The humble spud, when cooked and fully cooled, provides an excellent source of resistant starch that helps to feed the good bacteria in the gut.
The saying ‘an apple a day’ has its merits. Apples are a great source of soluble and insoluble fibre, which support optimal gut health and contain antioxidants that have been linked to cardiovascular benefits.
This is one of the best brassicas you can eat, as it helps to support natural detoxification pathways in the liver, which can also aid hormone balance. Add unpasteurised full-fat cheese, and a basic cauliflower cheese dish becomes truly nutritious and nourishing.
These are a natural source of quercetin, the antioxidant that helps to support anti-inflammatory processes, as well as clear histamines, which is useful for hayfever sufferers. A natural anti-microbial, onions also act as a prebiotic food, beneficial in stimulating the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
They are the highest sources of pro-vitamin A, known as beta-carotene, which is important for immunity and skin health. Eating them with some kind of healthy fat, roasted with organic butter, for instance, will help you to absorb this fat-soluble nutrient.
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