Did you catch the ‘Catalyst’ TV show over the last two weeks? It was great. It spoke about the importance of gut health in helping to cure common allergies and supporting a healthy immune system. The outcome… the easiest way to achieve good gut health is through a high-fibre diet.
Now, if you missed the show and are wondering how a high-fibre diet can achieve this, in summary it’s to keep our digestive tract healthy so it can fight off allergies and disease. The show spoke about how the digestive tract/gut is where so many diseases start – asthma, eczema, common colds, depression, high cholesterol, amongst many others.
I’m so glad to see mainstream media talking about this in such an easy to understand, accessible manner. I follow a high-fibre diet myself, in fact the whole family does. Truth be told, it wasn’t intentional, it naturally happened when we made the decision not to eat processed or packaged foods.
If you’d like to increase the amount of fibre in your diet, here are some easy tips to follow:
1. Have these foods form the majority of your diet:
2. Make sure you are getting the right amount.
The Australian Heart Foundation recommends that daily, adults should eat 25-30g of fibre and children, 18g (with slightly more needed for the boys). To give you a rough idea of how to achieve this, here is a guide for how much fibre is found in some common ingredients:
3. Try some interesting high-fibre recipes. Here are some suggestions:
Tell me friends, what tricks do you use to ensure you and your family get enough fibre every day?
P.S If you’d like some more ideas on how to boost your immune system, take a read of this post. Click here.