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Eating for a healthy gut: Eight foods to avoid

2024-02-21T19:42:38.157Z

Highlights: A healthy intestinal flora has a positive effect on general well-being. A Mediterranean and predominantly vegetarian diet is recommended. Excessive consumption of sausages and processed meats can damage the intestinal flora and hinder weight loss. Industrial cooking oils that are rich in omega-6 fatty acids can promote inflammation in the body, including in the gut. Fructose (fruit sugar) can lead to stomach and intestinal problems and trigger an inflammatory reaction in the intestines. The consumer advice center does not recommend consuming more than five portions of vegetables and fruit per day.



As of: February 21, 2024, 8:30 p.m

By: Judith Braun

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Would you like to strengthen your immune system, promote your well-being or lose weight?

Then a healthy intestine is important.

Avoid the following foods.

A healthy intestinal flora, which, according to

ARD Alpha

, is formed by the microbiome, has a positive effect on general well-being.

Because it not only influences the immune system and the state of health: a healthy intestine also helps you lose weight.

So if you want to lose a few pounds and maintain a healthy gut, you should pay attention to the right diet.

The following foods can be more damaging to the intestinal flora and should therefore be eliminated from the diet as much as possible.

Nutrition for a healthy gut: eight foods you should avoid

The intestinal microbiome consists primarily of beneficial bacteria, viruses and fungi.

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  • Alcohol:

    Consuming alcohol can not only promote liver disease and cancer, but can also disrupt the balance in the intestines, trigger gastrointestinal inflammation and contain hidden calories.

    Reducing alcohol or even completely avoiding it is recommended, especially for those who want to lose weight and do something good for their gut.

  • Sausages and processed meat:

    Excessive consumption of sausages and processed meats can damage the intestinal flora and hinder weight loss.

    Red meat also increases the risk of colon cancer.

    A Mediterranean and predominantly vegetarian diet is recommended.

  • Industrial sugar:

    Sugar, no matter in what form, triggers inflammatory reactions in the intestines and is a classic fattening agent.

    Avoiding sugar is recommended not only for general health, but also for weight loss and gut health.

  • Ready-made products:

    Frozen pizzas, fast food and other ready-made products contain many unhealthy ingredients such as fat, salt, sugar, preservatives, flavors and flavor enhancers that can harm the intestinal flora.

    These should be avoided.

  • Gluten:

    Gluten, the main protein in grains, can attack and damage the intestinal wall.

    It is a risk factor for irritable bowel syndrome and autoimmune diseases.

    Consumption of grains should be limited to sourdough products, while bread, pasta and other grain-containing foods should be avoided.

  • Industrial cooking oils:

    Cooking oils like sunflower oil, safflower oil, or nut oil that are rich in omega-6 fatty acids can promote inflammation in the body, including in the gut.

    Avoiding these oils is recommended.

  • Fructose (fruit sugar):

    Excessive consumption of fructose, especially without protective fiber in sweets for example, can lead to stomach and intestinal problems and trigger an inflammatory reaction in the intestines.

    The consumer advice center therefore does not recommend consuming more than five portions of vegetables and fruit per day.

  • Animal protein:

    Large amounts of animal protein - for example in cheese, meat, eggs and milk - can be harmful to the intestines and lead to inflammation.

    The amount and origin should be taken into account in order not to negatively influence the bacterial flora in the digestive tract.

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    This article only contains general information on the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication.

    It in no way replaces a visit to the doctor.

    Our editorial team is not allowed to answer individual questions about medical conditions.

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    Source: merkur

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