There are a lot of factors that can impact on your gut health. Stress, medication, sleep and many more play a role in how healthy your gut is. But the number one tool to turn it around is including gut healing foods into your diet. Let’s have a look at the must-have gut healing foods.
Gut healing foods: probiotics
Need happy bugs back in your guts? Probiotics are live foods that are full to the brim with good bacteria, just waiting to repopulate your digestive tract. They are essential to wellbeing, so it’s time to add them in.
For your probiotic dose, add in foods like kimchi (my fave!), sauerkraut, miso, youghurt with live cultures and unpasteurised pickled vegetables. Plenty of drink options for you too, including kombucha, water kefir, milk kefir, kvass… the list goes on! In fact, almost every culture in the world has its own fermented option.
Gut healing foods: prebiotics
It’s great to put good bugs into your tummy. But you also need to feed them, so that they can establish a home and get settled in for good. That’s where prebiotics come into play.
Prebiotics are foods with a type of fibre that fuels probiotics, so they can get to work on keeping your gut healthy.
Find them in foods such as garlic, onion, leeks, apples, bananas, oats, seaweed, flaxseed and asparagus.
Gut healing foods: anti-inflammatory foods
For a full list of the best anti-inflammatory foods, see the link at the bottom of the article.
Gut healing foods: fibre
If you’re not pooping well, your gut will suffer. There are a few food types that work together to give you a happy poo, but fibre is the one that is most neglected. Many high-fibre foods are also prebiotics, so it’s a 2-for-1 deal for your gut.
Hit your fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes for your fibre boost. Remember, if your tummy is sensitive, these foods might make you a bit gassy. So add them in slowly to avoid bloating and flatulence overload.
Gut healing foods: gelatin
This guy is why bone broth is the go-to for gut health. Gelatin contains the very amino acids that your body needs to build and maintain your gut lining. Without those, your gut can become ‘leaky’, which leaves you open to a host of issues.
So whip up some soup using bone broth as a base, or make your own fruit gummies using gelatin. We do a bit of both in our household, so there’s an option for both sweet and savoury gut healing.
By adding in these foods, you’ll be well on your way to having a happy, healthy gut.
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