6 Foods to Improve Gut Health

Probiotics may be one of the most important groups of nutrients that improve the function of your intestine and other organs. However, many people are not familiar with the significance of incorporating a healthy dose of probiotics into their diet. Here are a few foods and drinks that provide your body with the probiotics it needs to function properly.

Yogurt

Yogurt is enriched with healthy bacteria that help improve the performance of your gut and boost its overall function. Probiotics facilitate the growth of healthy bacteria in your body, which prepares your body to fight against gut inflammation. Yogurt is an inexpensive, plentiful source of probiotics, but be sure to choose the most beneficial varieties. Organic and Greek yogurts contain a higher level of probiotics as compared to their non-organic counterparts. Avoid purchasing yogurt that is actually labeled as “probiotic.” The companies that claim to offer probiotic-laden yogurts tend to add corn syrup, excessive sugar, artificial sweetener, and dyes in their products to expand its shelf life. Also, this type of yogurt is frequently pasteurized, which ends up killing the probiotics in the yogurt.

Kefir

Kefir is a yogurt substitute that provides high levels of probiotics to help treat inflamed or leaky gut. It is produced by combining rice, sheep, goat, cow, or coconut milk with a gelatinous grain and fermented. The fermentation process expedites the growth of healthy bacteria. Kefir contains approximately 10-34 types of probiotics that can quickly soothe the symptoms of a leaky intestine.

Kombucha

Kombucha is a type of drink enriched with high levels of probiotics and is often recommended to patients who have been diagnosed with an inflammatory and leaky gut. Kombucha’s high level of Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY) plays a vital role in improving the performance and functions of your gut. It is prepared by combining SCOBY with sugar extracts to sweeten the juice and initiate the fermentation responsible for the probiotic content.

When correctly prepared, kombucha provides a number of health benefits that can help improve the condition of your digestive system, increase your metabolism, and aid the function of the liver.

Miso

Miso is packed with probiotics that play a crucial role in improving the performance of your gut. Miso is prepared by combining fermented rye, barley, and beans with koji. It is often recommended by nutritionists and doctors for patients diagnosed with an inflamed gut.

Natto

Natto is prepared through the fermentation of soybeans. It has a strong flavor and a high presence of probiotics. Natto consists of Bacillus Subtilis, which plays a vital role in the improvement of your immune system, absorption of vitamin K2, and overall cardiovascular health. It also contains high quantities of nattokinase, which may help in cancer treatment.

 

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Best Foods for Aging Well

Early aging has a lot to do with your diet and your lifestyle. Our body is like a machine—good input leads to good output. What you ingest and put in your body has a huge impact on your biological system and your long-term health. A natural lifestyle does not have instant effects, but the long-term benefits are invaluable. Staying active and eating a nutrient-packed balanced diet can help slow the aging process and even prevent numerous diseases. Here are a few foods that can help you live a long and healthy life with great skin and a great body.

1.Olive Oil

Olive oil has many anti-aging benefits. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are can have a huge impact on the prevention or delay of heart disease and cancer. Olive oil also has polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and the protein, minerals, and vitamins you need for healthy skin and hair. It has vitamins B and D to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and oleic acid and polyphenols to help smooth skin.

2.Pomegranate

Packed with vitamin C, pomegranates are great for softening skin and guarding it against sun damage. The juice in pomegranate seeds contains punicalagin and ellagic acid, which is a polyphenol compound that combats damage from free radicals. Punicalagin is a super nutrient that improves your body’s ability to preserve collagen, a subdermal connective tissue that makes skin look smooth and plump.

3.Yogurt

Yogurt is rich in calcium, which plays a huge role in staving off osteoporosis, and contains good bacteria that help in the maintenance of gut health. Yogurt contains live bacterial cultures, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, that fight the growth of harmful intestinal bacteria and help restore balance in the intestine. These probiotics result in better health and can help prevent age-related illnesses.

4.Blueberries

Blueberries contain more antioxidants than almost any other food. These give your skin an extra defense against skin-damaging free radicals that result from exposure to sun, over-exercise, and even emotional stress. Half a cup of blueberries every day can help in the prevention of the cell-structure damage that can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. Anthocyanin is also found in blueberries and functions just like an anti-inflammatory and can help maintain healthy brain function.

5.Fish

Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which helps prevent cholesterol buildup in the arteries and provides protection against abnormal heart rhythms. Fish oil and fish proteins are used in the beauty industry worldwide. They promote healthy looking skin and the omegas found in fish are essential for regulating blood clotting, body temperature, body pressure and the immune system.

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Yours in health and wellness,

Trish Tucker May

 

Tips to Help You Lose Weight over 40

I get asked about diets and weight loss all the time. 

My best advice is to eat real food, not too much and balance your hormones by eating plenty of fat and protein at every meal. This helps with appetite control and blood sugar balance. 

I often get asked whether a Keto Diet is best for perimenopause and weight loss.

The ketogenic diet involves a combination of food that allows the body to produce ketones in the liver to be used as energy.

It is also referred to as a low carb diet.

Let’s learn about the Keto diet and see how it can be your answer to weight loss.

How exactly does the Keto Diet work?

Since the glucose in your body is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically, on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.

Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits.

 

Weight Loss on a Keto Diet?

Before you can use a ketogenic diet for weight loss, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of how it works. Here are some important points about the ketogenic diet:

A ketogenic diet is centered around bringing the body into a state of ketosis.

Ketosis is metabolic process in which the body burns fat for energy instead of its primary fuel, carbohydrates.

When you drastically cut down on the amount of carbohydrates or calories you’re eating, and there aren’t enough carbohydrates from food to burn for energy, the body switches to the state of ketosis.

Once in ketosis, the liver uses the body’s fatty acids to make molecules known as ketones to burn for fuel. Those on a ketogenic diet eat a low amount of carbs to do just this.

Benefits of a Keto Diet for Weight Loss

Increased Fat Burn: When you eat low-carb and your body starts burning fat as its primary source of fuel, you’re essentially in a fasting state where your body is using your fat stores directly for energy. Those experiencing stalls in their weight loss or having trouble getting rid of unwanted fat can benefit from a ketogenic diet for this reason.

Hormone Regulation: Ketosis can help sustain weight loss by regulating hormones that affect weight. After you eat, the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) is released by your intestines. CCK is responsible for stimulating fat and protein digestion and inhibits the emptying of the stomach, which reduces appetite. This makes CCK a great regulator of food intake.

Eating a ketogenic diet can also help you avoid cravings for food after losing weight, reducing the chance of gaining the weight back.

Appetite Suppression: Yep, ketogenic low-carb diets may be helpful in reducing appetite by altering the concentrations of hormones and nutrients that affect hunger. It’s no wonder ketosis is used as a strategy for weight loss; it removes the need to eat more or respond to cravings for unhealthy foods. This means you can better listen to your body’s true hunger signals without worrying about counting calories or going hungry.

Blood Sugar Regulation: When you’re eating a ketogenic diet full of healthy fats and proteins plus an abundance of vegetables, you experience more stabilized blood sugar. This is much better than traditional diet foods that are usually high in refined sugars and other carbohydrates, leading to a spike in blood sugar that leaves you feeling hungry again soon after.

Finally, your answer to weight loss without starvation, but still being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Increase the chance of maintaining weight loss, reducing cravings, and eliminating the need to stress and obsess over every calorie or food portions.

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How to Go Gluten Free When You Travel

When you commit to a way of life, going back to how things used to be can be hard.

Maintaining a certain diet or avoiding certain ingredients can be especially difficult. Eating out and travelling has to be planned carefully.

Gluten is a particularly tough ingredient to avoid.

Gluten is found in wheat, which is typically a big part of our normal diet.

Recent studies have suggested that gluten can have many disadvantages for a wide range of people.

Celiac disease is the most common disease caused by gluten.

Other disorders caused by gluten are gut inflammation, intestinal permeability, and damage to the gut biome.

If you are strictly avoiding gluten, eating out or traveling to a new place with different food options can be challenging, but it is not impossible.

Here are some ways to maintain your gluten-free diet while eating out.

  1. The internet is a blessing; you can use it to easily find out find out if nearby restaurants can accommodate gluten-free meals. You can also search restaurants ahead of time so you know where you find gluten-free meals.
  2. If you are planning a trip, ask the hotel you stay in if they have refrigerators you can use to store simple snacks.
  3. Packing dry nutritious items like energy bars and nuts is a good idea to fill up on in case there is not a gluten-free option readily available.
  4. You can search for groups nearby you that support gluten-free diets and ask them for suggestions or you can simply ask restaurant owners if they serve gluten-free food.
  5. In motorway services and cafes look for yogurt, salad, grilled chicken, plain hamburgers and other gluten-free standbys.
  6. If you are traveling abroad (hopefully soon) print out your gluten-free needs in the language of the foreign country that you are traveling to. This will help convey to them the kinds of food you need and help them better cater to your needs.
  7. There are many restaurants that may not have gluten-free options on their menu but can provide something if asked.
  8. Avoid most condiments, especially soy sauce.

For people with Celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis, the effects of straying from a gluten-free diet might not be instant but they have delayed effects that can have long-term consequences.

Slacking on your diet should not be an option, so preparing gluten-free biscuits, hummus or sandwiches for a shorter trip is a great way to stay consistent with your diet.

Away from home, internet and research will be your best friend. Stick to the basics of your gluten-free diet—fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, unprocessed products—and you will be able to enjoy your travels to the fullest.

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Yours in health and wellness,

Trish

 

What causes bloating? IBS, Acid Reflex?

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The benefits of Sauerkraut and how to prepare it

While you can certainly make sauerkraut from red or white cabbage. Red cabbage has a strong concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols and 6 x more vitamin C.

This recipe has huge health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacities as well as being a powerful tonic for your gut.

Red Cabbage also more iron and vitamin A than white cabbage.

I love the combination. The colour is gorgeous.

It is especially beneficial in the treatment of ulcers and bloating.

A little bit every day is a great accompaniment to any meal.

 

Ingredients

1 head white cabbage

1 head red cabbage

– organic is better but if you can’t find it the fermentation process does help kill off any pesticides.

2 1/2 tablespoons grey Celtic salt or the best salt you can find. Use 1 Tablespoon salt for each 1 kg of cabbage

1 1/2 tablespoons juniper berries

1 tablespoon caraway seeds. These are optional. I have also used fennel seeds in the past.

 

Instructions

Prepare your fermentation vessel or glass jar. Make sure it is clean and sterile and the lid fits well.  This will make enough for 4- 5 medium size glass jars. If you have a tray to sit your glass jars on once full, this will prevent the juices overflowing and staining your shelf.

Clean the cabbage – Begin by removing the outer leaves of the cabbage if a bit old. Wash to remove potential contaminants.

Slice the cabbage into fat ribbons about 1 cm wide. The end result seems to work better when cutting with a sharp knife rather than grating or using the food processor.

Keep the dense end of the cabbage -it makes a handy lid for the ferment to help keep the contents submerged under the juice.

Place in a large bowl and add salt and spices, juniper berries and caraway seeds. Toss, bash, pound and massage the sliced cabbage with the salt and let sit for 30 minutes or until it starts to sweat.  The cabbage will be ready once you can squeeze juice and you begin to see a purple liquid at the bottom of the bowl.

Begin the process of filling your fermentation vessel or glass jar. Push down hard and compress out any air as you go.

Fill the jar but allow a small gap at the top as the contents will bubble when fermenting. Include any liquid at the bottom of the bowl.

Compress down hard using a pounder, rolling pin or your fist. You can place a weight on top of the cabbage to effectively submerge the contents of the jar.  The dense end of the cabbage is very handy for this. Your goal is to have the liquid cover the cabbage completely to provide an anaerobic environment within which the fermentation can take place.

After several hours you may be able to press the contents down further. If the cabbage looks a little dry add some filtered water to the top and stir in gently. Make sure a nice seal is made around the edge to keep oxygen and other potential contaminants out.

After 3 days you will need to burp your ferment. Open the jar carefully and submerge any cabbage that has come to the top. If you need to add a little more liquid or a weight to keep the cabbage submerged this will help keep oxygen out and allow the anaerobic process to occur.

Wait impatiently – Let it sit for a minimum of 2-3 weeks. You can easily leave it for 6 weeks or even months if desired. It will simply become sharper and sourer over time. Once you have reached your desire level of taste you can keep it in the fridge or on your shelf for many months to come.

I recommend a small amount of sauerkraut each day. It goes well with salad, broth and veggies for breakfast or a bowl of rice and steamed veg.

Play around with the flavour you like. Be brave in experimenting with flavour.  Fermenting is a combination of agitation and alchemy. Create magic in the kitchen and enjoy the benefits of this wonderful prebiotic for your gut.

The 7 simplest ways to improve your gut health and support your hormones

How are you going with your September health goals?

I hosted a retreat day last Saturday. 10 ladies had fun juicing, fermenting, sprouting, eating delicious food, and learning about gut health and hormones.

The next retreat is scheduled for the 27th November in Wales.

After that I will be doing a mini series of talks in my kitchen here in Minchinhampton.

Keep up to date with announcements in the Thriving Gut health FB group here

At the end of the day, we all committed to doing three things to support our goals. Here is a summary of those new commitments.

This may seem like a simple list but if you did all of these, I guarantee you will feel less bloated. You will sleep better; have more energy and you will feel less stressed.

 What can you add?

  • Drink plenty of water?
  • Take little breaks during the day?
  • Deep breaths before your meal?
  • Chew food well?
  • Veggies for breakfast?
  • Diversity of vegetables on the plate?
  • Change shopping habits to include a bigger range of veg, herbs, seeds, fruit.

When you shop you are better off picking 2-3 of every type of veg rather than sticking with the basics you normally buy.

What can you add to your shopping list this week?

Buy at least:

  • Four green fruit and vegetables.
  • Two red fruit and vegetables.
  • Two yellow fruit and vegetables.
  • One orange fruit and vegetables.
  • One Purple fruit and vegetables.

One spice and one herb you have never tried. Choose a variety.  Choose one of every veg and fruit.  Think about all the colours of the rainbow. This is great preparation for the recipes that follow. Add in two types of nuts, preferably organic or in the shell. Add a new cold pressed virgin oil you have never used before.

Here is a list of foods that will support your gut health and hormones:

Protein

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Game
  • Fresh fish
  • Eggs
  • Organic soy -if tolerated (milk, tofu, edamame beans, miso,tempeh, natto)
  • Grass fed Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Venison
  • Veal
  • Liver

 Oils

For dressing:

  • Avocado
  • Flaxseed
  • Hemp
  • Walnut
  • Extra virgin olive
  • Sesame

For cooking:

  • Avocado
  • Coconut
  • Extra virgin olive (up to 180° only)
  • Goose/duck fat/lard
  • Butter

 Dairy alternatives

  • Almond milk (unsweetened)
  • Hazelnut milk (unsweetened)
  • Cashew milk (unsweetened)
  • Coconut milk (full fat)
  • Oat, hemp, rice milks (unsweetened)
  • Coconut oil (for butter)
  • Coconut yoghurt
  • Nutritional yeast flakes

(for cheese)

  • Organic soy milk and yoghurt

 Nuts & Seeds

  • Coconut
  • Almonds
  • Brazils
  • Hazelnuts
  • Cashews
  • Macademias
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Nut butter (not peanut)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds (or linseeds)

 Fruits

All fruits, including:

  • Avocado
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Citrus
  • Cranberries
  • Kiwi
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pears
  • Pomegranate

Avoid dried fruits, fruit juice and other fruit products. Look for sulphur free dried fruits.

Grains & Pulses

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Millet
  • Gluten free oats
  • Quinoa
  • Rice (brown or wild)
  • Chickpeas, beans, or lentils
  • Hummus or other bean dips
  • Gluten free pasta (brown rice, chickpea)
  • Gluten free noodles (rice, soba/buckwheat, zero noodles)

Flours:

  • Almond
  • Coconut
  • Rice
  • Tapioca
  • Buckwheat.

 

It is easy to get stuck in habits of buying the same food.

What can you try this week?

In the 8-week gut healing hormone balancing program we cover this and so much more.

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Love Trish

Easy Ways To Improve Your Appearance During Menopause

Ladies, we want to look our best during the Menopause. After all, it can boost your self-esteem and make you feel better about yourself. Dieting and exercising are important in the transition to menopause but so is your gut health.

As effective as these are, they aren’t the only ways to improve your appearance. You also wouldn’t need to do something as drastic as cosmetic surgery. Instead, you could implement a few changes into your daily routine to help balance your hormones and improve your digestion. 

As minor as these may seem, they can have a much larger impact on your appearance than you’d think. Combining them together will maximize this impact.

I know you are here to improve digestion, beat belly bloat and perhaps lose some weight.
Here are my top 7 tips to get you started. Sometimes it is the simple things that will make a massive difference.
Do you do these already?
 Drinking plenty of water?
 Taking little breaks during the day?
 Deep breathing before your meal?
 Chewing well?
 Veggies for breakfast?
 Diversity on your plate?

How To Look Better During Menopause

Take Care Of Your Mouth and Oral Microbiome

Your smile is one of the first things that many people notice when they see you. While it mightn’t be something they focus on, it can drastically affect how you look. You’ll need to look after it. The easiest way of doing so is by brushing regularly.

You might need to have certain things done, however. These can range from teeth whitening to a root canal treatment. It’s recommended that you get these done as early as possible. Alongside helping to improve your smile, most treatments focus on preventing future issues.

Oil pulling is a gentle technique for improving the microbiome in the mouth. It can be done with olive sesame or coconut oil. Put one dessert spoon of oil in the mouth and swish around for two minutes. Add either two drops of peppermint or two drops of tea tree oil to help improve the texture and the coating on the tongue. Followed by tongue scraping this technique helps remove bacteria from the mouth. You can watch some techniques here. 

Take Care Of Your Personal Hygiene

While personal hygiene is an obvious thing to focus on, it may be something that many people overlook. There are quite a few aspects involved in this, with brushing your teeth being notable.

Showering or bathing several times a week is also mandatory. Getting a skincare routine by adding in extra nutrients in your diet will help you navigate a smooth menopause. 

Make Sure To Stay Hydrated

Few people think of how hydration can affect how they look. If you’re dehydrated, you’ll look so. The more dehydrated you are, the more it will affect your appearance. Typically, it’ll make you look worn out and tired, which you should want to avoid.

There are other ways that dehydration can affect your body. These will go farther beyond how you look, as it can affect energy levels, how well your body operates, and much more. Keeping well-hydrated will be essential for avoiding all of this.

The fact that it can help you improve your appearance is a nice benefit on top of this.

Wrapping Up

As much as each of the above can improve your appearance during menopause, they’re no replacement for looking after yourself physically and mentally. Proper dieting and exercising are recommende. Adding some other methods on top of this will help support hormones and improve diegstion. 

Make time to exercise regularly. These tips can be helpful in maintaining an attractive appearance during your transition to menopause. If you would like further support for your menopause journey book a free half hour call here to see how I can help. 

Don’t Eat And Drive: The Shocking Truth About Road-Based Snacking

All drivers understand the risks of drink driving, yet many of us wouldn’t think twice about snacking during even the shortest of trips. As a nutrition gut specialist helping busy women I recommend you think twice about eating while driving. Regardless of what you’re eating, evidence increasingly points to the fact that multitasking your meals while driving can significantly slow digestion, and even facilitate hormone imbalances as gut health goes speeding off in the other direction.

Here, we consider why digestion and on-road snacks are so opposed, and what exactly that means for gut health and digestion. 

Unfortunately, as well as posing the significant risk of blocking your view, creating a distraction, and causing you to take both hands off the wheel, in-car snacking is increasingly rearing its ugly head with regards to overall gut health, and we’re afraid to say that the findings so far aren’t great.

Sympathetic vs parasympathetic processes

In the most simple sense, driving and eating are such a bad pairing because they are diametrically sympathetic and parasympathetic processes. While browsing a Bentley dealership for your next vehicle can most certainly help you to relax and enjoy a few feel-good hormones, driving a high-end vehicle like this, especially, is a wholly sympathetic bodily process that triggers fight or flight responses to keep you aware, safe, and looking after your vehicle.

By comparison, digestion relies on parasympathetic processes that depend on rest, saving energy, and most certainly keeping your heart rate down. Eating while in a heightened sympathetic state (e.g. while driving) altogether prevents the digestion necessary for the proper absorption of nutrients, efficient fat stores, and the regulation of blood sugars among other things.

The fast nature of road-based food

As the above point proves, even healthy snacking while on the road isn’t great. To make matters worse, few of us think to pack a bag of nuts when we head out for a long drive. Instead, we either pick up the first thing we see on the shelf at the garage (often crisps or sweets) without stopping to read the food label, or we fall foul to the temptation of drive-through takeout that’s almost always dripping with unhealthy, saturated fats. Both toxic and inflammatory, these quick-fire snack options pose significant risks to healthy gut functioning, increasing levels of destructive gut bacteria and ultimately harming your gut microbiome. 

Missed mindfulness

When you’re eating while driving, it’s highly unlikely that you’re paying any real attention to what you’re ingesting, or even how full you feel. This is terrible news in light of links discovered between mindful eating and effective digestion. Worse, the distracted overeating inherent in snacking of this nature can see you overfilling on foods that, ideally, you shouldn’t be eating in the first place. 

Luckily, offsetting each of these risks is as easy as making an effort to eat an informed, relaxing meal at least an hour or so before you head off on a long or short road trip. That way, you give your digestion the best possible head start, as well as avoiding the risk of fast food stop-offs that can cause such catastrophic consequences for all-important gut health and your health goals.

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