When it comes to your gut, do you get any of these symptoms?
- Sugar cravings
- Bad breath
- Skin problems
- Suppressed immunity
- Autoimmune disease
When it comes to your gut, like any of the above symptoms, might show up in different forms. For example, one is sugar cravings which might be a sign of candida in your gut. Or maybe through the skin like eczema. When we get these types of symptoms we try and focus on what we see, as that makes most common sense, right? But when it comes to your health either physically or internally, we need to think outside the box.
For example, I have had a few yoga students come through with knee issues. I think to myself, what is also happening below the knee and above the knee? I get them to be aware of their alignment and during the class as I will watch their foot placement to see what is happening below the knee and what is happening above, rather than having a tunnel vision of just being focused on the knee. So with that in mind, it’s the same thing as various symptoms we see that doesn’t seem associated with the gut.
When it comes to our health there is no one thing that will fix us and for each person it will be different. It’s about bio-individuality. The one place where we can all start is with our food. I make various dishes to help nourish and support my body as a whole. And one thing I have in my fridge all the time are gut gummies. These are packed with healing, whole, real foods. What I love about these is you can make them to your or family’s specific taste buds. I am going to share with you my favourite yellow little gems which all you need is one per day but if you want more there is nothing stopping you for having more. It’s a great little treat for the kids too!
These yellow gut gummies are made of fresh lemon juice, ginger root, turmeric, aloe vera juice and gelatin collagen powder. I am going to give you and idea on what nourishment these beautiful little yellow gems contains.
Lemons – are high alkalising for the body and have an exceptionally high vitamin C content. These beauties are also high in citric acid which is wonderful for helping rid the system of waste matter.
The next nourishing gem is ginger root. This beauty is one used by many different practitioners like Chinese herbal medicine and in Ayurvedic medicine. In Japan ginger root has been found to be an effective painkiller which makes sense as it’s known to help with inflammation – just like the lemon and ginger helps ward off cold and flu symptoms as it helps eliminate mucus from the sinuses and phlegm from the lungs.
Our next ingredient is turmeric. This beautiful, bright orange coloured gem has very powerful anti‑inflammatory effects along with being a very strong antioxidant so this is a win‑win as many Western diseases create inflammation in the body. When you have something help support the inflamed body, this is one you want to add.
Now to add liquid to these three ingredients, I use aloe vera juice. When our body is highly acidic pH this is a breeding ground for disease so drinking and eating foods that are high in alkalinity helps bring that balance back into our body. And aloe vera juice does that but its benefits don’t stop there! As the plant is water-dense it hydrates the body, it helps keep the liver happy and healthy and it also helps with the health of our skin as it is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that help project our skin. Now, if it does that for our skin what do you think that does for our digestive system? The enzymes in aloe vera helps breakdown the sugars and fats to keep your digestion running smoothly and, on top of that, it helps decrease irritation in the stomach and intestines. So for those who have IBS and other inflammatory disorders of the intestines this is a keeper on the daily consumption list.
Last but not least of the ingredients is gelatin collagen powder. This is the most abundant protein in the body. Gelatin collagen is in your muscles, skin, blood, bones, cartilage,joints and ligaments. And when added to your daily regime it helps promote skin elasticity, holds together your bones and muscles, it protects your organs and provides structure to joints and tendons. All of this is vital as it holds us together.
With these five ingredients full of highly dense alkalising, full of antioxidants, inflammation‑reducing, digestive supporting, holding the body together nutritional foods is a winner in my eyes. Now let’s put them together in these yummy in my tummy gummies.
Yellow Gut Gummies
1 inch Fresh ginger(+/- depending on your taste) or 2 tsp of powdered ginger (if you don’t have a juicer)
1 inch of fresh turmeric (+/- depending on your taste) or 2 tsp of powdered turmeric (if you don’t have a juicer)
1-3 fresh squeezed lemon juice
Aloe vera juice 1-2 cups
3 tbsp of Gelatin Collagen powder (Great Lakes is the one I use)
If you have a juicer you can make it with the fresh ginger, turmeric and lemon. You can start off with about 1 inch in size of the ginger and turmeric but it all depends on your taste buds and body so there is no wrong amount.
If you don’t have a juicer use an organic ginger and turmeric powder. Squeeze your lemon juice.
You want to bring your liquids up to 2 cups so top it off with Aloe vera juice to bring it up to two cups. Put the liquid and gelatin in a saucepan and heat over a low heat, whisking until fully combined. Cook for another 5 minutes until simmering at the edges. Do not boil!
Pour into moulds or a glass dish and pop in the freezer to set. Depending on the size of your mould it may take from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
NOTE: If you use moulds I find greasing them with some coconut oil helps pop them out easier.
OTHER FLAVOUR IDEAS FOR GUT GUMMIES
2 cups of liquid
3 tbpsGelatin Collagen Powder
- Bulletproof coffee gummies with coffee, almond milk, and gelatin
- Coconut cream with vanilla or cinnamon
- Kombucha gummies
- Apple and beetroot juice with gelatin
- Frozen berries and coconut water