How do we look after our bowels?

What we eat affects all our organs, but it’s the bowel that has to deal most directly with our dietary choices. A poor diet, high in processed foods, can cause constipation and bowel inflammation and could lead to more serious conditions.

How do we look after our bowels? The traditional Mediterranean diet (without the processed meats) is one answer: high in fruit, vegetables and omega-3 oils, but low in fat, sugar and processed food.

We can also show our bowels some love by eating individual nutrients that support bowel health.

Curcumin is a compound from the spice turmeric and can reduce inflammation in the bowel. Turmeric isn’t only good in curries – it’s also great sprinkled on eggs and green vegetables, and stirred into milk as a night time drink.

Green Tea contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds and is a good choice to replace our regular tea or coffee.

Eat a rainbow diet, full of different coloured vegetables, fruit, wholegrains and pulses. Fibre helps the bowel to contract and each colour provides us with different nutrients.

Pre- and pro-biotics: prebiotic foods like onions, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, asparagus and chicory are favourites of the bacteria that live in our guts. And the live bacteria found in probiotic yoghurts, drinks and supplements are super-friendly to our digestive systems.

Get more calcium from foods like green vegetables, dairy products and some fish. It’s good for our bowels and strengthens our bones at the same time.

Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a range of bowel conditions. We need more Vitamin D than we usually get from sunlight and we can boost our intake through oily fish, egg yolks and fortified dairy products.

And of course…

Don’t forget to exercise

Physical activity is great because it gets the bowel moving. We might not want to think about it too much, but the longer waste sits in our bowels, the more likely we are to develop problems.

We should try to include all these nutrients in our diets, but to get enough of them it may be useful to take a supplement as well.

ProfBiotics® Bowel contains Vitamin D, green tea and curcumin to help support normal bowel health.

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