So new lesson for this week is keeping my gut healthy and I have been looking into healthy gut foods I can eat to help me stay healthy (with the proviso that I might also lose weight of course).

So why focus on my gut?

Well it is the friendly bacteria in our gut that plays an important role in our health. It keeps our intestinal function regulated and protects us from infections.

Our modern lifestyle including things like stress and medication like antibiotics have been found to kill the bacteria in our gut that exists to keep us healthy.

There is a saying that medical professionals believe disease starts in the colon. I am not sure if it is a saying or an old wives tale but maybe there is some truth to it.

Inflammation is caused when our gut becomes unhealthy and inflammation of the gut is the cause of all kinds of illness and disease that I won’t get into because I am not medically trained.

You can read Dr Mercola’s article called Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of your Health

After finding out about the important of keeping a healthy gut I naturally looked out for healthy gut foods that I can eat to help myself.

The best ones are:

Jerusalem artichoke
Leek
White onion
Asparagus

A fuller list of different foods I read about on different sites included:

sauerkraut
pickled vegetables
miso
tempeh
fermented vegetables
wine
granny smith apples
healthy gut foodscinnamon
nutmeg
porridge
ginger
cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower)
legumes
bananas
blueberries
polenta
sweet potato – fermentable fibres
Jerusalem artichoke
Garlic
Leek
White onion
Turmeric
Fennel

So there you have it, a list of foods that you can use in cooking and maybe even make up a few vegetable juices using them.

I will definitely be making sure that my apples used in my juices are granny smith apples from now on because they seemed to play an important part in helping keep our intestines healthy.

“The tart green Granny Smith apples benefit the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon due to their high content of non-digestible compounds, including dietary fiber and polyphenols, and low content of available carbohydrates. Despite being subjected to chewing, stomach acid and digestive enzymes, these compounds remain intact when they reach the colon. Once there, they are fermented by bacteria in the colon, which benefits the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.”

Source: An apple a day could keep obesity away

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