Top 6 Foods For A Healthy Gut
When it comes to functioning and feeling your best - both mentally and physically - the most important place to start is with your gut! Put simply, 'the gut is where it's at' - when it comes to how well we function on a day to day basis. The reason why our gut health plays such a central role in influencing our overall health, is because it's home to trillions and trillions of microbes that outnumber your cells by a ratio of 10:1, which means the human body is essentially 90% bacteria! These microbes makeup what's known as your body's microbiome - which is your body's inbuilt 'eco-system'.
Like any ecosystem on earth, the state of your microbiome, plays a critical role in determining the function of all the cells within your body - whether it's your skin cells, brain cells, your hormones, or immune cells.
So no matter what goal you're looking to achieve with your health - whether it's improving your skin, losing weight, or improving your mood and cognitive function, you'll be running around in circles, or achieving short lived results at best, unless you target the course of the problem, which, you guessed it - nine times out of ten, lies in your gut!
So the next question on your lips may be, 'how do I improve my gut health?" Well, there are some simple things you can do, each and every day, to help the friendly microbes living within your gut to thrive, whilst keeping the 'bad guys' at bay. It's this process of balancing the 'good' vs the 'bad' microbes within your gut microbiome, that is the key to achieving a healthy gut, and that means a healthy body and mind.
Here are my 6 top foods for achieving a healthy gut:
1. Garlic - garlic breath will do more than send the guys, or gals running, it will also send any bad bugs in your gut packing, thanks to its powerful anti bacterial and anti viral properties. One of the easiest and most delicious ways to incorporate raw garlic into your diet regularly, is by eating fresh homemade pesto! Drizzle a little over seafood, chicken, salads, or simply eat as a dip. Oh, and did I mention if you make your pesto with fresh coriander/ cilantro, it doubles as a potent heavy metal chelator! You'll find a delicious recipe for dairy free pesto in my book, Love Your Gut.
2. Bone Broth - is natures natural gut healer, thanks to the naturally occurring collagen - which composes about 30 percent of the protein in your entire body! Collagen is the main component of connective tissues like ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bone, and skin. But the beauty of collagen found in foods such as bone broth, stretches well beyond maintaining youthful looking skin and healthy joints. Collagen also aids in the repair and maintenance of your intestinal, or gut wall, thanks to being a rich source of essential amino acid like, glycine, proline and glutamine. It's also packed with minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and of course zinc - another important gut repair tool! I've included a simple recipe for delicious bone broth you can use for the base of any soup in my book, Love Your Gut
Bone broth can also help to reduce the overgrowth of harmful microbes and aid in the digestion of fats and protein, by stimulating stomach acid - something many of us don't produce enough of, thanks to eating too quickly, eating on the run, or drinking too much water with meals.
3. Vegetable Fibre - whilst all vegetables can largely be classified as healthy, some have the added benefit of containing particular types of fibre that provide 'food' for the beneficial bacteria within your gut to help them grow - often referred to as a 'prebiotic'. Vegetables such as, Jerusalem artic