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The Real Food Company

48 & 50 Sandbach Road South

01270 873322

Digestive Health

We, at The Real Food Company, have a particular interest in digestive health, as we believe it is the foundation of a robust and healthy body.

Many things in our modern life can disturb our gut health. From the chemicals in our tap water to the antibiotics we take. Rarely is the effect on our gut flora taken into consideration. Damage occurs, and various uncomfortable symptoms can arise.  It is not just about what you do eat, but just as important is what you choose to leave out.

Many modern and processed foods put quite a strain on the digestion. It is quite common to see people avoiding grains generally, gluten, wheat, dairy or sugar. Some people keep a food diary to see if they can discover a pattern in their symptoms. A good starting point is to remove processed foods and refined carbohydrates, replacing them with real, properly prepared foods, as discussed in the book Nourishing Traditions. Many people notice a difference by doing this. There are many other good books on the subject. We have attended several lectures given by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, an expert on gut health. We decided to stock her book "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" as it offers so much practical help.

Our digestive system needs to be inhabited by a strong healthy colony of gut flora. These friendly bacteria need looking after. Traditionally, cultures all around the world knew this, and ate some form of live lacto-fermented food daily. These foods have largely been lost from the modern diet. Reintroducing them can be very helpful. Maybe try eating something "live" with each meal to encourage proper digestion. This could be live yoghurt, sauerkraut or a kombucha aperitif. Alternatively you could take your friendly bacteria in the form of a capsule. Probiotic supplements have been shown to be an aid to digestion, detoxification and general wellbeing. We can offer you a great choice in probiotic capsules, all with a high guaranteed number of live organisms. We have probiotics from BioKult, BioCare, Udo Erasmus, Optibac, Quest, Lamberts and Lifeplan. There will be one to suit you. Probiotic capsules are a better choice than the sugar filled probiotic drinks widely available.

Another aspect that has been lost is the idea of consuming bitters. Bitter herbs stimulate the proper functioning of our digestive system. They encourage the release of digestive secretions, which allows for the proper breakdown of our foods. A great many people have low stomach acid, leading to poor digestion, causing gas and bloating. The traditional herbal company, Napiers produce a good digestive bitters preparation, as does A.Vogel in the forms of Centaurium and Digestisan. Digestive enzyme capsules can be taken as a supplement to ease the symptoms associated with low stomach acid. Sometimes, if there is not enough real salt in the diet, the body does not have the raw materials it needs to produce hydrochloric acid effectively.

Some of the digestive aids we stock:

  • Lacto-fermented vegetables, traditionally eaten as a condiment with meals.
  • Kombucha, a probiotic fizzy drink, that originated in Central and Eastern Europe many years ago.
  • Live Miso, an ancient traditional food from the far East, made from fermented soya beans.
  • Live Yoghurt
  • Kefir, both milk and water
  • Probiotic capsules
  • Bitter Herbs
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Ginger
  • Manuka Honey
  • Lactase Enzyme
  • Peppermint
  • Charcoal
  • Slippery Elm Powder
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Linseeds

Many cultures around the world have eaten live fermented foods for generations, and believe they help in strengthening the body and particularly the gut flora, enhancing wellbeing.

We, and a number of our customers make kefir, both water and milk, and kombucha at home. We are willing to share our experience. We will share any excess live cultures, if we have enough, please ask. . blog . yousef al otaibaYousef al-Otaiba on the Gulf crisis