Digestive health and probiotic goodness sits at the core of our immunity.
We have known for a while now that the gut-brain axis profoundly effects our thoughts, moods and behaviour. It was once believed that our thoughts, mood and behaviour were solely regulated by the brain sending chemical messages via the central nervous system to the body. Evidence now suggests that the receptors in the gastrointestinal tract/gut (the mouth,esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus) communicates back to the brain.
The gut and brain speak to each other. This gives us added options for regaining back a healthy vital life alongside taking prescriped medications for conditions like depression and anxiety.
There are simple options we can incorporate into daily life like:
*Eating garlic, more fruit, vegetables, wild-caught seafood, grass-fed meat, and fermented foods can help further heal the gut and cut inflammation.
*Daily deep breathing exercises to release stress stored within the body.
Please enjoy these food and health suggestions listed below, I have used them all and continue to do so sporadically on my wellness journey.
BODY Inner Beauty Powder – is a revolutionary bio-fermented, plant-based and easily-digestible protein powder & superfood supplement containing over 40 ingredients including matcha green tea, acerola cherry, super-fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, leafy greens, seeds, spices and algae. It’s a prebiotic, probiotic and metabolism booster, in one multi-tasking formula.
The Beauty Chef’s Wellness Essentials Pack contain the GLOW + BODY nutrient dense inner beauty powders to be used in smoothies or mixed with water for a snack or as a meal supplement. In a clinical trial, women observed that GLOW improved skin luminosity, clarity, hydration and texture, as well as easing symptoms of pre-existing skin conditions – including eczema and rosacea.
Miso Soup is a delicious and comforting drink, snack or banchan (side dish) to your meal, made from fermented paste created from a mixture of soybeans, sea salt and rice koji.
I am an instant sachet girl and have never made miso from scratch and have taken to miso as a coffee alternative and I have them stashed in the most strategic places because I’m a mad snacker – my drawer at work, centre car console and often one or two thrown into my handbag.
Hikari Miso is a good brand to look for, their soybean and rice certified organic & non-GMO has 20% less sodium than most standard miso soup. If you’re game to start from scratch, here’s a recipe you might enjoy from Be Pure.
Kimchi – recipes vary but essentially kimchi is made using fermented Chinese cabbage, green cabbage, pak choy, spring onions, red pepper powder, garlic, ginger and other vegetables. Kimchi is a fermented dish , making it a probiotic powerhouse — and it’s rich in vitamins and minerals and is low in fat. The bacteria produces lactic acid during fermentation which gives the kimchi a unique sour and tangy flavour that can’t be beaten. The taste is like a crunchy, spicy pickle which makes it a delicious side dish to enjoy with every meal. I love it for breakfast, lunch or dinner with wild, basmati & brown long grain rice and some spicy chicken.
Harker Herbals Intestinal Cleanse
Okay, so this last one is a bit of a doozy, it does not taste good (understatement of the year) but the taste buds adapt after a few days. it is recommended to use for 7-14 days straight although these vary depending on whether you have used the product before.
*Removes parasites (liver flukes and worms) from the intestinal tract, the blood, glands and organs resulting in increased energy and improved well-being.
*Helps encourage gentle cleansing from the intestinal tract, the blood, glands and organs.
*May support microbial balance in the intestinal tract
*Helps essential minerals and nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream
*Improves feeling of wellness.
Active Ingredients: Wormwood (parasite-killing herb), Green Walnut Leaf (effective anti inflammatory), Clove oil (contains anesthetic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, and stimulating properties) and Thymol (antibacterial & antifungal properties extracted from thyme, breaks down mucus).
Herbs: Carrageen, Cayenne, Ginger, Licorice.