5 Gut Healing Foods
Here are my 5 favorite gut healing snacks.
Add them to your daily routine and watch your health THRIVE from the inside OUT.
1. BONE broth
Bone broth is one of the most nourishing and gut supportive foods in the world. It contains the amino acids glycine and proline and a wealth of collagen all of which support gut healing.
Here's a recipe to make your own:
Place approximately 3 pounds of bones in a 6-quart size slow cooker. Pour a small amount (2-4 ounces) of apple cider vinegar over the bones to help release the minerals. Fill the crockpot with filtered water and let it simmer on low for 24-48 hours. When finished, pour the broth through a strainer evenly into two jars and cover. Immediately place one jar in the refrigerator and the other in the freezer to use later. Once in the refrigerator, the broth will last for approximately one week. The finished product is basically a mineral soup. If you have particularly compromised digestion, you can also add chicken’s feet which provides a wealth of collagen. The gelatin component of bone broth is exceptionally healing to your intestinal tract.
You can use it as a base for soups and, or you can drink it as a nourishing tea by adding coconut oil. You can also learn more about its benefits in our podcast with The Flavor Chef, Lance Roll and the author of The Bone Broth Miracle, Arriane Resnick.
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3. GREEN JUICE SMOOTHIE
The plant pigment, chlorophyll, is incredibly soothing to the intestine. So soothing, in fact, that high-quality green juice from low starchy veggies is basically like a supplement. The fiber from nonstarchy veggies is also healing to the gut, which is why I like to combine them. Juice up at least 8 ounces of ORGANIC low starch veggies (with a few low sugar fruits) like spinach, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, kale, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, lime, and turmeric. Then pour it into a blender and add even more green veggies and low sugar fruits. This 1-2 punch will give your gut ever it needs to thrive.
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5. Fermented foods.
Fermented foods contain probiotics that increase beneficial bacterial populations. Try a raw sauerkraut (you can find it at Whole Foods in the freezer section), make your own by listening to our podcasts with fermentation master Summer Bock and Celeste DeLongacre, or try our 100% grass-fed beef sticks with 1 billion probiotic CFUs per stick!
Hope you (and your gut) love these snacks as much as I do!