Updated: Jan 15
Hi guys! Hope 2021 is off to a great start for you! Moving into the New Year, I am going to be posting a weekly tip on ways to improve your health through nutrition. Since gut health is the gateway to overall health, we are going to start there.
When I say gut health is super important, I mean it. An unhealthy gut not only results in poor digestion and nutrient absorption, but a plethora of other issues. Did you know that in addition to the typical digestive symptoms of bloating, diarrhea and constipation, that a poorly functioning gut has been linked to anxiety, depression, brain fog, joint pain, autoimmune disease, low energy, excess weight, acne, eczema, frequent colds, irregular periods, and chronic inflammatory disease such as diabetes and heart disease? I know, it’s a long list!
I bet you know a few people that suffer from some of these symptoms. Why you might ask, are so many of us experiencing poor gut health. Well it’s a combination of factors, such as chemical exposures in our environments, antibiotic use, inflammatory foods and drinks in the diet, stress, and poor sleep habits.
If any of this is sounding familiar, then you are part of the majority of Americans who would benefit from giving their gut a little TLC. That is why I created my Gut Repair Program, which most people would greatly benefit from doing. In fact, I am on it myself right now!
But if you aren’t ready for such a big commitment to improving your gut health, and just want to stick your toe in the water, a simple step you could start out with is adding a gut healing ingredient to your daily routine such as collagen peptides, which contain amino acids, particularly glutamine, that help with the healing and repair of the gut lining. I like putting a scoop into my morning smoothie. You can also stir the powder into soups or stews, or simply into a glass of water. Check out the recipe below which adds collagen to a crazy delicious soup which also contains another nourishing gut ingredient, bone broth.
As with everything, you have to find what works for you and do it on a consistent basis for results. With that said, if you are continuing to eat inflammatory foods and living a high stress life, there is only so much collagen peptides can do.
If you would like to explore the idea of enrolling in my gut repair program, make sure to contact me to book your complimentary 20 minute Wellness discovery session.
Roasted Carrot & Cashew Soup
-2 lb organic carrots, cleaned and chopped into 1 inch pieces
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 yellow onion, chopped
-3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
-1 tsp grated nutmeg
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-6 cups homemade or high quality bone broth (Kettle & Fire is great!)
-1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
-1/2 cup unsweetened alternative milk
-1 scoop collagen peptides (stir into pot, once soup is blended)
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, toss carrots and onions with olive oil and seasonings. Spread over a baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, until the carrots are tender. If you have raw cashews, you can throw them in the oven as well, on a separate baking sheet, and roast for about 10 minutes. DO NOT USE ALUMINUM FOIL.
Once everything is roasted, you simply need to blend all of the ingredients in a high speed blender. Save half of the roasted cashews to use as a garnish. Shredded red cabbage, sprouts, and cashew cream also make a beautiful garnish if you are entertaining!
Heat on the stove, stir in the collagen, and enjoy!