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Gut-boosting diets

Restrict or eliminate processed foods in favour of natural, plant-rich alternatives


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The gut is health’s hottest topic right now, and for good reason. Scientists are finding increasing links between a diverse and abundant microbiome (the collective name for all the microbes that live in your gut) and better health.

Poor gut health is linked to obesity, inflammation, low energy, low mood and many chronic conditions. ‘When it comes to weight, your microbiome helps to control your metabolism, hormones and insulin response’, says nutritionist Amanda Hamilton. ‘We know obese people tend to have limited microbiomes, whereas they’re much healthier in lean and active people.’

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Get your healthy new year off to a great start with our nutrition editor's guide to the best kickstart diets, comfort food made healthier, plant-based recipes plus help on cutting down on alcohol and getting more vitamin D. We've also got remedies for dry winter skin and fitness plans for all ages that really work. Everything you need to start the healthier way you mean to go on!