I am currently obsessed with everything related to gut health — and for good reason! After all, a healthy gut is directly related to essential functions in the body, including the immune system, body weight, appetite, mood, inflammation and brain health.

A balanced and diverse microbiome = better health overall.

A less diverse or less balanced microbiome = a negative impact on health. 

Many factors contribute to the health of your gut, including your environment, the amount of exercise and sleep you get, and stress. BUT…the #1 factor effecting your gut health is diet.

OUR FAVORITE MICROBIOME NOURISHERS

Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh, raw, organic fruits and veggies potentially increase the diversity of your gut microbiota. The good bacteria in your gut prefer to eat nutrients called prebiotics, facilitating bacterial growth. Apples, grapes, lettuce, peaches, peppers, leafy greens, carrots, sprouts, asparagus, celery and tomatoes are known to contain large prebiotic populations.

Eating organic fr...

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What is the difference between someone who eats until feeling full and maintains a healthy weight and someone who consumes much more food and has a resulting weight problem? Frequently, we assume one person has a more ‘active’ metabolism than the other. However, new research reveals something else may be going on, and it has to do with your microbiome. Your microbiome includes trillions of different kinds of bacteria and non-bacterial organisms that live inside the gut and perform essential bodily functions.

It seems these bacteria may be undermining our self-control when it comes to eating and appetite and sending us unwanted signals. It’s now understood certain strains of bacteria are associated with an increase in the undesirable results of being obese, such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and elevated blood lipids.

Old Thoughts Regarding Appetite and Satiety

Science’s working model for appetite and satiety assumed obesity was dependent upon an intrinsic gut-brain...

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Right now, there’s a party going on inside your body. The guests? Meet Your Microbiome---about 100 trillion bacteria.

These bacteria hang out everywhere, from your armpits and tongue to your lungs and gut. They eat the food you eat. They talk to each other, and like any big party, the good ones bring a good vibe and clean up after themselves (ie: boost immune system), while the bad ones make a mess and get you into trouble (ie: a strep throat instigator).

It wasn’t until about 10 years ago microbiologists considered the possibility that certain kinds of bacteria are not only useful, but they’re directly linked to well-being. This inner world of bacteria has come to be known as the microbiome.

What Does Your Microbiome Do For You?

Research has so far shown all those good guy bacteria could possibly lower cholesterol, tame symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), regulate your appetite, help with weight loss, boost your immune system and even influence your mood. The key, it seems, is est...

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Whole Formulas Essential Oils

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Turmeric has been the health buzz lately, and deservingly so. It most definitely is a noteworthy spice you will want to include regularly in your diet. Turmeric is the bright, golden-colored spice prominently used in Indian curry dishes. While brilliantly colored, it has a mild flavor.

For centuries, turmeric has been used as an herbal remedy. More recent studies show its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer properties.

The reason for all turmeric’s amazing medicinal properties is because of curcumin, the primary active ingredient in the spice.

Ten reasons to include this "Spice For Life" in your diet.   

1. Inflammation Fighter

Curcumin contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds.

2. Curbs Chronic Illnesses

In various chronic illnesses in which inflammation is known to play a major role, curcumin shows therapeutic potential. These diseases include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebr...

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Superfood Matcha Donuts

3/16/2017 6:00 AM

Matcha is Japanese green tea leaves that have been finely ground into a powder. By consuming the entire leaf, matcha is more potent than other tea varieties.

HEALTH ENRICHING BENEFITS OF MATCHA

  • Matcha's vivid green color comes from chlorophyll, a powerful detoxifier.
  • Sipping matcha delivers a mega dose of antioxidants — 137x more than regular brewed green tea.
  • One unique antioxidant, EGCg provides potent cancer-fighting properties.
  • The amino acid L-theanine + caffeine = a state of relaxed alertness & an uncanny ability to focus.

Great matcha is sweet and mouth-watery, with no traces of bitterness. 

Ingredients

6 ounces whole-wheat pastry flour (about 1¾ cups)

½ cup granulated sugar

2¼ teaspoons matcha powder, divided

¾ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup fat-free buttermilk

¼ cup + 4 teaspoons water, divided

¼ cup butter, melted

½ teaspoon grated lemon rind

1 large egg

Cooking spray

1¼ cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons large unsweetened coconut fla...

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