Eating to heal your gut will have added benefits including increased energy levels, weight management and better mood!
Whilst there are foods that may irritate our gut and lead to poor gut health there are a number of beneficial foods we can incorporate into our diets to improve our gut health.
Probiotics are often taken by in supplement form to aid gut health. However, they are not always necessary to take depending on your individual gut microbiome as some foods are already probiotic rich!
These sources include kimchi, sauerkraut and live yoghurt. They can help reduce the ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut that may be aggravating symptoms.
- Prebiotics however are equally as important. They feed the probiotics so that the ‘good’ bacteria can create short chain fatty acids.
These can be found in a range of different vegetables and different fibres feed different microbes in the gut.
Inulin is a type of fibre found in leeks, onion, garlic and Jerusalem artichokes.
- Soluble fibres are beneficial as they aid satiety (keep us fuller for longer) and help stabilise energy levels. It is beneficial to include these daily as part of meal meals or snacks.
Foods rich in soluble fibres include seeds, nuts and porridge.
Incorporating these foods into your daily diet alongside healthy fats and lean protein sources is recommended; however remember to keep the diversity.
I recommend trying to eat at least one colour of every vegetable per day! This is also a great way to ensure your getting your 5-a-day!