Why You Should Take Care Of Your Gut (And How To Do So)…

Inflammation is suggested to be the root of all disease, and it usually stems from your gut. Suffering from inflammation causes your immune system to work harder, and this has a huge impact on your health.

 

As you can imagine, what we eat is very important when it comes to having a healthy gut. But don’t worry, our bodies are amazing and can produce new microbiota in as little as 24 hours- so now is the time to make a change!

A key in having a healthy gut is making sure we get plenty of probiotics and prebiotics. What are they? Probiotics are live microorganisms, usually bacteria, which do wonders for our gut. Prebiotics promote the growth of these beneficial microbes and make them more effective.

So what do you need to eat/not eat in order to get probiotics and prebiotics and thus to have a healthy gut?

 

  1. Eat lots of fruit, veg, legumes and beans. Many of these are high in fiber and contain prebiotics which will feed the good bacteria in your gut. Raspberries, artichokes, green peas, broccoli, chickpeas, lentils, beans, apples (with skin on),  and whole grains are among the best foods for this.

  2. Fermented foods such as plain natural yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, pickled gherkins and kimchi help to enhance the function of the microbiota and can help to reduce inflammation in the gut.

  3. Artificial sweeteners can have a negative effect on the health of your gut, so try to avoid things such as diet soft drinks and low calorie yogurts, or anything that contains artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.

  4. Eat foods rich in polyphenols such as dark chocolate, red wine, grapes, green tea, almonds, onions, blueberries and broccoli.

  5. Foods that are high in fiber such as porridge, bulgar wheat, barley, quinoa, and brown rice will help your good bacteria to thrive.

  6. Take supplements. I don’t usually encourage supplements as I think they’re a scam, but in this case I’ll make an exception, because with our modern busy lifestyle it’s not always easy to eat all of the above all the time, so supplements will help keep your gut in good shape despite slip-ups in your diet!