Water with lemon
Sip it as soon as you wake up and after each meal. “Bitter foods like lemon help stimulate your body’s GI juices and aid the start of the digestion process. When digestion is robust, your body breaks down food better and absorbs more of its nutrients, both of which help you maintain a healthy weight and flat belly.” Arugula, dandelion root, and apple cider vinegar will also do the trick, so munch on a salad with these greens before your main course—bonus if it’s dressed with cider vinaigrette.
Craving something sweet? This fruit—along with colorful radishes, tomatoes, and carrots—contains arabinogalactans, a plant-based fiber and prebiotic that feeds the friendly bacteria that help your metabolism function optimally. The fiber also kills E. coli and klebsiella—two types of bad bacteria associated with carrying excess weight. Chop kiwi into grilled chicken salads or purée into smoothies for a colorful and sweet kick.
It seems counterintuitive to feed the microbiome foods with antimicrobial properties, but studies show that garlic only goes after bad, inflammation-causing bacteria while leaving good bacteria intact. It’s also rich in inulin, the fiber that helps the body digest food more efficiently and steadies blood sugar. Add fresh chopped garlic to tomato-mozzarella salads and stir-fries, or sprinkle garlic powder onto meats and fish before grilling.