If you feel like you’re eating all the right stuff, but to no avail, your microbiome, the newly discovered ecosystem of bacteria living in your gut, may be out of whack. Fuel it, and you’ll improve digestion, beat bloat, and boost your metabolism.
The traditional hot-dog topping can do serious wonders for your waistline. “Fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickled veggies, and kimchi are some of the best sources of probiotics—a form of good bacteria that support healthy digestion and decrease bloat. Diets low in probiotics can cause bad bacteria to overtake the good ones, leading to health problems ranging from autoimmune diseases to weight gain. Try spooning sauerkraut onto sandwiches or grilled pork, or stir it into a warm potato salad with grainy mustard.