Healthy Gut – Our Top Tips
The following tips are all tiny changes that you can make for a healthy gut, that won’t do a great deal on their own that you will notice. But the more you can do, the greater the benefit and over time, they will add up to a trend. Our health is a product of the choices we make about lots and lots of little things, over many, many days. Make them good choices and make them habits and you will make a difference.
Guts need butyrate’s
These come from plants in the form of cellulose fibre, which is starchy, tough and resistant to digestion. We cannot digest them so our gut flora (if it’s healthy and diverse) will set to work breaking them down and forming SCFA – Short-Chain-Fatty-Acids, one of which is butyrate which feeds the gut lining and provides a very powerful anti-inflammatory effect. We used to call this roughage and believed that it passed through us like a broom; now we know differently, it feeds our helpful bacteria and they in turn bulk out our stool to be soft and easy to pass.
Ferment your foods
Each time you have a meat meal, add a tablespoon of sauerkraut , kimchi or fermented red cabbage on the plate. The microbes in the fermented foods will help you to digest your meat and they will add to the population of helpful gut flora already in your gut. Don’t use commercial pickles, these are simply vegetables laid to rest in a vicious acidic pickling liquid where nothing good will grow; nasty, denatured foods which are preserved for ever in a state of acidic shock – ask for onions and veggies fermented in kefir or yogurt whey or salt water in stead of acetic acid. Or better still, make your own! http://nhpr.org/post/lacto-fermentation-how-make-carrot-taste-pickle
Choose organic foods
Choose organic foods wherever you can and don’t wash them! Flick off the caterpillars and grit and just eat them as they came from the fields. We need natural sources of bacteria from good, organic soils and organic leafy veg are a good source. Save money on non-organic where the peel is thick and not used, like bananas, avocados, oranges, etc. Anything that you want to eat whole, skin and all, buy organic and don’t wash it.
Dirt is good!
Let your children play in the dirt. We have a great movie in the clinic called “Dirt – The Movie” (You Tube version) or click the image for the main website: and it tells you where your good gut bugs came from in the first place. Dirt made my lunch; and yours.
Eat whole, full-fat foods
Our gut linings need nutrients and butter is a great source of butyric acid, which provides some of the building blocks for a healthy gut.
Avoid gluten-bearing grains (mostly wheat).
Gluten is the name for a group of hybridised proteins which are proving hard for human guts to deal with and it can provoke inflammation, so try avoiding it completely for a while and see how you feel. Many people report feeling hugely better, with relief from gas, bloating, reflux and constipation.
There are many more things you can do to keep your system healthy, but get cracking on these to start with and we’ll supply some more in the next blog!
Enid Taylor ND BSc(Hons) Psych is a Naturopath and Clinic Founder/Director of the Taymount Clinic.
For more information on the Taymount Clinic visit www.taymount.com or call 01462 712500