Local Nutritionist Kate Dimmer helps people to use diet and lifestyle to improve their digestive symptoms. Her work as a Registered Nutritional Therapist centres around women and their families, specialising in gut health, getting to the root of a problem rather than just helping to 'fix' symptoms.
With so much press on the importance of Gut health, Kate believes people are recognising the link between food and health and would love to see this taken further. Kate would like to see a world where nutritional therapists are employed by the NHS as part of a move to prevent disease, to take the pressure off GPS and move away from unnecessary medication. For Kate its simple; "Instead of overworking GPs who are already stretched beyond belief why not allow experts to impart their knowledge to an ever increasing number of people who need it!"
Kate believes we live in a world which actually exacerbates gut issues, as modern life is so often out of balance, tipped more in favour of stress than relaxation and maintaining good health. Stress can play a huge role in gut symptoms with research showing that ongoing stress can negatively affect the trillions of healthy bacteria in your gut, and subpar gut health can have a depressing effect on your entire system.* But, by supporting your friendly microbes and minimising day-to-day stress, this can have a huge impact on boosting your overall health further supported by good nutrition. In fact, food is integral to a happy gut, for Kate, its all about 'good food for a good life.'
So what does this look like on a day to day basis? A typical good gut day in Kate's diet would be; "Starting the day with herb tea or lemon and hot water. Then a builder’s tea! Breakfast might be almond and seed pancakes with coconut yoghurt and berries. For lunch I would usually make a Buddha bowl with sweet potatoes, lots of coloured salads, sauerkraut and Moroccan hummus.
"For dinner, I love Mexican food, so maybe a chilli with quinoa and homemade guacamole. And always lots of veg. I would also drink water and herb tea throughout the day." Kate says that picking a herb tea such as peppermint at the beginning of the day has a soothing effect on the digestive system and has been used in herbal medicine for centuries to help improve digestion and soothe the stomach. Whilst the coconut- based, vegan style yoghurt she recomends, contains fermented sugars and tummy-pleasing probiotics that can help regulate digestive health by providing an ample dose of healthy bacteria to the gut. She adds "Sauerkraut is getting quite the reputation as a hero food for the gut alongside other fermented foods, the probiotics within sauerkraut help improve the balance of bacteria. In addition to being a source of probiotics, sauerkraut is also rich in vitamin C and iron, contributing to a healthy immune system."
There are so many nutritional ways to boost the gut but if Kate could break it down into the three top ways to Live Life Well, her recommendations are to: 1. Simply try to eat homemade food,
2. Take time to relax daily
3. Strive to be happy to find your purpose Kate believes that once all those three are satisfied, stress on the gut is negated and good food helps support all those happy bacteria.
* Konturek, P. C., Brzozowski, T., & Konturek, S. J. (2011). Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options. Journal of physiology and pharmacology : an official journal of the Polish Physiological Society, 6, 591–599.