When was the last time you thought about your gut health? Our gut plays a much more fundamental role in our health that we give it credit for. Gut health affects our immune system, digestion, weight management and even out mood!
Here's 5 super foods that contribute to a happy, healthy gut and body.
Fermented foods are packed full of good probiotic bacteria, which your intestinal flora need to stay healthy. Tempeh is a wonderful, protein-rich, versatile food made from fermented soy beans, that takes on the flavour of whatever you cook it with. It goes great in salads, or as a meat substitute.
Personalised Tip: other fermented foods include sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir. Why not get creative with adding these foods to your daily meals, your gut will thank you!
2. Sourdough Bread
Phew! An easy one! Swap your white bread loaf with sourdough if you want to be kind to your gut. Sourdough is made through a fermentation process, making it more digestible and nutritious.
Ok ok, this one is a super drink, rather than a super food, but it still has a very important role in gut health. Kombucha is a fermented tea, making it a great source of probiotics as well as being a delicious and refreshing drink.
Personalised Tip: make sure you're buying good quality Kombucha, or you could even try making it at home.
This delicious Japanese paste is made from fermented soy beans along with barley or rice malt, providing the gut with good bacteria that it needs to function properly.
Personalised Tip: Try making sauces or soups with miso at home, such as ramens and other asian inspired dishes.
Yoghurt with 'live cultures' is an excellent source of gut friendly bacteria and a naturally sourced probiotic. You can get both dairy and non-dairy live yoghurts, so everyone can benefit.
Personalised Tip: Watch out for added sugar in yoghurts, and always opt for sugar free when you can. Processed sugars will upset your gut, and you don't want to do that.