With so much talk about feeding the bacteria in the gut, let’s talk about something very different: not feeding the bacteria in the gut, and how a carrot salad a day can help keep low metabolism, bloating and unbalanced hormones away.
Bacteria need energy, just like anything that’s alive.
They feed on food that makes it to the large intestine (colon) not already fully digested in the stomach and small intestine.
A lot of food that we call “clean” and “healthy” like salad, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, beans, and legumes are high in fiber – and fiber tends to make it to the large intestine intact.
There are two basic types of fiber. Insoluble fiber, which doesn’t feed bacteria in the gut and isn’t fermented by them either, and soluble fiber, which does feed and is fermented by bacteria in the large intestine (colon).
Too much soluble fiber will cause you to give off gas, and grow more and more bacteria in the gut, which can further slow digestion and lower metabolism.
Food that grows in dark, moist, warm environments need to be able to resist bacteria. Carrots, in particular, contain mild antibiotics because of this environmental requirement
A carrot eaten contains unique fibers that don’t feed bacteria (insoluble) and lower intestinal inflammation (Kim, 2018). Carrot fiber also binds to and reduces estrogen, lowers serotonin and histamine, all of which negatively affect digestion and metabolism and ultimately create inflammation.
The humble carrot reduces all of these negative effects that are very common in hypothyroid, metabolically compromised people.
These fibers work in the same way to bind toxins as charcoal does. Like us, you’ll find the carrot salad far more tasty than a lump of charcoal to lick.
They are the simplest and cheapest hormone balancing, metabolism improving tool in the book.
If you struggle with estrogen dominance, low thyroid function, inflammatory conditions, bacterial overgrowth, constipation, liver issues or the standard occupational hazards of a busy, stressful life, carrot salad should be included once a day.
Classic Carrot Salad
- 1 medium carrot, washed and unpeeled, grated or shredded length-ways
- A dash of white vinegar or apple cider
- 1-2 coconut oil, melted
- Pinch of salt
Mix and eat.
Sweet Carrot Salad Recipe
- 3 medium carrots, washed and unpeeled, shredded
- 1 small apple, peeled and shredded
- 1/4 cup plain yoghurt
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Pinch of salt
Mix and eat.
Mix the shredded carrots and apple together. Add dressing and combine well. Let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
Steve is Australia’s leading regenerative nutrition expert, qualified exercise physiologist, sports nutritionist and body recomposition specialist. He created The Way Up on account on his own battle with dieting, digestive problems and auto-immune disease. He spent 20 years studying the human body and nutrition, since beginning study at the University of Queensland in 2001. He fixed his own chronic health condition, and worked in prestigious clinics in London and Switzerland.