What is it?
More of a ‘plan’ than a diet, this focuses on re-aligning the bacteria and microbes (of which there are billions!) in your gut, striping out various food groups and then introducing ‘gut friendly’ foods to help aid digestion.
Health benefits of following it:
IBS, leaky gut and bloating are some of the main reasons to address your gut health but it’s also thought to help diabetes, skin conditions and anxiety/depression. It’s also a great way to work out any specific allergies or intolerances. By initially cutting down/out on carbohydrates, lactose, sugar, gluten, wheat and of course processed foods – you may be able see for yourself which groups are causing you discomfort. The beginning of plan recommends following the FODMAP plan and then introduces fermented foods and natural probiotics contained in vegetables. You can help your gut flora along with supplements in juices and power drinks. It’s key to follow a specific plan so you know when to remove and introduce certain foods but there are a few products that will become you best friends – raw apple cider vinegar, and fermented foods such as kimchi and pickles, kefir and cultured yoghurt. As you are cutting out gluten you’ll need to arm yourself with some wheat alternatives and spend some time preparing staple paleo foods (like granola and bread for example) in advance, plus making your own stocks and bone broths is not only a money saver but it’s a great way to get nutrients into your system.
Some of the supplements and vitamins recommended can cause a bit of wind (c’est la vie!) and can upset your routine initially. If you are making your own ferments and pickles your kitchen may develop a slight vinegary whiff BUT it's so worth when you're enjoying your own amazing produce.
You’ll need to really invest time in this plan – as we say it’s a healthy way of life rather than a quick weight loss plan.
10 foods you should eat:
Fermented condiments (like raw apple cider vinegar), oats and cereal grains, roots, dandelion greens, roots, leeks, legumes, mushrooms, onions and garlic.
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