Eating your way to better digestive health can enhance your bottoming experience
Many gay men who identify as bottoms struggle with digestive issues. The problems run the gamut, from feeling “backed up” to challenges with passing stools. Throw in things like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and it can become a real mess.
To remedy what ails them, some guys turn to various products that promise regularity in the form of a psyllium husk pill or powder.
While there’s nothing wrong with this approach, supplements shouldn’t be thought of as an “end all – be all” pathway to comprehensive digestive health.
According to fairly recent research, millions of Americans are turning to probiotics as a natural way to promote regularity. For gay men who bottom, the positive benefits of inclusion are many.
What are probiotics?
In a nutshell, probiotics are a kind of “friendly” bacteria that live in the intestinal tract. They play an important role in helping your “gut system” stay healthy while promoting regular bowel movements.
You may not know this but many forms of “good” bacteria (flora) are killed when you 1) take certain anti-biotics,2) eat sugary foods or 3) experience excessive stress.
If you have a deficit of good bacteria, you run the risk of developing food allergies. You can also experience skin problems and even worsen depression.
The good news is that you can eat probiotic foods that help to replace what might be lost. In the process, you’ll be promoting meaningful bowel movements, which ultimately enhances your bottom experience.
Here are 7 foods that are probiotic rich you can include into your weekly – or daily – eats.
Kimchi has been a main staple in Korean diets for thousands of years. Here in the U.S., it’s only been in the last few years that Americans have become aware of Kimchi’s wonderful flavor and multiple health benefits.
When you think of Kimchi, think of pickled cabbage with added spice. This is a great “gut food” to feed your digestive system if you are looking to pass stool regularly.
Kombucha is created by fermenting sweetened teas with a mixture of bacteria. After the fermentation process is over, you end up with a carbonated drink that contains lots of goodies – like vitamins, enzymes, acids and, last but not least, probiotics!
Other benefits of Kombucha include reduced joint inflammation, increased energy, and improved immune support.
If you want to get off sugary sodas, like Coke or Pepsi, Kombucha makes for a great alternative. Remember, high amounts of sugar work against your gut by reducing the healthy bacteria we talked about earlier.
FYI: If you are HIV+, there may (or may not) be additional benefits associated with Kombucha. See this POZ Forums thread.
If you like Japanese seasonings, you’ll love this one. Miso is made from soybeans that have been fermented. Here in the states, we often connect miso with “miso soup” – a delicious meal. But lost in the fanfare are miso’s many health benefits.
It turns out miso assists in the regulation of the entire digestive track. It also can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Other benefits include a reduction in cholesterol, fatigue, blood pressure and body inflammation.
4. Organic Yogurt
You probably already knew that yogurt was good for you – but have you wondered why? Well, according to research, yogurt is swimming in healthy, “good” bacteria!
When you ingest yogurt, you get the benefit of taking in lactic-acid producing cultures. You want lots of those to help with the proper digestion of food and elimination of stool.
Many people who are on anti-biotics eat yogurt daily to replace what’s been killed by the medications.
FYI: Don’t be cheap with yogurt. Always look at the packaging and make sure it is organic. If you buy the mass produced stuff with candies and cookies on top, you may be doing your gut more harm than good.
Tempeh is native to Indonesia and is made from soybeans. When bound together with fungi, they take on a cake-batter consistency during the fermentation process.
Many vegetarians substitute meats with tempeh. Not only is it loaded with proteins and vitamins, it also has tons of probiotics.
There’s no way to list all of the different meals you can make with tempeh but if you are interested, he’s a link to a book!
Do you have muscle inflammation? Do you bloat because of digestive problems? If so, consider kefir!
Like some of the other probiotics mentioned here, kefir is fermented. Most often, it is available in beverage form (like a drinkable yogurt) that has a “tartish” flavor.
This one is packed with goodies like calcium, folate, magnesium and vitamin B-12. All are critical to good digestive health and yes – the encouragement of regular stool elimination.
7. Sourdough Bread
You are probably thinking, “What – carbs?” Well, contrary to popular belief, not all carbs are bad. In the case of sourdough bread, it’s one of the good guys!
Here is why:
Sourdough contains a yeast-bacterial called lactobacillus – a type of probiotic that is known to help with regularizing bowel movements.
Bottoming can be exhilarating and fun. But guy riding also presents a host of problems for men who have digestive problems.
If you can relate, I encourage you to learn everything you can about the many benefits of probiotics. I’ve included a book suggestion below.
Want to learn more about natural solutions to wellness? Check out this informative guide.
By: Conrad Braxton
This post was adapted from: 7 Probiotic Foods that are Great for Your Gut at Mind Body Green