12 best foods to eat for better gut health, according to nutritionists

This nutrient-dense fruit is high in antioxidants, vitamins C and K which help support immunity, heart health and digestion. Photo: Pexels

(Valerie Agyeman/ Good Housekeeping) –– The gut microbiome is considered one of the most important aspects of good health and well-being — it helps digest the foods you eat to provide the body energy and absorbs nutrients to maintain whole body health.

Ongoing research even suggests that the state of the gut microbiome is related to the development of chronic illnesses. Metabolic disease, gastrointestinal disorders, certain cancers and even brain health and immunity may be influenced by gut health.

“Since all food is ultimately broken down in the gut, a healthy digestive system is crucial for breaking down and delivering nutrients from these foods throughout the body,” says Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, CDN, Deputy Director of the GH Nutrition Lab. (…)