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3 Ways to Show Your Gut Some Love

With February being the month of love, we asked our resident gut-health expert, and Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian Dr Sammie Gill, to share with us three easy ways to show our gut some extra love. And they're a lot easier than you think.

Feed your gut with the things it enjoys

Think about colour, diversity, plant-based foods and fermented foods when you do your food shop. Eat with your microbes in mind

  • Keep the skins on fruit and vegetables – it’s where most of the fibre is. Remember fresh, frozen, dried or tinned (in juice/water) count!
  • Bulk out spaghetti bolognaise with lentils, make meatballs with 50% oats, and load up on different beans with chilli con carne.
  • Have gut snacks to hand – mixed nuts, lentil crisps, sliced apple and peanut butter or carrots with hummus. We love these plant-based dips and crudité.

Give your gut consistency

Each of your gut microbes, and there are trillions, have their own body clock…

  • Try and be consistent with your sleeping patterns i.e., going to bed and waking up at a similar time.
  • Make sure your room is cool at night, it will mimic the drop in body temperature and encourage a good night’s sleep.
  • Avoid screen time before bed, dim the lights, read a book, and do some deep breathing exercises.

Expose your gut to new things

Maximise the diversity of your gut microbiome by exposing it to new things…

  • Get out in nature and play in the dirt.
  • Spend time with pets and animals.
  • Try relaxation techniques such as mindfulness or yoga.

Right, we’re off to take a walk in the fields at Symprove.

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