Dog Gut Health: The 4 Ways to Restore It Naturally (2024)

Written by Katie Dahlhausen, PhD and Ellen Barber

Published on November 20, 2021, Updated on March 22, 2023

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Your dog’s gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) hosts a unique collection of thousands of different types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms, referred to collectively as the gut microbiome. A diverse, well-balanced gut microbiome is crucial for almost every aspect of your dog’s overall health, from nutrient absorption to cognitive functions. When the different populations of gut bacteria are out of balance, disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), immune system reactions, and even depression can result.

Modern society is seeing a rise in microbiome-associated disorders in our dogs and ourselves. That’s due to a number of factors, including commercial pet diets, medications (particularly antibiotics), and lifestyle choices (being mostly indoors, using antimicrobial cleaners, etc.).

Luckily, it’s possible to restore and maintain a healthy gut microbiome for your pup without using medications that can cause adverse side effects. In fact, it’s as simple as Test, Add, Remove, and Rebalance.

(1) Test

Many symptoms—like diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, itchy skin, and even bad breath—can actually be a sign of trouble in your dog’s gut microbiome. That’s because when important groups of bacteria are missing or out of balance, some of the gut’s important digestive and immune functions stop working. Microbiome testing is a great way of finding out what’s really going on in your dog’s gut.

Gut microbiome testing means examining the bacteria and other microorganisms present in an individual stool sample. The bacteria in your dog’s poop provide a snapshot of their gut microbiome.

Our DoggyBiome Gut Health Test kit includes everything you need to collect a small sample of your dog’s poop and send it to our lab. We use DNA sequencing to identify all the different kinds of bacteria in your dog’s sample, so we can tell you what kinds of bacteria are present in your dog’s gut microbiome and in what proportions. (Learn more about microbiome testing.)

You’ll receive a Gut Health Test report that clearly explains your dog’s individual results. By comparing your dog’s results to those of healthy dogs of similar age and breed, the report also helps you see what changes might be necessary to improve your dog’s gut health.

While many dogs start off life with a healthy mix of gut flora, this mix can change because of aging, illness, or exposure to certain medications, particularly antibiotics. The table below explains the three gut microbiome conditions your dog could suffer from and the appropriate responses. Any advice to shape your dog’s gut microbiome will fall into at least one of these three response categories:

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Dog Microbiome Condition and Response Chart

These three conditions are connected to each other, so the solution for one condition may also help the others. Therefore, we recommend reading all of the sections below to learn how the “Add,” “Remove,” and “Rebalance” approaches can help resolve any imbalances in your dog’s gut microbiome.

Adding beneficial bacteria is especially useful for dogs whose gut microbiomes lack sufficient diversity (enough different kinds of bacteria). A dog’s gut microbiome might have low diversity if they recently had a round of antibiotics or were exposed to a pathogen, such as E. coli or Salmonella. There are many ways to add good bacteria to your dog’s digestive system. Some methods are dependent on whether you are targeting your dog’s small intestine or large intestine.

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Diversity is a good thing! When it comes to your dog’s gut microbiome, bacterial diversity starts with what your dog eats. Not only do the right foods help good bacteria flourish, but there are also many ways to supplement your dog’s diet to improve their digestive and overall health.

  • Prebiotics. Prebiotics are particular kinds of dietary fiber—such as inulin, mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS), and fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS)—that promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. Feeding the “good” bacteria in the digestive tract leads to all kinds of benefits, including strengthening your dog’s immune system. In mice, it has been observed that by shifting the gut microbiome, prebiotics can even counteract the inflammatory effects of a high-fat diet. If you want to try a prebiotic supplement, start with small amounts to see how your dog responds.

  • Probiotics. Most probiotic supplements marketed for dogs contain high quantities of a few specific strains of live bacteria. But the bacteria in these supplements typically aren’t strains that are native to dogs, so they won’t become permanent residents of your dog’s gut. While these products may provide temporary relief from symptoms like diarrhea, most probiotics for dogs won’t solve the underlying problem. One probiotic that’s been proven safe and effective in dogs is Saccharomyces boulardii. Rather than a type of bacteria, S. boulardii is a strain of yeast that is especially helpful for regrowing gut microorganism populations that have become imbalanced.

  • Fermented foods. Beneficial bacteria “eat” prebiotics through a process of fermentation, which produces a variety of health-promoting substances called postbiotics, including short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). One big reason fermented foods are so good for us is that they contain a lot of those postbiotics, which play important roles in digestion, immune cell production, nervous system function, and many other aspects of the body’s health. Fermented foods are good for your dog too. Low-salt sauerkraut, unsweetened yogurt (be aware that some sugar-free yogurts contain artificial sweeteners that are harmful to dogs!), kefir, apple cider vinegar, tempeh, and MSG-free miso are all safe to feed your dog in small amounts. You can find easy fermented vegetable recipes online that are designed specifically for dogs, such as those listed here.

  • Whole foods. Fresh, plant-based ingredients are great for your dog’s gut health. Non-starchy, fibrous vegetables—like broccoli, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, and leafy greens (like spinach, kale, or collards)—contain the kinds of prebiotic fiber that beneficial gut bacteria like to eat. These foods are also rich in antioxidants and are an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet.Pro tip: Adding prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics to your dog’s diet is easy with our safe, effective supplements designed specifically for dogs. The probiotic and prebiotic DoggyBiome S. boulardii + FOS Powder can be mixed into your dog’s food. Tasty DoggyBiome ImmuneShield chews contain a postbiotic formula designed to improve gut and immune health.

Getting fresh air and being out in nature come with numerous health benefits, including some lesser-known positive impacts on gut health. Bacteria that are potentially good for your dog are everywhere in nature: in the dirt, on plants, and even in the air. Take your dog for a walk in nature or crack open a window and let in some fresh air.Your dog gets new microorganisms elsewhere too. Research shows that humans and their dogs share skin bacteria. Your dog’s furry playmates probably share their microorganisms as well. And if your dog is coprophagic (a poop eater), they may be ingesting microorganisms from other dogs’ gut microbiomes. All of this exposure to a diversity of microflora can contribute to strong intestinal and immune health.

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Not all microorganisms are helpful members of your dog’s gut community. An infection or overgrowth of harmful (“bad”) bacteria requires an intervention.

Although it may seem counterintuitive to add microorganisms in order to remove other microorganisms, this approach can be surprisingly effective. For instance, when humans have antibiotic-resistant C. difficile (C. diff) infections, FMT is used to deliver new bacteria to the patient’s gut that compete with and kill off C. diff.

When new populations of beneficial bacteria take nutrients and space away from the pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria through successful competition, the “bad” bacterial populations shrink. FMT has proven to be just as effective in many animals, including dogs.

For many people, antibiotics aren’t considered “natural,” but your vet may strongly recommend them if your dog has an infection caused by pathogenic bacteria. Most of these medications are “broad-spectrum” antibiotics, meaning that they kill a lot of different kinds of bacteria—not just harmful bacteria but beneficial ones as well. Because antibiotics deplete the gut’s bacterial community, they can cause unhealthy long-term changes to your dog’s microbiome.

If your dog needs to take antibiotics, it’s important that you support and restore your dog’s gut health both during and after treatment by following the advice in the “Add” section, above. It’s also important to test your dog’s gut health after a course of any antibiotic to find out what changes the medication might have caused and what you can do to help your dog’s gut microbiome recover quickly.

Bacteriophages (the name means “bacteria eaters”)—or “phages” for short—are naturally occurring microorganisms that attack and kill particular kinds of bacteria. Phage therapy is the process of introducing phages that specifically target bad bacteria. This approach has been around for a century, but phages have gained new attention as an effective alternative to antibiotics as a result of the global decline in antibiotics’ effectiveness. (Learn more about the problem of antimicrobial resistance.)

Luckily, a safe phage therapy is available for humans and animals who have high levels of E. coli, which happens to be one of the most common gut microbiome imbalances observed in dogs. Our Gut Maintenance Plus capsules contain four different phages that kill E. coli, in addition to other beneficial prebiotics and probiotics for dogs that support and improve gut health.

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(4) Rebalance

Sometimes a dog’s gut contains a healthy range of different types of gut microorganisms (good diversity), but the sizes of the different populations are out of balance. In such cases, dietary changes and/or gut health supplements can often restore a healthy balance.

Good nutrition is one of the cornerstones of overall health. It helps prevent common illnesses, boosts the immune system, and positively influences the gut microbiome. There are thousands of different kinds of bacteria in your dog’s gut microbiome, and each kind requires certain nutrients to survive. Therefore, what your dog eats will influence which bacteria thrive in their gut.

Dogs Need a High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diet

For example, many kibble diets are too high in carbohydrates, so they don’t promote the growth of all the beneficial bacteria your dog needs. Carbohydrates feed the “bad” kinds of bacteria that increase inflammation, contribute to “leaky gut” syndrome, and promote weight gain.

Dogs are still carnivores, which means they (and their gut bacteria) do best on a diet that’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates. In a study where dogs were fed a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, the gut microbiome composition of overweight dogs shifted to the balanced bacterial proportions associated with healthy weight loss.

Use this calculator to find the hidden amount of carbohydrates in any pet food, and make sure your dog’s diet contains more than 50% protein on a “dry matter” basis. Remember that dog foods labeled “grain-free” and “gluten-free” can still contain high levels of carbohydrates, and may not be the best choice for their digestive health.

Don’t Forget Fiber!

Dietary fiber is important for improving the transit time of matter passing through the digestive tract and for feeding beneficial bacteria. It is easy to add fiber to your dog’s diet: you can do this by adding whole food or prebiotics, both of which are discussed above.

Food Intolerances and Food Allergies

If your dog is eating an appropriate, nutritious diet but still has symptoms of digestive issues (like diarrhea, constipation, or bloating), a food intolerance or allergy may be to blame. Food sensitivities (intolerances) are quite common and can usually be resolved by changing your dog’s food. It is important to talk to your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet, as some commercial foods have been linked to certain health issues.

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Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), or fecal transplant, is the transfer of fecal material (including beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms) from a healthy donor to the GI tract of a sick patient. For dogs with gut microbiome imbalances, FMT is more effective than probiotics because it helps reseed the gut with an entire ecosystem of dog-specific beneficial bacteria. (Most so-called dog probiotics don’t contain bacteria that come from dogs.)

FMT via enema is typically performed in a veterinary hospital under sedation, making this procedure costly for pet parents and stressful for dogs. Our DoggyBiome Gut Restore Supplement (FMT in an oral capsule) makes this approach easier to swallow at a fraction of the cost. Learn more about FMT.

Where to Start?

You may already recognize one or more simple changes you could make to improve your dog’s gut health. A little more protein or fermented food in their diet, a daily prebiotic supplement, or some regular outdoor exercise might be enough to boost your dog’s digestive and immune health.

If your dog is suffering from digestive symptoms or skin issues, or you’re just not sure whether Adding, Removing, or Rebalancing sounds like the right approach, a Gut Health Test can help. In addition to showing you what’s really going on in your dog’s gut microbiome, your test report will include personalized recommendations for dietary and lifestyle changes that can help your dog live a longer, healthier life.

Test, Add, Remove, and Rebalance

Almost every aspect of your dog’s health is connected to their gut microbiome in some way. Testing your dog’s gut microbiome composition can give you valuable clues about how various symptoms may be related to the state of your dog’s gut. By helping you choose the right interventions to address low diversity and/or imbalances early, microbiome testing can help improve or even prevent disorders like IBD, diabetes, and obesity.

Learn more about microbiome testing, the importance of the gut microbiome, and how AnimalBiome can help your dog.

Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian

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Dog Gut Health: The 4 Ways to Restore It Naturally? ›

Maintaining gut health and alleviating related symptoms is not always easy. There are many factors that can lead to a disturbance in gut function. The four R's protocol (Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate, Repair) works to address the underlying causes of imbalance and aids in alleviating symptoms.

What are the 4 steps to heal the gut? ›

Maintaining gut health and alleviating related symptoms is not always easy. There are many factors that can lead to a disturbance in gut function. The four R's protocol (Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate, Repair) works to address the underlying causes of imbalance and aids in alleviating symptoms.

What can I add to my dog's food for good gut health? ›

Fresh, plant-based ingredients are great for your dog's gut health. Non-starchy, fibrous vegetables—like broccoli, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, and leafy greens (like spinach, kale, or collards)—contain the kinds of prebiotic fiber that beneficial gut bacteria like to eat.

What foods are probiotic for dogs? ›

Plenty of foods in your home contain probiotics naturally such as yogurt, kefir, onions, bananas, garlic, honey, leeks, kimchi, and Jerusalem artichokes.

What naturally kills bad bacteria in the gut? ›

An anti-inflammatory diet, regular exercise, good quality sleep, and probiotics are all strategies to put in place before trying antimicrobials or antibiotics to get rid of bad bacteria.

What are the 5 R's of gut restoration? ›

To help ensure that everything is functioning properly with this integral body system, or to restore health, we use a program in Functional Medicine called the '5R's: remove, replace, reinoculate, repair, and rebalance.

What are the 3 super foods for your gut? ›

The Best Superfoods For Gut Health
  • Leafy Greens. Leafy greens are a powerful prebiotic and are high in vitamins C, K, B complex, folic acid, beta carotene, iron, iodine, calcium, potassium, magnesium, sulphur and chlorophyll. ...
  • Asparagus. ...
  • Oats. ...
  • Greek Yoghurt. ...
  • Apples. ...
  • Ginger.

How do I reset my dogs gut? ›

How to “Reset” Your Dog's Upset Stomach
  1. Withhold food for 12 to 24 hours. Withholding food for a time gives your pup's digestive tract a chance to calm down and reset itself. ...
  2. Keep your dog hydrated. Dogs often lose body fluids when they vomit or have diarrhea. ...
  3. Prepare a bland diet.

How do I reset my dogs gut health? ›

4 Ways To Restore Your Pet's Gut Health
  1. Feed your pet a nutrient-dense, biologically appropriate diet. ...
  2. Introduce probiotics into their diet to build good bacteria. ...
  3. Add bone broth to their food to increase nutrient absorption. ...
  4. Maintain daily exercise and play to help reduce stress.
Jul 26, 2019

What home remedy can I give my dog for bad gut? ›

Soothing Food Ingredients to Give Your Dog

Ingredients like rice, yogurt, cooked chicken, bone broth, and pumpkin puree are beneficial for balancing out the gut bacteria and improving digestion. Broths and soups are full of beneficial nutrients like bone marrow, protein and minerals, and are also very hydrating.

Is pumpkin a probiotic for dogs? ›

In some cases, they may also recommend adding probiotics, which are supplements that contain live beneficial bacteria. Pumpkin acts as a prebiotic booster for these probiotics.

Is there a natural probiotic I can give my dog? ›

A good source of natural probiotics for dogs is yogurt or kefir with live cultures. Sometimes certain brands use cultures to make yogurt or kefir, but they are not probiotics. Yogurt and kefir may also contain artificial sweeteners, which can be dangerous for dogs.

Is apple cider vinegar a probiotic for dogs? ›

Fermentation results in acetic acid, which is a compound of vinegar. It's mixed with beneficial bacteria and yeast. The process of making apple cider vinegar makes the probiotics and enzymes in apples more effective. Thus, it's often used for benefitting humans and dogs.

What depletes gut bacteria? ›

  • Not Eating a Diverse Range of Foods. Generally, a rich and diverse gut flora is considered to be a healthy one ( 12 ). ...
  • Lack of Prebiotics in the Diet. ...
  • Drinking Too Much Alcohol. ...
  • Antibiotic Use. ...
  • Lack of Regular Physical Activity. ...
  • Cigarette Smoking. ...
  • Not Getting Enough Sleep. ...
  • Too Much Stress.
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What foods starve bad gut bacteria? ›

A diet that's high in animal protein, sugar, and fat, and low in fiber — like the diets full of processed foods that are popular in the United States — have been shown to decrease the amount of bacteria in the gut , especially of beneficial Bifidobacterium and Eubacterium species.

What is a gut healing protocol? ›

A gut healing diet is any diet you adopt to reduce digestive symptoms, inflammation, or other related symptoms, such as joint pain, skin symptoms, or insomnia, for example. Because many common foods can inflame the gut, gut healing diets are usually elimination diets.

What is 4r gut repair? ›

The 4 R's protocol has been used successfully for years in functional medicine. It involves removing anything that is making you sick, replacing anything you are deficient in, re-inoculating the gut with probiotics and repairing any damage to the intestinal lining.

What is the protocol for gut rebuild? ›

The Gut Restore Protocol is based on 5 key steps (outlined below) that work towards both short-term and long-term gut health goals.
  1. Calm Inflammation & Support Digestive Function. ...
  2. Identify & Remove Obstacles to Health. ...
  3. Rebalance & Repair. ...
  4. Reintroduce. ...
  5. Maintenance.

What is gut bacteria favorite food? ›

Prebiotic foods (whole grains, bananas, greens, onions, garlic, soybeans, and artichokes) act as food for healthy gut bacteria. Probiotic foods like yogurt are full of good bacteria already.

What 3 foods does gut doctor say to avoid? ›

Harvard gut doctor: These 8 foods will make you feel bloated—here's what to eat instead
  • Sweetened foods. Fructose malabsorption occurs in about 50% of the population. ...
  • Fructose-rich fruits. ...
  • Vegetables with fructans and galactans. ...
  • Milk and other dairy products. ...
  • Beans. ...
  • Sugar substitutes. ...
  • Grains. ...
  • Some fermented foods.
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Does oatmeal help gut bacteria? ›

Oats. Oats contain a unique type of fibre that nourishes and restores healthy gut bacteria. This makes oats a great food to eat every day and they are especially suited to breakfast – porridges, muesli or a smoothie with oats.

How do I know if my dog has an unhealthy gut? ›

Digestive issues, such as gas, diarrhea and bloating, can be obvious signs of poor gut health in dogs and cats. But other issues, such as frequent shedding and excessive scratching, also can indicate a problem. Dogs and cats that have poor gut health can experience vomiting and weight loss.

Why is pumpkin good for dogs? ›

Pumpkin is a natural source of fibre. Cooked and mashed pumpkin with no added salt can help settle down an upset stomach , improve digestion, reduce anal gland problems, prevent hairball build up and help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhoea.

What causes poor gut health in dogs? ›

This ongoing damage is often attributed to a bacterial imbalance within the intestines. Possible causes of this bacterial imbalance, and the resulting leaky gut, include food allergies, chronic malnutrition, and the long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

How do you reduce inflammation in a dog's gut? ›

Antibiotics, such as metronidazole (Flagyl), may be prescribed for their anti-inflammatory effect on the GI tract. Probiotic supplements may also be recommended to help restore the balance of the normal bacteria found in the GI tract.

How do I get rid of bacteria in my dogs gut? ›

10 Ways to Improve Your Dog's Digestion & Gut Health
  1. Raw Food.
  2. Probiotics.
  3. Fermented Food.
  4. Prebiotics.
  5. Use Herbs instead of Dewormers.
  6. Avoid Unnecessary Vaccines.
  7. Don't Feed Human Food.
  8. Pay Attention To Ingredients.
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Is apple cider vinegar good for dogs gut health? ›

Apple cider vinegar is made from just apples and water, making it completely safe for dogs. It is slightly acidic, with a pH of 3.1 to 5, which gives it properties that can soothe a dog's overly alkalized digestive tract.

What can I feed my dog with inflamed intestines? ›

The best dog food for IBD is going to be a novel protein diet, with a single protein source and no unnecessary fillers. Novel protein diets may include duck, rabbit, pork, or lamb depending on what the dog has been exposed to in his lifetime.

Does turmeric help dogs? ›

Turmeric is safe for dogs in small doses, and it may have a positive impact. One study has shown curcumin, a frequently studied phytonutrient found in turmeric, may support healthy joint mobility and comfort.

Is Sweet Potato good for dogs? ›

Sweet potato is a safe, healthy, and natural treat for dogs, offering a range of health benefits (and a sweet flavor they'll likely love). For example, sweet potatoes support a healthy digestive system thanks to their high dietary fiber content. They're also low in fat and contain essential vitamins like B6, C, and A.

Is honey a probiotic for dogs? ›

Honey to improve your dog's digestive issues

A bit of honey daily honey can be an effective way to help with these stomach upsets. Honey contains both prebiotics and probiotics. And these play a big role in healthy digestion.

Can I give my dog Greek yogurt everyday? ›

Yes, Greek yogurt is great for dogs, provided it is xylitol-free. Your dog may even like the texture of Greek yogurt more. It's thicker because the whey gets strained out.

What are the best natural prebiotics and probiotics for dogs? ›

20 Best Dog Probiotics for 2023
  • Nom Nom Probiotic Support.
  • Nutri-Vet Pre & Probiotic.
  • Native Pet Probiotic.
  • Doggie Dailies Probiotics.
  • Profivex Probiotics.
  • Deley Naturals Probiotics.
  • Full Bucket Canine Daily Dog Probiotic.
  • Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics Powder Supplement.
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How do you make homemade dog probiotics? ›

Homemade Probiotic Recipes for Your Dog
  1. and 1/3 cups of plain yogurt. 1/3 cup of chopped fresh parsley. 1/3 cup of shredded carrots. Directions. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. ...
  2. cups of yogurt. A pinch of turmeric. Directions. Grease a mini muffin pan. ...
  3. tablespoons of plain kefir or coconut kefir.
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Is cottage cheese a probiotic for dogs? ›

Cottage cheese provides numerous health benefits to dogs. It is a source of protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, amino acids, fatty acids, probiotics, and potassium.

What are the cons of apple cider vinegar for dogs? ›

However, natural doesn't always mean safe. Apple cider vinegar can cause dry skin, potentially worsening itching and dandruff. Some dogs can also have an allergic reaction to apple cider vinegar, worsening skin issues. Apple cider vinegar can also get into your dog's eyes, causing a burning sensation and irritation.

Can I give my dog apple cider vinegar everyday? ›

Use no more than one tablespoon per 50 pounds of bodyweight and limit your use to twice a week. If your dog doesn't like the strong flavor, try reducing the amount to 1 teaspoon per 50 pounds of bodyweight, cooking it into a homemade dog treat, or stirring some into your dog's fresh meals.

Do vets recommend apple cider vinegar? ›

According to Courtney Jackson, DVM, a veterinarian and owner of the Pets Digest blog, apple cider vinegar is safe for dogs to use on their skin and take internally if given in moderation and at recommended doses.

What heals the gut fast? ›

Supplements like probiotics, collagen, omega-3 fatty acids, and l-glutamine can all help you heal and seal your gut (but you may not need them all at once). Getting enough sleep and reducing stress can improve your gut health.

What foods should I avoid for gut repair? ›

Avoiding processed junk foods, alcohol, sugary beverages, refined oils, and artificial sweeteners may aid the growth of healthy gut bacteria. Cutting out foods containing gluten or common stimulants of digestive symptoms may also help.

Is chicken bad for gut health? ›

Easy-to-digest foods are usually low-fat, low-fiber, and low-spice to avoid stomach upset. High-protein options like hard-boiled eggs or chicken breast are good, nutritious options.

Is Honey good for the gut? ›

Numerous in vivo studies using animal models show that honey acts as a prebiotic, specifically by promoting the populations of probiotic bacteria, including Bifidobacterium spp. and Lactobacillus spp., (104, 106, 107, 119), and alleviating symptoms of constipation and ulcerative colitis (107, 119).

What kills probiotics in your gut? ›

Due to its low pH nature, stomach acid can kill probiotics and reduce their efficacy in the gut. As powerful as probiotics can be for our health and wellbeing, non micro-shield probiotics are often no match for stomach acid.

Are eggs bad for gut health? ›

As part of a balanced diet, eggs contribute to a healthy digestive tract and can be helpful during acute digestive problems. In addition to being packed with nutrients, eggs are usually easy to digest compared to some other high-protein foods, such as meat and legumes.

What fruit is best for gut health? ›

Incorporating these fruits into your diet is a tasty and healthy way to keep your gut flora happy and thriving!
  1. Pears. As you may know, fibre plays a huge role in supporting gut health. ...
  2. Bananas. ...
  3. Apples. ...
  4. Blueberries. ...
  5. Kiwis. ...
  6. Peaches. ...
  7. Grapefruit. ...
  8. Pomegranate.
Jul 22, 2022

What is the quickest way to heal your gut? ›

10 Steps To Heal Your Gut Naturally
  1. USE PROBIOTICS FOR GUT HEALTH. Probiotics are the live microorganisms (good bacteria) that reside in the gut. ...
  3. DRINK WATER + TEA. ...

What is the 5 step gut protocol? ›

What is the 5-R Protocol for Digestive Health?
  1. Remove. We want to remove anything that could be irritating to the gut such as: ...
  2. Replace. ...
  3. Repopulate. ...
  4. Repair. ...
  5. Rebalance.
Feb 4, 2019

What is the #1 substance to help heal the gut? ›

1. L-Glutamine. L-Glutamine is one of the absolute most important nutrients to restore gut health because of the way it speeds up gut cell regeneration so profoundly. This amino acid helps to mend the broken junctions in your intestinal wall so they can function normally.

What kills good gut bacteria? ›

  • Not Eating a Diverse Range of Foods. Generally, a rich and diverse gut flora is considered to be a healthy one ( 12 ). ...
  • Lack of Prebiotics in the Diet. ...
  • Drinking Too Much Alcohol. ...
  • Antibiotic Use. ...
  • Lack of Regular Physical Activity. ...
  • Cigarette Smoking. ...
  • Not Getting Enough Sleep. ...
  • Too Much Stress.
Jun 19, 2017


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