Are you feeling less than 100% at the moment? Maybe you need to address your gut health? Rosanna Davison shares her top four tips for beating cold and flu season
Nutritional Therapist and best-selling author Rosanna Davison, advises that people who take antibiotics support their digestive health with fermented foods or microbiotic supplements that help replenish the ‘friendly’ bacteria. Her personal experience after taking antibiotics for a bad kidney infection proved the value of doing so. “The antibiotics were very effective but the dual impact of infection and medication left me feeling very low in energy. I focused on boosting my consumption of ‘friendly’ bacteria, and soon started to feel much stronger.”
Take time out
Don’t push yourself too quickly. Remember your body needs time to rebuild its reserves and regain strength. Take more rest than usual. If you need to sleep longer, go to bed earlier. Cut back on non-essential activities; they can wait until you are feeling 100%.
Embrace fibre-rich foods full of protective nutrients
Fresh vegetables and fruits are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. Try eating seven to nine portions over the course of each day. Choose different colours so that you nourish your body with a variety of phytonutrients. Eat a portion of complete protein at each meal, such as poultry, fish, eggs, beans, pulses or tofu.
Consume essential omega-3 fatty acids daily. Avocados, seeds (flax, chia) and oily fish (mackerel, wild and organic salmon), are naturally rich in anti- inflammatory fats. Or drizzle an omega 3 rich flaxseed oil over your salads and meals.
Fermented foods are rich in ‘friendly’ bacteria. Sauerkraut is simple to make at home or buy kefir or kimchi in your local health store.
You could also take a microbiotic after your main meal. They’re an effective, easy way to get a ‘friendly’ bacteria boost. They helped me get back to full health after the kidney infection.
Cut out sugary foods
Processed foods often contain refined sugars to enhance taste. Excess refined sugar and processed foods may encourage the growth of ‘unfriendly’ bacteria, so buy and eat fresh food. If you have a sweet tooth, try eating berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries). They are rich in antioxidants and naturally low in sugar. If you need a sweetener, try Stevia which is extracted from plant leaves.
Rosanna is working with Dr Udo’s and promoting its Super 8 Microbiotic for this campaign.