With around 40% of the population suffering from a digestive issue at any time, it’s more important than ever to take care of your digestive system. Your gut plays a major part in your health and well being and excess unhealthy digestive bacteria can aggravate conditions such as acne and rosacea. The easiest way to avoid conditions such as IBS is to keep your gut happy and eat gut friendly food. Here’s my list of the best.
All in a pickle
Fermented vegetables are actually really good for stimulating the digestive enzymes which help to break down your food. In a nutshell fermenting is a process created by leaving food out for 10 days or longer to absorb the ambient bacteria. Try not to get confused by the pickled onions or gherkins that you have in your fridge as pickled doesn’t necessarily mean fermented. Foods such as Sauerkraut (pickled cabbage) is a great example of a fermented food which will give your digestive system a kick start. Other foods with healthy bacteria include yoghurt, miso and tempeh amongst others.
The power of cooked elderberry far outweighs the digestion benefits of other berries. Elderberries contain polyphenol antioxidants which are great at treating inflammation in the gut and your skin helping it to look smooth and glowing. Get creative and use them in crumbles or pies, or even have them at breakfast with yoghurt.
Not just any old cheese – sorry the cheddar will have to go – Ricotta is a creamy cheese that’s full of glutamine. Glutamine is effective at preventing toxic fluids from the byproducts of alcohol, gluten and antibiotics affecting your intestinal wall. This will help to avoid conditions like eczema or arthritis developing.
Add a touch of sage
Sage is the perfect herb to aid your digestive issues as it contains rosmarinic acid which is absorbed by the gastrointenstional tract to create anti-inflamatory repsonses in the bloodstream. You can add it to literally anything you’re cooking, whether it’s as a finishing touch or a seasoner in foods like soups and casserole.
A little broth will do you good
It may sound disgusting but the gelatin found in bone broth is very effective at reducing gut inflammation. It works by forming a protective lining around the membrane of the gut.
Fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel are packed full of Vitamin D which helps to moderate the levels of digestive bacteria in your gut. It’s also great at increasing levels of the peptide cathelicidin which can reduce skin breakouts.