Molly Morgan, a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, says that your gut health should be at the core of those methods.
Why is gut health so important?
Morgan says it's the "new frontier" in the scientific and medical world, with emerging research linking the gut to some of the most common diseases our society faces today.
Studies show that a “Western” diet high in fat and sugar results in more porous intestinal lining, causing greater exposure to food antigens and environmental toxins. Ongoing research has linked gut microbe diversity with reduced obesity, improved blood sugar levels, better skin health and mental health benefits.
Probiotics are one step to gut health. Prebiotics are another. These non-digestible and non-absorbable carbohydrates (like bananas, asparagus, and red wine) help feed the good bacteria already living in your digestive system. Up to a trillion microbes live in your intestinal tract, where probiotics begin their work.
Morgan's book, Drink Your Way to Gut Health, brings credentials and extensive knowledge to the topic with 140 healing drink recipes based on kefir, yogurt, kombucha, almond milk, and ginger beer.
The beverages, organized by chapters like Energizing, Nutrient-Rich, and Detoxifying, not only work against a variety of ailments like type-2 diabetes, allergies, and obesity, but are delicious too. Other bonus materials included in the book are nutritional data, health tips, resource lists, and shopping guides, making it an indispensable resource for those looking to improve their gut health.
Morgan also offers these gut-healthy tips:
- Not all pickles are created equally. Only those that have NOT been pickled using vinegar will be high in probiotics.
- If you prefer a protein boost in your smoothie, use Greek yogurt instead of regular varieties.
- Traditionally, a lassi is savory and includes cumin. Fruity varieties, like the ever popular mango, came later.
- Studies show that a blend of protein and carbohydrates is the best way to refuel after a workout.
- With fermentation comes alcohol. When making your own kombucha or ginger beer at home, batches usually have 0.5% alcohol or less, but some brews may prove boozier.
Tune in as Morgan joins Andrea and Lisa to share more about the importance of having a healthy gut, the gut-brain connection, and specific foods you can use to improve your own gut health.