5 QUICK GUT-BOOSTERS
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.