Updated on December 2, 2016
The good bacteria that lives in the human digestive system are beneficial to help the body fight many diseases. A healthy digestive system will help to maintain a healthy immune system, improved digestion, reduce brain fog and anxiety. A healthy human being will have 5 pounds of bacteria, that they have gathered through the environment and by consuming a healthy diet.
Consuming the right foods will either nourish your gut bacteria or harm them. To increase your gut bacteria consider eating more of the following foods;
Yogurt with live cultures
Kefir (a yogurt-like milk drink)
It is best to start consuming these foods in small quantities at the start since some people can experience some bloating and irregular bowel movements as a result of overconsumption. If consuming these foods is difficult, consider buying a probiotic with live cultures. However, there are no FDA approvals needed for the sale of probiotics, therefore it is best to do your research to find a probiotic that has undergone sufficient testing.
It is best to avoid the following foods, as they can weaken your digestive system;
Sugary beverages (soda and energy drinks)
It is also advisable to avoid taking antibiotics, as they kill all forms of bacteria in your digestive system. If you have to take a course of antibiotics, remember to follow it up with at least 3 weeks of probiotics rich foods.