A great way to fix your health – is to fix your gut, so we spoke to leading Nutritionist, Shona Wilkinson, for her advice on what we can eat to aid digestion.
Shona is Head Nutritionist at The NutriCentre. A registered nutritional therapist, life coach and personal trainer, Shona is also a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine.
“Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickled vegetables in brine, yoghurt, buttermilk and kefir would be a great start to kick start your digestion, as they help feed the friendly bacteria which reside in our gut helping them to multiply in a healthy environment.”
“Fibre rich foods such as avocados, nuts, seeds, broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus and green beans may help relieve digestive discomfort and enhance overall digestive health.”
“Bone broth is important for healing the gut and aid healthy digestion. The gelatine found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid, this means it attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby enhancing digestion. Bone broths are also rich in glycine, an amino acid (protein) found in collagen, which is important in maintaining a healthy gut lining.”
“Cinnamon is a lovely spice to add to your food. Not only does it improve digestion but it also helps to balance blood sugar levels.”
“Mint has been shown to help soothe the abdomen and relax digestive discomfort.”
“Fennel may help with flatulence and intestinal spasms.”
“Turmeric is rich in curcumin which has anti-inflammatory properties and is particularly useful for inflammation in the gut. Turmeric also helps with fat digestion, along with supporting the liver.”
“Healthy fats such as salmon, seafood, nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut and pure olive oil should be included in your diet. Fat molecules are a rich source of energy for the body and help the body to absorb vitamins.”
To help improve your gut health – why not try a supplement?
TumBiotix is a probiotic supplement from Quest Vitamins, which aims to improve digestive health and relieve symptoms, such as those experienced by IBS sufferers.
Each capsule contains L.acidophilus and L. plantaum which encourages good digestive health and helps to alleviate problems associated with poor gut health.
TumBiotix are in a delayed release capsule form (DRcaps™) which help protect the bacteria from the stomach acid and ensure they are only released once they reach the intestine, where they are able to colonise effectively.
Quest TumBiotix, £10.89 for 30 capsules, is available from Revital.co.uk.