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The Four F’s

The Four F’s

1. Fermented Foods🍜 – Fermented foods continue to grow with popularity, as you’ve probably noticed on your local grocery store shelves. These products include kombucha, kefir popsicles, sauerkraut, yogurts, tempeh, miso, and kimchi. These foods supply the body with a natural source of probiotics to repopulate your healing gut.

2. Fiber🍞 – Fiber is a natural prebiotic, which acts as food for good bacteria. Most people don’t realize fiber is a crucial component for proper gut health. Try fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruit, and vegetables.

3. Foundation Foods🥦 – These foods are the foundation of your diet once you’ve supported the gut with probiotic and prebiotic foods. They supply the body with tons of nutrients and also work on healing the gut. Foundation foods include broccoli, greens, cacao, chickpeas, and oatmeal.

4. Fruit🍏 – Apples are a strong addition to your gut healing diet. Not only are they high in fiber, stewed apples are great for your microbiome (which can help heal the gut.) Blueberries are another great addition as they are full of antioxidants, vitamin K, and fiber. Studies show blueberries also diversify our gut bacteria.

Gut Health and Alcohol

Gut Health & Alcohol 🍷

Over-consumption of alcohol has been proven to have a negative impact on the gut. Those who consume alcohol regularly have higher rates of alcohol-induced oxidative stress and intestinal dysbiosis, which often leads to gastrointestinal inflammation and leaky gut syndrome.
Binge drinking (more than four drinks per event) can result in a rapid increase of bacteria toxins in the cell, inflammation, and disturbance of the immune system.

If you are consuming alcohol, prep your body! 🍊🍽
1. Probiotics
2. Vitamin C
3. Fiber
4. Drink responsibly
5. Stick to low FODMAP approved drinks (ie: dry wines, gin, vodka, whiskey)
6. Watch your mixers!
7. Alternate between a drink and a glass of water
8. Eat a healthy, balanced meal prior to drinking

What Are Prebiotics?

What are Prebiotics? 🍎
Prebiotic fiber is the non-digestible part of food, such as bananas, onions, garlic, artichokes, apple skin, beans, and many others. Prebiotic fiber goes through the small intestine undigested and is fermented when it reaches the colon. This fermentation process feeds beneficial bacteria colonies (including probiotic bacteria.) This helps to increase the number of desirable bacteria in our digestive system that are associated with better health and reduced disease risk. Long story short, prebiotics feed the friendly bacteria in your gut.Prebiotic Foods:
1. Chicory Root
2. Dandelion Greens
3. Jerusalem Artichoke
4. Garlic
5. Onions
6. Leeks
7. Asparagus
8. Bananas
9. Barley
10. Oats
11. Apples
12. Cocoa
13. Flaxseed
14. Wheat Bran
15. Seaweed

What’s Trending – Gut Health

What’s Trending – Gut Health🧠

We talk about #GutHealth on the daily, and it’s growing with popularity. More and more studies show that poor gut health is caused by a low-quality diet lacking in fiber and the overuse of antibiotics leading to a poor gut biome☹️

Healthy bacteria in our gut helps prevent inflammation, supports weight loss, and boosts our overall well-being👍🏼 

As gut health continues to trend, more products are becoming readily available including prebiotics, probiotics, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha.#YAY 🤗