So how can you feed and support your gut? Once again, the answer comes from Mother Nature!
Some foods, such as Jerusalem artichoke, celery, lemon balm, lemon, ginger and apple (with peel), contain substances that increase the release of digestive enzymes. This means that important nutrients can be broken as you chew and the dietary fibres enter the intestines as healthy bacterial food.
Generally speaking, fruits and vegetables that are naturally bright, colourful and seasonal help strengthen the gut.
Foods rich in prebiotic fibres, such as whole grains (cooked, sprouted, rolled and soaked), bananas, potatoes, figs and Jerusalem artichokes are also popular gut foods. Think of prebiotic fibre like food for your beneficial gut bacteria.
In addition, spices that are naturally antimicrobial and contain essential oils, such as ginger, chilli, turmeric and pepper, aid digestion and keep the bowels moving.
Fermented foods such as miso, yogurt, and pickled vegetables have a probiotic effect, directly supplying 'good' gut bacteria.