Every 29th May, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) celebrates World Digestive Health Day (WDHD): the culmination of a yearlong, worldwide, public health campaign focused on increasing general public awareness of prevention, prevalence, diagnosis, management and treatment of digestive health diseases and disorders. The organisation hopes that through the provision of high quality, accessible and independent education and training, the care and treatment for those living with these disorders can be improved.
As most of us know by now, our gut health is extremely important to our overall well-being. Our digestive systems take responsibility for the most critical functions of the body’s digestive and immune systems, housing beneficial bacteria that can affect our body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, immune response, and ability to eliminate toxins, not to mention your overall mental health. (1)
The food we eat plays an important role in your gut health. One of the greatest benefits of adding chia to your diet is that it provides high levels of fibre to help keep your digestive system functioning at its best. As our resident dietician Emma Morris says, “Chia contains the perfect ratio of soluble and insoluble fibre which is needed to keep our digestive system healthy.”
In support of World Digestive Health Day, we have enlisted the help of Leanne Ward (@the_fitness_dietitian) to share with us one of her favourite go-to gut-friendly meals – a high fibre pizza. As Leanne says, “Traditionally, pizza is very low in fibre and high in fat (which can also cause digestive issues!). This pizza is the opposite! It’s the perfect digestive option as it’s packed full of fibre from ingredients such as chia seeds, psyllium husk, chickpeas and other vegetables to keep you feeling full for hours afterwards.
“The rainbow of veggies form a super tasty topping option that’ll have you reaching for more and more! You’ll never want another pizza option again after you make this one.”
Check out the recipe for Leanne’s delicious, digestion-friendly High Fibre Pizza.