NetGalley Review - The Gut Health Diet Plan: Recipes to Restore Digestive Health and Boost Wellbeing
I think this will be a valuable book for anyone struggling with long term digestive problems. I’ve had problems for years, and it wasn’t until I started to completely change my diet that I experienced huge improvements.
For me personally, I didn’t get much out of this book, as it turns out I’ve pretty much tried everything mentioned. However, that does put me in the position to confirm that these changes do work.
This book covers a variety of digestive symptoms, so you can choose the options and changes that best suit you personally.
The main things that helped me was cutting out gluten, yeast, cow’s milk (I seem okay with butter and hard cheese), onions and garlic (okay with a small amount of chives). I also only consume small amounts of refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol. My doctor was impressed when we were discussing what I did and didn’t eat, and it turned out I was following the low FODMAP diet without even knowing what it was. I do now eat a few foods that are high FODMAP, but still find my symptoms are more settled if I don’t have high FODMAP fruit and vegetables too often or in too high quantities.
There are also tips on supplements that may be useful, and I can say that a few of these have worked very well for me too.
Lots of great recipes are included in this book, and I have made a note of a few I would like to try myself.
Having ME/CFS, I still feel far from well, but having a natural, healthy diet and avoiding foods that increase unpleasant symptoms, while also taking supplements to help support my digestion, has not only helped with digestive symptoms, but reduced headaches, generalised pain, insomnia and night sweats, many of which return if I dare to go near gluten, yeast, onions or garlic.
I read a Kindle version of this book, but I think this would work better as a physical book, as it would be easier to navigate and jump to and from pages you require.
I would like to thank the publisher, Nourish for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.