Contrary to popular belief, keeping your gut in check isn’t- nor should be- overcomplicated, overpriced or out of reach. Chances are you’re already consuming most of the ingredients that are doing you tummy tons of good, but it never hurts to give your microbiome a boost, right? This one’s also for those of you that don’t quite know where to begin- you want to help out your gut, but aren’t so sure what to pop in your shopping basket. Give these a whirl on your next supermarket sweep and your get your gut in its best shape yet.
It’s a bit “left field” but chicory is like the Queen of prebiotic foods, it contains prebiotic inulin that feeds all the good bacteria living in our tums.
2. OLIVE OIL
Gallons of the stuff – Olive oil is very rich polyphenols which are great for your gut and helps to reduce cholesterol and protect against heart disease.
Sick of guzzling litres of water? Watermelon is 92% water and your gut needs water to keep waste floating through your system (nice!) – plus it tastes amazing in the summer heat.
More evidence is coming out to suggest slow fermented bread is easier to digest, it’s made with lactic acid starter which contains strains of bacteria called lactobacillus (big word) that adds friendly microbes – bring on the warm bread!
5. GREEN UNDERRIPE BANANAS
Dig for the ones at the back that no one else wants, they contain resistant starch that can make the long journey through the stomach and small intestine undigested, so they make it to the gut to feed the friendly bacteria. Whatta journey!