It can be said that your gut will determine how you feel as a whole. Today we welcome Sonia from Londoner in the Country to share her favorite gut health helpers.
This is the one drink I’m always scanning for when out for a meal or when traveling/shopping around, it gives me the perfect amount of energy whilst also helping me digest big meals, on the run foods. If it wasn’t so expensive to buy, I’d probably buy Kombucha by the bucket load, I haven’t quite got around to making it yet, it’s on my list to do!
So simple to make and often very cheap to buy if you aren’t picky with what you can/cannot eat. Watch out for added ingredients if you are purchasing. I’ve been eating sauerkraut for years, on salads, with sausages and mash, etc. More recently I’ve been making my own Kimchi which is essentially a Chinese spicy kind of sauerkraut with carrots too, I have to avoid gluten, so I have specifically designed a recipe that suits my needs!
I’ve tried most probiotic supplements and can really tell certain strains really benefit me and my high levels of acidity in my stomach. Everyone is different; therefore, I will not list the ones which didn’t work for me, however, something which really has made a noticeable difference was Symprove. This is a product that doesn’t come cheap, however a worthwhile investment if you are an IBS or high acidity sufferer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Not to be consumed excessively, Apple Cider Vinegar has its pros and its cons. Some health practitioners swear by it, whereas others knock it. For me, it works. I use it in my salad dressings and sauces, and I feel an anti-inflammatory benefit in doing so, which in turn I believe helps with the acidity in my stomach. Now you’re probably thinking, how can that be possible as it is essentially acetic acid – well I’m no scientist but it helps to fight off unwanted microbes in the tummy. I’ve been told it tastes great diluted with a tsp honey and 200ml of water, but I’m not so sure.
Prebiotics are a specific type of fiber, which is essentially gut bug food. When your gut bugs ferment prebiotics, they produce substances that keep your gut healthy and can make positive changes to your gut microbiome. My fav’s which all form part of my 5 a day are asparagus, artichokes (I buy Waitrose jarred) and olives (making an appearance on every charcuterie board and salad I make), bananas and almonds (snaking and great in protein balls/breakfast bars). Other foods in this category are onion, garlic, leeks, chicory, plums, apples, and grains such as bran.
There are many other gut fighting foods to consider but these are the ones that fit my everyday life. For example, live yogurt and kefir are also great for your gut, for me although, not too good as I’m mildly lactose intolerant so I save the little I do eat of it, on cheese <3