Try for 5

Oct 12

In celebration of National Nutrition Week, 101 Collins spoke with Clinical Nutritionist Stephanie Gobbo to discuss our gut microbiome and how a healthy gut can impact our overall health and wellbeing.

Tryfor5 is an amazing campaign by Nutrition Australia to encourage and promote the importance of eating more vegetables. While all our vegetables are considered superfoods, studies show that only 4% of Australians eat the recommended intake per day. For optimal nutrition, we need to be eating between 5-10 different vegetables every single day!

A diet rich in vegetables provides natural fibres to encourage healthy bacterial growth in the gut, boosting your intake of essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.

Vegetable intake and diversity in the diet is critical to healthy digestion and your gut microbiome. The gut microbiome has a delicately balanced ecosystem that can easily become damaged by factors such as poor diet, repetitive eating, alcohol, stress and some medications.

Like any ecosystem, the gut microbiome thrives on diversity. The food you eat populates and diversifies the bacteria in your gut. A diet that is highly processed with fast food, artificial preservatives, food additives and refined sugars can actually kill off good bacteria within the gut, whereas a diet rich in fibre and phytonutrients helps the microbiome thrive with healthy bacteria, optimising your digestion.

The great news about the gut microbiome is it can be positively influenced with the right environment. The composition of the microbiome can change by the season, the week or even the meal. We have powerful control over the food choices we make and whether they are going to support our microbiome, gut health and immunity or ultimately worsen it.

It’s never too late to start eating well for your gut and the best place to start is with Tryfor5 – by setting yourself a goal to eat 5 different vegetables each day.

Below are my top ten favourite vegetables for gut health and digestion:

  • Leafy greens
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Fennel
  • Beetroot
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cooked and then cooled potatoes – a great source of resistance starch which feeds our microbiome
  • Fermented vegetables for extra beneficial gut flora e.g.: Sauerkraut & Kimchi

Register now for our exclusive webinar on Friday, 16 October where RISE by Studio PP Founder Stephanie Prem and Clinical Nutritionist Stephanie Gobbo discuss the importance of our gut, healthy habits and how to stay on top of our nutrition.

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