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The Two Worst Foods for Gut Health

Mark Neumann

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Highly processed foods are a staple in the American diet, but they also have disastrous health effects. It should come as no surprise that foods with highly processed sugars and unhealthy fats can wreak havoc on your gut health. Some foods are worse for your digestive system than others.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole foods leads to enhanced weight loss, even without counting calories and measuring portion sizes. This supports the notion that the quality of our food matters, not necessarily the quantity. This applies not only to our weight loss goals, but to our overall health and functioning.

To improve your gut health, avoid these foods at all costs:

Refined Sugar

In the 90s, fat was public enemy number one. But now, we know better. Sugar is far more likely to contribute to serious medical conditions and disrupt your gut health. Sugar feeds bad bacteria and contributes to inflammation throughout your body, which can manifest as pain and fatigue, among other things. Most Americans don’t require more than 12 teaspoons of sugar each day (you do need sugar to support some processes in the body) – but most of us eat more than twice that.

For improved gut health, ditch the sweet stuff and say no to processed cookies and the like. Give your sweet tooth what it’s actually craving – natural sugar from sources like fresh fruit, which have the added benefits of micronutrients and fiber.

Fried Food

It should come as no surprise that fried food isn’t good for you. If you feel sluggish and sick after downing chicken nuggets from a local fast food joint, there’s a reason for that. Aside from adding a truckload of unnecessary calories to your diet, fried foods can also feed the bad bacteria in your gut. This can lead to excessive weight gain, acne, and a host of other problems.

Instead, try healthier versions of your favorite fried foods. Instead of scarfing chicken nuggets, roll organic chicken tenders in almond meal and bake – you still get the crunch you crave, but with added nutrients like Vitamin E.

Many health conditions are connected to and can be exacerbated by your diet. By avoiding “bad for you foods,” like those containing highly processed sugars and deep fried foods, you can reduce the amount of bad bacteria in your body. By swapping them with whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and grass-fed meats, you can improve your body’s overall functioning.

Please let us know how we can help you. Dr. Neumann is happy to provide a free consultations. Call the office at 734.847.4700 today.