First let me start by sharing this…your gut microbiome is like a second brain! It controls as many functions in the body as your head brain does. (Head brain? going with it! – you get the picture) So the importance of having a healthy gut is crucial in order for you to achieve overall wellness – including areas from warding off cancer and disease, to weight management, increasing energy levels, digestive health, hormonal balance, etc. etc. etc.
To achieve a healthy gut or gastrointestinal system you must supply it with the right bacteria. I know that sounds strange, most of the time we want to steer clear of bacteria, but there IS a such thing as GOOD bacteria; and if you don’t have a proper balance of good bacteria in your body then all of your other systems will be off kilter and you’ll result with problems in the areas listed above.
Here’s how to get a head start on having a happy and healthy gut!
PREBIOTICS & PROBIOTICS – The power behind the process!
I know theres been a recent increase in supplements and foods that offer probiotics now and I’m so happy that America has finally caught on and is spreading this message about the importance of gut health. Without this good bacteria your body is incapable of handling the bad bacteria (which is EVERYWHERE) properly and we result in more chronic illness, cancer, obesity, digestive issues, and mood and energy disorders – however we cannot forget about prebiotics.
You can think of prebiotics as the food for those oh-so expensive probiotics that your investing in! Without prebiotics the probiotics simply cannot do their job.
Prebiotics come from food sources that are high in a non-digestable fiber called oligosaccharides. Sources of this type of fiber include: raw asparagus, dandelion greens, acacia fiber, raw jicama, plantains, tigernuts, under ripe bananas, raw leeks, raw garlic, raw onions, and chicory root…… what you mean you don’t carry a piece of raw garlic around in your back pocket waiting to chomp on like a piece of gum?! 🙂
Yes, I know these aren’t the MOST common things to have hanging around, but if you put a little effort into finding them, you’ll be set up for success.
Beetle Mylk – my dairy-free nut milk line was formulated with this exact concept in mind! Beetle Mylk contains the prebiotic acacia fiber in combination with fibrous beets and almonds for a win-win combination. Leaving you with a happy belly, energized and providing balanced blood sugar levels. Learn more about Beetle Mylk and place your order in the NN Shop – here, for a gut granting, energizing morning go-to or PM-Pick Me Up option!
Other ways you can include prebiotics into your diet are chopping fresh dandelion greens into salad, baking with chicory root, adding raw onions to your stirfry’s and salads, and choosing bananas that are more greenish in color.
Top benefits of adding prebiotics to your weekly routine:
- Improved immune function and cancer fighting powers.
- Improved gut health and digestion.
- Lower chance for inflammation.
- Aid’s weight loss or weight maintenance.
- Better hormone and mood regulation.
- Bone health.
Probiotics on the other hand are the actual good bacteria that you must obtain directly from the source. They can be taken in pill form or can be found in foods that are fermented. These good bacteria help balance out our naturally occurring bad bacteria; think yeast, h.pylori, or any you come across in your day to day.
Some common names of probiotics are: lactobacillus, thermofilis, and saccharomyces. These are all genus types that have millions of little strains falling under each category.
Probiotics are powerful in curing things like leaky gut, inflammation in your colon, IBS, allergies, and so on.
I recommend adding this to your daily regime to reap the benefits of a balanced body. Garden of Life and Jarrow are some of my favorite brands with quality strains.
By pairing prebiotics and probiotics together you then achieve the best result and are capable of feeling better than eve… more energy, smoother digestion, improved immune system function, a hormonal balance, weight loss, clearer skin, and strong shield against cancer and chronic disease.
This dairy-free CARROT COYO is a homemade version of yogurt using coconut milk to keep it dairy-free! I simply used a probiotics tablet and let it fermented inside of coconut milk blended with steamed carrots, lemon juice, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract.
It’s a rich source of probiotics!
Super Simple to make!
Provides you with a dairy-free version of yogurt!
Can be altered to your liking by simply switch carrots for another veggie! Don’t care for carrots? Opt for steamed beets! Want to make it sweet? Use fruit instead!
Show me your creations of the crazy CARROT COYO by tagging #nourishingnelli on Instagram or Facebook! I love to see what combinations you guys and gals come up with!!
Mix the following in a high speed blender:
1 cup steamed carrots
1 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Remove from the blender and stir in
1 probiotic capsule
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
place in a air tight jar and let it sit at room temperate for 8-10 hours.
Enjoy with granola, as is, with fresh fruit, a sprinkle of honey or maple syrup or dolloped on top of baked goods.
Store in the fridge for snacking on all week long!1