Are you making these 3 gut health mistakes?

Our gut does so much more than simply digest our food, emerging research suggests that our gut bacteria may influence our immunity, mood and even body weight! While navigating the world of gut health may seem overwhelming, by simply stepping away from these three common mistakes we can pave the way for better digestive health…

1. Focus on fibre – the Western diet is notoriously low in fibre. This crucial component of the diet can help to keep us regular whilst supporting the health of our gut microbiota. Fibre acts like fertiliser for our beneficial gut bacteria, providing the fuel it requires to flourish and grow. We can find fibre in wholegrain carbohydrates, pulses, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. It’s easier than we think to add that fibre boost to our everyday foods. Try using the Panasonic breadmaker to create your own wholegrain bread, whilst adding some fibre-rich chia and flaxseeds.

2. You eat the same fruit and veggies each week – research analysing the composition of the gut microbiota of over 10, 000 scientists from around the world, showed that those who consumed 30 or more different types of plant-based foods weekly had a more diverse gut microbiota in comparison to those consuming less than 10 (1). A greater diversity of beneficial bacteria within the gut is thought to be more robust and resilient to disease. Try to include an array of plant-based foods into your diet weekly, and we’re not just talking about fruit and veggies, wholegrains, nuts, seeds, pulses, even herbs and spices count! Whip up some easy plant-based recipes in the Panasonic Combi Oven, such as soups, risottos, grilled tofu and veggies, along with fibre-packed snacks such as roasted chickpeas.

3. You eat mindlessly – eating on the go, in a rush or when distracted in front of a TV, laptop or phone can hinder the digestive process. Instead, focus on being present, eating slowly and chewing thoroughly.




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Lily Soutter

Lily Soutter

Lily Soutter is a leading London nutritionist BSc MSc ANutr. Her extensive knowledge of the science of food and health enables her to regularly write for national press and feature on prime-time TV shows. Lily’s passion is to simplify the science around nutrition, to provide health hacks and smarter eating strategies that empower people to enjoy a healthy and successful lifestyle.