When we are eating the higher glycemic fruits and complex carbs, we look to the lower GI tract if feeling bloated. Candida (an overgrowth of fungal yeast in the gut) can be one possibility. Haylie also finds that sometimes a client has recently taken antibiotics that have disturbed the probiotic balance — the ‘good’ gut flora. She also likes to ask if they’ve eaten a lot of non-organic chicken in the last few years; that can indicate extended exposure to low-grade antibiotics.
What to do:
Fermented foods can be so helpful in restoring the probiotic balance in the gut.
- Kombucha is a great pre-biotic, meaning it helps feed your good gut flora and correct imbalances. Go for unsweetened kombucha.
- Fermented veggies are great. Try a couple of tablespoons of kimchi with a meal — kimchi is a Korean fermented-vegetable condiment. Cultured cabbage (sauerkraut) and cultured salsa are also good choices.
- Coconut kefir is another pre-biotic. Try a couple of tablespoons or more per day.