What Foods Are Bad for My Gut?

“Steve, you tell me what to eat that’s GOOD for my gut health. But what foods should I be limiting or avoiding?”

That’s a great question, and one I’m happy to answer.  Life’s not all kimchi and kraut and kombucha, right?

It’s important to eat a variety of good, real food that is as fresh as possible, with plenty of vegetables in there. But it’s also helpful to know what you might want to take a second look at or limit to smaller quantities.

You probably already know that sugar is not great for you, that gluten is problematic for some people, and that processed foods should be avoided. You know to avoid GMOs and junk. You keep an eye on your labels and you raise an eyebrow when you see the phrase “natural flavors.” Good work!

But let’s take a look at 3 foods you might not have considered fully when it come to your gut health in particular:

  1. Dairy

You know it’s probably not great for you, but you don’t really want to believe it, do you? Cheese and milk and ice cream are delicious. But the truth is that dairy is hard for some of us to process and a diet rich in dairy products can have negative effects on your gut microbiome. So, take it easy on the dairy.

  1. Soy

Soy prepared a traditional way might be good for you, but much of the soy we see in our world now is genetically modified or processed in less than ideal ways. This can result in negative effects on gut bacteria, particularly the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria that you need. Limiting your soy intake is a good idea.

  1. Farmed Fish

If you were kept in a tank and fed hormones and genetically modified corn, do you think you’d feel healthy? Guess what, it doesn’t work well for fish, either.  Stick to wild-caught fish and try to stay away from fish high in mercury, which can affect your gut health.

We’re just starting to understand all the roles our gut health can play in fighting disease and chronic illness. But the more we learn here at Steve’s PaleoGoods, the more we try to share with you. Take care of your gut. It’s super-important for a long and healthy life.



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