Family Gut Health

 
  • Encourage your child to eat plants from every colour of the rainbow at every meal: Visit www.drchatterjee.com/rainbow-chart to print out a rainbow chart to turn this style of eating into a game.
  • Encourage your family to drink a cup of water on waking, and every time they re-enter your home: Dehydration increases the likelihood of constipation. We also encourage a glass of Akesi Berry Spritzer after school or work as an easy way to rehydrate.
  • Cook with ghee, coconut oil or avocado oil: These fats offer extra nutrients and are favourable for your gut bugs, they also have high smoke points and are more stable. Use extra virgin olive oil raw and drizzle on veggies to help with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Consciously increase fibre at every meal: Breakfast tends to be the hardest; try scrambling eggs with grated courgette in ghee; or try kiwifruit and chia stirred through coconut yoghurt; smoothies are a perfect way to hide the extra fibre of frozen spinach or avocado.
  • Reduce wheat: Try baking with almond or coconut flour instead.
  • Limit refined sugars: Choose date sugar, coconut sugar or molasses over refined sugar as they have the additional benefit of antioxidants.
  • Include fermented foods: Make your own yoghurt, cook rice in bone broth, serve dinner with a bowl of miso soup.
  • Make salad dressings with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and extra virgin olive oil: Commercial dressings often contain unhealthy oils and unhealthy vinegars. Homemade dressings also ensure the benefits of the prebiotics from the pectin contained in the ACV.
  • Remove all anti-bacterial household products including wipes and hand sanitiser: Teach your child to wash their hands for 20 seconds with natural soap and warm water - you need beneficial bacteria on your skin.
  • Let children play in the dirt, and walk barefoot on grass: This exposes the human body to trillions of beneficial microbes.
  • Fit in a family walk in nature every weekend: This could be bush, jungle, beach or country.
  • Consider taking a probiotic that contains a prebiotic daily: Such as Akesi Probiotic+ Elderberry Boost.
  • Elevate your feet on a stepping stool when sitting on the toilet: This will assist proper positioning and discourage ‘straining’.
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