When it comes to your GI tract, bacteria isn’t always a bad thing! In fact, your immune system counts on it. According to Dr. Shannon Scholl, your microbiome, which is the collection of microorganisms in the body, helps maintain a healthy immune system because good bacteria can help calm or fight off infections or disease.

Everyone’s microbiome has a balance of good and bad bacteria, so it’s important to keep a healthy diet to power a strong immune system.

Shape Magazine gives some great advice on some healthy foods you can eat that promote a healthier stomach and overall wellbeing.

  • Miso
  • Yogurt
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir

Learn more about each food here: Shape.com.