The human body consists of around 39 trillion bacteria, with the majority living in the intestine. This is what we call the “gut microbiome.”

The gut microbiome has a huge part in the regulation of the body’s function and overall well-being. In fact, it even makes up roughly 70 percent of the immune system.

Dr. Chutkan, the author of the book entitled “Gutbliss,” recommends a few things that will help you keep your gut in the best shape.

Here are Dr. Robynne Chutkan’s Top Picks for a Healthy Gut:

  1. Vitamix

A single serving of a green smoothie (mostly greens instead of fruits) is able to give you half of the daily recommended consumption of vegetables. Plus, you will find the taste amazing of you blend it using a high-powered blender such as the Vitamix. Dr. Chutkan’s smoothie recipe will help you prep and get started.

  1. Psyllium husk powder

If you find yourself suffering from bloating or constipation, a psyllium husk might be able to assist you in lessening the symptoms and get things moving inside your gut. It does a great job of clearing out developed remains inside an unhealthy gut, and encourages a day-to-day detox if used regularly. It is best to start slow if it is your first time. Use only a single teaspoon for the first 12-14 days. After a week, increase progressively by 1 teaspoon while waiting for the symptoms to lessen.

  1. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

CSA offers local organic produce as they help support good bacteria development and diversity. They provide nutrient-dense and fiber-rich ingredients that your gut will thank you for! Search for a CSA in your area today at LocalHarvest.

  1. Acacia fiber

The dietary fiber Acacia fiber is produced from the acacia tree’s gum. It assists in proper regulation of motility in the GI tract and also eases symptoms of IBS, such as bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.

The prebiotic effect of Acacia helps with the development of beneficial bacteria. It easily dissolves in a small amount of beverage. Furthermore, it is odorless, tasteless, and grit-free!

  1. Bentonite clay

Bentonite clay is produced from volcanic ash. If you mix it up with water, it will act as a purifying and bulk laxative. The clay is likened to a magnet as it draws harmful toxins in the whole body.

  1. Squatty Potty

The spot-on anatomical position for total evacuation is through squatting. By using a Squatty Potty, you help your body to eliminate stools easily and completely. This position helps relax the muscles in both the pubic and rectal areas, straightening the colon for a more successful evacuation.