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.

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So if stomach problems plague you, why not give one of these gut-friendly recipes a go:

1. Potato and pastrami salad with dill and mustard

One you can make the night before for a great lunchtime meal, the combination of the salad ingredients and herbs should soothe the stomach.

2. Oat bran flapjack with coconut and sunflower seeds

A yummy treat that uses oat bran, a brilliant ingredient for those with a sensitive gut as it’s easily digested.

3. Lentils with homemade pork, wine and rosemary sausage

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.

4. Kedgeree with turmeric and coriander

Gentle spices are just that on your gut – gentle. Turmeric and coriander are two that help to soothe.

5. Hot smoked salmon, wilted spinach and lemon salad

Sensitive guts can find some vegetables difficult to break down – spinach is one that is!

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6. Gluten free raspberry & lime yogurt cake

Full of antioxidants, this cake uses yoghurt, buckwheat flour and gluten-free flour for a delicious twist.

7. Fast black rice salad

Skip sandwiches and try a rice salad for lunch instead.

8. Chia with maple syrup coated pecans

Chia seeds and oat bran are both low in FODMAPs: short-chain carbohydrates that can trigger stomach complaints.

9. Blueberry, banana and cardamom pancakes

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: