Gut health is all the rage these days, and if one thing surprises us it’s how long it’s taken everyone to cotton on to the importance of keeping our tummies happy. The gut-brain connection is becoming increasingly recognised as a serious phenomenon, and the chit chat around ‘good mood food’ is on the rise. Frankly, we couldn’t be happier about it. With our gut being home to our ‘second brain’, it’s no wonder why it’s the first thing to kick off when our emotions become turbulent, and vice versa. Keeping our tums in tip top condition is a huge priority for us, and seems to be in equal measure for the food + drink industry too. With so many ‘gut friendly’ snacks to choose from, we’ve rounded up the best of the best to help your gut in good shape.
Quite simply, Symprove achieves a healthy balance in your gut bacteria. There are no quick fixes when it comes to helping to maintain or improve the bacteria balance in your gut; it takes time + commitment. With Symprove, just 12 weeks is all you need to make your gut happy and achieve a healthy balance in your gut bacteria. Symprove is a water-based multi-strain supplement that contains 4 unique strains of live activated bacteria. These include: L rhamnosus, E. faecium, L. acidophilus, and L. plantarum. Normally a healthy gut would already contain all four of these, along with many other types of bacteria, but diet and lifestyle can cause these to become unbalanced. While we’ve heard nothing but amazing things, as always, please do confide in an expert before beginning any new gut protocols.
- HAPPY TUMMY CO.’S CHIA TEFF LOAVES + SCONES
All of The Happy Tummy Co. products are developed to have the right ratio of soluble to insoluble to prebiotic fibre for optimal gut health as well as high sources of minerals and vitamins important for gut health, immunity, metabolism, endurance and the nervous system. Teff the seed of Lovegrass- the core ingredient across all of their products- is the best plant source of iron which is incredibly important for the plant-based eater who likes to work out a lot.
The reason their products work so well for people suffering with IBS is that each product delivers the right amount of carbohydrate to the gut, keeping the pH in the gut low- thereby inhibiting the growth of bad gut bacteria + keeping inflammation down. Each product is also very high in prebiotic fibre enabling the growth of new gut bacteria which contribute to the management of a healthy metabolism and a healthy immune system. Keeping our immune system strong and healthy decreases the likelihood of developing IBS, and 70% of our immune system resides in our digestive system.
Our gut likes to get its fibre from a mixture of grains, nuts and seeds and so using such a variety of these ingredients across our product range keeps our microbiome happy and functioning at its optimum.
- NUSH FOODS’ CASHEW + ALMOND MYLK YOGHURTS
If you thought dairy-free was bland, then think again. Nush, the UK’s first nut milk yoghurt, has revolutionised the way we look at dairy-free. Indulgent tasting yet highly nutritious and all natural, the Nush family is comprised of both an almond milk yoghurt range and a cashew milk yoghurt range, both made up of a selection of tempting flavours. Not to mention Nush yoghurts contain vegan probiotic cultures that support gut health and help keep your tummy happy! A win win in our books.
- WILD FIZZ’S KOMBUCHA
Wild Fizz Kombucha is a low sugar, organic sparkling tea filled with live cultures that make your gut sing. It’s the combination of good bacteria, beneficial yeasts & acids that has made Kombucha world famous as a digestive aid. They’ve added blends of botanicals, herbs and spices to make Wild Fizz not just good for you, but also super delicious- something not every drink can boast about. Drink it every day for optimal gut lovin’.
- BOROUGH BROTH COMPANY’S BONE BROTH
Broth has long been heralded as an easily digestible source of nutrients the world over. Think Jewish chicken noodle soup, Vietnamese pho, British gravy, Italian brodo, Japanese ramen… slow-cooked meat broths have been used as a base to make a whole host of culinary delights that are not only delicious, but also considered healing and nourishing. Soup is known for being one of the most digestible foods. And now, scientific research is growing to show that our ancestors may have been onto something: the easy-to-absorb nutrients and gelatine in a good old-fashioned broth might well be the key to gut health.
Borough Broth Co’s bone broths are cooked low and slow for 24 hours in order to extract as much goodness as possible from the bones, resulting in a nutrient-dense and easily digestible brew rich in gelatine, glutamine and amino acids. These nutrients are believed to strengthen and promote the health of the gut lining, especially when consumed in the context of healthy fats and proteins. Packed with 40% bones per batch, these hearty broths are organic, sustainably sourced, delicious to drink or cook with, and oh so good for you.