We’re huge advocates of eating seasonal vegetables; cooked ones of course! Not only do they taste better, but they’re more likely to have been less tampered with because of their natural ability to grow in the right environment.
Furthermore, when you eat seasonally you’re nourishing your body with more nutrients and minerals which is really important for gut health maintenance.
So, what are the BEST winter vegetables that YOU should eat for your GUT health?
Although we recommend proceeding with caution while using onion or garlic (especially for IBD patients), leeks are a lot friendlier on digestion. Leeks are a source of soluble fiber, including prebiotics, which works to keep your gut healthy. Prebiotics produce short-chain fatty acids that help break down and digest your food, reducing inflammation.
These guys are jam-packed with vital nutrients to keep you happy and healthy. They have vitamin C & K, as well as micronutrients. They’re rich in antioxidants, which help fight radicals and the oncoming of chronic disease. They also help support the immune system, to fight off the common cold and respiratory tract issues.
- Winter Squash
We love winter squash because of its high levels of potassium! Potassium is an incredible gut healer and highly recommended for those who are having a flare-up. For those dealing with constipation, it is an incredible aid, as well as decreasing inflammation and improving immune function.
Although this cheeky vegetable doesn’t get the best reputation, there are so many ways you can turn it into a delicious meal (soup, seasoned, roasted, etc.) The great thing about broccoli in winter is that it’s so much sweeter. It’s extremely high in fiber, which keeps you regular (don’t eat in flare-up), and is full of vitamin B & A. It’s also a great detoxifier, for those who are drinking heavily over the silly season.
- Beet Greens
Beet greens are packed with essential nutrients that not only support your body’s immune system but help strengthen your bones. They’re an excellent source of potassium, and also contain magnesium to maintain your nervous system and muscle function. They can also lower your risk for chronic disease, and are full of fiber. We could stop there, but we also want to mention they’re amazing benefits to eye health!
So whether you’re into seasonal shopping, or looking for gut nourishing vegetables, these are our pick of the bunch. But always remember that cooking your vegetables are always easier on the digestive health tract, especially for those who have a weak immune system, or are dealing with a flare-up.
If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.