Q&A #1 - Gut Health and Kombucha

I am super excited to share this video for a couple of reasons. First it’s my first Q&A video where I am answering your questions! Thank you all do much for sending questions in, I really appreciate it and I am going to try and get through them all. If you have a question that you would like me to answer on video then post it here in the private group, message me on Facebook or email me (chloe@chloemoirnutrition.com). 

I am also excited the film this video because the 2 questions I am answering are about gut health which is a topic I am so passionate about because I seriously believe a healthy body starts with a healthy gut. Your gut has a direct relationship with how your body functions, your brain, immune system, energy levels just everything. You will find this video helpful if you have digestion issues, IBS, your bloated, getting sick often or feeling fatigue because it can be related to your gut health.

Question number 1 is “What foods are best for healing and maintaining a healthy gut?”

Firstly, your gut is naturally filled with a lot of good healthy bacteria that play a vital role in the health of your gut. This bacteria helps you to digest your food and absorb nutrients from your food.

Taking probiotics in both a capsule form or from food can help to balance the good and bacteria and replenish the good bacteria. Food that are naturally high in probiotics are fermented foods like: sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, yoghurt and coconut yoghurt.

Bone broth is also great for gut, it doesn’t contain probiotics but it does contain collagen which heals your gut lining and reduces gut inflammation.

Prebiotics which is the food that your healthy gut bacteria eat. Without prebiotics in your diet, your gut bacteria won’t really survive. Prebiotics are found in foods that are high in fiber and the best foods are vegetables (every single veg contains fiber), also whole grains like quinoa, buckwheat and wild rice and legumes…pretty much every plant based food contains fiber.

Avoid foods that will inflame and upset your gut such as refined sugar, gluten (so bread, cereals, flour, pasta) and for some people too much dairy.

Antibiotics kill bad bacteria they also kill the ones. So if you taken a course of antiobiotics recently, I would suggest you buy some probitoics in capsule form from a health food store and take them everyday for 1-2 months. If you are always on antibiotics I would suggest you seriously consider why you are always on antibiotics and work on fixing the core problem and figure out what is going on in your body.

Question number 2 is “Can you please tell us more about kombucha, should we all be drinking it and how much to drink?”

Kombucha is fermented tea drink, and it is produced by fermenting either black or green tea with a SCOBY which is "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast". It is such an awesome drink filled with loads of healthy probiotics, vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes.

I drink it everyday and I’ll have at least 2 glasses and sometimes up to a litre each day. If you are new to drinking it and especially if you are new to any sort of fermented foods I would start with just with ½ a cup to 1 cup a day and you can slowly increase that.

I brew my own kombucha now which is a lot of fun and much cheaper than buying – esp if you are drinking a lot of it like it do.

What I do is I make it in a ratio of 3 green tea bags and 1 L boiling water. I’ll let this brew for about 10 minutes then I add 3 Tbsp of coconut sugar. You can use any sort of sugar but I just prefer to use organic coconut sugar.

Once it has cooled down to room temperature, I pour about ½ cup of kombucha in from my previous brew and then I add the SCOBY and I leave this to brew on my bench top for 7 days.

After the 7 days I bottle it and leave it for at least another 3 days (ideally 5) to further ferment and this is when it becomes fizzy and delicious! The longer you leave it the fizzier it becomes. 

It’s super easy to make and all you need really is to get your hands on a scoby which you can get off someone else who already makes it or I think you can make your own using store bought kombucha, but this is something I have never done before so I would highly recommend you jump on google and do a bit of research of research on how to do that.