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Fast & Easy Drinks for a Healthy Gut

February 27, 2018
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Photo by Emma Kessler
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At any given point in time, you have over 1,000 different bacterial species living in your gut. There is an entire ecosystem living within your digestive tract that exerts a great deal of influence over your health.

These microorganisms help to support your immune system, digestion and enhance nutrient synthesis to keep you healthy. Because of this, using healthy drinks for your gut flora is an easy way to maintain good health overall.

What Gut Bacteria Does for You

Most people are aware of the benefits that intestinal flora provide to the digestive tract. However, research has shown that there are additional benefits for your heart health.

With heart disease being the number one killer in the United States, and over 72 percent of American men overweight or obese, it seems we need all the help we can get. Obesity can increase the chance of cardiovascular problems, and the overweight/obese numbers are not much better for women, either. Overall, there are great benefits to healthy gut.

Giving Your Gut What It Needs

Since these microbes keep you healthy, it is a good idea to keep them happy, and following the right diet is the ideal way to achieve this. There are specific foods that are excellent for promoting gut health by providing intestinal flora with everything they need to flourish.
Fiber-rich foods: Gut bacteria love fiber, but it is best to start slowly because too much can cause bloating, cramping, and gas. Examples of high-fiber foods are spinach, apples, figs, pears, and carrots.
Green and yellow vegetables: Squash and zucchini are ideal sources of folate, carotene, and vitamins C and E.

Fermented foods: Tempeh, miso, sauerkraut, and some yogurts contain live cultures that can be added to your gut colonies, actively supporting them and your health.

Cranberry juice: Whether it is homemade or bought from the store, cranberry juice has the ability to prevent harmful bacteria from taking hold in your urinary tract as well as improve heart health. Just be careful of the sugar content because too much sugar in your gut allows harmful bacterial strains to flourish.

Kombucha tea: This drink contains bacteria and yeast that ferment to create probiotics, thus introducing active and healthy bacteria into your gut.

Coconut and almond milk: Both are rich sources of good bacteria and make excellent bases for any smoothie or juice drink.

Apart from eating the right foods, you can also enhance bacterial health by ingesting prebiotic drinks made from any of the gut healthy foods discussed above. Smoothies, fresh juice, and fresh fruits and vegetables add delicious tastes to your daily diet as well as beneficial vitamins, antioxidants, and both prebiotic and probiotic compounds.

Prebiotic drinks are a perfect way to enhance gut function, improve immunity, give yourself an energy boost, and control glucose levels.

Juicing to Boost Your Health

Juicing is a fun and easy way to get control over your gut health. Almost any fruit or vegetable can be used to make a smoothie or juice drink.

Apples and celery are common choices when making healthy drinks for the gut because they aid digestive processes. Adding mint to these fiber-rich drinks helps to reduce gas.

The best smoothies are ones you make yourself rather than purchasing from a store. Since you know your favorite tastes, you can choose the ingredients that you like.

When possible, always buy fresh, local, and organic items. Some fast-and-easy recipes are below for you to try, and you can tweak any of the ingredients to suit your tastes.

1. Green Gut Healer
• 1 head of fennel
• 1 cucumber
• 1 inch of minced ginger
• 1 handful of fresh mint leaves
• ½ lemon–remove the peel
• 1 Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber Stic Pac

All you need to do is throw everything in a blender or juicer and enjoy. The ingredients help to soothe irritated stomachs and can help get your body back in balance.

2. Appleberry Surprise
10 medium carrots
1 sliced apple
1 cup of strawberries
1 lime or lemon wedge–remove the peel
1 Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber Stic Pac
Simply blend and serve to enjoy the wonderful array of health benefits provided by these ingredients.

Apples are great for promoting smooth bowel movements and are more effective when combined with carrots. Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C and can stimulate saliva and gastric juices to aid digestion.
They are also high in fiber, which can help those suffering with constipation. The carrots and strawberries provide double resistance to infections and deliver a powerful boost to your immune system.

3. Tasty Family Yogurt Smoothie
This drink is perfect for the family to enjoy together and keeps everybody healthy.

Encouraging your kids to eat and drink healthy as early as possible will set the stage for them to lead healthy and productive lives. Kids love smoothies, and smoothies are a great way to provide them with the daily dose of fruits and vegetables they need.

• 1 carton of plain yogurt
• ¾ cup of low-fat milk
• ½ cup frozen blueberries
• ½ cup frozen strawberries
• 1 banana
• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
• 1 Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber Stic Pac
Blend and serve. It’s as easy and fast as that.
4. Ginger Detox Smoothie
• 1 handful of spinach
• 1 inch of ginger
• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
• 1 cup of water
• 1 Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber Stic Pac
Mince the ginger before adding the other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Ginger is ideal for detoxification and also eases gas and bloating. Cinnamon possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe any upset stomachs.
Emma Kessler

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