Boost your Family's Gut Health
Last week I listened to a great webinar with Jess Donovan from Natural Super Kids on enhancing your child's gut health. Jess shared some really valuable information on why gut health is so important and also gave some practical and actionable tips to try at home and I want to share some of those take away messages from Jess's webinar with you.
Gut health seems to be the flavour of the month, and with good reason. Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have seen lots of discussion about prebiotics, probiotics and how to improve your own gut health or microbiome.
So firstly, why is gut health so important?
- Immune system balance and strength (a large part of your immune system lies within the gut)
- Proper elimination of waste from the body
- Optimising absorption of nutrients from food
- Mental and neurological health - many neurotransmitters are produced in the gut
Another question that is commonly asked is what is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?
Let's just keep it simple -
Probiotics - the good, healthy bacteria in your gut
Prebiotics - the food we eat that feeds the probiotics (healthy bacteria) in our gut
What sort of foods are considered to be prebiotics?
Try including some of the foods listed below in to your family meals each week to promote a healthy gut.
How else can you enhance your family's gut health?
- Increase plant foods - full of fibre and prebiotics
- Reduce gut damaging foods - sugar, gluten, processed foods
- Vary their diet as much as possible, include a wide range of foods
- Limit hand sanitisers and too many anti-bacterial sprays
- Encourage lots of time playing outdoors
- Get a pet :)
- Include gelatin (grass-fed powder) in their diet - smoothies, gummies, bone broth in soup and stews
- Try using some gluten free grains like quinoa, rice and buckwheat or low gluten options such as spelt or rye
- Avoid packaged and processed foods as much as possible, always opt for WHOLE FOOD
A few tips for busy parents who might be dealing with fussy eaters
- Don't wait till dinner time to try give them veggies, include them at every meal (even if they don't eat them, keep putting them on the plate!)
- Give them veggies to snack on while you're cooking and they're complaining that they're 'so hungry'
- Hide the veggies is every day foods like muffins, meat balls, smoothies, sauces etc
- Don't make too many changes at once or you will come up with a lot of resistance, one step at a time is best
- Try find crackers that don't have vegetable oils in them such as 'Eat Right' seaweed crackers or Cruskits
So, what are you going to do today to make a start on boosting your family's gut health?
Please share this with any friends who might find it interesting and useful for improving their family's health.