Growing Your Gut (In A Good Way): Healing Your Gut Bacteria Through Your Diet

It's a very trendy topic right now, gut bacteria. A lot has been spoken about its impact on issues like inflammation, not to mention mental health. And for the uninitiated, getting into healing your gut bacteria can be a little overwhelming, but how do you incorporate it into your life?


Using The Holy Trinity Of Healing Your Gut

When you are trying to build up these good bacteria, there are three things you need to have in abundance. These three things are prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. Prebiotics are what feeds the probiotics, in other words, the gut bacteria, and the polyphenols help to balance out our gut bacteria. Very simply, the best way to heal your gut is to consume a diet rich in these three. And these, in essence, are foods high in fiber, but there are other foods that are really good; you can find some probiotic rich foods on but a lot of people make the mistake in thinking that they are doing their gut a favor by consuming yoghurt, when in actual fact, it doesn't have enough of the strains of probiotics to ensure a healthy gut. It's far better for you to consume a diet rich in prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols.


Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Fermented food is one of the ways you can get a good hit of probiotics, but when you are starting out on your gut healing journey, it can be a shock to the system, especially if you are used to a very beige diet of pizza and fast food. Foods like kimchi and sauerkraut are rich in probiotics for the very reason that they are fermented, and so, if you are going to eat a diet rich in probiotics, fermented food like these has to be one of the most common. It's always beneficial to have some fermented food as a side dish to your main balanced meal, and one of the secret weapons in ensuring that the food is palatable is a diverse range of herbs and spices, which you can find in any supermarket or online at sites like, which will be beneficial if you were trying to get kids to eat more fermented foods. But you will notice that, after a few days of eating like this, you will have more energy, and you will generally feel better in yourself. Because there is a link between your gut and your mental health, healing a leaky gut by a diet rich in prebiotics, probiotics and polyphenols are one of the simplest ways for you to, in essence, reclaim some of your life back.


This is why a lot of European countries appear so healthy, yet the western world is lagging behind somewhat. With issues like depression and obesity on the increase, probiotics and fermented foods could hold the key, not just to a healthy gut, but to the obesity and mental health crises in the western world. So come on, let's grow our gut (in a good way)!


Jessica Mitton


Jessica Mitton is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She believes in a holistic approach, taking into consideration the body, mind and spirit. She is fascinated by the healing potential of food and how it can contribute to an individual’s overall health. A passionate creative force in the kitchen, Jessica is continually working to develop her own highly nutritious and equally delicious recipes, made from whole, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Most of all, she enjoys the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge with others, helping them to become their healthiest possible self!