Okay so we have been adding in a different help tip to our daily routine each week. Let’s keep up the good work.
Now we all know that most everything in the body starts from two places: the upper brain – in our skull; and our lower brain – (we are talking about both males and females here – so the lower brain is the gut!!). And as a side note we are not going to get into the difference/similarity between brain and mind – that’s too big a topic. So let’s stay focused.
Obviously how we interpret and respond to the world has a big influence on how our body functions. If we respond with a stressful interpretation and reaction then the adrenals get going and everything in our body changes.
Whereas if we interpret and react with calm and deliberation or with non-chalance, then our bodies function in a very different way.
On the other hand, the gut brain can have a huge impact on the skull brain. I am sure you have heard of all the latest data over the past couple of years on how the microbiota in our gut can effect how we think; how we feel; and how we behave. So if that is the case we really need to take care of our gut and make sure that we have good microbiota in there.
So today’s tip is about the gut microbiota. Now you can take Probiotics as a supplement. The problem with the majority of them, even if they have a broad enough spectrum; or a high enough count; is that they land in the first section of your small intestine – the duodenum. From there they have to travel all the way down to the end of the small intestine and into the large intestine. That journey may last anywhere from 15-30 feet. And of course they need to feed along the way. So the vast majority don’t make it.
On the other hand, if we eat cabbage, we have a great load of microbiota; and the transport system, fiber; and the food to feed them all in one. That is why whether you eat cabbage as: coleslaw; cabbage roles; cabbage soup; saurkraut or kimchi, it is all very good for you. And of course, cabbage is very cheap.
And of course, that fiber helps regulate both bowel movements and weight – all in one good package.
The following is a simple and easy coleslaw recipe that you can start to include in your diet. I have measured anything, because I never do. Its different every time. So just make to taste each time – I have provided two different pictures showing how different the one recipe can come out. And of course, you can add and delete and you want. Have fun with it.
- shredded red cabbage
- shredded green cabbage
- grated carrots
- diced red onion
- diced white onion
- nuts and seeds (I use hemp & sesame seeds, slivered walnuts & almonds)
- raisins and craisins
- Greek yogurt with vanilla
- pineapple juice
Another note, you can make a huge bowl full and keep it in the fridge for a few days. Just keep the dressing separate and add only to the amount you are currently serving.
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