If you’re concerned about your gut health, be aware of any changes to the frequency or consistency of your stool. Going to the bathroom more than three times a day, or less than three times a week, isn’t a great sign.
Severe bloating, excessive wind, pain, and cramping are also associated with poor gut health. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, the first step would be to rule out serious problems like coeliacs or Crohn’s disease. Coeliac NZ have an online test you can take here.
Then, build up a healthy and diverse microbiome by including a range of fibre-rich foods in your diet – I recommend eating 30 different plants per week. This is because each bacteria variety in your in gut has a preference for certain types of fibre. If you’re only eating broccoli and potatoes, you’ll have an overrepresentation of the bacteria that feed on those fibres – and you’ll miss out on a host of other bacteria.