Gut health plays a very important role in your well-being.
Everything that happens there affects different systems in your body.
If something is out of balance somewhere, you can almost always make a positive difference by adjusting your diet.
The right food is literally medicine for your body and mind.
How does it work? The gastrointestinal system digests your food and extracts nutrients such as amino acids from it, which are then absorbed into your bloodstream and transported to your cells.
Your gut microbiome consists of good and bad bacteria and the balance between the two determines the state of your energy levels, immune system, mood and skin, among others.
90% of the happiness hormone serotonin is produced in your intestines; If your gut is out of balance, it can make you feel down and stressed.
The microbiome also influences your brain and the functioning of your concentration and memory.
A balanced, rich diet is therefore very important and includes fresh, nutritious products such as vegetables, fruit, nuts and legumes.
Prebiotics and probiotics are essential for a healthy gut, what are they?
Probiotics are foods that contain good live bacteria such as kefir, sauerkraut, prebiotic yogurt, kimchi and kombucha.
Prebiotics are fiber-rich foods for the good bacteria and can be found for example in apples, onions, garlic, artichoke, kidney beans, chickpeas, mushrooms, pomegranate, oatmeal, bananas and linseed.
By making sure you get enough probiotics and prebiotics and by minimizing products with refined sugar, white flour and processed foods as much as possible, you can cultivate good gut health.
Here I explain how you can easily make your own dairy-free probiotic coconut yogurt.
The basis of this dessert is Agar Agar, a fibre-rich plant based binder made from red algae with a fiber percentage between 70-85%.
Due to its high concentration of fibers and the addition of adaptogens, this dish is very beneficial for your hormones and for the good bacteria in your intestines.
It's vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and can also be eaten for breakfast or as a snack.
High fiber dessert to balance your hormones and gut health
Mix 2 teaspoons of Agar Agar powder into 400 ml of water and bring to a boil over low heat, while stirring.
Add 60 grams of blackberries pureed in the blender with some cinnamon powder.
Add 1 teaspoon of I am calm adaptogens and let it simmer for a few more minutes.
Turn off the fire and let it cool down for a bit.
Add honey or maple syrup to taste and fresh lemon juice.
Pour into bowls and add sliced almonds and Goji berries.
Put the bowls in the refrigerator until they are well set.
Serve for dessert, breakfast or as a snack.