It's no secret that I have chronic gastritis, a condition that causes the lining of my stomach to become easily irritated. I've had it for three years now and it affects what I eat on a daily basis.
For me the importance of finding food that I can eat, that won't irritate my stomach but in fact help to heal it, is a big focus!
Did you know roughly 25% - 30% of the population suffer from some sort of gut related problem.
Whether caused by external factors or the lifestyle choices we make, it is so important to eat and drink what helps us to heal. A combat if you will, against the stressors of life and what we consume.
I've recently come across a few items I wanted to share with you, that have helped to reduce inflammation in my body, improve digestive efficiency and support my gut health.
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JAMU JAMU - Tumeric Tonic
I found this drink a great accompaniment to my main meals, mostly lunch and dinner. Kombucha which is often associated with gut health, is often too sugary or bubbly for my gut, where as this blend of turmeric, fresh ginger, lemongrass, Jujube berries, Navel oranges, black pepper, cassia bark and coconut sugar, has a much gentler affect on my stomach.
Not too bubbly as to avoid irritating the stomach lining (but has a little sparkle), a cold glass of Jamu Jamu was probably my favourite item!
LIVING COCONUT - Coconut Keffir Mylk
One of the limitations to having my gut issue, I have to avoid dairy. Even yogurt upsets my stomach!
I was very excited to get my hands on the Coconut Keffir, seeing as I LOVE coconut and need as many healthy Probiotics as I can get, this was great option. I had a small glass every morning before breakfast. It was gentle on my stomach and light to drink. Tasty too!
GINGER & TUMERIC KRAUT
I straight up love Saurkraut! Specially since I can't enjoy the usual condiments due to high acidity or spice, kraut is the perfect option for me. It's even great for adding digestion.
What I loved about the G&T Kraut was how subtle the flavours where. It had just enough Ginger without being spicy. And the two main ingredients (Ginger and Tumeric if you haven't guessed it!) are know for being anti-inflammatory foods, perfect for settling and healing the gut lining. Literally hitting two birds with one stone! I had it with almost every meal!
If you're looking to improve gut health or struggling with some sort of long term digestive complication and you're looking for something gentle, I highly recommend trying out some of these products.
SUSHI BOWL RECIPE
*Anything you like, including -i
1/2 Cup Brown Rice
Pan Fried Salmon (Canned fish if you're feeling cheap)
1 Poached Egg
1/2 Avocado Cubed
!/2 Cucumber Cubed OR Julienne
OPTIONS I LIKE -
1/2 Grated Carrot
Handful of Alfalfa
* I try to keep my version of a Sushi Bowl relatively High Alkaline, using Saurkraut instead of pickled ginger and avoiding Toms and Capsicums for example. But you can mix it up if you like!
Heat/cook your Rice.
Prep all other items on the list - Avo, Cucumber, Carrot, Broc, Alfalfa.
Assemble your Wasabi Mayo - Mayo/Wasabi mixed in a bowl, to your tasting? I only like a small zip of flavour.
Start to cook the fish and poach the egg while you wait to flip.
The Egg is best runny so catch it before it overcooks!
Once your fish is cooked, assemble on the plate as above, put a few drops of Wasabi Mayo on the plate and...