help bad bacteria thrive but processed foods also lose a lot of their nutrients during processing. 

Studies indicate that processed foods are short on dietary fibers and this hampers the function of good gut bacteria and their metabolism. Consuming processed foods frequently disturbs the weight regulatory capabilities of the gut. Thus, people with higher processed food consumption are more likely to develops conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and IBS.

2. Animal Proteins

Intake of red meat and other animal proteins are considered bad for gut health. It has been established that a strictly animal-based diet changes gut microbial composition in just 24 hours.

Therefore, increased intake of animal proteins in the form of red meat, dairy and eggs have been linked with a greater risk of metabolic conditions. These include obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes type 2, etc.

3. Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs)

GMOs were made to grow crops that were more resistant to pests and diseases. This helped produce abundant crops but GMO foods have been known to be bad for gut health. For example, herbicides such as glyphosate

get absorbed in the food, and once inside the human gut, it acts as an antibiotic and reduces the population of good bacteria. 

In the United States, GMO methods are used over a whole range of crops, but wheat, corn, and soybean are the most common GM crops.

The good news is that you can avoid GMO foods by looking for 100% organic foods. We say this because US law does not allow the use of genetic modification in anything that has been claimed to be 100% organic.

4. Gluten-Containing Foods

In simple terms, gluten is a form of protein and is found in grains such as barley, wheat, spelt, and rye. A lot of new studies have been conducted on the effects of gluten and our health. It has been linked to conditions such as celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis.

Celiac disease basically means inflammation of the intestinal lining and thankfully affects only 1% of the population. It has now been found that people sensitive to gluten actually have a different composition of their gut flora composition. This is the reason they exhibit this different reaction to anything containing gluten.

There you have it, foods that you need to avoid for better gut health and improved wellbeing. Therefore, pay close attention to what you are exposing your gut to. Want an easier solution? Use the best prepared meal delivery In San Diego. Lean & Tasty uses ingredients that are not only fresh but are also gluten-free and GMO-free.