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Healing your gut? You're going to want to avoid these foods

Written by Steve Collins on January 19, 2023

 

Hands up if you've ever had a big bowl of oats and could not fold back the gas later that day? What about brown rice? Rye bread?

Bad gas and bloating are signs that your gut has not been able to digest your food properly.

Some undigested food has made it to your large intestine to be fermented (gas/bloat producing) by your gut bacteria.

Antibiotic use, poor diet and high levels of stress are some of the many factors that contribute to poor gut health which leaves the gut in a fragile state.

If you have symptoms, try to avoid putting extra pressure on your digestive system, and minimize these foods where you can: 
  • Grains
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Beans

    But why?

    All of these are types of seeds. Foods such as oats, kidney beans, even lentils are all 'baby' plants.

    The main goals of a seed is to propagate, absorb vitamins and minerals that are essential for growth and to AVOID being digested.

    Seeds contain certain compounds called ANTI-NUTRIENTS that protect them and prevent the absorption of minerals in the human body so they can be used for their own growth. 

    Eating these foods that are difficult to digest puts extra pressure on an already damaged gut - worsening digestive symptoms.

    Digestive symptoms

     

    We know that for some people, these foods might be difficult to avoid/minimize.

    If they are part of your diet, try and focus on making them as easy to digest as possible, preventing further gut damage. 

    Trial the follow methods in your next 'seed' based recipe:

    • Soaking
    • Sprouting
    • Fermenting
    • Cooking

      Remember - this is not forever.

      Healing your gut barrier, improving your microbiome, working on your metabolism and overall digestion will get you back to a place where you can eat these types of foods without the nasty gut symptoms. 

      Here's the basic flow chart we use to help people completely heal their gut:

      How to heal your gut

      In conclusion, when it comes to gut health, it's important to be mindful of the foods we eat. Whole grains, seeds, nuts, beans and lentils can be difficult to digest and may cause discomfort. Minimizing your intake of these foods, and focusing on easier-to-digest options, and pro-gut proteins (i.e. collagen, bone broth, liver, l-glutamine) can help to promote optimal digestion and overall health.