With all the attention gut health has been getting in the past few years, it's no surprise that new products promising to help you have a healthier microbiome have been popping up left and right. What's happening in your gut affects your entire body—it can impact everything from how well you sleep to your mental health to, of course, your digestion. That's why experts preach the benefits of eating prebiotic- and probiotic-rich foods for a healthy gut microbiome.
But with so many options, it can be difficult to figure out which gut health foods are actually worth shelling out for. To get insight into the gut-healthiness of 12 new foods and beverages, we tapped registered dietitian Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, the host of Well+Good’s You Versus Food series. A word to the wise before we jump in: Be careful not to use any of these products as a cure for digestive issues rather than seeing an actual doctor, and consult with an RD or MD before trying any new form of gut-boosting food or beverage. "Some products claim to have gut-healing superpowers, so be weary if you are really trying to heal a GI condition with these without doing some research and talking to your doctor," Lockwood-Beckerman cautions.