Are you at war with your gut and determined to win or have you given up and are convinced nothing will work???
I almost called mercy on my gut until I met a functional medicine doctor who guided me to the truth which led me to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Trainee (graduating soon!!) I’ve learned a TON and am still amazed at the science projects which go on inside our body.
One thing is for certain, great gut health takes small, daily actions, and lots of tweaks before you’re feeling like your old self again. Believe me when I say, repairing your gut health can be enjoyable, refreshing, and energizing!
This is why I’m giving you one of my best smoothie recipes for gut health plus the perfect template to make your own concoction.
Banana Raspberry Probiotic Smoothie
My nickname will never be Betty Crocker but I can make a banana bread filled with amazing healthy alternatives that people are completely unaware of. Boom - a health freak’s dream!
Before turning around my wellness I swore coconuts were only used for Pina Coladas - agreed? But, as I started digging deep into my functional nutrition education I became blown away at the benefits of coconut oil.
Coconut oil is one of my secret ingredients when I do attempt to bake but who knew it's also a multi-use wellness product.
I personally think the coolest fun fact about coconut oil is it’s composed of 92% saturated fat, with 2/3 of it being a medium chain triglycerides (MCT.) (1) Now, why is that so cool?
When you eat MCTs, they tend to go straight to your liver. Your body uses them as a quick source of energy or turns them into ketones. The fatty acids in coconut oil can encourage your body to burn fat, and they provide quick energy to your body and...
“Abs are made in the kitchen” and “a diverse gut flora is made in the gym.”
Exercise goes beyond muscle tone and torching calories. Exercise affects your whole body, including your gut. Did you know, professional athletes can show more of a diverse microbiome than their non-exercising counterparts of similar age and weight? Crazy, right?
Moving your body helps stimulate the lymphatic system, which I like to reference as the Immune Transport System. It protects you against infection and disease by removing toxins, transporting healthy fats and maintaining a healthy circulation. I go into depth about detoxing the lymphatic system with exercise and skin dry brushing in my program Restore Your Gut Health Program. Exercise is highly effective in detoxing this system and has other benefits like boosting mood and cardiovascular health.
Exercise helps gut flora by modulating it and increasing diversity. It’s key to have a healthy balance...
New cravings are awakened each season. The Summer months inspire us to eat loads of cooling foods like watermelon, ice cream, cucumbers, and salads (all types.)
Unfortunately, most salads or veggie & dip platters are served with raw food. Raw food has many benefits but also can be difficult for some people to digest.
Raw food is actually rich in enzymes and vitamins. Most vegetables are easier on the digestive system than cooked food but there’s always an exception. Vegetables in the cruciferous family- cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower can make it very uncomfortable for people to digest which leads to the stomach bloat and smelly gas.
The cruciferous vegetable family contains high levels of sulfur and fiber which make it difficult to escape the toots! You may wonder why broccoli is considered a superfood. When consumed, the sulfur actually acts as a little soldier fighting against harmful free radicals and providing a powerful detoxifying effect...
An avocado almost took out my middle finger and not having a middle finger would be sad, ha! The numbness still reminds me of the reality horror flick but, the nightmares didn’t last long because weeks after the accident I went back to eating avocados #momstrong I just couldn’t give up the little green Goddess.
Avocados are one of my favorite healthy fats because it’s packed with vitamins, enzymes and fiber. The lack of digestive enzymes are one of the main contributors in gut health dysfunctions. When the gut lacks enzymes food particles are not broken down properly, nutrients aren’t absorbed, and food may be left to ferment and rot (let’s just say - stinky gas!)
Lack of time is one of the biggest excuses why people don’t invest in their diet. That’s probably why my family has gotten accustomed to not making guacamole and eating avocados out of the shell with pink salt. Not to mention the store bought guacamole is loaded with...
Who knew aloe was an external and INTERNAL natural healing superpower plant. Not only does it soothe the skin after a sunburn, reduce dark spots but it also helps to relieve intestinal damage from oxidative stress. The enzymes, vitamins, acids, and other properties found in the aloe plant's gel help fight skin infection, reduce redness and external & internal inflammation.
The aloe has nourishing properties unparalleled by anything else in the plant world. It’s promotion of rapid cell regeneration helps to heal wounds, rashes, fungal infections (which are common in the gut) and all types of skin problems.
Why Aloe Juice Works for Restoring Gut Health
As the Modern Day Mom continues to live in a chronic state of stress, she puts a tremendous amount of oxidative stress on her gut’s integrity. When the gut lining starts to break down the immune system is suppressed (70% of the immune system is housed in the gut), digestive enzymes stop releasing and nutrient...
3 Best Teas for Gut Health
The taste and smell of coffee gag me! I’ve tried to love it but there’s something about it that I just can’t stomach.
Unfortunately, I love wrapping my hands around a hot mug.
What I’ve learned in my gut healing journey is that tea helps to promote digestion. Tea also helps to relieve bloating or other digestive symptoms and can bring some instant sense of relief.
Peppermint tea is my go to remedy for upset stomach, gas, bloating or simply helping the digestive process along. It provides quick refreshing relief and kicks in the sensory board. I also like to blend peppermint tea with other less yummy tasting herbs (like turmeric) to make them go down easier.
Stress is a HUGE instigator of gut health deterioration. When you’re stressed your inner resources get diverted to deal with the lingering “threat” whether it’s real or perceived. The digestive enzymes stop working...
How L-glutamine Repairs Gut Health
I use to think feeling 4 months pregnant after every meal was normal. I mean, don't you feel bloated after most meals???
Then I finally got sick of feeling sick and started digging into the details. Ah ha! Belly bloat is NOT normal it is just an effect of being a Modern Day Mom. You know, triple booked meetings, a jammed packed schedule with family & social activities, and too busy to focus on yourself.
So if bloating is not normal than what's the deal. Bloating can be a symptom of gut dysbiosis - when your good and bad bacteria become unbalanced. Bloating is also a symptom of leaky gut.
I discovered L-glutamine while repairing my own gut and recommend it in my Restore Your Gut Health program. L-Glutamine helped me to heal my leaky gut, strengthen my digestive system and recover faster because this mama needs to be fast on her feet to keep up with her family and career!
What is Glutamine?
Why are people talking about digestive enzymes???
When I started my gut health education, the same two words kept popping up.
Ok, so what's so important about enzymes and why did people continue to tell me I needed them to help me solve with my chronic bloating issues?
The answer in part, for me, was digestive enzymes!
How Enzymes Work
Our organs produce digestive enzymes and different enzymes work on different foods. There are specific enzymes for starches and carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
We can also access enzymes from external sources like raw fruits, vegetables, cold pressed oils and raw dairy. Yet when these foods are heated, the enzymes quickly denature and our organs are forced to carry the whole load. This is stressful to our over worked bodies. Mostly humans have had access to a certain percentage of raw foods but in the last 50 years we’ve transitioned into a highly processed=cooked diet.
Since I was...
Have you thought about how many ingredients you consume in one meal?
Let's reverse engineer a typical standard American meal:
- Pizza & Salad (if they're lucky)
Simple pizza includes: dough, cheese, sauce, and pepperoni. A simple salad may have lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and dressing.
In that meal there's roughly 30+ ingredients! Wowzers!
There's a lot work your body has to do to break down and digest all those ingredients and that puts a lot of pressure and stress on your system. Remind you, a system who is already stressed out and begging for an easy way out.
Centuries ago our ancestors ate what they could find and it usually consisted of one ingredient...a berry, an animal, a leaf. Our bodies have adapted along the way but when our systems are over taxed by life demands the digestive system appreciates simple, simple meals.
A mono meal has been found to be extremely beneficial if you're dealing with gut health issues.