How to Eat for a Healthy Gut
August 20, 2019
Gut health is the new black. It’s impossible to walk into a health store without seeing an array of products claiming to enrich your gut with healthy probiotics. So, what’s the deal? Is it just another food fad?
Well, gut health might actually be the key to general wellbeing! Your gut contains billions and billions of bacterial cells that are extremely unique and complex (more unique than your finger print, no person has the same bacterial cells in their gut!) For years doctors believed these bacterial cells were bad, and often prescribed antibiotics which have compromised the health of these bugs; but now we know that these bugs are essential for health.
A healthy microbiome helps keep your digestive & immune system healthy and has even been linked to improving mood (this is because the gut and brain are linked). This is why it is so important to feed your gut properly, to ensure it has the right environment to thrive. So, how exactly do you feed your gut? What does it like to eat?
Well, diversity is key – eating a wide range of colourful plant-based foods gives the body the range of nutrients that is necessary, with low carb or restrictive diets causing the cells to die (yes, really!). In addition to this, adding in fermented and cultured foods helps promote a healthy gut.
At Nush, we add live vegan cultures to ALL of our products at the end of the production process; this ensures that the cultures are not compromised in the production of Nush and are still alive and beneficial when they make it to you in the pot.
Here are our top foods for optimum gut health:
- Nush yogs and cheese spreads (fortified with live vegan cultures)
- Beans and Lentils
- Fermented slaws like sauerkraut and kimchi
- Fibre-rich carbs like oats
- Fruit (apples and bananas)
- Chicory root