30 different plant foods a week for optimal health

Picture of a berry smoothie for breakfast

Did you know that you can change the makeup of the good bacteria in your gut within a week? The good bacteria or probiotics in your gut play many roles to optimize your health such as:

  1. Producing metabolites that help your immune system function optimally.
  2. Release the feel-good hormone serotonin to keep your mind happy.
  3. Produce anti-inflammatory factors which help reduce inflammation in your body.

You want your probiotics to be happy to keep your whole body in balance. You may not be aware that, just like a garden, many flowers or in this case probiotics make a healthier you.

To get this optimal environment you need to introduce the probiotics into your system, which is best done through fermented foods. If you think this is the end of the process you will be sadly mistaken as you must feed your probiotics just like any pet. This is done by including prebiotics fibre called soluble fibre and resistance starch. These types of fibre are found in plant foods.

There are a lot of people in the media that would want you to believe there is no one superfood, but many. Plants have a different matrix of fibre, and as a result, makes them the preferred food for a different type of probiotic strain.

One of the largest studies of its kind, using 11,336 participants found that for optimal gut health 30 different plant foods a week is key to maintain your healthiest gut health. If this amount of plant foods blows your mind there is no need to panic. Small changes to get your gut and body to optimal health is always the best way forward. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Breakfast can be plant-based too! Try selecting whole grain choices like oats or Weetbix over Frostie Flakes. Another good choice is adding a serving of fruit to your cereal like a banana or some berries. Add an extra 10.9g of dietary fibre with a pouch of South Australian Gourmet Food Company Fruit Custard with Added Fibre.
  • Swap a red meat meal for a vegetarian protein option. This can be beans (baked beans count), tofu or some nuts in a stir fry or even 100% nut butter.
  • Make room on your plate at dinner and lunch for some plant matter. This means if you are a vegemite sandwich person at lunch try adding some avocado instead of butter to the bread or add a side salad.
  • If you are a sourdough toast with eggs person why not add a side of cooked mushrooms, tomato, and spinach too?
  • Skip the chips and chocolate snack in the afternoon and opt for a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit with a pouch of South Australian Gourmet Food Company Fruit Custard with Added Fibre. Or a few whole-grain crackers with some hummus and some veggie sticks.
Picture of a bowl of Granola with Banana and Blueberry.
Picture of Egg on toast with sourdough avo and tomatoes

Take home message: Put your best gut forward by giving it the food it needs to give you your best health for life!