GUT HEALTH WITH DOROTA TRUPP
Pardon me for getting a little bit personal with you here but we have to speak about something important that may be affecting your health. Have you ever felt any of the following on a regular basis…Constipation? Excessive diarrhoea? A little too gassy to keep polite company? Constant bad breath? Poor immune system? Frequent headaches? Fatigue? Joint pain? Sugar and carb cravings? OK so a few of these things are symptoms of being a mother! But it might also mean that your gut flora or gut microbiota, meaning the bacteria balance in your large intestine, is out of whack and it could be caused by your diet.
Not long ago I may have told you that gut flora might have something to do with a new kind of florist! But since starting this blog I have met and heard from so many people with undiagnosed gut and digestive health issues which is having a profound affect on their overall health and wellbeing. It’s made me realise that this is a serious and growing problem in Western society.
But there are some simple ways to heal your gut and improve your health simply by adding some traditional fermented foods into your diet. Fermented foods include things like sauerkraut, kim chi, kefir, pickles, yoghurt with live cultures, miso and kombucha tea. Even if you don’t have a ‘leaky’ gut you still benefit big time from including ‘live’ foods that naturally contain probiotics in your diet as they are packed with nutrients to help boost your immune system and aid digestion.
Recently I caught up with nutritionist, wholefoods author and gut health expert, Dorota Trupp, from Melbourne’s Trupp Cooking School to find out what the benefits of fermented foods are and to explain how good and bad bacteria works in the gut. Dorota even takes special cooking classes on fermented foods and gut health which I would highly recommend if you are looking for ways to improve your health and knowledge. Check out the first instalment of our chat here:
I’d love to hear your comments if you have had problems with your gut and healed yourself or if you include ‘live’ foods as part of your diet! Please leave your comment below or contact me via any of my social networks, links below!
PS: Look out for the second part of our chat coming up soon where Dorota shows us how to make Korean kim chi. Yummo!