5 ways food may improve your gut health
Interestingly, of the cells in our body, only 10 percent of these are human! Did you know that the remaining 90 percent of our cells aren't actually human cells, and since our diet influences our whole body, we really are what we eat. Don't fret - you can completely revamp your gut flora in only 24 hours!1
Below, we've listed 5 easy, interesting and outright surprising ways you may be able to improve your gut health:
2. Green Bananas
Most people would avoid green bananas at all costs, me included. Some people even put their bananas on the radiator in order to ripen them at a quicker pace! But, I'm about to throw a spanner in the works! Did you know that green bananas actually contain more prebiotics than their yellow counterparts3? They're also a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals and all this together provides a fantastic feeding ground for good bacteria. Next time you're in the supermarket, you might want to give these a second chance - it could do your gut some good.
If you love Italian food, and let's face it - most of us do, then you've probably tried polenta4, and if you haven't... you should! It's a delicious corn based dish, similar in consistency and texture to mash potato. I especially love it with meatballs and it's a great winter warmer! Interestingly, polenta also contains insoluble fibre5, which has been known to actively encourage fermentation in the gut allowing food to easily pass through your body. What a yummy way to sustain your gut flora!
4. Green Veg!Green veg is well known for being healthy and with a surge in super green smoothies, smoothie bowls and super powders there's never been a better time to go green. Green veg such as kale, purple sprouting brocolli, spinach and asparagus are thought to be a fresh and tasty way to give your gut a bit of push in the right direction as well as a great source of iron6.
Green veg is thought to help digestion, support your gut against bloating and assist with regularity. Not only this, but green veg is also a great way to detox your body7.
Why not try mixing up your diet with a few of these delicious meals? And do let us know how you get on - we'd love to hear about it!