As the days get longer and lighter, thoughts tend to turn to spring cleaning our homes – out with the old and in with the new! But what about our bodies? Shaking off the long winter is an important milestone in the year, helping us feel uplifted and reinvigorated and it should be the same with our health.
So why not treat your tummy to a seasonal overhaul with our simple tips – your health and wellbeing will thank you!
Ditch the sugar
It seems you can’t flick through a magazine or read the news without some reference to sugar – be it the proposed tax on junk food or the scary statistics surrounding obesity. It’s certainly true that, as a nation, we are all eating far too much of the white stuff and our health is suffering as a result. Excessive sugar can be particularly bad for the gut, promoting the growth of bad bacteria leading to digestive discomfort. If you do one thing to spring clean your gut this year, make sure you tidy away the sugar.
Fill up on fermented foods
If you missed our blog on fermented foods, get stuck in here – one of this year’s hottest food crazes is also incredibly beneficial for your health, helping to introduce friendly bacteria to your gut. No longer the preserve of your granny’s pantry, pickles are having a resurgence – pile up your plates!
Chew, chew, chew!
We don’t want to teach you to suck eggs here but we can’t emphasise enough just how important it is to properly chew your food.
It’s easy, particularly when we’re ravenously hungry or super busy, to quickly scoff down that sandwich but by doing so you’re putting additional strain on your digestive system to break down the food. This can lead to indigestion, cramps and bloating.
Take your time. Chew slowly and thoroughly to help your meal pass through your gut more efficiently. You’ll receive more nutrients this way and also, feel much more satisfied as it can take 20 minutes for your gut to tell your brain that you’re full!
Water, water everywhere…This tip may be as old as the hills but not without good reason. Staying hydrated is vitally important for every part of your body, inside and out, to help repair and replenish.
Your gut is no exception. Including plenty of water with your meals and throughout the day helps to regulate the function of the gut, encourage healthy bowel movements and flush out toxins.
Make mine a ‘large’…
Get friendly with fibre
You know it’s good for you but, when you think ‘fibre’, no doubt an unappealing brown cereal springs to mind. But having a fibre friendly diet needn’t be so dull. Beans, wholegrain breads and rice, dried and fresh, crunchy fruits and nuts, such as almonds and pecans, are all excellent sources of dietary fibre and are all versatile enough to ensure endless tasty combinations to keep your diet fibre rich.
Listen to your gut…
Often referred to as the second brain, Your gut is a vital hub of information about your health and it’s sensitive, reacting to everything from stress to the food you feed it, medication and lifestyle choices.
If you suspect something in your diet may be disagreeing with you, why not take action and discover your personal food fingerprint with our simple home to laboratory test.
The Food&DrinkScan Programme provides comprehensive analysis of your food-specific IgG antibody reactions to 158 foods and drinks, supported with 2 Nutritional Therapy consultations to help you optimise your diet.