2024 Ins & Outs: Gut Health Edition
Did you know that 1 in 5 people have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and a whopping 1 in 2 people suffer from some form of gut issues? Let’s make 2024 the year we get our gut health under control!
Dietitian Eloise Turner has crafted a list of “ins and outs” designed to empower and guide you in allocating your time and energy effectively for a happy tum this year.
Eliminating things that cause gut issues
If you have IBS, chances are you’ve heard of the FODMAP diet as it's currently the best-proven way to manage symptoms, helping up to 75% of sufferers! We recommend consulting a doctor or dietitian to rule out other potential causes and then identify your potential triggers so you can bid farewell to those pesky symptoms.
P.S. Fodbods are certified low FODMAP so you can trust they won’t cause you any tummy aches or bloating!
Water, the unsung hero of gut health! Proper hydration keeps your digestive system moving smoothly, preventing constipation and promoting overall gut health. So, let’s raise a glass (of water hehe) and toast to a happy and hydrated gut.
Eating enough fibre
Fibre is here to take centre stage in 2024. Forget about bland and boring fibre supplements; this year is all about enjoying a colourful array of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that not only keep you feeling fuller for longer but improve your digestion too!
Cutting out whole food groups*
The era of extreme dieting is over as we’re all about focusing on balance and diversity now. Why you may ask? Because cutting out whole food groups unnecessarily can do more harm than good. It can lead to deficiencies, impact your gut health, mental health and even your relationship with food.
*This does not apply to those living with allergies or conditions like coeliac disease.
IgG food intolerance tests
Unfortunately, those tests that promise to unveil your body's deepest secrets aren’t a reliable or accurate method of diagnosing food sensitivities. If you experience symptoms after eating certain foods, it’s best to investigate and discuss them with a healthcare professional.
Social isolation due to fear of eating out
No more FOMO on social gatherings! It’s time to ditch the fear of eating out and embrace planning ahead (i.e. packing your safe snacks like Fodbods), chewing your food well and wearing comfy clothes. If you’d like to read more on this topic, our Founder Vanessa has written a blog with some more awesome tips.
Join us in saying hello to a happier, healthier gut this year by embracing these “ins” and bidding farewell to the “outs”. Together, we’ve gut this!