Gut Health. It's all the rage. And it should be.
The things is.. everyday we're learning more and more about just how important the gut is to our overall state of health.
We know the balance of "bugs" in our gut (know as the microbiome) is critical to our immune system.
We've recently learnt that gut health plays a role in chronic disease such as diabetes and insulin resistance.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg...
Let's face it... stress, anxiety and poor dietary choices are commonplace in our society.
You only have to talk to a small group of your friends to find out one is so stressed out at work that they don't have time for lunch and they don't leave their desk until 8pm everyday. Another one is really struggling with their diet and can't understand why they are so bloated!?
I could go on and on... but the thing is this stressful, fast paced lifestyle we are all a part of doesn't do our digestive health any favours.
We need to look after our guts now, otherwise we will be in bigger trouble later (when things are much harder to fix).
Here are my Top 5 Gut Friendly Foods:
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Similar to sauerkraut ACV is fermented meaning it contains beneficial bacteria. It helps to stimulate digestion, improving the breakdown and absorption of food.ACV has many other benefits e.g. managing acid reflux, helping to maintain normal blood sugar levels, and reducing cholesterol.
- Good old Sauerkraut. This is not just a 2 thousand year old food come back into fashion. It should be in your fridge. Sauerkraut is made by fermenting cabbage with salt. The fermentation process leaves the kraut full of good bacteria (called probiotics). Your digestive system needs these bacterias for digesting food and fighting off infection.
Bone or Vegetable Broth. Bone broth is high in glutamine, which plays a role in helping to keep the spaces between the cells that make up the lining of the gut small. Meaning everything stays inside the digestive track as it should.
For veggie broth make sure to use lots of: dark leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, collard greens), asparagus, brussel sprouts red cabbage, parsley, kidney beans & lentils.
- Fresh ginger. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, aids in digestion and also been shown to reduce digestive symptoms such as pain and bloating.
- Hemp Seeds. Hemp seeds are full of FIBRE. Fibre keeps our bowels clean and our movements regular. Hemp is also high in omega-3 which is anti-inflammatory.
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