6 Best Foods for Gut Health | Dr. Josh Axe

6 Best Foods for Gut Health | Dr. Josh Axe

August 31, 2019 60 By William Morgan


– Hey guys, Dr. Josh Axe here,
Doctor of Natural Medicine
and founder of DrAxe.com.
In this video I want to share with you
the six best foods for your gut health.
So if you’re a person out there
struggling with leaky gut,
gas, bloating, acid reflux,
inflammatory bowel disease,
or any type of digestive problem,
these are the best six food categories
you wanna make sure you’re
getting in your diet
every single day.
I’m also gonna touch on the foods
you wanna stay away from.
But let’s go ahead and dive in.
The six foods you wanna be eating
to support the healing of your gut.
Number one category is bone broth, right.
We need to be getting collagen rich foods.
Here’s why.
Your entire gut lining
is made up of collagen
so if you are what you eat,
specifically your lining is collagen.
You need to be getting collagen
and other super foods that
support collagen production.
Now bone broth, things like chicken broth,
beef broth, fish broth,
or any type of broth,
that’s gonna help repair the gut lining.
And it’s also very easy to digest
because it’s in an amino acid form.
Bone broth is high in proline,
glycine and hydroxyproline,
as well as glucosamine, chondroitin,
and hyaluronic acid.
Those are the things that help heal
and reseal your gut lining,
and you’ll notice a big difference
in your digestive health
if you consume the number one super food,
bone broth to heal your gut.
Number two is probiotic-rich foods,
especially things like
fermented vegetables
and things like fermented coconut products
like coconut yogurt and coconut milk.
So doing fermented foods
and getting more probiotics
is key to helping heal your gut,
now here’s why.
Most of us have an overgrowth
of bad bacteria in our gut,
things like candida and yeast.
What probiotics do
is they help push out the bad bacteria,
help protect and create enzymes
that help you better digest your food.
So probiotics are a really big deal
when it comes to healing
and resealing your gut.
So things like sauerkraut
can be fantastic.
Now if you have really
major digestive issues,
just start off with a
little bit at a time,
like a tablespoon of sauerkraut juice,
and then,
or just a tablespoon of sauerkraut
and then work your way up.
Really one serving a day is enough,
you don’t need to go over that,
but, again, get those probiotics.
So the number two super food
is get some fermented vegetables.
Number three super food
you wanna be consuming
if you wanna heal and reseal your gut
is using coconut products.
Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties.
So it actually can help get rid
of some of the candida
and bad bacteria as well.
Coconut is also very, very
easy to digest on the body.
So doing coconut milk
as a milk replacement,
and things like coconut
oil when you’re cooking
is the ideal type of fat.
They’re full of what are called
medium chain triglycerides
or medium chain fatty acids,
which are also very easy for
your body to burn as fuel.
Number four super food category
you should be consuming
if you wanna heal
and seal your gut lining
are herbs and spices.
Listen, especially in the U.S.
and in Europe, and in areas
like Australia, we don’t
get enough herbs and spices.
If we’re talking about the middle east
and India and Asia,
they consume a lot more spices
per capita than we do in a
lot of westernized countries.
So nutrient density wise
herbs are really powerful.
So consuming herbs and spices like ginger.
Ginger is the ultimate
healing herb for your gut.
It’s slightly warming
and anti-inflammatory
so ginger the number
one herb you wanna use.
Number two is peppermint.
You can do peppermint as an essential oil
or just peppermint in
something like a smoothie.
But peppermint can help cool
and soothe the digestive lining.
Number three is cardamom.
Now not a lot of people
are familiar with cardamom,
but cardamom can be great.
Sometimes it’s in blends
like pumpkin pie spice.
You can add a little bit to your coffee
or a smoothie.
But cardamom is very good
for the digestive system,
as are other herbs, spices and vegetables
like liquorish root and fennel.
But I would say if you wanna know
the number one herb to use for your
digestive health, ginger
is absolutely number one.
Number five super food category
you should consider
consuming to heal your gut
is gonna be wild, organic meat products
like wild caught salmon,
whish is rich in omega-3 fats and protein.
So cooked meat, whether it be chicken
or grass-fed beef,
or of course wild-caught fish
is the easiest to digest.
Those are really good super foods
for supporting your
overall digestive health.
Now last but not least
is consuming the right type of fruit.
Now you wanna be cautious with fruit
and not go over two servings a day.
But probably two of the easiest types
of fruit to digest are
pears and blueberries.
Now blueberries are my number one
superfood for gut health.
They’re high in fiber,
but they’re also easy to digest.
In fact, they’re full of antioxidants
called anthocyanins,
flavinoids and resveratrol.
Now you may have heard of resveratrol,
it’s the, sort of the
antioxidant that’s found
in red wine, or the skin of grapes,
but it’s also found in blueberries.
So blueberries one of
the most antioxidant-rich
superfoods in the world.
Good fiber can help your bowels.
It is amazing.
Now I said six,
but I wanna add in a bonus category
number here, seven, that can help you
heal and seal your gut lining,
and it’s specific cooked vegetables.
Now you don’t wanna
consume raw vegetables
when you have gut and digestive issues.
Here’s the reason why.
Yes they’re nutrient dense,
but they’re very hard to digest.
So steaming, baking, sauteing
or cooking in a crock pot vegetables
is very, very easy to digest.
One of the most powerful is pumpkin.
Pumpkin is really high in fiber.
You can do a pumpkin smoothie,
amazing for bowel and gut health.
So you can do pumpkin,
and then of course other vegetables like
asparagus, cooked
broccoli and cauliflower,
spinach, get a lot of
those cooked vegetables
’cause they’re very nutrient dense
and they are easy to digest.
And listen, if you can
just really stick to
those seven food
categories I talked about,
I guarantee you’re gonna
see amazing results
in your overall digestive health.
Now I wanna give you an example
of a meal that’s very healing for the gut,
and it’s bone broth soup.
Did you know in ancient Asia,
and in Japanese medicine
when somebody is sick they
give them chicken soup, right?
Or they give them fish soup.
But they give them something
that’s been cooked for a long time.
When you cook something in a crock pot
or a pressure cooker or slow cooker
for a long period of time
it breaks down so your body doesn’t
have to work to break it down.
So it’s very easy for
your digestive system.
So doing home made chicken
soup you make at home
with chicken, with bone
broth, with carrots
and celery and onions,
or even a little bit or rice is okay
’cause rice is easy to digest if you cook
it for a long period of time.
That’s sort of the ideal meal
if you’re looking to heal and
reseal up your gut lining.
And here of course the
big thing to remember
is you wanna stay away from raw foods.
You wanna stay away from dairy products.
You wanna stay away
from grains like wheat,
sugar, of course hydrogenated oil.
Stay away from those
and stick to the seven
foods I talked about.
If you can eat those seven food categories
it’s gonna help you heal your gut,
and help you overcome everything
from leaky gut,
inflammatory bowel disease,
acid reflux, gas and bloating,
and much, much more.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this video
on the six super foods that
help you heal your gut.