Now that the days of eating leftover turkey and stuffing are over for another year, it is time to show some love to our bodies. It is easy to get wrapped up in the festive period and neglect our figure a little, and now that the New Year is here it is time for a detox.
Our gut is an important part of our body and this is where our food is digested and converted into nutrients for the body. To look after the gut and keep it happy we always need to think about probiotics. These bacteria are good bacteria which live in the gut and help us to digest our food, without this bacteria we can be vulnerable to things like IBS. Here are some of the foods you can add into your diet this month to help maintain a high level of healthy bacteria in the gut and keep your tummy happy.
When it comes to foods that cause inflammation, garlic can be a little bit of a weird one. For those of us with IBS, garlic can be a trigger food: but for everyone else it is an amazing food for the body. Garlic increases the amount of Bifidobacteria in the gut and it is also incredibly high in fibre which is great for our digestive system.
Unripe bananas are green and hard, and these are usually the kind of foods you look at and leave for a few days before they turn yellow. However, green bananas can actually be really good for the gut. The reason for this is that they are packed with prebiotic fiber-resistant starch, which has a good effect on the gut when it is digested by bacteria. It is a good which you might not want to eat too often for the taste, but the health benefits are worth it.
Barley is a food which is used to make a lot of cereals and other fibre filled treats, and it is great for the gut and for a healthy heart too. This food is packed full of something called prebiotic fiber beta-glucan, which helps highly to increase the good bacteria in our bodies and aid in our digestion. If you can eat some form of barker eddy single day you will start to see some pretty amazing health benefits from it.
As we all know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And for our gut, apples are one of the best fruits of all. The main benefit apples have for the tummy is that they are full of pectin. Pectin is something which creates a large increase of a substance all SCFA in the gut, which is good bacteria’s favourite food source. So by eating apples you are also feeding the good bacteria in your body and letting it thrive.
When it comes to a healthy gut and bacteria, there is no better food than natural yogurt. Natural yogurt actually contains a lot of good gut bacteria itself, so when you consume it you are getting the good stuff directly. This is why drinks like Yakult can be an important addition to your daily routine.