Melissa Hemsley's top tips for boosting gut health

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In recent years, researchers have emphasised just how important the gut is to maintaining overall health.

But even though many people experience gut health problems ranging from feeling bloated to suffering from heartburn, cravings, and constipation - most do nothing about it.

To combat this issue, Melissa Hemsley has shared how diversifying your diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables can make a world of difference.

Switch up your greens

When it comes to green vegetables, there is more to try than just kale or spinach.

"If you don't like kale, there are so many other greens you can enjoy as well. You can find them in all the big shops, all the supermarkets," she shared. "For instance, chicory is delicious and it lasts and lasts in the fridge."

Experiment with alliums

When making a salad or meal, look to add some different ingredients. A good place to start is with the allium family - which includes foods like onions, French shallots, leeks, garlic, and herbs such as scallions and chives.

"When you're planning meals or shopping, do think, 'Oh, I haven't had that vegetable in a while, I'm going to have a little bit of that.' Or if you see it on a menu, just ask for some broccoli, microgreens, or radish to be added to your dish," the Feel Good: Quick and Easy Recipes for Comfort and Joy author said. "They can only say no. Let's not be shy and reserved people when it comes to food. I prefer to think about what I'm adding rather than taking it away. You'll enjoy it even more!"

Diversify your wholegrains

Try to change up your choice of whole grains as well.

"Maybe you love quinoa but go for the pearl quinoa rather than the white quinoa. Or try out the red quinoa, black quinoa, wild rice, buckwheat, freekeh, or oats," she said, noting that she recommends doing the same with beans. "There is a bean to love. Red kidney, borlotti beans, cannellini beans, butter beans. Try not to fall into the trap of just eating one type of beans, thinking, 'Oh, I'm going to have chickpeas with that.' It's quite easy. Change it up, challenge yourself. Every bean you eat you are doing your gut, your skin such a favour."

Eat fermented foods

Packed with good bacteria, fermented foods include the likes of kefir, kombucha, miso, kimchi, sauerkraut, probiotic yoghurt, and tempeh.

"Simply add a little of these fermented foods to wraps or salad," noted Melissa.

Take a supplement

It's a good idea to add a gut health supplement to help boost beneficial bacteria into your daily routine too.

Melissa likes the Advanced Nutrition Programme's Skin Youth Biome, which contains five billion live cultures of six scientifically studied bacterial strains, including two new postbiotics and vitamin C. Other popular options include Bio-Kult's Advanced Multi-Strain Formulation and Symprove's liquid food supplement.

But whatever you do, don't drink anything hot shortly before or after taking the supplements.

"Don't drink probiotics with anything hot - it will scald them!" she insisted.

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