A happy belly needs the proper dietary support to sustain healthy bacteria. Maintaining healthy and happy gut flora is one of the most important things we can do to improve our cognitive functions, immunity and overall wellness. Checkout these four gut-benefiting nutrients and sources which fit easily into any diet.

Fermented Fill-up:

These fermented foods and beverages offer helpful bacteria and fiber for gut bacteria to digest and keep your body functioning regularly.

  • Brew Dr. Kombucha (non-dairy option)
  • Siggis Yogurt-  Acai Berry
  • Kraut Krisps – Dill
Brew Dr. Kombucha, Siggi's Yogurt and Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps are some great examples of fermented foods for a happy belly
Protein, Please:

Healthy protein sources provide amino acids (along with good bacteria) that the body uses to produce neurochemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. Those neurochemicals improve your brain function. Some powerful sources of protein include:

  • Beanfields- Jalapeno Nacho Chips
  • Field Trip – Turkey Sticks
  • Crunchsters Sprouted Mung Bean Snacks –  Smoky Balsamic
Some happy belly protein sources include Beanfields Jalapeno Nacho Chips, Field Trip Turkey Sticks and Crunchsters Mung Bean Snacks
Friendly Fat:

Our brains are made of 60% fat! Considering this we should recognize fat as a literal “brain food”. Consuming these healthy fats allows your brain to function to it’s potential. Here we have sources of healthy fats:

  • Dang Coconut Chips
  • Once Again – Peanut and Almond Butters
  • RX Nut Butters (Coming Soon!)
Dang Coconut Chips, Once Again Nut Butters and RX Nut Butters pack a boost in healthy fats.
Inulin Increase:

Inulin is a soluble fiber “super-food” because it helps support the life of healthy bacteria in your gut. *I would recommend increasing inulin rich products slowly as everybody can digest differently and it could cause dis-comfort.* Sources for inulin are:

  • Oh Snap!-  Green Beans
  • Kind Pressed – Dark Chocolate Banana
  • Forager Pressed Veggie Chips

Increase your inulin intake with Oh Snap! Cool Beans, Kind Pressed Dark Chocolate Banana Bars and Forager Pressed Veggie Chips.

 

I hope this article helps you recognize that there are healthy bacteria in your gut and they need your dietary support! Recognize how you feel in these last few days of summer, and how a few simple changes can cause a chain reaction of positivity through your body as we close in on fall!

Happy Snacking!

 

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Article Written by Carly Corippo

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Most importantly, Some of you may already know Carly Corippo as your account manager, but she also has a strong background in nutrition. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from California State University Chico while working throughout the community in different nutrition and wellness focused internships. After college, Carly started working here at Associated and is your go-to gal for all wellness and nutrition related questions or tips!