Practicing Dietician Emily Hartley Talks Gut Health

Good nutrition forms an integral part of the wellness puzzle. More and more research is emerging surrounding the positive relationship that food has with your mood. You may have heard terms like gut health, prebiotics, probiotics, microbiome and gut flora. Essentially, it’s your body’s garden. It should have a whole variety of different plants, flowers, trees and leaves. Yes, there might be a couple of weeds, but they all work together.

Our gut contains billions and trillions of different types of bacteria, viruses and fungi (your garden). These little guys not only assist with your mood, but also your appetite, digestion, prevention of chronic disease, weight management and immune health.

So when the weather is warm and the sun is shining the perfect place to go is Bomdia Bowls Açaí Bar. This Glenelg institution is Adelaide’s original and favourite spot for açaí. Serving a wide variety of smoothies, acai bowls, coffee and small eats, this gem of a spot will take you on a trip all the way to Hawaii’s northshore, and it’s only 20 minutes from the city.

Colour is no stranger to Bomdia Bowls – their delicious and nutritious food is so bright and colourful you’ll need to wear your sunglasses inside (actually, don’t be that person). The bright smoothies and bowls will keep that belly of yours happy, your body energised and smiling for the rest of the day. My personal favourite is the Bombora (better known as the ‘Champion Bowl’). It combines all the favourites – acai, chocolate protein, maca and cacao, topped with strawberries, banana and granola.

So, what exactly should we be looking to include to help our gut health? We should always look to include regular balanced meals that contain a source of lean protein, quality carbohydrate and plenty of colour from fruits and vegetables each day. Other gems are probiotics – these are a source of good bacteria. They are readily found in yoghurts, kefir and fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut or kombucha. Then comes the prebiotics, these are the foods that help to feed and stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria. They are found in fibre rich foods like fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts, legumes and seeds. Lastly, aim for plenty of variety and diversity in your diet. The more plant foods the better – aim for a minimum of 30 each week!

Bomdia Bowls Açaí Bar
2B Moseley Street, Glenelg

Words: Emily Hartley