Posts Tagged ‘fibre’

Gut tips!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

To help improve your ‘gut flora’ we have come up with three tips and three foods to start you on your way…

1. Eat a fibre–rich, whole foods diet—it should be rich in beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, all of which can help feed the ‘good bacteria’.

2. Limit sugar, processed foods, animal fats, and animal protein—these can provide food for the ‘bad bacteria’.

3. Eat fermented foods daily—these foods contain ‘good bacteria’.

Foods to try…
1. Yogurt
Try eating fermented and cultured foods daily to increase your ‘good gut bacteria’. As well as containing lots of live cultures, which are thought to offer numerous health benefits, these types of food can also provide a good source of protein and calcium.
Granola pots with strawberry compote and yogurt

2. Asparagus
Asparagus is a good source of natural prebiotic fibre known as inulin. Asparagus is also know for being a good diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Grill it, boil it, bake it… cook it in any way you want.

Aparagus and poached egg

3. Artichokes
Artichockes are also a good source of fibre, containing the prebiotic inulin. They are also a great source of magnesium, potassium and vitamins C.

Gut Week 2014

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Raising public health awareness of gut health!

Gut week is nearly upon us and this year we are excited to have teamed up with Sam Faiers (recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease).

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation to the lining of the digestive tract. While it can occur in any part of the digestive system, it is more commonly found in the small or large intestines. Symptoms can include: diarrhoea, abdominal pain, blood and mucus in the stools, fatigue and weight loss.

Gut Week provides a great opportunity to raise public health awareness of gastrointestinal health and the issues surrounding our guts! So get involved and order your Gut Week pack today!

To keep up-to-date with all the coverage from this year’s gut week visit: http://www.loveyourgut.com/gut-week/gut-week-2014/ While you are there, why not check out all the different recipes and even play one of the games!

Woman holding heart shaped balloon

 

 

Exhausted digestive system? Show your gut some love!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Christmas and all the partying which comes with it may have resulted in a higher consumption of sugary and fatty foods for a number of us. Coupled with increased alcohol intake and disrupted eating times, this can really wreak havoc on our digestive systems.

Perhaps instead of placing our focus on those New Year’s resolutions to lose those extra pounds we should place more emphasis on our internals – which will hopefully lead to weight loss anyway!

heart-stomach

 

Give your digestive system a rest by cutting out processed foods (e.g. white bread, biscuits, pastries etc), sugary drinks and snacks and alcohol.

To get those bowels working at their best again try adding in a little bit more fibre into your diet. Fruit and vegetables provide great sources of fibre, as do brown rice, brown pasta, oats and various cereals. Try to keep the diet as natural as possible. Yogurts can provide a great source of protein as well as calcium and beneficial bacteria.

And as always, try to stay as active as possible! Exercise will help to regulate our bowel movements as well as releasing our ‘happy hormone’, which will in no doubt assist us through the cold winter months ahead!

It is windy outside, but is it windy inside too?

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Flatulence and wind are common symptoms experienced by most people. Such symptoms are related to gas in the gastrointestinal tract. The production of intestinal gas is a normal part of digestion. However, some people can experience excessive amounts, which can be uncomfortable and very embarrassing.

Diet and the colonic flora are typically linked to the type and amounts of gas produced. Intestinal bacteria produce gas. Experiencing the odd bout of wind is not uncommon. However, excessive amounts of gas may be related to a number of factors, such as: diets high in fermentable carbohydrates (i.e. pulses and bran), a change in diet (such as a sudden change to a high fibre diet), a change in the composition of the bowel flora, diarrhoea, constipation, IBS, malabsorption, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine and lactose intolerance.

bloated stomach

Be aware of any foods which may be linked to wind. A number of fruit and vegetables contain starches which are poorly digested. For example: beans, lentils, prunes, brussel sprouts, cabbage and onions.

toilet

Any changes in bowel habits warrant further investigation from a doctor and should not be ignored.

This week is National Cholesterol Week

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

This week is National Cholesterol Week. High levels of cholesterol are linked to heart disease and strokes. There are a number of risk factors linked to increased cholesterol levels, poor diet being one.

 

It is important to note that cholesterol is essential for human function, being vital for cells, hormones and the digestive system. Furthermore, while cholesterol is found in various foods such as eggs, prawns and kidneys, it is not the cholesterol in food that has such an impact on our blood cholesterol; it is the saturated fat from our diets that has the biggest impact.

 

Foods high in saturated fats include:

  • butter, ghee, lard, cream
  • cakes, biscuits and pastries
  • coconut or palm oil
  • fatty meats, including sausages.

 

Fibre (soluble) can help to lower cholesterol. Good sources include:

fruit and veg

Exercise can also play an important role in keeping cholesterol levels in check.

running

For further details about National Cholesterol Week and to find out more information about this area visit: http://heartuk.org.uk/

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