Good health starts with gut health.

Bonjour,

Constantly tired? Bloated? Heavy? Often sick? What if it was your digestive system? Like many things when it comes to health, it all starts with gut health. I see a lot of people coming to me totally confused: they watch their diet, they are very committed to do the ‘right thing’, don’t binge on harmful foods but still, have digestive issues – and for some, can’t lose weight! I know… How frustrating! Quite often they actually have very poor digestion, leading them not to assimilate properly the nutrients (even if they follow a very nutrient-rich diet), feeling tired and heavy.

As explained in two of my previous articles, making sure your diet is rich in probiotics and prebiotics is the starting point. If you still feel exhausted and bloated, follow these few rules and you will likely feel much better:

 

Gut health rule 1:

Think green.

Foods high in chlorophyll such leafy greens, salads, seaweed will boost your probiotic level and stop the development of bad bacteria. If you want to use chlorophyll supplements, look for the purest form with no additives.

 

Gut health rule 2:

Spice and fresh it up!

Marguerite's food rules for gut health

My great grandmother Marguerite and her son Noel, my grand father in the 1920s.

This is one of Marguerite’s (my great grandmother) favourite home remedies: spices and fresh herbs are your gut’s best friends. They help keep bad bacteria at bay, activate digestion, give you some extra energy and help eat less salt.

I love ginger, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cumin, curry but also thyme, coriander, parsley, rosemary, dill. However be careful with strong spices like pepper or chilli: they can be too aggressive for sensitive digestive systems.

 

Gut health rule 3:

No added yeast!

A delicious organic bread with no added yeast for better health gut.

A delicious certified organic bread with no added yeast for better gut health.

If you suffer from bloating and, like me, can’t live without bread, prefer bread with no added yeast and rich in whole grains. Your digestion will greatly improve.

If you live in Australia, I have some great news: I recently discovered Bill’s Certified Organic Breads…This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for years! Absolutely delicious, organic, with whole grains, without any added sugar or nasties AND WITH NO ADDED YEAST. You can find them in supermarkets. 

If you don’t have Bill’s near you, remember to look for breads with no added yeast or (and I hate saying this!), think about stopping bread for a while and see if you feel better.

 

Gut health rule 4:

Herbal teas every day!

Again, listen to Marguerite: mint, lemon balm, star anise teas will ease digestion after your meals. Enjoy this home remedy as much as you want.

 

Gut health rule 5:

Warm lemon water AFTER your meals.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a big fan (and my clients too) of warm lemon water first thing in the morning. It also works AFTER your meals if you feel bloated and it will boost digestion. Half a lemon in a cup of warm water.

 

Gut health rule 6:

C.h.e.w!

How many times have you heard this? And yet how many of us do take their time to chew their food? I know it’s hard. For me too! It is however so important. Saliva starts the digestion process and this first step is key to assimilate nutrients. So CHEW! Do like the French: take your time! Sit, switch off your TV, leave your phone in another room. Put your fork down between each bite. And… chew, chew, chew.

 

Gut health rule 7:

M.o.v.e!

Walk, swim, run: move!

Walk, swim, run: move!

Physical activity is very important for optimum digestion. Walk, run, swim: move for at least 30 minutes every day and your gut will love you.

Even better if you practice yoga. Many yoga poses massage internal organs, easing digestion and toxin elimination.

I recently had to stop most of the physical activities I love (in particular yoga and walking) due to injuries in my left shoulder and left knee … I immediately started experiencing digestive issues… I now know from experience how moving can impact on digestion!

 

I hope you’ll find these tips useful… Remember: you don’t have to follow all of them at once. Try a few when you need to. Don’t forget to share this article with your loved ones – as digestive issues are unfortunately very common.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Au revoir.

Yves 

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