A healthy gut is the key to a healthy life!
Unfortunately, not everybody knows this. There are so many people that are struggling with a plethora of health issues and have no idea that the root cause lies in the stomach. Nowadays we are bombarded with fast foods that are highly palatable and for the most part, completely unnatural. Our bodies are not made for such highly processed foods and can often struggle to digest them. We are all familiar with the heavy and bloated feeling we get after eating a greasy cheeseburger. This is your body trying to tell you something, you should really try to listen!
So how can we help cultivate a healthy gut? As many like to say, food is thy medicine, and we need to use it to fuel our bodies every single day. If we’re having to eat every day, it makes things much more exciting when what we’re eating is delicious. If you’re looking to find delicious, quick and easy ways to promote gut health, these next three smoothie recipes are for you.
Psyllium Husk Fruity Smoothie
If you’re up for it, grab a friend and head to your local farmer's market. The fresher the fruits and vegetables the better! The key ingredient here is psyllium husk, which can be used as a mild laxative. Don’t let this put you off! This natural fibre is often used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and can relief you of constipation and diarrhoea.
½ cups of frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 large frozen banana
1/2 cup (125 mL) water
1/2 cup (125 mL) almond milk
2 tablespoons avocado
1 teaspoon packed freshly grated ginger
1.5 teaspoon of psyllium husk
Berry Blast Kefir Smoothie
Berries are full of antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation in the body. If you’re familiar with kefir, you know just how many benefits this has for the gut. It is similar to yogurt and is filled with an array of healthy pro-biotics.
1 cup low-fat plain kefir
1 cup frozen mixed berries
¼ cup orange juice
1-2 tablespoons fresh mint
1 tablespoon honey
Cherry and Spinach Smoothie
Many people absolutely hate the idea of eating spinach, which is why blending it up in a smoothie is a great alternative! Full of rich nutrients, your stomach will thank you for making this smoothie a part of your regular diet.
1 cup plain low-fat yoghurt
1 cup frozen cherries
½ cup baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon chia seeds
You'll be surprised by how many of your persistent health issues will be fixed when you truly begin taking care of your gut. Start today!