Ever since being told I could have Crohn’s (colonoscopy next week, so should finally receive some confirmation) I’ve switched up my diet to include anti-inflammatory foods, which I’m hoping will help with my IBD. The problem is that so many products are rumoured to be good for you, that knowing which to try is difficult. However, I’ve done some research and these foods always crop up. What’s more, they aren’t only ideal for IBD, they are good for general digestive health.
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What isn’t manuka honey good for? It helps various issues including sore throats, gut health, acne, wounds and more. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. The only issue is that it is expensive, especially if you want manuka honey with a high MGO. MGO is the amount of methylglyoxal, which is the substance in manuka honey which creates these health benefits. What’s more, manuka honey is only made in New Zealand due to the plant that the bees’ nectar comes from. The plus side is that you only need to have small amount each day – 2 teaspoons max – so one jar lasts a long time. Needless to say it’s worth investing in some, especially high MGO products.
Tumeric is really easy to insert into your everyday diet. Sprinkle it in sauces, curries, you name it! You can even use it in breakfast for porridge or in warm milk. It’s good to get organic and raw tumeric if possible to get the full benefits. I’m currently using the Aldi one because I ran out of my organic one, but I did have the Lucy Bee powder.
Another simple food to add to your diet. Ginger biscuits anyone? Of course, it’s good to have fresh ginger to use in cooking, but if you’re going to opt for ginger powder, organic powders are best.
You’ve probably heard that probiotics are good for gut health, and that is right. Rather than heading for the Actimel or whichever brand you use (I still have the Aldi version though for extra probiotics), kefir is the way to go as it contains more probiotics.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that benefit digestive health. While Actimel, Yakult etc. include the L.Casei strand which is good, kefir is a fermented yoghurt drink with even more probiotics including Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Plantarum, L.Casei and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus.
You can find kefir yoghurts/drinks in supermarkets now. The plain ones are a bit sour, but you get flavoured drinks too.
Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, and readily available at your local supermarket!
Have tried any of these anti-inflammatory foods? Do you think they make a difference?