The health of our gut affects many aspects of our mind and body; from our mood and immune system, to digestive health and comfort – so we can really benefit from eating the right foods to keep it happy.
Love Your Gut Week is from 4th-10th September, and the good news is that you don’t need to eat bone broth or yoghurt to show your gut some love! Cook, nutritionist and author of Cooking for the Sensitive Gut Dr Joan Ransley has selected a range of gut healthy vegan foods to have in your kitchen…
Bananas (not too ripe), blueberries, melon, oranges, pineapples and strawberries are all great gut-friendly fruit options.
Carrots, broccoli, spinach and kale are amongst the vegetables which provide a great source of dietary fibre, as well as a mix of micronutrients and polyphenols which can be good for the bacteria in the gut.
- Herbs and Spices
Gut-friendly spice options include cinnamon, coriander, cumin seeds, ginger and turmeric. Herbs include chives, parsley, fresh coriander, tarragon and dill.
The outer layer of the oat kernel is high in a soluble fibre called beta-glucan which retains fluid and gently stimulates a stubborn bowel – so porridge makes for a great vegan option.
- Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a good source of dietary fibre and help to keep the gut moving – so why not top your smoothie bowl or breakfast cereal with some walnuts or chia seeds?