Your gut is so important to you and acts as a management system - letting in good nutrients and keeping bad ones out. Your gastrointestinal tract (gut) is equipped to digest and absorb 97% of the food we eat. A healthy GI tract is necessary for optimal digestion, absorption and nutrient delivery.

Not only do you absorb nutrients through your gut but it also contains 70% of your immune system, has a strong effect on mood and anxiety and there is now research to suggest that a poor functioning gut may be a factor in depression. Many researchers are now calling the gut our second brain!

In order to function properly and supplement your immune system you need a balance of bacteria (good and bad) in your gut. Unfortunately this balance can be easily damaged by a variety of things, most importantly by what we digest and put into our bodies. Poor gut health can lead to a variety of problems including IBD, Celiac disease and food intolerances.

Food intolerances occur when the gut reacts poorly to a specific food or ingredients. The most common intolerances are caused by: dairy, gluten and fructose / sugar sensitivity. These can lead to a whole host of problems that aren't directly associated with the gut that can affect overall health such as hives, head aches, ulcers and mucus build up in the lungs.

In order to restore the balance of bacteria in your gut you need to do the following:

  • Avoid sugar and processed foods
  • Include Omega 3 fats in your diet
  • Avoid trans fats
  • Include fermented foods and probiotics in your diet
  • Take time to chew your food, nourish yourself and eat mindfully!

You need to be digesting the right nutrients in order for your body's systems to work properly. So it really is important that you are eating the right foods and bringing good nutrients in!

Here at Mindful Chef we are big believers in eating a balanced, nutrient dense diet in order to improve your gut health and keep your body functioning optimally. That’s why we love to include a variety of amazing ingredients in our recipes to make sure you are at your best. We love to include omega 3 fats, fermented foods such as miso and vegetables high in vitamins and minerals in our meals.

Here are some of our favourite recipes to keep your gut happy:

Ginger & spring onion haddock with miso lime quinoa

Teriyaki salmon with edamame quinoa tenderstem

Malaysian tofu carrot noodle laksa with flaked almonds