Processed foods can be low in nutrients and important fibre and have additives, saturated fat, emulsifiers salt, sugar, all of which if eaten regularly may not be beneficial to the health of our gut.
Diversity is key
The more diverse your diet, especially plant foods, the more diverse your gut microbiome. Try to eat a variety of different foods rather than the same foods every day and mix up the colours and types of foods e.g. if you always eat green apples try red, eat different types of breads e.g. rye, spelt wholegrains and lots of different coloured fruits and vegetables.
Include fermented foods
Fermented foods such as saukraut, kimichi, and kefir contain live bacteria and nutrients that may support a healthy gut.
Up the fibre and prebiotics
Our gut needs different types of fibre to stay healthy such as resistant starch, soluble and insoluble fibre. Prebiotics provide the necessary fuel for the gut microbes to thrive. Without adequate prebiotics our gut microbes starve. Prebiotics come from certain types of plant fibre, resistant starch and polyphenolic compounds found in fruits and vegetables. Include wholegrains, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and legumes to ensure you are getting enough fibre and the very important prebiotics that the gut needs to stay healthy. Our Purity greens contains a blend of prebiotics, leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, wholegrains, kiwi fruit, acerola cherries, pumpkin, flax and chia seeds.
Include polyphenol rich foods
Polyphenolic compounds come from plant foods such as red and blue foods e.g. berries, cherries, extra virgin olive oil, dark chocolate and even tea and coffee. Polyphenols not only have skin antioxidant protective benefits they have been shown to act as prebiotics providing necessary fuel for the beneficial microbes that live in our gut.
Regular exercise is important for a healthy mind and body. Not only does daily exercise and movement help with mobility it also helps our gut microbes. Regular exercise helps keep the gut healthy and may increase the healthy gut microbes and short chain fatty acid production by up to 40%.