If you want to lose weight and feel good, your gut health should be an essential component of your lifestyle.
It boosts immunity, keeps your digestive system regular (yes, that means a regular poo), and is linked with healthy weight loss.
As part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, we offer meal plans and recipes that will support your weight loss goals and, in turn, support good gut health too.
Here are some simple ways to improve your gut health:
- Cut down on processed foods as they tend to include many ingredients that can upset your stomach
- Cut right down on sugar (in its many disguises) as it is an inflammatory food
- Ensure you have plenty of fibre to flush things out and keep regular
- Consider your use of antibiotics as they kill off both good and bad bugs
- Drink plenty of water to flush your system out and help your body produce waste
- Allow some germs to get through by kissing your dog every now and then to build up your immunity
From this list, it’s easy to see why we don’t recommend things like greasy takeaway, excessive alcohol intake or sugary cakes in our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
Here are 7 of the most gut-friendly ingredients
Plus some recipes that you can make to help with your gut health.
1. Greek yoghurt
The good bacteria is beneficial for your gut flora. Combine with berries for an antioxidant boost, by trying these 3 ingredient Yoghurt Berry Ice Blocks.
2. Chia seeds
High in fibre and protein, they act as an intestinal broom to give everything a clear out. Try making a Choc Berry Chia Pudding the night before for a quick and easy breakfast. Top with blueberries or a dollop of yoghurt for an extra gut-friendly kick.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Known for stimulating the digestion, this is easily added to your salads as a dressing with some olive oil. It also works well as an acidic component in recipes like these Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs.
A source of protein, it also helps repair the gut lining so consider adding some Easy Strawberry Mousse to your meal plan as a great dessert option. Kids will love these simple Homemade Gummy Lollies.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir and miso are a great way to support gut health (and they taste good too!). We love adding miso to meals as it gives a lot of flavour for very few calories, such as in these Eggs with Kale and Miso.
These are a triple boost, with their fibre to support digestion, potassium and electrolytes to keep you firing on all cylinders. For a delicious dessert try this 5 Minute Banana Coffee Sundae or for more kid-friendly banana recipes.
Believed to help you digest your food, ginger also adds a nice heat to stir-fries. Try this Sesame Ginger Soba Noodle Soup, which also includes gut-loving stock (make your own if you can).
Make the change now and join us on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
With more than 4,500 delicious (and healthy) recipes, 350 exercises & 24/7 support – the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is designed (and proven) to help busy mums like you lose weight!