5 Ways To Improve Your Gut Health
It’s the season of Gut Health here at Flourish, and for good reason too!
Our gut microbiome (the trillions of microorganisms living in your intestinal tract) is the corner stone of our health and our happiness. These microorganisms, mainly comprising of bacteria, are involved in functions critical to your health and wellbeing. It’s essential that we keep them as happy as possible!
Small changes can go a long way in improving our gut microbiome, here’s our top tips:
1. Eat the rainbow
The more colours of fruit and veggies on your plate, the greater the diversity of species and the more species present, the healthier your immune system! A good way to begin to do this is to make a chart with each colour of the rainbow marked on it, then each day tick off what you have eaten from each colour range.
2. Don’t be too clean!
We don’t mean to be a grub! But using antibacterial wipes and hand sanitising gels constantly just isn’t healthy. They are designed to wipe out bacteria and since our bodies are made up of more of trillions of essential bacterias, it’s important not to wipe them out using sanitising gels. Research shows that the more sterile the environment for our gut microbiomes the smaller the diversity of species, and thereby the less healthy the host, which is us!
3. Eat gut loving foods, they are natural detox
Eat at least one or all of these foods daily: cold white potatoes with no fat or oil on them, cold rice like sushi with no mayonnaise, and cold oats. The reason we advise to eat these foods cold is because when they’re cold they’re much higher in resistant starch (which is what our gut microbes love!) The gut bugs eat and convert it to short chain fatty acids and butyrate which is the primary food source that keeps the cells of our colon healthy.
4. Avoid C.R.A.P
Otherwise known as ‘Calorie Rich And Processed’ foods. Stay away from food out of a packet and foods high in processed sugars. Keep fat to less than 20 grams per day.
5. Take our Prebiotic Blend
Our obvious choice! Our Prebiotic Blend is food for the gut microbes! It is full of resistant starch and inulin, a form of fibre that they love. Our Prebiotic Blend to gut bugs is like what a Krispy Kreme is to a 10 year old, delicious!