There’s no doubt that the gastrointestinal system is vital for proper immune function and overall health. GI issues such as a leaky gut syndrome can result in a number of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.
The thing is the intestinal flora, also known as microbiome, which consists of billions of beneficial gut bacteria, takes important part not just in your digestion, but also in the function of your hormones, brain, and genetic expression. This is why gut flora imbalances including candida overgrowth and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) affect your overall health.
It’s also important to know that your gut bacteria feed on the food you consume. That’s why your overall health, your proper immune function and prevention of degenerative diseases largely depend on your diet. The famous ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut. This implies that healing begins in the same place too.
Read on and find out how to improve your overall health with 6 gut-healing recipes.
1. Nourishing Chicken Zoodle Bone Broth Soup
Ingredients for the bone broth:
- whole organic chicken
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 onion
- 1 inch of ginger root
Ingredients for the soup:
- 4-6 cups organic chicken broth
- 2 tbsps. coconut oil
- 1-2 cups chopped onions
- 1-2 cups chopped carrots
- 3-4 small zucchinis
- 2 cups shredded organic chicken
- 2-3 crushed garlic cloves
- Himalayan sea salt to taste
- Wash the chicken thoroughly then place it in a pot.
- Fill ¾ of the pot with water then add the herbs and vegetables.
- 3. Brink the water to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for minimum 8 hours (the longer it simmers the better).
- Let the broth cool then strain and store in Mason jars.
- Stir-fry the onions and carrots in coconut oil until the onions soften.
- Add the bone broth then bring to a boil.
- Slice the zucchini into a desired shape.
- When the carrots soften, add the zucchini and simmer until tender.
- In the end, add the chopped chicken and garlic, bring once again to a boil, then remove from heat.
- Cover and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Benefits: Bone broth is extremely beneficial for your gut-lining cells. In fact, it’s a natural mixture of gelatin, glucosamine, glycine, and minerals, all of which effectively alleviate issues such as leaky gut syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, and food intolerances.
2. Rejuvenating Celery Juice
- 1-2 bunches organic celery
Juice the celery and drink fresh.
Benefits: Celery is a storehouse of gut-healing minerals and nutrients. Celery juice restores your intestinal pH balance, HCL, and promotes healthy digestion. For optimal effects, drink 16 ounces of fresh celery juice on an empty stomach in the morning.
3. Gut-Soothing Ginger & Slippery Elm Tea
- 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger root
- 1 tsp. slippery elm powder
- 2 cups purified water
- Mix the fresh ginger root with 2 cups of water and boil.
- Add slippery elm powder and stir until well-dissolved.
Benefits: Both ginger and slippery elm are powerful anti-inflammatory agents which heal your intestinal lining.
4. Probiotic Superfood Burger
- 1¼ pounds grass-fed ground beef
- ¼ cup organic mustard
- ½ cup drained organic sauerkraut
- ½ head organic lettuce
- ½ cup watercress
- ½ a white organic onion, sliced
- Himalayan sea salt to taste
- Season the beef with salt, make four ¾-inch-thick patties and grill on medium-high until cooked.
- Make sandwich buns with the lettuce leaves then add the burgers, onion, watercress, mustard, and sauerkraut.
Benefits: what this recipe provides is good anti-inflammatory fats like CLA and omegas from the grass-fed burger, prebiotics and phytonutrients from the vegetables, and beneficial bacteria from the sauerkraut.
5. Gut-Healing Smoothie
- 1 cup plain almond milk
- 2 tbsps. grass-fed collagen powder
- 1 tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
- ½ tsp. probiotic powder
- 1 tsp. deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)
- 1 tsp. zinc carnosine
- 1 tbsp. L-glutamine powder
- 2 cups chopped kale
- ½ cup frozen organic berries
Blend all the ingredients and drink fresh.
Benefits: This smoothie provides a number of gut-healing medicines including collagen, zinc carnosine, coconut oil, probiotics, and L-glutamine.
6. Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Milk
- 2 cups plain coconut milk
- 2 tsps. turmeric
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- a pinch of black pepper
- 1 tsp. raw honey
- ¼ tsp. ginger powder
- Mix all ingredients until well-blended.
- Transfer into a saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat.
Benefits: Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It’s even more beneficial (more bioavailable) when mixed with fats like coconut and spices like black pepper.