Here is another little post about healthy food. And more precisely, about gut health!
I must confess that I do like superfoods, and I try to incorporate them in my diet as much as possible. But even though they are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, today I want to talk about 5 green foods that will help us maintain gut health. Gut health is absolutely crucial for keeping our immune systems healthy and fully functioning. Gut health also keeps us feeling great and looking good! So keep reading if you want to know 5 top foods to maintain gut health.
I’m a huge fan of matcha. Rich in amino acids, vitamins and in B complex, it’s a super antioxidant. This means that it will stimulate immune function, promotes healthy bowel movements, boosts the metabolism, and has anti-cancer, alkaline and anti-ageing properties. Not bad for a single teaspoon of this delicious tea! I like to make matcha lattes by mixing:
1 cup of oat milk (or any other plant milk)
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp agave
a pinch of vanilla powder
In a saucepan, heat oat milk gently. In a glass, mix matcha powder, with a little bit of hot water. With an electric whisk, mix until combined. Then, pour the green mixture into the hot milk, and add the agave and vanilla powder. Strain while you serve it (you don’t want those little lumps of matcha) and voilà!
2. Kiwi Fruit
It’s high in vitamin C, potassium and is rich in fibre, too. This particular food is amazing for your gut, as it contains a digestive enzyme that is great for you. You will also find it in other exotic fruits such as mango, pineapples and papayas! This enzyme regulates gut function, aids with the absorption of nutrients during digestion, and is a great probiotic.
3. Leafy Greens
Don’t be surprised if I mention this one in this list. I always buy leafy greens when I do groceries, and I feel weird if I leave the supermarket without some kale or spinach. I absolutely love dino kale actually! Leafy greens are an amazing source of vitamins C, K, B complex, folic acid (great for pregnancy), iron, calcium and potassium. So if you’re deficient in any of these, just amp up your kale! These vitamins will nourish and heal your body, as well as the lining of the digestive tract. This is also important for supporting a healthy kidney and liver function.
My favourite! Avocados are no only good source of heart-promoting fats, but that also maintain a healthy gut lining and strong immune system. Think about this the next time you eat an avocado on toast! Avocados are also great for assisting recovery from sickness or illness, and also prevents from muscle wastage. So this is perfect for a post-workout snack too.
Super-rich in chlorophyll, which is what gives fruits and veggies their colour, wheatgrass is rich in magnesium, is naturally anti-inflammatory, alkalising and is super-cleansing. It helps eliminate toxins from your body and helps prevent the growth of pathogens.
Keep in mind that this list is non-exhaustive and there are so many other great gut-friendly foods such as basil, berries, beetroot, chia seeds, carrots, garlic, lemon… Not everything has to be green! The point is, that plant-based foods are a great source of phytochemicals that will help your body fight diseases, and fibre-rich foods will support weight loss and a healthy functioning metabolism. I’ve listed my top super foods that help your body support optimal digestive health, so enjoy a cup of matcha or some garlic spinach as a side dish, and tell me you you feel about it later on!