There’s more and more research about the gut-brain connection and how much gut health affects the rest of the body, so it’s super important to make sure it’s healthy!
I used to have awful gut health which translated to awful IBS symptoms – like, terrified to be further than 15 minutes from a bathroom kind of awful – so it took me a long time and a lot of perseverance to heal it. I thought I’d share a few things that helped me heal my gut, and I’d love to hear what helps you!
Note – it’s always best to get good quality products when you’re dealing with gut health and to check the ingredients. Some of the supermarket/generic brands are filled with sugar and additives which will counteract the good stuff. If you’re just getting started, make sure to check out my tips for introducing fermented foods.
Good probiotics can help add more beneficial bacteria and reduce the bad stuff. You want to find a good brand though, not the cheap generic ones. I either get mine from my naturopath, healthfood store, or iHerb. You may also want to find a dairy free option if you’re sensitive to dairy.
This stuff is so healing for the gut, and was a huge help in the gut-healing process. Make sure it’s a good one, and at least grass-fed. I used to use the Great Lakes gelatin (orange container) but now I like the Vital Proteins ones. You can use gelatin to make gummies, jellies, puddings, and add it to warm foods. (Trust me, you don’t want gelatin in a cold drink!)
This is a more refined version of gelatin that doesn’t gel, so you can add it to smoothies, drinks, and anything you like. I add it to everything from soups to cookies! Again, I like the Vital Proteins collagen range.
There are lots of variations now, it’s not just cabbage. I have a ginger and turmeric one that I like to buy, but it’s also super easy to make. I mix about 1 tsp through salads, but I worked up to this. It’s best to start with a tiny amount, like half a teaspoon of just the juice.
5. Fermented veggies
You can buy or make fermented veggies, condiments, and even fruits!
Mmm, there’s something so refreshing about a cold glass of kombucha. It’s becoming easier and easier to find good quality kombucha even at the supermarket. (I like the Remedy brand). You just want to make sure there’s no added sugar, preservatives, or other nasties. This is also pretty easy to make, it just takes time.
7. Coconut yoghurt & kefir
I’m not the biggest fan of kefir, but I do like coconut yoghurt (although it took some adjusting). They’re both simple to make, or there are some great brands in stores now (Coyo is at Coles, yay!). I really like coconut yoghurt with some paleo granola, nuts and seeds, or stewed fruit.
There are lots of other things out there, these are just a few!
What has helped you with your gut health?