For a healthy gut, fermented foods are getting lots of attention right now. Live fermented milk kefir, unpasteurised miso, and slowly-fermented cabbage sauerkraut can be like bonus gifts to your gut. They can boost the numbers and types of flora in your gut because they tend to deliver double figure billions of bacteria per portion.
However they are not the be all and end all of a healthy gut, and if you can’t get hold of them, or even can’t tolerate them well, don’t worry!
You can go a long way to building up a healthy microbiome – that’s the kilo and a half of bacteria thriving mainly in your large intestines – just by upping your vegetable and fruit intake and varying the types you have every day. Fibre and plant chemicals in them can feed the bacteria in your gut leading to higher numbers, especially beneficial types.
The beauty of focussing on fruit and veg is that they are readily available in most supermarkets and street corner “bowl for a pound” stalls. Or perhaps you may even grow them yourself.