Why is gut health important?
It all begins in the gut!
The key to health and happiness is good digestion! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Did you know that 95% of your serotonin is manufactured in your gut, and 80% of your immune system is located in your gut?
So many women have digestive issues, especially once menopause hits! We struggle with hormonal imbalances, skin issues, food intolerances and more. Gut bacteria is essential for immune function, metabolism, mood, sleep, blood sugar balancing and elimination of toxins to name a few.
The bacteria in the gut helps to digest food, vitamins and helps regulate other functions in the body.
As such gut health = immune health!
Below are 5 foods that are good for your GUT HEALTH!
Plantains are a healthy source of resistant starch. Many carbohydrates are not easily digested. Resistant starch is one such carbohydrate, but it functions like a soluble fiber. It passes through the digestive tract unchanged … i.e. it is resistant to digestion.
Why is this important? This helps to keep your gastrointestinal tract running smoothly by ensuring healthy bowel function. Things run tickity boo!
Ginger seems to be a digestive stimulant and appears to be especially helpful to improve a weak digestion. In addition to its benefits for digestion ginger may also lower gut inflammation (damage to gut tissues).
Another food loaded with resistant starch is beets. Beets also have a healthy serving of folate which helps with tissue repair.
The fiber in avocado is turned into healthy short chain fatty acids. Short chain fatty acids are essential for gut, body and even brain health! SCFA’s also help gut cells produce mucus which protects your gut tissue.
Green applies contain the prebiotic, pectin, which feeds the healthy microbes in the gut to restore balance and function. You need both prebiotics and probiotics for gut health.
This list is by no means an extensive one. There are loads of foods that are good for your gut health! I invite you to list some below in the comments and let me know what your favourites are!
Until next time!
Yours in health and wellness,
Francine Alleyne (RHNP™)
Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner™
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DISCLAIMER: Please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing any symptoms. I am not a doctor. This post and anything else you find on my website is intended for informational, educational and self-empowerment purposes ONLY and is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition or disease.