Ok, ok, you get it, the health of the gut plays in a humungous role in terms of your physical and mental health.
You also get that you IF you are suffering with any sort of symptom, there is an issue with the gut, and that there is some work to do heal it. From what you’ve seen or heard, it’s all rather complex and just too hard.
The real truth of the matter is that it is not complex.
So what are the gut healing foods?
Whole and real food is step #1. It really cannot get much simpler than this. Cut out the crap and start eating real and wholefood. This by default will start healing the gut as the body no longer needs to deal with additives, colours and preservatives.
Bone Broth – this is a liquid containing stewed bones and connective tissues. An assortment of vegetables, herbs and spices can also be added to further boost the nutrient profile.
Benefits of bone broth:
Highly nutritious as it is rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, collagen. If the bones you are using also contain marrow, then the broth will also be rich in iron, vitamins A and K, fatty acids, selenium, zinc and manganese.
Protective to joints – this is due to the gelatin, which breaks down into collagen in the body
May help reduce inflammation and heal the gut. This is due to the amino acid glutamine that is present within bone broth
Helps with a better night sleep. Once again due to the amino acid profile of the broth, in particular glycine. This alone is enough reason to have a copious supply available!
Probiotic Foods – Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system and typically referred to ‘beneficial’ bacteria. Incorporating probiotic rich into your diet it one of the easiest ways to rebalance your gut bacteria, not to mention far cheaper than probiotic supplements that can be inferior in quality.
Types of probiotic foods:
Dairy products: such as aged cheeses (cheddar, gouda and mozzarella)
Traditional butter milk
Non diary yoghurts
Natto (fermented soyabean)
Water or brined cured olives
Prebiotic foods – these are foods that actually feed the “beneficial” live bacteria to promote their growth. This is done via the fermentation process when it reaches the large colon.
Foods rich in prebiotic fibre:
Onions and garlic
Apple with skin
Foods rich in resistant starch
Depending on your symptoms, it may beneficial to remove a number of other foods for a short period of time to enable faster healing to occur such as:
Foods containing naturally occurring chemicals such as amines, glutamines, salicylates and oxalates.
When you start removing these types of foods, you start entering the world of therapeutic nutritional protocols such as GAPS, Paleo, AIP, Fodmaps etc
These protocols are not to be entered into lightly and are best performed with specialist assistance and support.
Steps to heal the gut:
Remove processed and packaged food and any known trigger foods
Replace with real and wholefood
Restore with plenty of broth, probiotic and prebiotic foods
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the concept of healing the gut and unsure where is best to start, then please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message via my contact page to see if any of my programs are fit for you and your family.
Chantal is a Certified and Accredited Nutrition and Wellness Coach with a very special interest helping mums restore the health of their family using healing nutrition and transformational wellness practices.