In recent posts, I discussed some simple ways you can identify if you have an unhealthy gut and why good gut health is vital for a successful pregnancy. Today I’m going to discuss simple dietary approaches for healing your gut that can be implemented right away. When it comes to your health, there really is no better time to take action than right here and now! Simplicity is my thing, so lets just discuss 3 things to consider adding to your diet and 3 things I recommend you remove.
I recommend adding these to your diet:
I’ve discussed the wonderful health benefits of this traditional superfood before and I can’t drum this message home hard enough. Everyone should have bone broth in their life! I feel so strongly about sharing the importance of broth for health, that it was the topic of the first post I ever wrote on this blog! Read my Bone Broth 101 post to find out more about the benefits and how you can easily make it at home.
For those of you who are busy, you can purchase dehydrated broth here.
This is a pure protein that contains 18 amino acids, some of which you just don’t get enough of by eating muscle meats (another reason I advocate nose-to-tail eating!). This elegantly simple product can help to heal your mucosal lining (literally close up your leaky gut!), improve your digestion, improve nutrient absorption and reduce heart burn – among other things (think healthy skin, liver support, strong nails, healthy joints and an improved ability to build lean muscle). Its impressive stuff.
Next week, I’m going to give you some great idea’s about how to use gelatin, so be sure to order some organic gelatin here so it’s ready to go.
FERMENTS AND PROBIOTICS
Start by incorporating probiotic rich foods into your diet. By using real foods, you’ll get a great variety of different strains of bacteria for a small investment. Try things such as sauerkraut & kimchi from the fridge section at your local health food store – just keep in mind that if its not in the fridge, the bacteria are already dead. Kombucha tea, kefir and natural full-fat yogurts are also great options. If you’re cow’s dairy free, try coconut yoghurt or sheep yoghurt.
You may also choose to supplement with a probiotic for the first few months to give your gut a really good boost of healthy bacteria. I use and recommend these Australian produced organic probiotics because they are made with real food and have no funky ingredients.
Keen to get in the kitchen? I absolutely love and highly recommend Kultured Wellness who offer vegan (i.e. dairy free) yogurt and kefir starters which can be used to make very high potency probiotics in your own home. This is a truly great option, check it out here.
I recommend removing these from your diet:
There’s a lot of dogma about gluten so I’ll stick to facts, not opinions. Gluten opens the tight junctions in your gut lining, creating a leaky gut. Further, you don’t need to have celiac disease for your immune system to mount a response against gluten. If you remove gluten from your diet, your body will benefit, especially your gut. This is true for basically everyone.
Alcohol also leads to a leaky gut. Further to this, it creates gut disbiosis. Gut what? In simple terms; when you drink alcohol, you feed the strains of bacteria in your gut that we want to keep under control (i.e. at a certain level), which allows them to multiply and proliferate.When this happens, the healthy gut bacteria strains start to reduce in numbers.
Inflammation. Gut disbiosis. Hormone disruption. Nutrient depletion. Sugar ticks all the wrong boxes. If you want a healthy gut, there’s no skipping this, you need to lay off the sugar.
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