GO WITH YOUR GUT
Wellness seekers froth over kefir and kombucha, but turns out you can have too much of a good thing. Nutritionist Stephanie Wearne, founder of Body Good Food, reveals how much of your gut-health faves to aim for daily.
“Start with 30ml a day – like a shot glass – then slowly build your way up until you feel like you’re not getting any unpleasant side effects. At that point, you could have up to half or one cup per day. A good tip? Drink kombucha 20–30 minutes before a meal. It’ll stimulate your stomach acid, which helps you to digest food.”
“Start small. Bacteria in our stomach feeds off the sugar in fermented foods, but if you’re also having a lot of processed food and sugars, it’ll feed off that, too. That produces more and more gas. (Hey, bloating and stomach pain.) Start with just a small teaspoon of kimchi – or other fermented veg – and build your way up. When you’re constantly enjoying a whole food, fibre-rich diet, then you can probably enjoy one or two tablespoons with two meals per day.” Done!
“This isn’t fermented like the others; it’s more for healing the gut. I generally recommend one cup per day, but if you then want to add it into recipes like curries or stir fries, there’s no harm in doing that as well.”
“You know the drill: start small. You might begin by adding a couple of tablespoons to your muesli, granola or porridge, and then eventually bring it up to half a cup a day.”