Whole Grains and Gut Health
A healthy digestive system is KEY to a healthy life and when your gut is healthy, the rest of your body falls in line. Many diseases start and end with your digestive system and that makes it so important to put proper emphasis on maintaining or regaining its optimal functioning.
Why Whole Grains are Important for YOU!
Grain products have been given a bad reputation by trendy diets. Cutting grains out of your diet may be beneficial on a weight loss note temporarily, but on a long term basis you need them to have a complete and healthy diet.
Whole grain products contain:
A variety of vitamins & minerals
Whole grains also have shown to reduce the risk of:
When you put this information together you get a healthier digestive & immune system, a reduced risk of plaque build-up in your arteries and a fuller stomach which will aid in weight loss and maintenance.
Popcorn – try our Lime and Chili Pepper Popcorn
Brown rice in a stir-fry
Whole-grain granola bar or granola
Homemade pizza using whole-grain dough
Whole-grain pasta with sauce
Oatmeal or Triple Oat Cookies
Hydration is key! Since whole grains have a lot of healthy fibre, it is very important to make sure that you are drinking enough water. Water is going to ensure that your body is getting the most out of that fibre without any negative side effects.
If you are eating a ton of fibre and not drinking enough water, your gut could get a little plugged up and start moving a little slower than it should. A good rule of thumb is to try and drink one litre of water in the morning and one in the afternoon. Remember though that many foods, especially fruits and vegetables, have a lot of fibre AND water in them so they help the job along.
Keep your gut happy and you’ll notice an excellent difference in your health!