Have you heard of Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s)?
At Bua we believe that these babies play a very important role in keeping your colon nice and content.
SCFA’s are produced when certain fibre rich foods are eaten that can’t be broken down by our digestive system, so they reach our colon intact and are fermented by our friendly gut bacteria. This fermentation is actually positive and improves our gut lining and overall digestive health helping to reduce chronic diseases like cancer and type 2 diabetes but most importantly Bua wants you to know that the more of these we eat the easier it will be for us to lose weight! SCFA’s work by helping us feel full for longer as well as decreasing inflammation in the body.
At Bua we love training outdoors as much as possible to keep fit, raise energy levels and stay trim, so if we eat more SCFA’s this will help us feel full for longer and reach our goal weight in a healthy energising way!
So where can I get hold of some of these I bet you are asking? Well its easy, all you have to do is eat more high-fibre foods, such as fruits, veggies, legumes & whole grains as these all increase production of SCFA’s. The more abundant & diverse the supply of fibre through your diet, the more abundant and diverse the gut microbiome & SCFA production, so eat the rainbow and try not to eat today what you ate yesterday (unless you are batch cooking of course.
Here are Bua Fit’s top tips for which fibre rich foods to eat that produce the most SCFA’s in our colons:
- Inulin: artichokes, garlic, leeks, onions & asparagus.
- Fructooligosaccharides: found in various fruits & veggies eg bananas, onions, garlic & asparagus.
- Resistant starch: wholegrains, brown rice, beans & legumes, sweet potatoes (or white potatoes but sweet potatoes are better for that beta carotene) – when you cook & cool any of these foods, they become high in resistant starches which also makes them less insulin spiking.
- Pectin: apples, apricots, carrots, oranges.
Hi, I’m Healthy Mays and I’m a registered nutritionist and certified yoga, breathwork and meditation teacher. I work with clients to help them achieve their health goals via 1-1 nutrition support and I have been featured in publications such as Women’s Health, Health & Wellbeing and Bella.
You can find all my offerings and contact me via my Bua Fit profile. I’d love to help you reach your goals. Healthy Mays x
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