Keeping your stomach healthy can be a tricky balancing act – according to the NHS, around 40% of people in the UK have at least one digestive problem at any one time.
Finding the right balance between good and bad bacteria in our guts is no easy feat, but can have a big impact if the scales tip one way or the other.
Our digestive system affects many parts of our bodies and when something’s wrong with our tummy, it can lead to bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and heartburn but could signal something more serious is going on, such as IBS or cancer.
But there’s a few easy ways you can help promote good gut health, and one of the easiest is by tweaking your diet – one of the things Gut Week 2016, the annual digestive health campaign, wants you to know.
So if stomach problems plague you, why not give one of these gut-friendly recipes a go:
One you can make the night before for a great lunchtime meal, the combination of the salad ingredients and herbs should soothe the stomach.
A yummy treat that uses oat bran, a brilliant ingredient for those with a sensitive gut as it’s easily digested.
Many ready-made sausages contain wheat and other cereals, which can aggravate the gut – so try making them yourself instead and leave out the bad stuff.
Gentle spices are just that on your gut – gentle. Turmeric and coriander are two that help to soothe.
Sensitive guts can find some vegetables difficult to break down – spinach is one that is!
Full of antioxidants, this cake uses yoghurt, buckwheat flour and gluten-free flour for a delicious twist.
Skip sandwiches and try a rice salad for lunch instead.
Chia seeds and oat bran are both low in FODMAPs: short-chain carbohydrates that can trigger stomach complaints.
These fruit-packed pancakes use bananas instead of flour for a much more stomach-friendly brunch.
Photo credit: Love Your Gut
In a world first, and to mark Gut Week 2016, Love Your Gut is releasing ‘The Digestive Track’ - a music track made up of sounds that people with poor digestive health felt could reduce their anxiety or soothe their symptoms. The track can be downloaded here: www.loveyourgut.com/gut-week.