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There’s no denying gut health is a hot topic in the wellness world, with everyone from nutritionists to health insiders keen to expound the importance of a well-functioning gastrointestinal tract. After all, the healthy bacteria that live in our tummies outweigh our body’s cells by ten to one, making them a veritable powerhouse when it comes to our health. From boosting the immune system to keeping us happy by producing serotonin, we went to the experts for their top tips on how to keep your gut in good order…

Be Present With Your Plate

“Chewing your food thoroughly is the most cost effective way to improve gut health. Taking your time over a meal can immediately alleviate symptoms such as bloating and excess gas – aim for roughly 30 chews per bite without distraction; that means putting away the tablet or iPhone and properly engaging in what you are doing.” Eve Kalinik, Nutritional Therapist

Try Slippery Elm

“Slippery elm is a wonderful herb that helps to heal your gut lining. If you suffer with bloating give it a go – you’re likely to see fantastic results. Try Neal’s Yard’s Slippery Elm, simply mix with water and take twice a day.” Rosemary Ferguson, Nutritionist

Learn To De-Stress

“Stress can have a huge impact on gut health, negatively changing the way it functions. This, in turn, can lead to the development of certain gastrointestinal diseases, as well as various food allergies. Taking just ten minutes a day to check in with yourself and engage in some deep breathing exercises is a great way to disrupt the chaos of your day with some relaxation.“ Julie Montagu, The Flexi Foodie

Avoid Raw Food

“There’s a reason soups, broths and stews have been used to treat illness for decades – they are essentially pre-digested (they’ve already been broken down during cooking), which makes them very easy on the gut. If your tummy is feeling sensitive, try to avoid raw foods and other hard foods such as nuts; soups made from orange veggies like sweet potato and butternut squash are particularly soothing as they’re less fibrous than their green equivalents. Plus, they don’t ferment as easily, which makes them even gentler on the digestive system.”
Jasmine Hemsley, Wellness and Nutrition Expert 

Invest In A Good-Quality Probiotic

“Taking probiotics will undoubtedly transform your gut health. Invest in a supplement such as Healthy Flora, £47, which is formulated with grape seed extract – an antioxidant that works to revitalise your system from the inside out, prevents the formation of toxic compounds in the gut and keeps probiotics in the tummy for longer. Take one a day either with or without food and prepare to see serious results.” Dr Nigma Talib, Naturopathic Doctor

Chew Well & Hydrate

“Not chewing well can impair digestion, so eating mindfully is important. Ideally, make sure you always sit down to eat, as it’s all too easy to eat on the go. It is also crucial to stay hydrated – sip water throughout the day to keep the gut ticking and digestion optimal. Lastly, if you are having tummy troubles, make an effort to include more Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Naturally found in oily fish, nuts and seeds, this is a nutrient many of us are deficient in; try Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend, £22.99, to keep your body nourished.” Amanda Hamilton, Udo’s Choice Brand Ambassador

Check Your Toothpaste

“Have a look on the back of your toothpaste – if it contains triclosan, consider switching to a new one. Good bacteria runs the length of your digestive system, starting from the mouth, meaning ingesting an anti-bacterial such as triclosan could be killing good bacteria both in the mouth and further down the tract.” Jeannette Hyde, Nutritional Therapist and author of The Gut Makeover

Harness The Power Of Meditation

“For improved gut health, learn how to meditate. When we work to cultivate a more conscious and present state of mind, we allow the whole nervous system and body to drop into a state of natural balance; when the body is in stress response mode (aka fight or flight), our gut function slows dramatically, along with our immune and reproductive systems. Meditation – be it mantra, mindfulness or simply walking in nature – is vital if you are to stay well and gut-healthy. Similarly, calming foods such as chamomile tea, warming soups, bone broths and root vegetables can help to combat unwanted stress. Try to avoid excessive sugar, alcohol and caffeine, to restore balance to the nervous system and promote better gut function and overall health and vitality.” Xochi Balfour, Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist

Repair & Rebalance

“The consumption of both probiotics and prebiotics (high soluble fibre foods that feed healthy gut flora) is essential to nourish the gut. Make an effort to include both in your diet – fermented foods such as yoghurt, miso, kefir and tempeh are all good sources of probiotics, while prebiotics can be found in artichokes, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, leeks, onion and rocket. Also, incorporate liberal amounts of naturally anti-microbial foods like olive oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar and green tea as well as herbs such as rosemary and thyme in your diet, to support bacteria restoration and the immune system. And remember to pay attention to your lifestyle choices, too, as lack of sleep, exercise and high stress levels can all take their toll on the gut.” Henrietta Norton, Co-Founder of Wild Nutrition


Marvis Classic Mint Toothpaste, £6.95 | Marvis
Healthy Flora Supplement, £47 | Dr Nigma Talib
Slippery Elm Powder, £9.99 (was £12.95) | Nutriseed
For Every Day, £11.29 | Optibac Probiotics
Udos Choice Super 8 Gold Microbiotics Blend, £41.24 | BodyKind
Udos Choice Ultimate Oil Blend Omega 3-6-9, £18.95 | BodyKind


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