Those who know me, know that digestive health is incredibly important to me, as is helping others improve their gut health to benefit their overall wellbeing. Restoring my own digestive health was the catalyst in creating The Healthy Chef Supplement Range as well and the 28 Day Gut Health Diet in The Healthy Chef App.
Gut health issues are becoming more common, with symptoms such as bloating, IBS, inflammation, reflux and constipation affecting many people and impacting their quality of life.
If you frequently deal with digestive discomfort, today, I’m sharing my 6 go-to solutions in restoring digestive health and feeling happy inside and out.
1. REMOVE OR REDUCE TRIGGER FOODS
Common food triggers are dairy, gluten, wheat, refined sugar, carbonated beverages, caffeine and processed foods. These can sometimes exacerbate digestive symptoms and cause bloating and gas.
2. ENJOY WARMING BROTHS + COLLAGEN
Enjoy warming, nourishing broths and soups, which are gentle on your digestion and absorbed quickly by the body. Broths such as chicken soup or bone broth are rich in protein, collagen and amino acids that are a wonderful nutritional and digestive remedy.
I love to boost my soups with 1-tablespoon of Healthy Chef Marine Collagen to my broths and soups or even an evening time Healthy Chef Turmeric Latte. Healthy Chef Marine Collagen in an easily digestible and bioavailable form of protein which helps support and nourish my digestive system.
3. EAT MORE PLANTS
Focus on eating a Mediterranean diet rich in plant foods, healthy fats and quality protein. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best sources of prebiotics and are the fuel for our intestinal probiotics, helping to promote balanced gut flora and healthy bowel function. Prebiotics also help to promote peristalsis in the gut which aids in the elimination of waste. Good sources of prebiotics are kiwi fruit, oranges and leafy greens.
If your body tends to struggle with certain fruits and vegetables, using a freeze-dried superfood powder such as Healthy Chef Organic Superfood is a wonderful source of natural prebiotics and a way to nourish your system with vitamins and antioxidants without the need to ingest foods that tend to make you bloat.
4. TAKE PROBIOTICS
Probiotics are live microorganisms (good bacteria) that reside in the gut. Probiotics support our immune system, aid digestion and assist with nutrient absorption into our bloodstream.
If you’re looking for a probiotic made with healthy gut function in mind, consider The Healthy Chef Everyday Greens which is formulated to support digestive health and restore balance. Everyday Greens is low FODMAP and comes in a convenient powder that blends into smoothies, yoghurt or a glass of water.
5. USE THE RIGHT PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT
It's important to get a fast digesting protein into your body every day. WPI is perfect after a workout or if you are looking to restrict the number of calories you are consuming. Healthy Chef Pure Native WPI has a high protein percentage and lower carb and fat percentage and is suitable for those who are lactose intolerant or have sensitive stomachs.
Our low carbohydrate protein powders are designed for the most sensitive digestive systems and are free from sugar, fillers, gluten, lactose and added fillers, designed to be easy-to-digest and gentle on the digestive system.
6 TAKE MAGNESIUM DAILY
Magnesium supports the gut in every single way. It regulates nerve and muscle function, supports immune health, supports cardiovascular health and it can also be used to relieve constipation, gas and bloating. You can titrate magnesium to be used as an osmotic laxative, as it helps to draw water into the colon, helping move things along more gently without creating any kind of dependence.
I love to take Healthy Chef Magnesium + morning and night as it supports my digestion and helps my body relax before I go to bed.
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