A good gut guide

If you struggle with bloating, IBS or any other digestive disorder, then here are some ways that you can help yourself.

  1. Think ‘diversity’… eat as wide a range of colourful fruit and vegetables. Eat lots of different nuts and seeds and whole grains.
  2. Eat fiber rich foods. Beans, pulses, legumes and green vegetables are all very good sources of fiber.
  3. Fermented foods such as kefir and kombucha can be very beneficial for your gut bacteria.
  4. Avoid artificial sweeteners. There is some evidence that artificial sweeteners can upset the micro-biome of your stomach.
  5. Eat live yoghurt. Yoghurts have live bacteria in them, which can really help your gut.
  6. Take a probiotic, especially if you are taking antibiotics. Antibiotics can strip the goodness from your gut, so probiotics can help to build your gut back up again.
  7. Swap out your staple foods on a regular basis. By constantly changing your diet, you can keep your gut healthy.
  8. Eating a Mediterranean diet can help to boost your mood and keep your gut feeling good.

 

  1. If you struggle with a particular food group, then you can try to eliminate that food group for a month or so and see if it makes a different to your gut.

 

  1. Low carbohydrate diets can inhibit the amount of fiber in your diet, so if you suffer from stomach problems, then ensure you get enough fiber in your diet.