Foods For Your Gut!
There are endless possibilities when it comes to the foods you can decide to eat - but it doesn’t have to be all that complicated.
By focusing on a few key principles you can be sure you are giving your body the proper nutrients it needs while still enjoying amazing foods; whole foods, fermented foods, and not overeating.
Whole foods are simply foods that are eaten as they exist in nature. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts are all whole foods - as well as animal-sourced foods like eggs, fish, and poultry.
The idea here is that by sticking to whole foods you are not consuming the additives that exist in most processed foods, like artificial colours and flavours. These additives upset your digestive system, and are often the source of stomach issues or even the cause of food allergies or intolerances.
By eliminating processed foods from your diet and focusing on whole foods instead, you can greatly improve your digestive health.
Fermented foods have a bad reputation - they aren’t the most pleasant sounding (or smelling!) foods ever, but they are an incredible way to balance the natural bacteria in your gut. Similar to digestive enzymes things like kombucha, miso, and kefir are excellent for your digestive health and are filled with probiotic bacteria.
This is one of those easier said than done ones. While it's logical to stop eating when you’re full, this is actually one of the hardest pieces of advice to follow. Who doesn’t like good food?
But for your own health, more is not the merrier. It’s important to remember that once your digestive system gets going, it doesn’t stop until it’s finished. So if you don’t stop eating, it will never get a break!
It’s important to give your digestive system the opportunity to rest so your body can re-allocate the energy being used to digest your food, and so your system can help heal itself if necessary.
Not sure about next steps for your gut health? Contact the team at Belmont Natural Health Centre HERE to learn more about what you can do to fix existing digestive issues, or avoid them in the future!