FOODS THAT ARE CURRENTLY CAUSING PROBLEMS WITH OUR GUT
Often, the stuff we eat and see as a treat, is the stuff we don’t want to give up. It is also the stuff that is causing havoc to our gut.
Notice I said ‘Stuff’ and not ‘Food’.
This is because good quality ‘Food’ can help the gut, but nowadays we tend to eat more of the wrong stuff, than the right foods. As a result, we don’t have the correct levels of good bacteria in the gut microbiome. Instead, the bad bacteria are flourishing and winning the battle for dominance, which is why we have a multitude of avoidable health and skin issues.
With a few dietary tweaks here and there, the balance can easily be changed so that any damage to the gut can be prevented, improved, or turned around before you have life changing damage to your body.
I learned this after I had caused irreversible injury to my gut, and I don’t want this for you!
Obviously, we aren’t doing this on purpose, but simply because you don’t know, what you don’t know.
This is why knowledge is power, when you put it into action.
With large companies paying millions to advertisers to use targeted market campaigns that manipulate us into buying their products, it is no wonder that we can be influenced into buying the wrong stuff and ignoring the good beneficial natural foods.
Here is a small list of just a few of the bad stuff and the good foods that have an impact on your gut.
…and here’s a tip…
…You might not even know you’re causing damage until the damage is done; it starts from childhood…and can become irreversible!
THE BAD – HIGH SUGAR & ARTIFICAL SWEETENERS
- Sweet Yoghurts
- Shop Bought Smoothies
- Fizzy Sweet Drinks
- Fruit Juice – from concentrate or if it processed to last more than a few days
- Caffeine/Energy Drinks
- Alcoholic Drinks
HIGH GLYCAEMIC CARBS
- White & Brown Bread
- White Rice
THE USUAL SUSPECTS – ULTRA PROCESSED FOODS
- Takeaway Foods
- Packaged foods that look nothing like their original state e.g. fish fingers or chicken nuggets
THE UGLY – ANIMAL PRODUCTS
- Meat from conventionally raised animals (have been fed antibiotics)
- Sandwich Meats
- Animal dairy – inflammatory
THE GOOD – NATURAL FOODS
- Whole foods, that are as close to their natural state as possible
- Variety of colourful plant-based foods
- If you eat meat, make sure it is from grass fed/pasture raised or organic fed animals
- If you eat fish; small wild line-caught fish
- Only mussels are self-cleaning farmed fish – no antibiotics have been added to water
- If you eat eggs, make sure they are organic or local free range
- Vegetables, beans, nuts, pulses and seeds e.g., chia/flax soaked or ground, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, cashews, brazil’s, pistachios, almonds, quinoa, amaranth, etc.
- Whole fruit naturally contain fibre as well as the naturally occurring fruit sugar.
- Organic; biodynamic where possible; or more local or seasonal fruit and vegetable is best, as they start to lose their vitamins from the minute they are picked.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS, HERBS & SPICES
- Vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, C, D, E, B complex, Sulphur, Magnesium, Iron and Phosphorus help with inflammation and oxidation in the body on the skin.
- Cinnamon, Turmeric, Ginger; root or powder
- Ashwagandha – helps in production of natural skin oils
PREBIOTIC FOODS – HELP TO FUEL THE GOOD BACTERIA IN THE GUT
PROBIOTIC FOOD/DRINKS & SUPPLEMENTS
- Kefir, Kombucha, Sauerkraut, live plain yoghurts.
- Probiotics – no added sweetener or sugar.
Hope this starts you on your journey
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