Gut-friendly fruit & vegetables
As we step into the month of May we wanted to share which fruit and vegetables are currently ‘in season’, so you can enjoy them at their very best and know that eating them contributes to your gut health as they contain vitamins, minerals and fibre. Some fibres contain prebiotic properties which grow friendly bacteria in your gut.
Asparagus - plentiful in spring, this green beauty is a rich prebiotic fibre provider which is gut friendly. Asparagus is also high in vitamins A, C, E and K and can help with water retention.
Spring Cabbage - rich in fibre and classed as a ‘roughage’, cabbage helps the body retain water and maintains the bulkiness of the food as it moves through the bowels.
Garlic – Allicin is the main ingredient in garlic which has antibacterial, antivirus, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, all of which are very good for keeping your body healthy.
Gooseberries - are an excellent source of essential dietary fibres. Like most other berries, gooseberries contain both soluble fibre and insoluble fibre.
New potatoes – potato starch is known as a ‘resistant starch’ which acts as a prebiotic in the body thus helping your digestion.
Rhubarb – contains a high amount of dietary fibre to help make bowel movements smooth and regular. It has been widely used to help with constipation and a daily serving of rhubarb provides a hefty 45% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K.
Spinach – this leafy green is a nutritional powerhouse, high in iron, vitamins & minerals. Spinach is also considered to be an anti-ageing food! The magnesium found in spinach helps reduce inflammation. Make spinach one of your top ingredients to cook with this month and create some gut healing recipes.
Spring onions – are in fact very young onions, harvested before the bulb has had a chance to swell. Inulin (a fibre) is present in all types of onions and is a beneficial food source for the friendly bacteria in your gut.
The importance of a healthy diet for improved digestion
Eating more fruit and vegetables is a good place to start with improving your digestive system and gut health. But as most of us are struggling to eat our 5 a day every day having a healthy gut through food alone can be a challenge. A recent government survey showed that only a third of us are eating enough fibre in our diet.
To help you increase your dietary fibre you can add Bimuno® into your daily routine. Bimuno® is a daily food supplement containing prebiotic properties to increase your good gut bacteria.