Gut health is an extensive topic but for now, but if your gut is usually in a state of total disorder, you’re probably looking for an natural solution that will improve your gut health.
I want to give you a gut-healthy smoothie recipe that will make your unhappy digestive system better. This nutrient rich, soothing smoothie is loaded with good bacteria and foods that aid in digestion and can also help protect your stomach lining.
Boost your gut health with this smoothie recipe
¾ cup whole milk kefir
¼ cup nut milk of choice (almond and coconut milk are great options)
1 large ripe banana
1-2 kale leaves, roughly chopped
1-2 tbsp fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
2 tsp raw honey
4-6 mint leaves
2 tbsp matcha powder (optional)
4 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients on high speed until completely smooth. If you’d like it sweeter, you can add more honey. And, if you prefer a thicker smoothie, add in another half banana. Pour the smoothie into a tall glass and serve immediately. If you’re intolerant to any of the ingredients in the smoothie recipe, you can always substitute them.
Gut health benefits of the ingredients in this smoothie
Bananas are neutral and help balance your gut bacteria. Furthermore, because they’re loaded with magnesium and potassium, they can help reduce inflammation, which helps to calm bacterial inflammation. However, if you suffer from high blood sugar or diabetes, you should omit the banana.
Kale is packed with glucosinolates. When the microbes in your gut break it down, it release substances that reduce your risk of inflammation and certain cancers including colon, bladder, liver, breast, lung and stomach cancer. Kale is also high in vitamins A, C and K as well as folate.
Ginger is one of those superfoods that’s known to cure everything from cold and flu to an upset stomach. This is all thanks to its potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. In your gut, ginger helps fight bad bacteria while creating a healthy environment for the “good” bacteria to live.
It’s rich in the enzyme – glucose oxidase that produces hydrogen peroxide, which kills harmful bacteria living in your body. In addition, it has antimicrobial properties, which gives it the ability to fend off viruses too.
Fresh peppermint leaves contain a menthol which is a natural analgesic. It is great for relieving digestive problems such as a runny tummy.