Building a healthy gut


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Is there anything worse than feeling clogged up, bloated and heavy? For many of us not feeling the best we can on the inside can make or break our day. Whether it is constipation, bloating or just feeling sluggish and lacking energy, digestive discomfort is far more common on a daily basis than you may think thanks to a myriad of reasons including stress, lack of activity, dehydration and of course our daily dietary choices. In particular, it can be the amount and specific types of fibre we are regularly consuming that can influence the way our gut feels each and every day.

The more we learn about gut health, the more we realise how crucial it is in influencing the way we feel. One of the easiest ways we can all powerfully influence the health of our gut is to ensure we get enough dietary fibre. Not only does the right mix of both soluble and insoluble fibre ensure that our digestive tract works efficiently and keeps us regular, but an optimal intake of fibre is also linked to healthy gut microflora; helping to lower cholesterol levels* and helping us to feel lighter and more active.

An adult requires 25-30g of fibre1 each day to keep the digestive system healthy and help to reduce the risk of constipation, some types of cancer and diverticular disease, yet with busy lifestyles it can be difficult to reach these targets without focusing on specific fibre rich foods that can be added into the diet regularly.

There are a number of foods that are great for good gut health – fresh fruit, probiotics, wholegrains and vegetables all offer different mixes of fibres known to benefit the gut. In particular, super-fibre psyllium found in Metamucil is an easy, proven way to reap the multiple health benefits associated with optimal fibre intake. And what’s more it can be incorporated into your diet on a daily basis to help you feel lighter and more active.

Metamucil is made with 100% natural psyllium husk, a super-fibre with many health benefits. Psyllium is a type of soluble fibre which helps the body’s toxin removal process via its cleansing effect. It is not absorbed by the small intestine and helps to retain fluid in the intestine which helps to make bowel movements easier. When mixed with water, psyllium quickly forms a gel which passes through the digestive system to help cleanse the insides. The natural mechanism by which psyllium helps to promote regularity in turn makes Metamucil perfect daily fibre supplement for anyone wanting to optimise their own gut health.

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A strong dietary platform comes back to strong daily habits. When it comes to gut health, adding in your own ‘Daily Glass of Super’ with a healthy, nutrient rich juice or smoothie that incorporates a serve of Metamucil is an easy and time efficient way to get the fibre you need for optimal digestive health. Check out these easy and nutritious recipes to get your own ‘Daily Glass of Super’.

1http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/smart-eating-for-you/nutrition-a-z/fibre/

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.47.40 PMRecipe: Antioxidant Hit

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 small banana

1/2 cup berries

1 carrot, juiced

1/2 cup Greek style yoghurt

1 small piece ginger

1 cup ice

1 dose (1.5 teaspoons) Metamucil Orange

Method

1.Blend together all ingredients and serve.

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.30.44 PMRecipe: Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 banana

1/2 cup baby spinach leaves

1 tbsp. cacao powder

1 tsp. chia seeds

1 dose (1.5 teaspoons) Metamucil Natural

1 cup of ice

Method

1.Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe: Citrus Boost

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup pineapple

1/2 cup ‘no added sugar’ coconut water

1 small banana

2-3 mint leaves

1 dose (1.5 teaspoons) Metamucil Lemon Lime

1/2 cup ice

Method

1.Blend ingredients in a blender for 1 minute until mix is smooth

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.30.52 PMRecipe: Berry Breakfast Burst

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond or dairy milk

1/2 cup natural yoghurt

1/2 chopped banana

1/2 cup berries

2 tbsp. oats

1 tbsp. ‘no added sugar’ peanut butter

1 dose (1.5 teaspoons) Metamucil Wild Berry

Method

1.Blend ingredients in a blender for 1 minute until mix is smooth

* Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fibre from Psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may lower cholesterol levels. Reductions in cholesterol may contribute to reducing the risk of heart disease. This applies to the following Metamucil variants only: Orange granular AUST R 10184, Natural Granular AUST R 10186, Orange Smooth AUST R 47537 and Orange Smooth AUST R 47552. Use as directed and consult a doctor if you are planning to take Metamucil as part of a cholesterol lowering program

This post is a sponsored collaboration between Metamucil and Shape Me.

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