We chatted with our Registered Dietitian, Johane Filemon, about the importance of gut health and the best foods to eat for a happy gut!

We hear a lot about gut health. What does your “gut” include?

JF: People often think of gut health being related to what’s going on in your abdominal region, but in actuality, gut health can affect your whole body. The goal of your digestive system is to process food by breaking it down into nutrients so that your body can then absorb it as nourishment. As soon as you have that bite of food in your mouth, salivary enzymes start breaking down the foods in preparation for absorption.

Why is gut health important for digestion?

JF: If there are any enzymatic deficiencies in your digestive system, food breakdown and absorption is not going to work as it should. Over 70% of your immune system is housed in your gut. This basically means that if your gut is not balanced and working properly, then your immune system is not either, and it puts your health at risk. If your microbiome (the bacteria in your body) is not balanced, it can be the domino effect to a host of conditions, from food intolerances, to eczema, autoimmune conditions, and even viral infections. The list can go on and on.

What can we do to treat our guts well to maximize gut health?

JF: Here are the top 10 Splendid Meals and Ingredients to boost your gut health!

1. Ginger: Supports digestion, provides relief for nausea
Included in: Carrot Ginger Chia Smoothie, Wellness Shot

2. Turmeric: anti-inflammatory properties support the immune system
Included in: Masala Kichri Soup, Digestion Shot

3. Beans: high in fiber, soluble and insoluble. Supports bowel movements
Included in: Beans and Greens Soup, Tomato Quinoa Chili Soup

4. Quinoa: high in fiber, preventing constipation
Included in: Red Beet Quinoa Grain Bowl, Vegetable Bolognese Grain Bowl

5. Bell Peppers: red bell-peppers are high in vitamin C which supports iron absorption and healthy gums for mastication
Included in: Aloo Gobi Quinoa Grain Bowl

6. Lemongrass: supports an upset stomach, has antimicrobial properties
Included in: Red Curry Noodles

7. Paprika: Can reduce inflammation, full of antioxidants
Included in: Black Bean & Plantain Grain Bowl, Brown Rice Taco Bowl

8. Fennel: antimicrobial, reduces bloating
Included in: Spiced Lentil & Chickpea Stew, Dan Dan Noodles

9. Kimchi: fermented foods are packed with probiotics, the healthy “good” bacteria that actually eat the “bad” bacteria
Included in: Kimchi Fried Quinoa Grain Bowl

10. Garlic: a prebiotic, AKA a form of dietary fiber that feed those “good” bacteria
Included in: Kale Pesto Noodles, Vegan Meatballs and Marinara Noodles

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