Inflammation is triggered by the immune system in an attempt to protect the body, remove harmful stimuli and begin the healing process. Initially, it’s actually a good thing. Our bodies are incredibly smart and powerful systems that work to send healing to the distressed area - without us even thinking about it! However, extended period of inflammation within the body can create some issues.
Almost every function in our body, from digestion, to brain function, and respiratory health all rely on sufficient water to work properly. 60% of our body is comprised of water! Many find it less than enticing to reach for the plain stuff day in and day out, so we've come up with this simple, refreshing watermelon slushy to help keep you hydrated!
Travel and vacation time is exciting and fun, and it’s important to take breaks from the daily grind, get away, and relax. But long flights, airport food, and a disruption in your daily routine can throw off your digestive health. Especially if you suffer from IBS, or other digestive disorders like celiac disease, taking preventative measures to keep your gut healthy while traveling is key.
Enzymes are fabulous little workhorses that play a key role in our body’s cells, catalyzing chemical reactions that facilitate the breakdown of existing materials, while creating new ones. Some foods are harder to digest than other, or some particular foods are ones we might personally be sensitive to, can cause a lot of dreaded bloating and discomfort. Enzymes are essential for the digestive process as well.
Red cabbage is great for gut health; you can even buy or make your own fermented cabbage for additional digestive support. The insoluble fiber found in red cabbage promotes regularity and relieves symptoms of some gastrointestinal conditions. This red cabbage salad is perfect for a quick summer meal or add some protein for something heartier.
Many people are most familiar with the more common grocery kefir made from dairy. While its benefits to the digestive system are countless, we prefer to have our kefir in a dairy-free form. This version is refreshing, nutrient-dense, and hydrating, making it the perfect version to sip on all summer long. This is a cleansing drink that can be a great complement to the 21-Day Program, as can other fermented foods.
Leaky gut syndrome has been gaining more attention in recent years, though mainstream medical providers are sometimes still unaware of its implications. As we become more and more affected by poor dietary choices, bacterial imbalances in the GI tract, stress, and overall toxic overload, the prevalence of leaky gut syndrome is on the rise. A growing body of research suggests that leaky gut syndrome can be a precursor to some serious health conditions. Glutamine (or L-Glutamine, as it is also known), can be a key in healing this disorder.
Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish, which is made by fermenting cabbage, red pepper, and other vegetables. Whether or not you can find this delicious Korean preparation, making it from scratch can often mean higher quality ingredients and a deeper appreciation for the food you eat. It's full of probiotics, which we recommend getting on a daily dose in supplements and in food sources.
Have you heard of Beta-Glucan? Despite it's many health advantages and benefits, many still are unfamiliar with this powerhouse. Beta-Glucan is a polysaccharide found naturally in many foods, such as mushrooms, oats, and barley, and evidence shows that it provides a powerful boost for the immune system, as well as a number of other health benefits.
Somewhere in between the matcha, yerba mate and green tea trends there is kombucha. Perhaps you've spent years hearing about the health benefits — and passing the growing section of the refrigerator in the local natural grocery store — but something about the phrase “fermented yeast and bacteria” isn’t exactly a selling point for some people in a beverage. However, as probiotics and probiotic beverages are definitely here to stay, it may be time to make the jump.