∙ Avoid processed, high sugar food and animal products as these can alter the growth of healthy bacteria and affecting glucose metabolism.
∙ Have a low tox home, think organic foods with no pesticides and insecticides
∙ Avoid unnecessary antibiotics, steroids, NSAIDs. which can affect the diversity of your gut flora.
∙ Avoid gluten containing grains as they contain gliadin which contributes to a leaky gut.
∙ Work with a holistic practitioner to see if there are any allergic foods , or bad bacteria residing
As a first step this can be the hardest but the most rewarding.
∙ Eat a variety of fruit and vegetables - A 2014 study found that vegetables, grains, and beans fed a positive gut environment. But meat, junk food, dairy, and eggs fed a negative gut environment.
∙ Replenish your digestive enzymes
∙ Introduce good bacteria though a variety of foods containing probiotics - yogurt, tempeh, kefir, sauerkraut, miso soup, kimchi.
∙ Eat prebiotic foods - which feed healthy bacteria, They are the non-digestible part of foods like bananas, onions and garlic, leeks, asparagus, oats, Jerusalem artichoke, the skin of apples, chicory root, beans, and many others.
∙ Eat plenty of fibre - Diets low in fibre show a reduction in the mucous layer of our guts, yet when we eat high fibre diets we have lots of MACS - microbiota accessible carbohydrates this fiber travels through your small intestine without being broken down and reaches your colon where good bacteria feed. The end product is short chain fatty acids ( SFCAs) help lower the ph of the intestines inhibiting the growth of pathogenic( bad) bacteria. You can get fibre from apples, legumes, pulses, whole grains, raspberries, pears.
∙ Manage your stress - Have daily movement and relaxation, your body goes into a peaceful parasympathetic nervous state and this is when you rejuvenate
∙ Increase the intake of phytonutrients through green tea, vegetables, fruit and dried spices, as they can reduce the inflammatory burden.
∙ Eat good fats these reduce inflammation and promote the growth of healthy bacteria. They are also necessary in order for your body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and now proven to help weight loss. Sources are nuts, avocado and good quality coconut yoghurts like COYO.
So are you ready to get super healthy and look after your gut?
Let us know your experiences we would love to hear from you, and if you want more facts check out my instagram at @_dr_amy or you can tune into my program on COYO's I.G T.V @coyo_organic for plant based gut health Q&A coming soon...