5 QUICK GUT-BOOSTERS

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - HEALTH REPORT -

1. EAT MORE PRO­TEIN

‘The gut is full of sero­tonin (the hap­pi­ness hor­mone) and carbs are the quick­est way to feed it,’ says Dr Vin­cent Pe­dre. ‘But this can re­sult in an en­ergy crash. What you need is pro­tein for longer-last­ing en­ergy lev­els.’

2. DO THE PLOUGH

‘This yoga move is like wring­ing out a wet towel – it helps re­move tox­ins,’ says Dr Stephan Domenig. Lie on your back with your arms by your sides, palms your legs un­til they go over your head, 10 sec­onds.

3. EAT MIND­FULLY

Chew­ing thor­oughly and slowly breaks food down and stim­u­lates saliva pro­duc­tion to aid di­ges­tion.

4. UP YOUR FI­BRE IN­TAKE

A re­cent study from Stan­ford Univer­sity in the US found that friendly gut bac­te­ria weak­ens the gut lin­ing. So eat more fruit, veg, grains, nuts and seeds.

5. EM­BRACE PRO­BI­OTICS

Good-qual­ity pro­bi­otics that can sur­vive the acidic en­vi­ron­ment of the stom­ach will help re­store bal­ance in your gut.

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