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Linwoods Health Foods Celebrate World Digestive Health Day with Nutritionist Rachel Graham

Linwoods Health Foods have teamed up with Nutritionist Rachel Graham to celebrate World Digestive Health Day on 29th May. With gut health being such a hot topic at the moment, loving your Gut has never been so important and Linwoods Health Food’s are here to help with the best tips and tricks from Rachel Graham to keep your gut health in check! Linwoods Health foods robust range of products can help to support your gut health, according to nutritionist Rachel Graham, "Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds & Flax Seeds are all equally fibre rich and great fibre choices, but what makes them special is that they also contain Prebiotic Fibre - a type of plant fibre that our bodies can't digest. This special prebiotic plant fibre, encourages the growth of gut friendly bacteria; which in turn contributes to maintaining a robust immune system." "Linwoods Multiboost Organic Milled Hemp Seeds have many other nutritional benefits too.. they are a rich source of key minerals i.e. iron, calcium & magnesium which contributes to reducing tiredness and fatigue. Linwoods Multiboost Organic Milled Hemp Seeds have a mild nutty flavour similar to walnuts & can be added to lots of recipes from smoothies, overnight oats, energy balls, bread & even curries!"


Linwoods have created two quick, easy and delicious 'good for your gut' recipes to try:

Greek Milled Hemp Tomato Salad Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: Nada Servings: 2 - 4 Ingredients • 2 baby cucumbers diced • 8 - 10 large cherry tomatoes halved or quartered • 2 heaped tbsp of pitted kalamata olives • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced • Half a small red onion, finely sliced • ½ a large red bell pepper, diced • 2 - 3 tbsp of Linwoods Multi Boost Hemp Milled Whole Seed Original For the Dressing • 2 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed olive oil • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill • ½ tsp Dijon mustard • ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp black pepper Directions 1. Mix together the cucumber, tomatoes, olives, avocado, red onion and bell pepper in a large bowl. 2. Whisk together dressing ingredients in a jug. 3. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and mix well to coat. 4. Serve salad portions with a mighty spoonful of Linwoods Multi Boost Hemp Milled Whole Seed and mix through before tucking in.

Fermented Overnight Oats Preparation Time: 5 minutes + Overnight Servings: 2 Ingredients • 120g jumbo oats • 60g plain and natural dairy free yogurt of choice • 200ml water or unsweetened non dairy milk of choice • 2 tsp milled Linwoods Flaxseed • 2 tsp Linwoods Whole Chia seeds • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional) • 1 apple, coarsely grated • 1 apple, diced for topping • Dairy free yogurt, chopped pecans, dates and Linwoods Clusters of choice for topping! Directions 1. Mix together the oats, yogurt, milk or water, flax, chia and optional maple syrup in a container that has a seal tight lid. Leave the container at room temperature on the countertop overnight or for 48 hours. 2. Stir through grated apple before serving and top with all the things! For more information on Linwoods Health Foods visit linwoodshealthfoods.com

 

World Digestive Health Month Blog Article For Linwoods..


HOW DIGESTIVE HEALTH STARTS WITH FEEDING YOUR GUT BUGS! It is such a new and interesting field of research, with discoveries & advances being made all the time!

In fact, there is so much emerging new research, it’s as if scientists have discovered a brand new organ in the body! Essentially, they have, because, as the evidence unfolds, we are discovering more & more how our gut bugs can positively impact not just our digestive health, but our overall health and wellbeing. Let’s talk about our Gut Microbiome What is it? “micro” = means small and “biome” = means a habitat of living things.

Our Gut Microbiome plays a significant role in nearly every function of the human body & its importance cannot be underestimated Your Gut-Microbiome is Not Very Glamorous!

Let’s face it, this is a dark and fairly dank place. It’s home to trillions of bacteria, yeasts, viruses & microbes, all co-existing but also competing with each other, for both space & food. What Influences Our Gut Microbiome? We shape our own microbiome throughout our lifetime – mainly through our dietary choices & our environment but also in the following ways:

1. Medications - our use of prescription drugs & antibiotics 2. Environment - the diversity of bacteria we’re exposed to on a daily basis 3. Stress - the level of stress in our lives 4. Exercise – a sedentary lifestyle has a negative effect 5. Sleep - poor sleep quality can compromise it also Poor Gut Health – What Are The Consequences? Poor gut health can contribute to many diverse health conditions including:

• Dementia • Heart disease • Cancer • as well as autoimmune diseases like Arthritis.

As women, health, fertility and longevity are all heavily reliant on the balance of bugs living within the gut.

What’s the Goal? The goal is to have a broad & diverse microbiome, with as many strains of beneficial bacteria as possible. Ideally, the beneficial bacteria should account for around 85% of the bacteria in our Microbiome.

There will always be harmful bacteria hanging around i.e. yeasts, parasites & viruses but as long as they aren’t in the majority, we’re alright!

Yes! Microbes can cause trouble!.. that trouble is called Dysbiosis - the medical term for an imbalance of gut bacteria – the bad guys dominating the good guys!

When this happens, the bad guys take over & start contributing to a variety of health issues and can even influence our eating behavior i.e. cravings for sugar & junk food...

What's the Solution? There are several factors that will contribute to improved Gut Health, but the one controllable factor that you can influence & that will get you results, is to include more Fibre in your diet - on a daily basis! Fibre is the key food that will feed your beneficial gut bacteria & keep the balance tipped in your favour.

To maintain health, our recommended daily fibre intake is 30-35g per day. It is estimated that the average person only consumes between 15-19g per day - well short of the optimum amount. Prebiotic Fibre Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds & Flax Seeds are all equally fibre rich and great fibre choices, but what makes them special is that they also contain Prebiotic Fibre - a type of plant fibre that our bodies can't digest.

This special prebiotic plant fibre, encourages the growth of gut friendly bacteria; which in turn contributes to maintaining a robust immune system.

Think of prebiotic fibre as the fertiliser to help your gut bacteria flourish & multiply. When you don’t eat enough fibre, your gut friendly bacteria levels start to drop. (they are literally starved). This allows the harmful bacteria to dominate & flourish.

What’s so extra about Hemp Seeds? Linwoods Multiboost Organic Milled Hemp Seeds have multiple, additional, nutritional benefits apart from their fibre content – think high protein, essential fats etc… A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that Hemp seeds are particularly beneficial for digestive health - specifically for helping to relieve constipation.

The high amount of fibre in Linwoods Multiboost Organic Milled Hemp Seeds, Flaxseed and Chia seeds can provide 7g of fibre per 25g serving.

Linwoods Multiboost Organic Milled Hemp Seeds have many other nutritional benefits too.. they are a rich source of key minerals i.e. iron, calcium & magnesium which contributes to reducing tiredness and fatigue.

Linwoods Multiboost Organic Milled Hemp Seeds have a mild nutty flavour similar to walnuts & can be added to lots of recipes from smoothies, overnight oats, energy balls, bread & even curries!

Remember, increasing your prebiotic fibre intake is the simple, daily habit you can action, for maximum benefits. With so much emphasis being placed on Protein these days, it's time for fibre to receive the spotlight it deserves.

Look after your gut bugs with Linwoods Multiboost Organic Milled Hemp Seeds prebiotic fibre & they will look after you!