Did you know by restoring your gut health you can heal the rest of your body?
Here are 7 of our favourite *Foods* you can easily add to your diet to heal your gut 💪
Vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower contain sulfur and antioxidants which work to reduce inflammation in the body. They also contain great amounts of fibre which is vital to keep the colon clean and to move regularly. Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients such as Vitamin C & D which help protect your body from infection. Eat raw or steam lightly to keep those nutrients in.
Very popular today, fermented foods such as kimchi, yoghurt and kombucha contain live micro-organisms called probiotics which help to replenish the 'good' bacteria that live in your gut. Probiotics contain beneficial strains of bacteria that boost your immune system, increase seratonin (happy happy) and help regulate hormones.
Green bananas contain a fibre resistant starch which is broken down and eaten by the gut bacteria, making it a great source of prebiotics. Starch has been shown to have a positive effect on gut health and increase bowel movements. As a bonus, it also helps you feel fuller longer leading to less over eating and cravings.
This may not suit everyone, obviously, but a homemade bone broth is one of the best sources of collagen and gelatin, which play an essential role in repairing 'leaky gut'. By sealing up the gut you can notably reduce inflammation and reduce allergies. Bone broth can also have a soothing effect on the gut and ease cramping and discomfort.
Full of healthy fats and medium-chain fatty acids such as Caprylic acid, they contain anti-fungal properties to kill off bad pathogens that grow inside the gut.
Caprylic acid has also been shown to reduce H Pylori bacteria which cause stomach ulcers.
(My personal favourite) Garlic is such a super-food, packed full of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties to help fight infections. It's also a good source of prebiotics to help feed those good microbes. Best eaten raw to keep all the goodness alive and fresh, but it can be cooked, or garlic capsules taken if you don't like the taste.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Too many gut problems are the result of low stomach acid which allows pathogens to multiply. Adding a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar to your daily routine helps to properly digest food, detox the body and help balance your body's PH levels. It's also a fabulous home remedy for heartburn and uric acid buildup (known as gout). Just add 1 tablespoon to a glass of water in the morning to aid digestion throughout the day and keep your PH balanced - remember to choose organic products!