THE 9 BEST GUT HEALING FOODS TO INVEST IN (and 5 to avoid at all cost!)
1. Collagen, gelatin & bone broth
We call these "pro-gut proteins" and the quality of and the frequency we use these proteins to promote gut rejuvenation and maintenance of excellent health and function is one of the success secrets of our clients.
We're not fans of randomly telling people to eat fermented foods. As many people get worse on them as see slight improvements. The exceptions are raw dairy or coconut kefir. You may experience a few rough days on them at the start however, so it's best to spend time using the pro-gut proteins first.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal because it contains lauric acid. This oil is incredibly immune and gut health supportive and a first class oil to cook with.
4. Grass-fed butter
Well sourced butter is a good source of vitamin A, K2 and butyrate. It's also another excellent fat to use at high heat, and is typically easy to digest.
5. SquashSquash helps soothe an inflamed large intestine (colon). It's also packed with vitamin C, A, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Liver is one of our favourite foods at My Way Up. Admittedly, not to eat on its own. In fact, we just like it in capsule form.
However, it's pro-gut benefits are undeniable, and it's about the most important pro-metabolic foods on the planet also. This is down to its very high vitamin A, D, E, K and B availability, plus a load of other minerals like iron, copper and magnesium. It's a must have.
7. Extra virgin olive oil
"Extra virgin" simply means it's a cold pressed version of olive oil that is never heated. And that's a good thing, because olive oil is destroyed when exposed to light, or high heat temperatures (<190 C - 374 F).
Extra-virgin olive oil affects the gut microbiota by reducing the abundance of pathogenic bacteria, stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria, and increasing the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which help to lower inflammation.
Shellfish are nature's multi-mineral supplements, that a lot of people also find delicious (I'm one of them).
Oysters in particular are absolutely packed with pro-thyroid, metabolism supporting minerals that make a huge impact on your overall health. Remember, if your metabolism is unsupported and sluggish, you'll be unlikely to ever fully heal your gut.
9. Root vegetables
Well cooked root vegetables are easy to digest and support growth of good gut bacteria. Root vegetables are "prebiotic" foods, that also provide a great benefit to the metabolism and in our experience, help people gain a measure of control of their wider nutrition.
BONUS: 5 "Foods" To Avoid At All Cost
Eat more of these YES foods mentioned above, and less of these NO foods to further improve your gut healing potential.