(KUTV)-Flu season is in full swing and you might be wondering what you can do to help you and your family stay healthy. The gut plays a huge role in a healthy immune system.
Sara Browning, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital, sat down to explain how feeding your gut well can be an easy way to stay healthier this flu season.
Probiotics: Probiotics can come naturally from fermented foods such as plain yogurt. There are also many excellent supplements out there that can increase the good bacteria in your gut.
Prebiotics: Prebiotics are foods that encourage the growth of good bacteria in your gut. This fiber can’t be digested by your body. Instead the bacteria in your gut uses it for food. Some of the best prebiotic foods include high fiber foods such as broccoli, chickpeas, and raspberries.
Diversity is key: A healthy gut has a high diversity of gut bacteria. You can work toward a more diverse gut by eating a diverse range of foods. In other words, don’t eat the same thing every day. Make your diet full of many different fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains.