Off the back of a big food, big wine, big fun weekend and a madly busy week at work, I thought I’d talk about digestion. Yep, I’m sure you’ve all had days when you just feel a bit out of whack – too much of the wrong foods, not enough of the right, not enough water, stress, lack of sleep and lack of exercise are all reasons your digestion might not be working as it should.
Aint nobody got time for that.
Do you know your gut has a huge network of 100 million neurons similar to the ones in your brain? Nicknamed the ‘second brain’ – research is putting increasing importance on keeping your gut in tiptop shape for overall wellness and vitality (hello fermented foods).
Not only that, your second brain can have a huge effect on mood and emotions. Butterflies in the stomach, a response to stress is just one easy example. The health of your gut has also been linked to depression and anxiety. One of my teachers at IIN used to say if our world leaders ate more greens and drank more water – we’d have a more peaceful world. Interesting thought right?
Mondays are the days I press reset on my digestive system – to give it a break after a stressful weekend and get lots of good, easily digestible foods in to keep the ‘ol second brain happy. My favourite way to do this is starting the day with a digestion boosting smoothie (after a warm lemon water if I remember – which I usually don’t). Seriously, lemon water is that thing you know you should do but never quite get around to!
My happy digestion smoothie was created with the aim of adding lots of good fibre in while keeping the smoothie creamy and a touch sweet. It’s probably one of my favourite combos – so make sure you give it a go! All ingredients are easily accessible from your local supermarket.
I’m a little obsessed with ginger at the moment. A powerful immunity boost, this little superhero also soothes the intestinal tract and helps wonderfully with digestion. It’s also been used for centuries as relief from morning sickness.
Containing the highest amount of fibre of all the tropical fruits, mangoes make the perfect digestion aid and sweetener for your smoothie. We buy in bulk, slice them up and freeze them – leaving your drink icy cold and delicious.
Celery helps protect your gut with two kinds of fibre and unique plant chemicals that lower your risk of stomach inflammation.
Add a delightful creaminess with a spoonful of avo. You’re also getting heart healthy fats, high fibre and some awesome anti-inflammatory benefits. Avos rule.
What you’ll need (serves 1)
1 small knob of ginger
1 frozen mango cheek (or unfrozen – just add ice to keep your smoothie cold)
Big handful spinach
1 small stick celery
1 tbs avocado
A few fresh mint leaves
Cold water to blend
How to go about it
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend baby blend until nice and smooth.