As for foods to stay away from? Among those that Dr. Bach recommends gut-conscious individuals avoid are:
- Red meat and barbecue: Though hugely popular, Dr. Bach says both items should be limited to just once a week. Moderation is key.
- Processed foods: Unfortunately, our grocery store shelves are inundated with these items, including everything from cookies and crackers to chips, pre-packaged cold-cuts and microwavable meals.
- “These foods really should be avoided if possible,” Dr. Bach says. “While convenient, they are packed with sugars, preservatives, coloring, chemicals and a whole host of calories that are devoid of nutritional value.”
- Artificial sweeteners: Recent studies suggest these sugar-like products can be damaging to gut health.
For those who are especially conscious about gut health, or for those taking antibiotics, Dr. Bach says it can also be a good idea to supplement a healthy diet with a probiotic-specific product such as certain probiotic yogurts and supplements.
Of course, Dr. Bach says, even the healthiest of eaters will indulge periodically. But with a consistent, balanced approach, a healthy gut can be achieved, he says.
“I tell my patients to use my dietary advice as a general guideline–as a blueprint for better health,” he says. “Yes, you will cheat here or there. Just try to keep those cheat days to a minimum. If you do so, I’m confident you’ll see results.”