Health & Nutrition

The Gutter – Why fiber is important!

The Gut. One of the most important systems in your body! Seriously, its referred to by a lot of practitioners as our ‘Second Brain’.

SO much of what you need to nourish your being, comes from what you put into your mouth. Your nervous system, immune system, endocrine system (glands & hormones), reproductive system, respiratory system etc all rely on the right components of diet to perform at their best.

A diet high in fiber is a step in the right direction in maintaining a well working gut. Fiber doesn’t actually get digested or assimilated in the body, instead it acts as a broom and sweeps out your insides of toxins and waste. Peristalsis is the wave like motion your muscles in your intestines make when moving food along. Fiber plays an important role here and stimulates this action. Not only that, fiber holds the moisture in your gut and colon, keeping things from getting ‘clogged up’ and causing discomfort. This functional food also helps to lower cholesterol, blood sugar and regulate our immune systems. Its a pretty amazing food component right?  Keep it in your diet, in high amounts!!!

So below I have the ultimate morning smoothie. Its delicious, nutritious and full of fiber to help keep your gut healthy and happy. I recommend drinking a glass of tepid water as soon as you wake up, to give you tummy a nice little wake up, before putting any food in there.

THE GUTTER (use organic where you can): 

Makes 2

2 bananas

2-3 cups of non-dairy milk (or more depending on your preference)

5-6 tbs of quick oats (I use organic oats that are rolled – milled or cracked oats are fine too)

2 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp ground flax seeds

3-4 tbs Raw Hemp Protein (high in fiber, protein and iron)

1 tsp cacao or dark cocoa powder (high in antioxidants)

Honey to taste

Directions: Throw it all in the blender and whizz!!!

Fiber Smoothie
Photo Credit: Gary Stevenson

 

This is a template. You can add more fruits if you like, I used blueberries and they worked great with the banana – adding more antioxidants too!! I also avoid using any dairy as that can inhibit the absorption of iron, and for those who are on a low meat diet this is important.

NOTE: If you are moving towards a higher fiber diet, I recommend doing it gradually. With this smoothie use half the amounts of oats, chia and flax, to ensure you aren’t shocking your system right away.

Also guys, it goes without saying, lots of fruits and vegetables will give you ample amounts of fiber too, so keep on that!!

Hope you enjoy this delicious smoothie.

Stay happy and healthy! ❤

Lots of Love Natalie xoxo

(PS – This smoothie is great for after a hangover!!)

 

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