When people ask how to lose their gut, I tell them one thing: Don’t lose it! Just make the bacteria in it healthier by eating more fermented foods and good bacteria. Then you’ll lose the weight—and live a happier and healthier life.

A healthy gut microbiome is essential not only to properly break down the foods you’re eating, but also for nutrient absorption and toxin elimination—meaning that when your gut flora is out of whack, serious problems can ensue. Among those problems are bloating, inflammation, various skin issues like acne—even diabetes, poor sleep, lower levels of happiness, and obesity are tied to the health state of your gut.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar
There’s good reason that ACV  is considered a wellness jack-of-all trades. It helps your body create HCL (hydrochloric acid), which is a beneficial belly acid that helps digest fats, carbohydrates, and protein. This aids in weight loss and it also helps to relieve acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome because of all the beneficial probiotics and amino acids.

Try these ACV sips, an easy way to add to to your daily routine

2. Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut is a naturally fermented food that has the microorganisms Lactobacillus bacteria, which crowds out bad bacteria in the gut and allows the beneficial gut flora to flourish. This helps to lower irritable bowel syndrome symptoms like gas, bloating, and indigestion. Also, the sour taste in fermented foods are organic acids that help probiotics to really work their magic. 

3. Yogurt
Grass-fed, full-fat and plain (no sugar added, stay below 5g per serving) yogurt has a very high amount of beneficial probiotics. The types of probiotics in yogurt help to remove harmful fungus and bacteria. Beneficial probiotics repair gut and other irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. There are also beneficial enzymes that help improve digestion.

Try This Brand of Organic Grass Fed Yogurt

4. Sprouted Grains
The process involved in making sprouted grain bread products makes it easier for some people to digest rather than other traditional wheat products, which in turn makes it easier for nutrients to be absorbed into the body. Enzymes are released during the sprouting process, therefore breaking down proteins and carbohydrates. It’s also worth noting that many sprouted grain products are lower in carbohydrates.

5. Collagen
Collagen is one of the largest proteins in our body—in fact, it’s what holds our body together. Due to a standard American diet, as we age many people start to see their collagen production sharply decline (this is also what makes skin start to sag!). Getting collagen on a daily basis is essential for not only healing an inflamed gut, but it also slows down the aging process both inside our body and out.  Boost your collagen intake by adding some collagen protein to your morning coffee, soups, and/or smoothies.

This is a Brand of Collagen I Recommend