We all know that keeping the gut healthy should be one of our top priorities when thinking about our diet and ways in which we can improve it. In today’s fast paced modern world it can be difficult sustaining a healthy balanced diet. If you’ve ever suffered from IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, acid reflux you’ll know how uncomfortable an afflicted gut can be. However, there are several ways in which you can keep your gut healthy even if you live a time poor lifestyle.
Probiotics – perhaps most widely recognised as a quick and easily solution to addressing our gut health. Probiotics such as yoghurts, kefir, kombucha, pickles, nato and some types of cheese help provide live microorganisms which help our digestive and immune system and thus improve our overall health.
Eat whole unprocessed foods – when we’re in a rush sometimes we just grab what’s quick and easy, whether that’s a ready made sandwich, ready meal or something else that has been processed. Whist, it’s okay once in a while to do this if it becomes a habit it can soon start affecting your gut health. Incorporating whole foods such as nuts, quality whole grains, fish, organic cage free chicken, seeds, vegetables and fruit in your diet will do wonders for your gut health.
Get good fat – we often hear that one of the quickest ways to lose weight is to cut out fatty foods. But it’s important not to neglect fat in your diet. Of course, we’re talking about the good kinds of fats such as Omega-3, which will cool inflammation in the gut, and foods high in a mixture of mono and polyunsaturated fats such as avocados. Often referred to as ‘nature’s butter, did you know that one cup of avocado provides 21 grams of fat.
Food allergies – not everyone suffers from food allergies, but for those who do it’s extremely important to ensure they don’t eat anything that might set off an allergic reaction and certainly won’t do your gut health any favours. Also if you suspect you may have food sensitivities, you can try out an elimination diet and measure the effect this has on your health. You may want to try cutting out things like gluten, dairy, yeast and soy and then seeing how your gut feels after a week or two.
Supplements – if you don’t have the time to prepare balanced meals at home or before work, then consider introducing supplements into your diet to help boost probiotics in your gut. There’s a lot of choices on the market, so be sure to seek advice from your doctor or nutritionist on which brands they advise.
At Fishwives we provide a range of foods that will improve your gut health and also minimise the time you spend on meal preparation. A good example is our Cape Grim beef Singapore bone broth which has been slow cooked for a minimum of 16 hours and is a full flavoured bone broth containing essential nutrients for your gut and body. All Cape Grims’ cattle are grass fed and have plenty of grazing space.
Have you had experience of testing ways in which to improve your gut health? We’d love to hear from you, let us know in the comments.