A Day in the Diet of a Healthy Gut Brain

Page2StylistYeotown co-founder Mercedes Sieff contributed this healthy diet plan to Stylist Magazine’s recent in depth article on gut health. Listening to our gut is something we always do at Yeotown!

On waking:

Start the day with lemon in hot water to stimulate your gut.


Sugar-free Coconut Yoghurt with Fresh Dark Berries
Yoghurt contains a natural probiotic that helps cleanse the intestinal tract, while berries are low in natural sugars and are less aggravating to the gut than foods high in sugar. Top with ground flax seeds, sunflower seeds high in dietary fibre) and pumpkin seeds, which contain amino acid cucurbitacin that can help eliminate worms from the digestive tract, and Vitamin E to slow cognitive decline.

Side of Half an Avocado
Contains half the recommended allowance of fibre and is a source on monounsaturated fats, which contribute to healthy blood flow – and a healthy brain.


Miso Soup with Leeks
Miso is fermented and contains good microflora to help balance the production of stomach acid and prohibit the growth of bad bacteria. Leeks are a great probiotic and adding ginger will relax the gut lining and can help improve cognitive function.

Green Salad with Alfalfa Sprouts
This salad contains enzymes which contribute to gas-free digestion. The pea shoots, with high levels of chlorophyll, help purify the liver, and adding grilled artichokes and olive oil encourages the production of peptides, which support healthy digestion. A dressing of apple cider vinegar aids absorbtion of vitamins and minerals


Wild Salmon with Kimchi and Roasted Vegetables
Salmon is an easily digestible protein, and high in omega 3 – essential for brain function and helpful for reducing inflammation of the digestive system. Add pumpkin which is low in sugar but high in fibre, and top with thyme to help dislodge the mucus coating of the intestinal tract.

Dark Chocolate
Drink a fresh mint tea with a square or two of dark chocolate, a probiotic and source of caffeine to enhance focus.

Mercedes N Sieff

About Mercedes N Sieff

Perfectly imperfect Yogini in stilettos, Mercedes Ngoh Sieff is Co-Founder of the award winning Yeotown Health retreat. A long time Vinyasa Flow Yoga instructor and one of the UK's happiest and most creative teachers, Mercedes divides her time between London and Devon. Flow Yoga Mama to two baby girls and wife to an awesome guy, Mercedes is a lifestyle blogger for the Huffington Post and frequently contributes articles to popular wellbeing websites such as MindBodyGreen and Elephant Journal. She is an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and Manduka and features regularly on ITV1, BBC Radio and in publications such as Tatler, The Sunday Times , Conde Nast Traveler, OM Magazine, Harpers Bazaar and Yoga Magazine. Mercedes is also a Positive Psychology Coach and holds a Diploma in Coaching from Cambridge University. For more on Mercedes, visit her website linked below.

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