Lose weight with a healthy gut: 10 foods that support it

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If you want to do something good for your intestines and lose weight at the same time, you need to include certain foods in your diet. Not only can they stimulate digestion, but they also have a positive effect on health.

1/10Flaxseeds are high in fiber, which is conducive to a healthy gut. After all, they stimulate digestion and ensure lasting satiety. They can also aid in weight loss. © kostin77/IMAGO
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2 / 10Whole grain products such as wholemeal bread still contain the hull, germ and endosperm of the grain. It contains fibre, minerals and B vitamins, which are particularly satiating and stimulate digestion. They not only help you lose weight, but also have a positive effect on the intestines and health. © HLPHOTO/IMAGO
Artichokes on the platter
3/10Artichokes contain a lot of inulin, which is a complex sugar. It is part of the prebiotics and serves the good intestinal bacteria. © Westend61/IMAGO
Chickpeas in a bowl
4/10Legumes such as chickpeas, beans, lentils and peas should also be a regular part of the menu. Because they contain a lot of fiber for a healthy intestinal flora. © Elenathewise/IMAGO
Two glasses of yogurt
5/10Plain yogurt is one of the healthy fermented foods, mainly thanks to lactic acid bacteria. These ensure a slightly acidic environment in the intestines, which kills unwanted bacteria. Since fermented foods are also high in fiber, they can also help with weight loss. They stimulate digestion and ensure a lasting feeling of satiety. © Zahard/IMAGO
bananas
6 / 10Inulin is a polysaccharide and dietary fiber found, for example, in bananas. It serves as food for the good intestinal bacteria and is therefore one of the so-called prebiotics. Inulin also has a particularly beneficial effect on the growth of anti-inflammatory gut bacteria. Artichokes and chicory also contain inulin, which keeps blood sugar levels stable and stimulates digestion – and can therefore promote weight loss. © Imaginechina-Tuchong/IMAGO
Salmon
7/10Fish contains many healthy unsaturated fatty acids. They are also good for the intestines as they promote and strengthen mucus production as well as cell growth and protective function. © Ivanna/IMAGO
Grated apple and grated carrot on a plate
8/10Fruit and vegetable purees contain bulking agents that promote healthy intestinal flora. Intestinal bacteria break down bulking substances into short-chain fatty acids, which nourish the intestinal mucosa. Mashed apples or grated carrots, for example, contain bulking agents. © profotokris/IMAGO
boiled potatoes
9/10Potatoes with their skins are considered a healthy food for the intestines. The structure of the starch in potatoes changes when they are cooked and cooled. This creates resistant starch, which has a positive effect on the intestinal flora. Because the digestive tract cannot break them down, they count as dietary fiber. It is also broken down into butyric acid, which in turn stimulates the growth of the intestinal lining and thus protects the intestine. Additionally, the carbohydrate content is reduced in chilled potatoes, so they tend to promote weight loss. © CSP_rawlik/IMAGO
Potted Sauerkraut
10/10Fresh sauerkraut is one of the fermented foods that last longer with the help of bacteria, fungi and enzymes. Valuable bacterial strains such as lactic acid bacteria are created during the fermentation process. These are also called probiotics and serve the intestinal flora. Sauerkraut is also extremely low in calories and fat and is therefore also suitable for weight loss. Plain yogurt, cheese, and apple cider vinegar are also fermented probiotic foods. © imago stock&people/IMAGO

Nutrition affects not only the psyche, but also the immune system and therefore health in general. Because 70% of human immune defense cells are located in the mucosa of our digestive organ: the intestine. It is all the more important that you pay attention to the right foods in your daily menu. To stay healthy, you must above all rely on ingredients that ensure a healthy intestinal flora. These include, for example, whole grain products, fish and fermented foods. The dietary fiber it contains also stimulates digestion and can therefore also promote weight loss at the same time.

However, if bad gut bacteria are fed by unhealthy foods, it can have negative effects on the body and health. It is therefore important that the intestinal mucosa is cared for with the right food. Because if you eat badly for a long time, you also become more susceptible to infections and diseases.

This article only contains general information on the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication. It does not replace a visit to the doctor. Unfortunately, our editors are not authorized to answer individual questions about clinical images.

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