The Unique Health Benefits of Raw Carrot Salad

Agnes Ryu

Recent trends advocate for increased fibre consumption to enhance gut bacteria diversity and overall gut health. However, in clinical settings, bacterial overgrowth in the gut presents a significant challenge. Individuals with chronic inflammation or reduced metabolic rates may experience bacterial proliferation extending into the upper gut, a condition now identified as Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). Furthermore, certain fibres, particularly those derived from grains and legumes, may irritate the gut lining. Resistant starches also pose a risk, as they can nourish undesirable bacteria, potentially overwhelming the body’s systems.  Fortunately, carrots provide protective insoluble fibre that lacks these drawbacks. Beyond fibre, raw carrots offer other unique advantages.

Ease Digestive Distress with Raw Carrots

Do you suffer from occasional gas, bloating, constipation or loose stools? These frustrating symptoms often stem from gut issues like gut line irritation and unwanted bacteria overgrowth, creating inflammation that negatively impacts hormone balance and fertility. Detoxification and gut healing go hand in hand. The insoluble fibre and phytochemicals in raw carrots have soothing, protective properties. They act as a gentle natural antibiotic, suppressing undesirable bacteria and fungal overgrowth while leaving beneficial flora intact.

Carrots Support Hormonal Balance for men and women

Emerging research suggests that consistently eating raw carrot salad could aid hormonal balance in the following ways:

  • Lowering Excess Estrogen: Estrogen dominance is quite common today, contributing to unpleasant symptoms and health problems. The phytochemicals and fibre in raw carrots may help bind and remove excess estrogen during digestion.
  • Reducing Cortisol: Stress and gut inflammation raise cortisol. Raw carrots contain potassium and magnesium, minerals that play key roles in hormone regulation. The salad’s fibre and nutrients may lower inflammation and support healthy cortisol levels.
  • Boosting Progesterone: A relative progesterone deficiency can make conception and pregnancy harder. By improving gut health and lowering inflammation, consistently consuming raw carrots could support the body in optimally producing progesterone again.
  • Decreases beta glucuronidase and sulfatase which reabsorb Oestrogen in the gut
  • Decreases the opportunity for hormones/toxins to be reabsorbed

Preparation Methods

Here’s a simple recipe to try:


  • Organic carrots, shredded or grated
  • Extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Add shredded carrots and toss to coat evenly. Enjoy carrot salad chilled, outside of mealtimes such as a mid-afternoon snack. The vinegar and coconut oil enhance the antimicrobial properties of carrots to balance bacteria. By contributing to a healthier gut environment, a daily raw carrot salad promotes good digestion and absorption of nutrients while suppressing bacterial overgrowth. Healthy gut and less abdominal distress pave the way for improved detoxification and fertility odds.

Agnes Ryu

Agnes Ryu

Dr. Ryu is a clinician and biochemist specializing in integrative medicine. Her clinical interests include fertility, hormones, metabolism, healthy ageing, menopause, and natural breast cancer care. As an integrative practitioner, Dr. Ryu aims to uncover the root causes of health issues and strives to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to take charge of their own health.

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