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32 superfoods for a happier gut revealed as our study shows the state of Britons’ gut health
In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on the importance of good gut health, with several studies now shining a light on its importance to our overall health and wellbeing.
Beyond its impact on our digestive health, research shows that good gut health can have a profound impact on both our physical and mental health too. From taking a toll our mood, sleep, energy levels, and even brain function, to supporting our immune systems and influencing the likelihood of diseases inflammation, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases – the bacteria in our gut has a lot to answer for.
That’s why our health clubs and restaurants place a significant focus on good nutrition, especially for our owners looking to improve their gut health and overall wellbeing.
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Which foods should I eat for better gut health?
While a balanced, nutritious diet is key to living healthily, some foods are better than others at helping more of the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut to flourish.
Studies show that plenty of fibrous vegetables, fruits, legumes, natural yoghurts, fermented foods, and whole grains, as well as foods rich in prebiotics and polyphenols, are ideal for encouraging better overall gut health.
This is because foods such as these are often less easily digested by the human body. As a result, they travel further in the digestive tract and lead to the growth of healthier bacteria in your gut, such as bifidobacterial and lactobacilli, to break them down.
In addition to eating the right types of foods, studies show that more varied and plant-based diets are often better for your overall gut health too.
There are also other health benefits to many of these foods too. For example, foods that contain polyphenols are associated with lower blood pressure, as well as reduced inflammation and cholesterol. Prebiotic-rich foods may also be helpful in preventing high cholesterol, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.