Gut health is vital for digestion and optimum immune-system function.
Here are five simple ways you can improve your gut health:
#1: Eat a large variety of foods.
Hundreds of species of healthy bacteria live in our guts. They require nutrients from a variety of different sources. If you eat the same things every day you may be killing off bacteria that support gut health.
#2: Eat an abundance of veggies, fruit, legumes and beans
These foods are high in fibre, which healthy bacteria love to digest! Studies have also shown that eating a diet rich in these foods may prevent the growth of unhealthy bacteria. And you can grow your own organic, healthy produce. Grow Food Calgary will show you how.
#3: Eat fermented foods.
These foods are usually rich in lactobacilli, which is one of the healthy bacteria. Healthy fermented food choices include: kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh and nut- based yogurt. The October session of Grow Food Calgary includes a demonstration on how to make sauerkraut.
#4: Eat Sprouts
Sprouts contain an abundance of enzymes, which help the body break down food and assist with nutrient absorption in the digestive tract. Sprouts are high in fibre, which helps to keep a healthy flow, reduce constipation and diarrhea. Studies show that sprouts are an excellent food to eat to prevent colorectal cancer.
At Grow Food Calgary on April 22, 2017, I will be showing our gardeners how to immediately grow their own fresh, healthy sprouts.
#5: Reduce intake of artificial sweeteners and sugar.
Sugar and artificial sweeteners have negative effects on blood sugar and may promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria shown to cause disease when present in large numbers.
Take care of your gut and your gut will take care of you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Joy Olsen, BSc., MBA is a holistic lifestyle coach, weight management and exercise specialist, certified raw vegan nutritionist and chef and certified yoga instructor who inspires people to embrace their health by loving themselves and living the life they desire. Rachel offers online and in-person coaching program, workshops and whole food nutrition supplements to assist her clients on their journey to a magical life.
She is the author of The Magic of Living Nutrition, Morgan’s Journey and Manifesting Abundance In Your Life series, founder of RJO Wellness Coaching and Academy and co-founder of The Veggie Babes.