The best and easiest smoothie to improve your gut.
Bondi Beauty recently attended a Webinar hosted by internationally renowned health retreat Chiva Som.
One of the main takeaway’s from the webinar, lad by Renee Grandi (resident naturopath and nutritionist at Chiva Som) was the importance of the gut and gut health.
Often underestimated, the gut actually holds a lot of power in regards to physical and mental health. What we put in our bodies can have a direct effect on our holistic health.
Feeding your body with unhealthy, processed foods can lead to an unhealthy gut and microbiome. This can lead to an array of intolerances and uncomfortable side effects which you may already be experiencing such as bloating, constipation, mood disorders, poor concentration and skin concerns.
Therefore, nourishing the body with non starchy vegetables, omega proteins or fats and healing fats (such as avocado) is an easy was to heal the gut.
Renee shared her super delicious and healing smoothie recipe:
- Collagen Peptide Powder Renee suggests adding a scoop of any collagen powder for all over health, and it makes you stay fuller for longer.
- Ashwagandha Root Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb that is derived from various plants. Renee recommends adding one scoop of the herb as it is super nourishing and acts as a stress response, additionally, it boosts vitality, libido and helps with communication to the brain and balance out the nervous system. You can buy it in powder or capsule form from a chemist.
- Leafy vegetables Adding some spinach or kale will give the smoothie some extra health benefits.
- Nuts A handful of nuts, such as almonds or walnuts are great for some healthy fats.
- Raw Cacao Add a tablespoon of raw cacao for a dopamine boost, it is also filled with magnesium and excellent for reducing stress.
- Cinnamon Add a sprinkle of Cinnamon for regulation of blood sugar and an insulin boost.
- ¼ Cup of Berries Renee said to not overdo it on the berries, this is just for a bit of sweetness and is not meant to be the hero of the smoothie.
- Chia Seeds 1-2 tablespoons.
- Freshly Ground Flax Seeds 1-2 tablespoons. Renee stressed the importance of flax seeds being freshly ground rather than full seeds. Whilst this adds an extra step of grinding them yourself at home, it does have added benefits. They will have a higher amount of antioxidants, and a higher amount of Omega 3.
- Nut Milk or Coconut Milk Add a splash of your preferred nut or coconut milk. Alternatively, water can be added instead.
Blend and enjoy!