Hello sexy September and Spring! Welcome to your first edition of this month’s Secret Supper Club, in this feature we are addressing foods to heal your gut, these guys are truly superfood rock-stars.
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If you suffer from leaky gut syndrome, you’re overdue to consider adopting a leaky gut diet. Here are the five foods and supplements to heal your leaky gut.
#1 Bone Broth
broth contains collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine that can help heal your damaged cell walls. I’ve had many of my patients do a bone broth fast for three days to help heal leaky gut and cure autoimmune disease. See our recipe below!
#3 Fermented Vegetables & raw cultured dairy like kefir
contain organic acids that balance intestinal pH and probiotics to support the gut. Sauerkraut, kimchi and kvass are excellent sources. Raw Cultured Dairy – contains both probiotics and SCFA’s that can help heal the gut. Pastured kefir, yogurt, amasai, butter and raw cheese are some of the best.
#3 Prebiotic rich foods…
which actually simply means all fruits and vegetables, in fact when visiting your local supermarket the fruit & veggie aisle should have a big flashing neon light thatread’s Prebiotics! Some veggies and fruit are more beneficial than others. Onions, leeks, artichokes and asparagus really are the cream of the crop and when it comes to fruit bananas rules 9the greener the better).
There are many supplements that support your digestive health; here are my 3 top choices:
#1 Probiotics are the most important supplement to take because it helps replenish good bacteria and crowds out bad bacteria. I recommend getting probiotics in both food and supplement form. See below our Secret Crush of the month on which product we think is best, and it also contains prebiotics!
#2 Digestive enzymes (one or two capsules at the beginning of each meal) ensure that foods are fully digested, decreasing the chance that partially digested foods particles and proteins are damaging your gut wall.
#3 L-Glutamine is critical for any program designed to heal leaky gut. Glutamine powder is an essential amino acid supplement that is anti-inflammatory and necessary for the growth and repair of your intestinal lining. L-glutamine benefits include acting as a protector: coating your cell walls and acting as a repellent to irritants. Take 2–5 grams twice daily.
- 5 liters of filtered water
- 1 whole chicken carcass (choose from a organic, grass-fed chicken supplier)
- 1 onion, quartered
- 1 large carrot, roughly sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 heaped tablespoon of turmeric
- 3 heaped tablespoons of pink salt or sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- Faithful to nature’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Health Connections Apple Cider Vinegar – Unfiltered
This cloudy apple cider vinegar from Health Connection has been made with locally grown apples and is free of preservatives and additives. It is cloudy and contains sediment because it has not been filtered, which means that it continues to ferment after it has been bottled. This creates a delicious fruity touch to itsflavour and leaves more of the nutrients in the vinegar. For centuries, people have been using natural apple cider vinegar as both a food and a medicine for themselves and for their pets. Since 400BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and many others, have used vinegar and vinegar mixed with honey, as a natural detox treatment, an energising tonic and a healing elixir.
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The plant-based version:
3 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
½ cup cream
For the topping:
Salt & milled black pepper to taste
3 bay leaves
2 tsp turmeric
3 tbsp medium curry powder
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
2–3 tbsp garam masala
125ml store-bought fruit chutney
4 x 400g cans lentils, drained & rinsed
2 carrots, grated
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 large onions, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
For the lentils:
ingredients except bay leaves; stir well. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
Transfer the lentil mixture to an ovenproof dish; smooth over the top. Arrange the bay leaves on top.
For the topping:
Beat together topping ingredients. Pour over the lentil mixture and bake for about 45 minutes or until the topping is golden and set.
To serve: Serve bobotie warm with a fresh side salad of your choice.
Super-fast, delicious & nutritious meal that can be breakfast, lunch or supper
Mushroom, spring onion & baby spinach eggs
- 4 large organic/ grass fed eggs, whisked well
- 1 small punnet of Mushrooms, remove stem and slice them in half
- 1 table spoon of Tamari or soy sauce
- 2 cloves of garlic, grated finely
- 1 small bunch of spring onions, sliced
- Cold pressed coconut oil
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- Pin salt to taste
Fry the onions in the coconut oil until they start o soften, then add the garlic and sauté for a further 2 minutes, next add the tamari/ soy sauce and lemon juice and sauté for a further 2 minutes, then transfer the mushroom/ onion mix to a bowl.
Using the same pan, but adding some more coconut oil add the whisked eggs and then over medium heat scramble. When the eggs are almost done add the mushrooms/ onion mix to reheat and serve soon after.
Lunch box ideaHappy Earth People 100% Red Lentil Fusilli Pasta https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/happy-earth-people-100-red-lentil-fusilli-pasta Pesto Princess Basil & Lemon Pesto
This is the ultimate alternative to pasta, made from red lentils it is high in protein, fibre, iron and is gluten & grain free, which makes this perfect for those suffering from gluten/ wheat intolerance.
Simply boil the fusilli as per package instructions, then drain well and stir through Pesto Princess Basil pesto, cool and store in the fridge for lunch boxes.