You are what you eat, it’s true. In fact, experts confirm that our health does begin in the gut.
Dietician Boris Kazakov says, “Maintaining a healthy gut is important as a means of helping reduce the risk of a range of conditions from bowel cancer and diverticular disease through to indigestion and constipation, and given that poor digestive health can affect anyone, it’s important to look after your gut.”
The human gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in the entire body.
This bacteria promotes normal gastrointestinal function, protects us from infection, regulates metabolism, and comprises more than 75 percent of our immune system. That is hard work.
The most common causes of a poor functioning gut include a sedentary lifestyle, stress overload and not surprising – a poor diet.
How to help the good gut bacteria thrive? Easy! Eat and drink a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Try this delicious juice recipe to help heal and soothe your gut…
Digestive Dream Juice
1 pineapple (including core)
Thumb-length of ginger
Handful of mint leaves
Put all the ingredients through a juicer and enjoy!
What’s so special about these ingredients?
Pineapple contains bromelain, a group of protein-digesting enzymes, which help with digestion in the intestinal tract. Bromelain is found at the core of the pineapple.
Pears stimulate secretion of digestive juices so food moves more easily through our system which helps regulate bowel movements, prevent water retention, and decrease bloating. Pear fiber also helps it bind to and flush toxins out of the colon.
Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. This combination is very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, thereby aiding digestion.
Ginger is used to help with digestion and increases saliva and other digestive fluids, which alleviates indigestion and other symptoms like flatulence and bloating.
Mint is a digestive aid, as it soothes the stomach in cases of indigestion or inflammation. The aroma of mint stimulates the salivary glands in the mouth as well as glands that secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion.
Have you been juicing? Tell us how you go with this recipe…