Happy bowels happy you
Our bowels have it tough. Faced with the job of processing our (often poor) dietary choices, they can become sluggish and eventually grind to a halt. Many of us are eating too many processed foods, drinking too little water and taking hardly any exercise. A struggling bowel can cause inflammation and constipation, which in turn can lead to more serious conditions.
The traditional Mediterranean diet – high in fruit, vegetables and omega-3 oils – is known to be good for our bowels. And there are also individual nutrients that help to support our bowel health:
Curcumin comes from the spice turmeric and can reduce inflammation in the bowel. Turmeric is great added to curries, stirred into milk, or sprinkled on eggs or vegetables.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a range of bowel conditions. We need more Vitamin D than we usually get from sunlight: good sources are oily fish, egg yolks and fortified dairy products.
Green tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help soothe and reduce inflammation in the bowel. Try replacing some of your traditional black tea or coffee intake with green tea instead.
Fibre helps the bowel to contract and adds bulk to the stool. A rainbow-coloured diet full of fruit, vegetables, grains and pulses should provide enough fibre to keep the bowel happy.
Pre- and pro-biotics:
Prebiotic foods like onions, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic and asparagus are favourites of the bacteria that live in our guts. And the live bacteria in probiotic yoghurts, drinks and supplements are super-friendly to our digestive systems.
You may be largely unaware of your healthy bowel at work, but an unhappy bowel certainly makes its presence felt. Regular exercise, plenty of water, and a diet that includes all these nutrients should help, but you may also find a supplement useful.
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