How to Prepare Your Gut for the Festive Season
It’s nearly here. The time of year where we eat, drink, be merry and, let’s face it, feel sluggish, bloated and tired in between all the festivities.
The good news is you can prepare your gut for the onslaught. The better your gut health before you indulge, the quicker and easier it will be to rebalance your microbiome afterwards, meaning better immunity and wellbeing.
Here are five ways to prepare, as reported by the ABC.
EAT PREBIOTIC FOODS
Prebiotics are a form of dietary fibre that feed the “good” gut bacteria. Some prebiotic foods include dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, bananas, barley, oats, apples, konjac, cocoa, flaxseeds, wheat bran and seaweed.
Here are some great prebiotic-rich recipes for you to try:
EAT RESISTANT STARCHES
Resistant starch remains undigested in the small intestine, travelling into the large bowel and providing fuel for the microbiome. Foods containing resistant starches include; wholegrain breads and pasta; legumes like lentils, chickpeas, red kidney beans and baked beans; nuts and some seeds; starchy vegetables like potatoes; and firm bananas.
Try these recipes to up your resistant starch intake:
Go for fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Our extensive recipe bank houses a wealth of ideas for how to create delicious, gut friendly dishes with your fresh haul.
AVOID ADDED SUGAR
Excess sugar (even from high fruit consumption) flows quickly to the large intestine where bacteria devours it. This can cause gassiness, diarrhoea and perhaps upset the microbiome.
REMEMBER TO DRINK MORE WATER
When you up your fibre intake you need to drink more water to prevent constipation. Don’t counteract all your good gut preparation by missing this step!
So get your gut health right now so you can really enjoy everything the silly season has to offer, from the special food and drink to the warm weather and downtime with friends and family. A healthy gut is the key!