We are living through a global pandemic, so gut health is more important than ever right? But where do you begin? Have you found yourself contemplating this question, then promptly forgetting and eating a block of chocolate whilst bingeing on your favourite Netflix series? Guilty!
How do you boost your immune system without taking thousands of vitamins? How do you have higher energy levels without overstimulating the nervous system with caffeine and sugar? How do you eliminate inflammation? How do you feel energized and satisfied?
DR Will Bulsiewicz, MD, MCSI, (Dr B) New York Times bestselling author of the book Fiber Fueled, talks about all this and more in his new book Fibre Fueled.
He says “the cutting-edge science on fiber shows that fiber energizes our gut microbes to create powerhouse postbiotics called short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are essential to our health. SCFAs are scientifically proven to promote weight loss, repair leaky gut, strengthen the microbiome, optimize the immune system, reduce food sensitivities, lower cholesterol, reverse type 2 diabetes, improve brain function, and even prevent cancer. Restrictive fad diets starve the gut of the critical fiber we need, weaken the microbes, and make our system vulnerable.”
Although his book promotes a plant based diet, it was interesting to hear him speak about inclusion of a wide variety of plant based foods into your diet – whatever diet you follow. He says there is no advantage to being vegan if you are not a healthy vegan. He reiterates that humans are creatures of habit and we tend to eat the same foods, and yet each of the microbiome in the gut thrives on different foods. If we are not changing it up, we may be starving some of those microbiomes. Dr B explains that diversity of plants on your plate is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked, things you can do to achieve balanced gut health, and overall radiance.
Whilst I have not yet read this book yet – just ordered it – I found this podcast interview on The Melissa Ambrosini Show with Dr B very interesting.
As a person who deems themselves ‘healthy’, I know I reach for the same fruits and vegies each shop. Worse than that, lately it’s the chocolate that I am reaching for more often – does variety of chocolate brands count as variety of plant based food? Cocoa is a plant, right? The thing is, I feel my energy levels dropping, my gut health a little out of whack, and thus this podcast and book came at a great time for me, and I hope it’s well timed for you too.
If you’ve been a little guilty of asking all these questions, but taking little action, maybe it’s time to join me and ditch the chocolate and Netflix and replace it with this book, or podcast, and a huge rainbow plate of veggies! Bon appetite J Soph