Gut health is a crucial part of our overall wellbeing. Great gut health is the result of a balance between the helpful and the harmful bacteria and yeast in our digestive systems. As 80% of the body’s immune system is in the gut, any issues with gut function can lead to issues in the functioning of the immune system - it’s why it’s so important to pay attention to it!
Our guts deliver above and beyond when it comes to working hard on our behalf. They work to digest our food, absorbing nutrients and using them as fuel throughout your body’s systems. The gut is also where bodies deal with toxins. If you’re having gut issues, your body may struggle to get rid of those toxins, which can lead to chronic illnesses and inflammation.
Now that we’ve got your attention about why it’s so important to give your gut the support it deserves, here are the daily habits our nutritionist recommends to protect your gut’s health and function. By incorporating these into your routine, you can set your gut up for optimal outcomes.
Alkalise your body
Have you exercised, experienced road rage, or felt any anxiety today? Psychological and physical stress can contribute to acidity in our bodies, which can arise from many areas of our daily experiences. This acidity then needs to be counteracted with alkalising minerals in order to support our gut’s continued healthy function.
One easy way to do so is by drinking alkaline water. Fresh fruit and vegetables in the form of juices, smoothies, whole fruits or cooked servings also alkalise. They also supply essential vitamins, minerals, fibre and fluid.
Increase your probiotics
Probiotics are just the kind of healthy bacteria we want to welcome in, as they crowd out less beneficial bacteria in our bowels. Probiotics can be regularly replaced by consuming fermented foods, including yoghurt, kefir, pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso paste.
Monitor your fibre intake
Fibre is the fuel that feeds our healthy bacteria, supporting them to flourish and grow. Fibre is found in plenty of ingredients that can easily be added to our daily diets, including nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes, pulses and beans.
By keeping the good gut bacteria well-fed and healthy, we stand to benefit from improved long-term memory, learning abilities, stable moods, optimum digestion, and increased immunity.
Embrace green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables play a crucial role in a balanced, gut-friendly diet. They’re a rich source of water-soluble vitamins and minerals, which are easily digested on a daily basis to fuel our cells’ energy production. These vitamins and minerals also play a role in supporting our nervous system and cognitive health. By loading up at mealtime, you can ensure your body is supported across multiple daily requirements, aiding its overall health and wellbeing.
Green vegetables can be incorporated into all kinds of meals to become a dietary staple. Look to spinach, lettuce, Asian greens, seaweeds and herbs to find a wide range of options for delicious and nutritious ingredients.
To help kickstart your best, healthy life, consider a juice cleanse. We incorporate a range of leafy green vegetables and alkalising ingredients to help nourish, remove toxins and hit reset.