My Special Superfood Smoothie
When people ask me how to get started with cultured foods, I give them this formula. Most of the time they're really sick and desperate to feel better. This formula is fantastic for restoring your microbiome and giving you a delicious way to do it. It helps to lower 19 inflammatory markers in the body that can cause you to feel miserable and sick. It has four components that all work together and you can make it your morning smoothie and flood your body with everything it needs.
One of the most important bacteria you need to build is Bifidobacteria. It comprised 80% of your gut bacteria when you were born, and it feeds so many of your other bacteria. It is crucial to get this strong and robust, and the best way to do that is to give it the same prebiotic that your mother gave you through her milk or birth canal. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are specific carbohydrates that make your Bifidobacteria multiply and grow like crazy. It has bio-identical HMOs that deliver all the benefits without any actual human milk in the product. You only need them for a short amount of time - two to four weeks - and then you're off and running. Combine this with kefir, which feeds Bifido and contains 50+ other bacteria, along with Simple Reds and fruit and you're all set.
Simple Reds is a red phenol powder and it is powerful. It is comprised of red fruits like cranberry powder, strawberry powder, goji powder, and apple peel powder. Red phenols feed Akkermansia which is responsible for keeping your gut lining intact and also making sure that all your bacteria are robust. This will allow you to strengthen your immune system and keep your microbiome fed and healthy. You can use any red phenol powder and not just this one. They all work very well.
Let me explain to you why I add each of these ingredients and why I think it's so important. Even if you only make a kefir smoothie, you are way ahead of the game. I did this for years with huge benefits. This is just a way to supercharge your day. Here are four ingredients that have helped so many people and it is just a delicious smoothie that will feed those 100 trillion microbes that abide within you. Remember those microbes that are more numerous than cells in your body. You're never alone, and these microbes were placed there to help you. All they really care about is you!
Start The Day Off With A Super Smoothie
Kefir will always be my favorite cultured food and the one with the most benefits. It has the most probiotics of any cultured food - 50+ good bacteria and good yeasts. It's become one of the most important foods I consume every day. It has helped me keep my blood pressure healthy and my blood sugar too. With 19 anti-inflammatory markers in this powerful food, I don't go without it very often. It has made me healthy and I will be eternally grateful for all the blessings it has bestowed on me. Check out more about this powerful fermented drink. If I could only consume one cultured food, I would pick kefir.
Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are specific carbohydrates, and are essentially super prebiotics occurring naturally in mother's milk. They are the fastest way to help build the all-important Bifidobacteria in the gut which is one of your most important bacteria, all the while feeding other species of bacteria to promote a diverse and strong microbiome.
They actually make HMOs through precise fermentation, purified to an unprecedented purity of 98%. These bio-identical HMOs deliver all the benefits without any actual human milk in the product. You only need them for a short amount of time - two to four weeks - and then you're off and running.
Berries and I have a love affair. I eat them in the morning in my smoothies and recently began adding a red phenol powder to my smoothies to get even more benefits, and what a difference it has made. Those red pigments in berries keep my skin and heart healthy and load me with energy. Your body and microbes love red phenols. Just try adding this to your morning smoothie and see how much better you feel. Simple Reds brand has organic whole beetroot powder, organic whole cranberry powder, organic goji berry powder, organic whole strawberry powder, and organic apple peel powder which feed the all-important bacteria in your gut called Akkermansia muciniphila. These special bacteria keep your gut lining intact and are your defense from the outside world. Red polyphenols can help to reduce chronic inflammation and spur the growth of beneficial gut bacteria such as Bifidobacteria.
I always add some kind of frozen fruit to my smoothies. It adds sweetness, feeds my microbes, and fills me up. I mostly use fruits like frozen wild blueberries, strawberries, mangos, pineapple, cherries, persimmons, and bananas. The list changes throughout the year depending on what fruit is in season. Frozen fruit makes the smoothies thick and creamy and very filling. Fruit is one of my favorite ways to feed my microbes. They love all the fibers in fruit and feast on them and then grow and multiply. Berries, and particularly strawberries, are the fifth-best source of vitamin C and they also help regulate your blood sugar. So, many of my mornings are filled with strawberries. They give me a lift and they taste delicious.
Orange juice contains a special compound called hesperidin that offers a lot of health benefits. It can help your heart health, improve your blood pressure, keep viruses at bay, help with cognitive functions, and boost your immune system tremendously. Check out my article below for more info.
You can even replace the fruit in this recipe with orange juice and add a little ice to make it frothy like a frapaccino. It will give you tons of vitamin C that works hand in hand with your gut bacteria.
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Get Better Kefir Smoothie
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- Place kefir, HMOs, Simple Reds, fruit, and orange juice in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. You might need to stop and stir and re-start as it blends. The frozen mixture is very thick. Add more juice or milk if need be.
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