Cooling Down With Cultured Foods

Cooling Cultured foods 

I live in a desert climate - hot during the day and cool at night. When it gets hot, it's really hot. Today it's 100°F and I'm looking for foods that cool me down. Fresh fruits and veggies are eaten a lot more in the summertime and prebiotic foods combined with probiotic foods can have such a huge impact on the body. Check out a few recipes to help you stay cool, hydrated, and healthy this summer!

Kombucha is a Perfect Summer Drink

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Kombucha is a must-have in the summertime! When the body is exposed to excessive heat, the liver can become stressed and kombucha can help! Drinking kombucha can keep you cool and hydrated in the summertime. It can also help your liver which is one of the organs most vulnerable to excessive heat. Just like a plant can wilt in the heat, our bodies can suffer as well. Kombucha has special compounds that help the liver do its job in detoxifying you and keeping the liver running smoothly.

Keep the heat and inflammation out of your joints. Kombucha is packed with glucosamine which helps prevent joint damage by supporting the preservation of collagen. It does this by increasing hyaluronic acid which is important for the lubrication of your joints. When joints are better able to move, the collagen isn’t worn down as much. Kombucha is a very healing drink for many different parts of the body.

One of my favorite cool-down drinks is a strawberry margarita. I discovered the traditional version of this recipe when I was on a cruise in Mexico. I fell in love with margaritas but just didn’t enjoy the tequila. So I made my own non-alcoholic version and, of course, used kombucha! Check out the recipe!

Check out my Favorite Kombucha Drinks for Summertime

Kombucha Yogurt Smoothie

Chai Spiced Blackberry Kombucha

Strawberry Margarita Kombucha

Kefir Summer Smoothie bowls

I think having kefir first thing in the morning works best for me - especially in the summertime. It's a fast breakfast and I love it so much. I've done this for over 20 years and I never tire of it. In the summertime, a smoothie bowl is so good with all the fresh fruit available.

Certain fruits are super high in water content which helps keep your whole body hydrated, and you need this when the weather gets hot.

One of the greatest benefits of fruit is the prebiotic fibers in them. This feeds your microbiome in a powerful way.  Fiber is also super important for healthy bowels. It helps keep you “regular,” which can prevent issues like constipation, hemorrhoids, and diverticulosis.

Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of so many diseases. For starters, studies found eating fruit lowers your risk of developing heart disease[1]  and high blood pressure, and lowers your risk of certain cancers. Combine this fruit with kefir that is loaded with microbes and you'll have a breakfast that fights pathogens, boosts your immune system, and floods you with vitamin C that just may help you live a longer and healthier life.

Check out my favorite smoothie bowls for summertime!

Kefir Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Kefir Acai Nutty Smoothie  Bowl

Berry Collagen Smoothie Bowl

Cultured Veggies for Summertime

Fresh fruits and veggies are eaten a lot more in the summertime. Let me explain why prebiotic foods combined with probiotic foods can have such a huge impact on the body. Fresh fruits and vegetables can act as summertime lifeguards too. Red foods like tomatoes and watermelon contain lycopene, a pigment responsible for the plant's red color. High intakes of lycopene are associated with a lower risk for certain types of cancer and this protective plant compound has also been shown to help reduce skin damage from the sun.[2] Nothing will change you faster than eating more of these powerful foods. I try to eat at least four to five cups a day.

I have lots of fun recipes for vegetables and also dips that make summertime snacking super fun with fresh veggies. Eat more veggies — they feed your microbiome and keep everything running smoothly and keep you healthy!

 

Check out Cultured Veggies for Summertime

Cultured Peach Pico

Cultured Veggie Dip

Tuscan Tomatoes

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I live in a desert climate - hot during the day and cool at night. When it gets hot, it's really hot. Today it's 100°F and I'm looking for foods that cool me down. Fresh fruits and veggies are eaten a lot more in the summertime and prebiotic foods combined with probiotic foods can have such a huge impact on the body. Check out a few recipes to help you stay cool, hydrated, and healthy this summer!