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This past week has been a tough one for me in terms of healthy eating. The cold, wet days have really done a number on me and my food choices have not always been ideal.
Picture it - Simba Fruit Chutney chips (but thankfully not a Whole packet!!!) and a slab of chocolate (shared with my husband).
But I know what I have to do and you probably do too.
So at the next meal I make choices that take me closer to health and vitality and away from sugar high roller coasters.
I make sure that I have a good amount of healthy fat like olive oil or coconut oil. These will keep me feeling full for longer. I eat lean protein like chicken breast or tuna. And because of the cold weather I eat vegetable soup, so I can stir in my coconut oil and chop up my chicken for soothing chicken soup.
My boys are both fighting colds at the moment. And research is showing that your immune system is very closely linked to your digestive system.
The state of your gut health is very important to your overall health.
When we eat food we consume about trillion bacteria along with the food!
And these microbes affect our health, weight and even mood.
It would seem that your gut is central to so many systems in your body.
These microbes/bacteria break down the food in the digestive system and use it to fuel themselves.
And there are some bacteria that help your gut system to stay in shape.
They actually play a role in reducing inflammation, protecting you from illness, and possibly preventing heart diseases and reducing diabetes (type 2)
They also aid in fat burning and support a slim and fit tummy.
Probiotics are essential for your gut health. Here are a few foods that can provide the probiotics you need or contribute to your gut’s health:
Yogurt is an excellent dairy product that contains the special probiotics your gut needs.
Plain yogurt is best because it contains less sugar as compared to flavored yogurt.
Did you know that a low fat, sweetened yoghurt 100g can contain up to 4 teaspoons of sugar?!!!
The sugar and flavoring can disrupt your gut's delicate balance and lead to unhealthy fat.
Kefir is a smooth, lactose-free yogurt that is easily digestible. It is a good source of protein as well and only contains 100 calories per serving.
Bananas provide fibre, potassium, and magnesium.
Fibre is very good for digestive health as it restores the health of the bacterial community. Plus bananas can even help soothe an upset stomach.
Broccoli and cabbage:
Vegetables play a crucial role in the health of your stomach.
Vegetables like broccoli and cabbage are rich in sulfur.
This component can help to reduce inflammation and may help reduce the risk of lung, breast and stomach cancers.
Blueberries are excellent for your immune system.
They diversify the gut bacteria. Blueberries are also a good source of vitamin K, fibre, and antioxidants.
They are not only good for your gut but also good for your immune system and your mind.
Your gut health is directly connected to your weight.
If you struggle with weight issues, you most likely have issues with your gut as well like bloating, wind, constipation, diarrhea.
Beans can help support weight reduction. They contain fat acids that strengthen the cells of the intestine.
If your intestinal cells are in good condition the absorption of the micronutrients will improve, resulting in weight loss and good gut health.
Increase your intake of fermented foods because they contain bacteria that produce lactic acid.
And it is this lactic acid that creates a slightly acidic environment which constrains disease causing germs.
Eating probiotics has an impact in a number of ways;
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