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THESE FOODS STRENGTHEN YOUR HEALTH

May 2021

 

 

A healthy intestinal flora contributes, among other things, to our ability to better overcome diseases. So it is a great thing there are foods that have a particularly positive effect on intestinal health. Read on to find out exactly what these are and what role dietary fibre plays in an interview with our dietician Birgit.

 

 

What is the role of the gut in COVID-19 disease and how does gut health affect the course of the disease?

Birgit: Our intestines contain a large number of bacteria that fulfil a wide variety of tasks. Bacteria that feed on certain dietary fibres (prebiotics) and transform them into short-chain fatty acids are particularly interesting. These fatty acids strengthen the intestinal wall and prevent it from becoming permeable. Recent research shows that spillover of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the intestine into the bloodstream can negatively affect the course of COVID-19 disease. A diet rich in fibre (vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, whole grains, etc.) can prevent this from occurring.

 

How can I help to keep my bowels healthy?

It is actually very simple. A balanced and varied diet with fresh and seasonal foods ensures that you get a little of everything and not too much of anything. If you keep regular fasting periods in between and, for example, skip dinner or breakfast, it can also have a very positive effect. Artificial additives and flavour enhancers, such as those found in ready-made products, should be avoided. There is nothing like fresh and freshly prepared food. Taking probiotics and prebiotics can also contribute to gut health.

 

What are the basic functions if dietary fibres, what foods are they found in, and what is the recommended daily intake?

Dietary fibres stimulate intestinal activity. But a diet rich in fibre also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer. Legumes such as beans, lentils or chickpeas, as well as oatmeal, whole grain bread, flax seeds, nuts, pears and broccoli are excellent sources of fibre that we should keep adding to our diet. 30 grams a day is already enough for a healthy diet.

 

Can you give us a few simple tips on how to increase the amount of fibre in our daily diet?

If you like seeds or nuts, you can easily incorporate them into your meals - they go very well on bread or in yoghurt, for example. You can also include a portion of fruit at breakfast or as a small dessert right after your lunch. A small raw vegetable salad for lunch will also give you a powerful fibre boost. White flour products can easily be replaced by wholemeal products. And spreads based on legumes (hummus, lentil spreads, etc.) are also another great option.

 

 

 

 

Nutritional consultation in the MAYR RECOVERY module

 

A 60-minute individual nutritional consultation with a focus on gut bacteria composition is a valuable component of our MAYR RECOVERY module. We will give you tailor-made tips on how to compensate for any nutritional deficiencies and discuss the selection and quantity of various macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins) as well as dietary fibres and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, secondary plant compounds, etc.), as we pay special attention to pre- and probiotic foods.

 

 

 

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