Tips to Top-Up your digestive health

When we think of gut health, we automatically think of our stomach in most cases but the gut comprises a huge expanse in the human body, the whole way down from the mouth to the anus. 

Bacteria and microbes often thought of in relation to disease are in fact the route to good health. The body houses trillions of bacteria and the most densely populated areas are actually in our gut.

What you eat can have a huge bearing on how well your body performs. Therefore, it is wise to feed the good microbes the right food as these bacteria play a critical role in digestion, immune function and weight management. 

Tip 1: Eat a wide variety of vegetables, nuts and seeds

Plant based foods provide the gut with the fibre it needs to feed and keep it healthy - keep a diary and ensure you are eating 5-10 portions daily. Diversification is key, as like anything, if you keep on having the same foods the body will get lazy and bored! Having a rotation of different fruits, cruciferous veggies, fibrous vegetables, wholefoods and nuts will go a long way to help keeping the gut happy. Try foods like, carrots, broccoli, pumpkin, squashes, cauliflower, cabbage, aubergine, radishes, sweet peppers, apples, pears, berries, basil, parsley, dill, lettuce, brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds are a great starting point – go and explore your local market and see what foods are in season!

Tip 2: Include prebiotic foods that ‘fertilise’ the gut

Prebiotic foods are also important as the fibre in these veggies will help to feed, nourish and stimulate the growth of the good bacteria found in the large intestines or colon. They act as a fertiliser for the good bacteria that is already there. Prebiotic foods are garlic, leeks, red and white onion, bananas, oats, asparagus, chicory, Jerusalem artichokes and black strap molasses.

Tip 3: Add in probiotic foods to support the gut

Probiotics introduce bacteria into the gut to help support and build the good bacteria against the bad bacteria. Certain foods have been fermented and in doing so have created their own live bacteria. Kombucha (fermented tea), kimchi (fermented vegetables), sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), miso soup (fermented soy), yoghurt and kefir (fermented milk) are examples of probiotic foods. Additionally, Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens contains a fermented grass blend of oat grass, barley grass, wheat grass and alfalfa grass creating it’s own probiotics that may help re-establish a healthier intestinal tract and improve digestion.

Tip 4: Top-Up with a ‘live’ bacteria and digestive enzyme supplement

Poor diet or health, antibiotics or simply the stresses and strains of modern living can disturb the delicate microflora environment in the digestive tract, compromising health in all kinds of ways. Udo’s Choice Super 8 combats this effect and replenishing gut bacteria. It contains 8 live bacteria strains which will support the upper and lower digestive tract - Lactobillus in the small and Bifidobacterium in the large. By including strains from both families Super 8 ensures that your entire digestive system is covered. 

Udo’s Choice Digestive Enzyme range contains plant based enzymes to assist the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, soluble fibre, starch, milk sugar and complex sugars aiding healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. They do this by providing enzyme activity combinations which are precisely balanced to optimize the body’s absorption and use of food nutrients

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