A Happy Gut Through the Holidays

The holidays often bring an extra dose of sugary treats and added stress – the perfect storm for gut health imbalances (otherwise known as tummy trouble).

Of course, digestive issues are not just seasonal. Throughout the year, nearly 3/4 of Americans are living with gas, bloating, stomach cramps, food intolerances, acid reflux, and constipation. Unfortunately, gut health problems don’t stop there.

Did you know that autoimmune diseases like Hashimotos, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, depression and anxiety, weight loss resistance, and chronic pain can be triggered or flared up by, poor gut health? This is most often caused by a gut imbalance called dysbiosis or increased permeability called “leaky gut”.

None of us want to start the New Year with aches, pains, bloating, extra weight, or an autoimmune flare . . . So, what can we do to keep our guy happy through the holidays?

While there will surely be some sweets and treats on occasion, filling our belly with gut health promoting foods the other hours of the day is key.

We can make choices that include anti-inflammatory foods ideal for protecting and healing the digestive tract. We also need to include foods packed with probiotics and prebiotics to help strengthen the gut microbiome (all the good guy bacteria).

Be sure to add these 7 yummy foods to the menu this holiday season…

  1. Apples

    Apples, especially the peel, are full of prebiotics that feed health gut bacteria. In addition, they contain pectin, a natural anti inflammatory that is excellent for healing and soothing the gut.

  2. Salmon

    Fatty freshwater fish give us a megadose of omega-3s which are a natural anti-inflammatory. Wild caught fish will be your best choice for gut benefits.

  3. Non dairy Fermented Foods

    Dairy can cause digestive upset and inflammation in many people, so stick to non dairy fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and unsweetened coconut milk yogurt. These foods are full of pre and probiotics to help replenish the gut microbiome.

  4. Coconut Oil

    Coconut oil is a well research natural antimicrobial – meaning it fights that bad bacteria in the gut. This means it helps with overgrowth of yeast or unhealthy bacteria that keeps the digestive system out of balance.

  5. Bone Broth

    The collagen and amino acids like glycine and glutamine in bone broth make it ideal for helping heal your gut. It’s like a protective coating for the lining of your digestive system.

  6. Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera is thought more about for skincare than nutrition, but it is one of the most powerful digestive healers. It contains enzymes amylase that help to metabolize sugars, starches, and fats more effectively. This keeps your gut environment clean, balanced, and functioning most efficiently.

  7. Dark Chocolate

    And I saved the best for last . . . cacao beans are rich in prebiotics and probiotics. Cacao beans are actually a fermented food. The best option will be cacao nibs because they have no added sugar.

Great gut health means more energy, fewer aches and pains, and jeans that still fit come January. And it all starts with the foods on our plate.

Still longing for something sweet? Add some cacao nibs to these Almond {Joint Protecting} Cookies and you have a great gut healing treat. You’ve got omega 3 fatty acids, prebiotic fiber, probiotics, collagen, and even aloe vera if you use our favorite Collagen +.

When you include these powerful foods in your diet, or fill in the gaps with supplements, you will have a happy gut and feel your best through this holiday season!

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