Soon, I will be presenting a 3-hour online workshop on gut health. Yes, 3 HOURS of non-stop research, tips and guidelines to supporting a healthy gut.
You see, EVERY aspect of your health is connected to your gut.
Energy, mood, weight, cravings...all of these function optimally when there are a proliferation of “good” gut bacteria versus “bad” bacteria.
Some unhealthy bacteria can actually cause you to absorb more calories from food, making it almost impossible to lose weight! In addition, they can turn “on” genes that signal your body to hold onto fat!
Our guts should resemble a rainforest: plush and full of diversity. But because the majority of our diets are full of processed sugars (many hidden on the ingredient list), industrial oils, gluten, GMOs, artificial sweeteners and other inflammatory ingredients our guts resemble a barren wasteland with little diversity.
This leaves us vulnerable to an overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria, yeast and even viruses and parasites.
This imbalance in the gut eventually leads to a compromised immune system, creating a perfect storm leading to inflammation, leaky gut, autoimmune disorders, depression, thyroid disease, food allergies or a host of other issues.
Obviously, I could have talked for days about this topic. It’s fascinating, scary and at times overwhelming, but with the right information, you can be empowered!
Every time we eat, we are not just eating for the nutrition of our cells! We are also providing nutrition the bacteria that inhabits our gut. (FUN FACT: Cell for cell, we are 90% bacteria compared to 10% human cells!)
We decide who we feed: the good guys or bad guys.
So, what do you do?
Where do you start?
Well, you need more than a daily serving yogurt, although this is a good small step.
By the way, your yogurt should contain two ingredients: milk and bacteria cultures. THAT’S IT!
In my Designed to Thrive workshop, I will cover what foods and lifestyle choices feed our unhealthy gut bacteria along with the foods and lifestyle choices that support healthy gut bacteria. Some of them will SHOCK you and make you HAPPY that you don't have to give up some of the delicious foods you love.
You can get your online ticket to the workshop >>here<<.
One of the suggestions in the workshop was to consume more probiotics in the form of fermented foods.
Save your money on probiotic pills and first take advantage of nature’s way of getting good bacteria into our bodies!
Milk or coconut milk kefir is one of the simplest way to do this!
Enjoy my kefir smoothie recipe that I enjoy as a mid-afternoon snack daily.
- 1 cup organic milk kefir or coconut kefir
- ½ avocado
- 1 Tbsp. raw cacoa
- 1 banana
- 1 organic collard green leaf
- 5 – 10 ice cubes
- ½ cup distilled or filtered water (amount depends on desired consistency)
- 2 – 4 drops Stevia (optional)
- In a high-powered blender, add all ingredients except Stevia together and blend.
- Taste and adjust for desired sweetness by adding 2-4 drops of Stevia.
By the way, I will also talk about Stevia as well as fructose and artificial sweeteners. Again, you can get the full scoop if you attend Designed to Thrive: Do you have the guts to be healthy?
Enjoy! Your gut will love this recipe!
Amber is CEO of The Healthy Edge. She has passionately
created The Healthy Edge lifestyle system and a comprehensive health coach certification program to further her mission of empowering people to live their most abundant life.