The Gut Stuff Reader:
Could you give me a smoothie recipe that helps ibs sufferers and also one that gives me a boost and lots of energy?
Variety of colour and fibre from spinach and fruits feed beneficial bacteria in the gut. Variety of plants leads to rich diversity of different bugs in your colon which are connected with digestive health.
If you have a freezer with drawers, fill one with frozen fruits and vary which ones you use in my basic recipe (see below) each day. The gut LOVES variety. Supermarkets have fantastic inexpensive ranges of frozen fruits now, from watermelons to mangos and coconuts. Buying frozen gives you the same amounts of fibre and plant chemical colours as fresh, without wastage and the high price tag. Also, they taste very refreshing when you blitz them in a blender.
Be sure to include flax seeds in your shake too – they are PREbiotic which means they feed particular types of bacteria which produce a fuel called butyrate to keep your gut lining healthy and intact. A healthy gut lining is important to protect against inflammatory conditions in the body. Flax also wards against constipation and are water absorbing so can bulk up the stool against loose stools. They are an amazing food and cheap too.
Check out this anti-inflammatory green shake recipe (and some of my other gut healthy recipes): http://www.jeannettehyde.com/gut-makeover-recipes.html
No advice in this column is designed to override any by your medical doctor and should not be relied on as a substitute for specialist dietary advice. If you have any concerns about your health, visit your general practitioner, or medical consultant.
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