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How to get a happy & healthy gut!

 

Why is it SO important to have good gut health?

 

Well for one, your gut health directly reflects your skin, heart, kidneys, brain, mental health and much more!

There are about 40 trillion little microbes that live in our guts. These little guys are also known as the ‘good’ bacteria. They determine the way we store fat and how our bodies regulate certain hormones like serotonin, our ‘happy hormone’ and how we respond to hormones that make us feel hungry or satisfied.

So basically, it’s really important to have a healthy & happy gut.

 

What Foods to Eat?

Probiotics

These types of foods are full of the ‘good’ bacteria!

The best & tastiest (in my opinion) probiotic is yogurt (not high sugar yogurt; plain, natural, unsweetened is best)!

Another great probiotic that’s also a great source of protein is quark. A handy tip is to mix some quark in with your yogurt; two (yummy) birds with one stone.

Other probiotics include;

  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Kombucha
  • Pickles
  • Buttermilk

Prebiotics

Foods that contain prebiotics actually feed the microbes and keep them happy. There are many foods we can eat that contain prebiotics including:

  • Raw chicory root
  • Raw Jerusalem artichoke
  • Raw garlic
  • Raw and cooked onion
  • Raw asparagus
  • Raw banana
  • Baked wheat flour

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are easy to digest as some of the digestion has been done before you eat it, literally.  Fermentation also increases the absorption of nutrients into our body!!

Some fermented foods (A lot are similar to foods that contain probiotics or prebiotics) :

  • Sourdough bread (you can get it gluten free)
  • Pickles
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha

 

Don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink tonnes of water, another essential for a healthy, happy gut!! 😊

 

What foods to avoid?

 

Everybody is different. Our bodies agree with certain foods differently. Some of the following foods are commonly hard to digest, which puts a lot of strain on our gut.

  1. Dairy

    For a lot of people, dairy can be hard to digest as it contains ‘whey’ and ‘casein,’ both of these can be harmful to your gut. Again, depends on the person.

  2. Gluten

    This can be a dangerous one, especially if you eat too much of it. Gluten can actually reduce the number of certain essential microbes in your gut. It can also decline your immune system.

  3. Sugar

    Roughly 15% of your gut bacteria is ‘bad’ or harmful. Usually, this is no problem, but when your eating an excessive amount of sugar, you are feeding the harmful bacteria. This will then start to crowd out the good bacteria.

  4. Red Meat and Processed Meats

    Both of these are known to increase the risk of colon cancer. Processed meats include lunch meats, hot dogs and sausages. Red meats and processed meats are packed full of saturated fats, sodium and nitrates.

Some symptoms that you are eating the wrong type of food or there is something you’re intolerable to:

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal Pains
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Headaches

 

Note* A lot of these foods are ‘hidden’ in the ingredients, so make sure to pay close attention!

Note**  Try and cut out each food by itself to find which food you’re intolerable to. Maybe do a month trial without each food to figure out which one is affecting you!

 

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch via social media @nuanaturals or email us: info@nuanaturals.com

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