Gut Health

Probiotics and fermented foods are at the cusp of all health trends in the wellness and diet industry right now. The topic is exciting because for the first time in medical science has any attention been brought to the idea of how pre and probiotics can affect our health from the inside out- from the number of times a year we get sick to the way our digestive system works- even to the state of our skin. If you aren't familiar with probiotics and gut health, I recommend to listen to Rich Roll's podcast with Dr. Robynne Chutkan here or read this Michael Pollan article in the New York Times.

While a gut flora test can help you understand whether you need to increase your level of probiotic consumption via fermented vegetables or coconut yogurt, you can start by analyzing your daily lifestyle habits and seeing if your body is giving you any red flags. An overall recommendation I would give to anyone in regard to gut health would be to put down the antibiotics and not take them (or any medicine) unless you absolutely need to, and increase consumption of fermented foods like sauerkraut (my favorite brand is Farmhouse Culture), probiotic drinks and elixirs.

Signs of low gut bacteria:

Constipation/chronic diarrhea

Mood swings

Skin rashes

Regular use of pain medications

Symptoms like heartburn, reflux, nausea, bloating, belly pain and discomfort

 

At home DIY probiotic smoothie:

1 teaspoon Moon Juice probiotic powder

1 teaspoon barley grass juice powder

1 cup blueberries

½ frozen banana

½ cup almond milk

Combine in a blender and enjoy.