Why is gut health so important to overall wellbeing?
We are sure that by now you have heard about the importance of gut health from anyone with a voice, and if you haven’t, it’s time to come out from under that rock!
Our bodies and more particularly out guts are full of bacteria, both good and bad. The key to gut health is to ensure that the good always outweighs the bad! Our gut health is so strongly linked to our immune system, in fact, 70-80% of our immune system tissue resides in our digestive system! Another key role that our gut plays is regulating the degree of inflammation in the human body and it has also been linked to an inability to lose weight and our moods!
We think it’s safe to say that if you look after your gut, it will return the favour tenfold!
How to go about a gut overhaul?
It is so easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount on offer. From probiotics, to kombucha to sauerkraut, you might think it’s best to throw them all together in a blender and skull… please don’t! FIG is here to give you a simple, yet effective guide to conquering your gut health!
- Avoid unnecessary antibiotic use
Doctors can get a little too prescription happy sometimes and hand out antibiotics like they’re no big deal when in reality they are! They wreak so much havoc on our gut, they basically wipe out all the good bacteria with the bad bacteria and it takes a very long time to bring it all back into balance. We aren’t suggesting that you boycott your doc if you really need them, we just suggest being aware of their consequences and absolutely increasing your pro-biotic intake while on them!
- Avoid inflammatory foods
When it comes to food that causes inflammation, sugar and processed food is right at the top of this list. Sugar directly feeds the bad bacteria, making it impossible to achieve a healthy balance. Limiting your sugar intake is a must if you aim to achieve the ideal gut-balance. We promise you’ll feel better and we have a guide on how to easily cut it out if you need it! (sentence will link to old sugar blog)
- Seek out anti-inflammatory foods
There is such an amazing variety of gut-loving, delicious foods (our menu for one is filled with them.) Good fats are important for anybody trying to heal their gut barrier. They soothe the lining of the gut and prepare it for nutrient absorption. Spices such as turmeric and cinnamon are also high on the anti-inflammatory list and can be added to almost anything!
- Aim for fibre
It’s no coincidence that the countries with the lowest cancer rates are the most fibre consuming countries in the world. A fibre rich diet is essential for gut bacteria diversity, providing a huge variety of compounds and nutrients that help to improve gut health. It’s always better if you can get your fibre from leafy greens and other fibrous vegetable and legumes.
- Get to know pre-biotic rich foods
We are all familiar with probiotics but prebiotics, which are a form of non-digestible fibre are just as important. When prebiotic foods are digested, they provide food for the healthy bacteria, which are found in our gut, so include things like bananas, onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower and whole grains.
- Up your intake of pro-biotic rich food
Yes foods, not supplements, not to start with anyway! There are so many foods which naturally contain probiotics such as natural yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kombucha and kefir and the amount you need to consume to make a difference is very achievable. Your gut will happily welcome a serving of 2 of the above per day.
The tips above will undoubtedly have you feeling better in your overall health! More energy, better mood, no fatigue and the best foundation for a healthy gut. At FIG, gut health is one of our biggest priorities. This is why you will see our menu filled with both prebiotic and probiotic rich foods. We aim to make you feel good and construct our dishes to ensure your health needs are met. We are also the only place in Melbourne to stock and actively use Love Your Guts Co products! Tasmanian traditional ferments and water kefir. So if you don’t know where to start, know that FIG is a safe and gut-friendly place and you can’t go wrong with one of our lunch bowls! It’s time to experience the difference for yourself so come on in!