These days digestive track problems are, I would say, the most common health problems which my clients experience. Unfortunately very rarely things like IBS, bloating, hurt burn, low mood, sleepless night, skin conditions, etc (I could keep going here for a while) start an investigation into diet.
Instead they are more commonly treated with medicines which generally only treat the symptoms, rather than the root cause.
We live in an era where food which we can buy in supermarkets isn’t the cleanest. It contains loads of ingredients which I will use this word here ‘POISON’ our body and keep damaging the microflora (also called good bacteria and probiotics) in our guts, potentially leading to conditions such as IBS, bloating etc.
Good bacteria are those who are, in nut shell, responsible for vitamin and mineral absorption, hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, immune response, and also play a role in our overall mental health.
Even Hippocrates said; “All disease begin in the gut “.
So as you can see, good bacteria are very important in our diet. Fermented food is where you can find those good guys.
Sources of fermented food:
- Kimchi (spicy fermented cabbage)
- Sour gherkins (it’s a Polish thing, you can find it in Polish isle in Tesco)
- Misa (fermented paste made from barley, rice and soya beans)
- Tempeh ( made from fermented soya beans )
- Kefir ( fermented milk drink )
As important as eating fermented food (probiotics), is providing food which feed these good bacteria’s. Food which feeds them is known as prebiotics, which are a special type of fibre which you can find in:
- Vegetables (leeks, onions, asparagus, garlic, chicory root, dandelion greens, etc )
- Fruit (apple (especially skin on the apple), bananas etc)
- Barley, oats, flaxseeds, wheat bran
- Cocoa ( chocolate J , well dark chocolate)
- And more
So any meal where you can combine probiotics and prebiotics is an ideal world. If you think about it it’s not that hard 😉
Yoghurt and kefir can be mixed with fruit and make a super tasty shake, especially when you add on some cinnamon and a bit of cocoa powder. You also can use those two to make delicious dressing for your salads.
Onions and garlic can be added to most of your dishes, sauerkraut, kimchi, sour gherkins can be eaten as a addition to your main meals or added to you salad.
Misa and tempeh can be used as flavouring in different dishes and more and more examples here 😉
Overall the main point here is that you look after your guts on a daily basis. Eat your probiotics and prebiotics, eat nutrient dense foods and stay healthy 😉