There’s no denying that gut health is trending at the moment. Whether it’s #guttok on TikTok or an increased presence of health-related video content on Instagram, gut health seems to be everywhere online, and for good reason.
Your gut is actually considered to be your second brain. A healthy gut contributes to strong immunity, heart health, brain health and improves mood, sleep and digestion. Your gut microbiome is comprised of trillions of bacteria and this plays a very important role in your health. Your gut health can affect your whole body and by maintaining good gut health we can avoid a myriad of health issues and diseases.
So, what are the signs of a healthy gut? The most prominent signs of a healthy gut are healthy and pain-free bowel movements and little to no bloating or gas. Irregularities in bowel movements, abdominal pain, skin issues and a constant upset stomach are signs of gut imbalance issues.
Getting your nutrition in check is one of the best ways to achieve better gut health, as well as ensuring adequate vitamin and mineral levels. Some gut-loving foods include yoghurt, almonds, olive oil, fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and lots of vegetables and fruits.
Here’s our favourite summer juice recipe that is great for improving your gut health:
Greeny Gut Goodness
- 1 green apple
- 1 green pear
- ½ a celery
- 2 green cucumbers
- 1 cup spinach
- Ice (optional)
Why this juice is great for your gut:
Pears are fantastic for stimulating digestive juices so foods move more easily through your system. Celery is a natural antibiotic and increases the natural production of stomach acid to help you digest food. Cucumbers promote hydration, are a great source of vitamin C and serve as a cleansing agent to neutralise and remove toxins from the body. Spinach is high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, it improves immunity, eye health and helps with blood pressure issues. And apples, they support heart and brain health, and they’re delicious!