We’ve been talking a lot about gut health recently and for good reason. Cryostar’s mission is to make everybody feel comfortable in their skin. The skin’s health is hugely affected by the health of our gut, as well as so many other factors of our overall health, it’s so important to look after our gut health.
The reason you hear that refined grains (white bread, white rice, white pasta, white flour and anything made with white flour like pizza, cakes, cookies, pancakes etc.) are not good for you all the time is because refined grains have had the germ and the bran removed. By removing the bran and the germ, all the fiber and nutrients are removed. Whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat, oats, quinoa and barley are great sources to eat.
Good quality yoghurt is a brilliant source of probiotics, packed with good bacteria that your gut loves. When choosing yoghurts, avoid the unnaturally flavoured, sweetened versions and go for unflavoured greek yoghurt, kefir yoghurt or naturally flavoured brands such as Bio & Me.
Fermented food & drink
Kombucha has become increasingly popular as an alternative for those that like a fizzy drink. We know avoiding fizzy drinks, even zero calories ones that have added sweeteners is the way to go but other than sparkling water, Kombucha can be a good option when you need that fizzy hit. It helps with digestion and boosts your energy. Hip Pop is a great new brand for Kombucha on the market.
Fermented foods such as miso soup, sauerkraut and and kimchi are all good gut friendly options. Sauerkraut is a type of fermented cabbage that is rich in beneficial bacteria. It is also a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made from fermented vegetables, typically cabbage. If you haven’t tried these foods, give them a go!
Nuts & Seeds
It’s well known that nuts and seeds are good for us. They are packed with vitamins, mineral, proteins and healthy fats that support our skin, immune system, heart health and our circulatory systems. They also are good for our gut health. With many nuts and seeds high in fiber and feeds the probiotic bacteria in our gut. Almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts and pumpkin, flax, chia and sunflower seeds are all good options.
Apples are a great anti-inflammatory fruit, they help protect intestinal tissues, boost your immune system and help balance gut bacteria. The reason stewed apples rather than raw are particularly good for gut health is that cooked apples release pectin, a form of fiber during the stewing process. This fiber supports good bacteria, ridding of toxins and reducing inflammation.
Pair some stewed apples with a dollop of greek yoghurt and some nuts and seeds for a quick breakfast or snack.