Foods to keep your gut healthy
This is a question we get asked frequently but each person’s digestion is individual.
However there are some suggestions that can be used for most people to keep the gut healthy.
Eating a wide range of foods encourages a healthy digestive system.
The gut contains a range of microbes and healthy bacteria.
Plant based foods aid healthy bacteria allowing them to flourish. Sticking to a very limited diet can mean your gut lacks certain nutrients so a varied healthy diet is a great way to keep your gut happy
Fibre is essential for a healthy diet but very few of us manage to get our recommended daily allowance of fibre
Fibre isn’t only found in bran flakes and brown bread. You can also get your fibre intake from fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts.
Your gut contains healthy bacteria and by feeding the bacteria with fibre you are helping to make the good bacteria thrive. This in turn will keep your gut healthy and happy
Probiotics are live microorganism which can improve the health of your heart digestive system and help alleviate depression.
We have our own probiotics naturally occurring in our gut but it doesn’t hurt to encourage the friendly bacteria by topping them up.
You can find probiotics in foods such as yoghurt, some cheese, miso and sauerkraut amongst others.
We know fennel produces a tasty flavour when cooked but did you also know it is good for your digestive system?
Fennel is know for anti-inflammatory benefits and can help to ease constipation and prevent colon cancer.
One of the main reasons fennel is such a wonder food for for digestion is the volatile oils it contains. This can relieve the more embarrassing gut issues such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea and flatulence.
We recommend a cup of fennel tea
Sticking with vegetables ginger is a root to add to your larder. Pregnant women often use ginger to relieve morning sickness and it has been shown to be effective in treating nausea in general.
Ginger helps to break down food which aids digestion and can relieve the discomfort of trapped wind. Ginger is a great way to gently and naturally relieve constipation
These foods aren’t the answer to some more serious gastric problems but they can certainly provide relief from some of the symptoms.
Here at GI Doctors, we specialise in diagnosing gastrointestinal conditions, many of which can be treated successfully following early diagnosis.
If you have any concerns about digestive disorders get in touch and we will help you get out of pain.