Arrow Root, Healthy Tummies and Weight Loss.

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Here are some healthy ideas to help you continue on your health journey! As I told you a while ago, I have been on an ongoing detox to help re build my liver. Some of the recipes I have come across, include arrow root. As I started eating these recipes….I realized that it immediately increased my elimination! Since that is a definite benefit, especially while on a detox diet, I decided to check out this little wonder!

Here are some facts from Organic Facts;

Arrowroot

Arrowroot is not technically a plant in itself, but rather a type of starch that can be readily obtained from the roots of numerous different plants and rhizomes. This high nutrient density starch has been very valuable to a number of indigenous cultures dating back more than 7,000 years, but despite the fact that so many herbal remedies have been disproven or have gone out of use, arrowroot remains an important and effective remedy for many different health conditions. It can be used as a replacement in many foods, rather than flour or corn. Essentially arrowroot powder can be a healthier alternative to the more common cooking ingredients for breads, pastas, and cakes. Arrowroot is also gluten-free, which makes it all the more valuable today with the rising incidence of Celiac disease in many countries.

Stomach Concerns: Celiac disease seems to be the new global pandemic, and as the numbers continue to climb around the world, people are seeking gluten-free alternative to traditional starches and wheat. Arrowroot is a gluten-free substance, making it very popular in recent years, as it can prevent the gastrointestinal discomfort, pain, and danger that those handling a gluten intolerance must face every day.

Weight Loss Concerns: Arrowroot is extremely low in calories as compared to other starches like yams, potatoes, or cassava. For this reason, people trying to remain on a diet can get complex carbohydrates and a wealth of nutrients, as well as a healthy dose of dietary fiber, and eliminate the desire to snack between meals. Arrowroot fills you up and gives you the minerals and vitamins your body needs.

Digestion: Dietary fiber is one of the most important parts of our digestive process, as it helps move food through the bowels in an efficient manner, while also stimulating the uptake of nutrients. It can eliminate issues of constipation and diarrhea, and manage blood sugar levels to prevent the onset of diabetes. Finally, dietary fiber can help to clear out excess cholesterol, further promoting cardiovascular health.

So, replacing flour with arrowroot would be one significant health benefit! Gut health is KEY to overall health. There are so many other benefits and it is a great thickener (can be used in place of eggs if your sensitive.)

Diet, Exercise, Mental health, Faith, Supplements and Aromatherapy all help support as we travel through this life…it is a holistic approach. I am right here with you walking it out and would love to hear from you today:-)

“The Immortal Health Elixir”

Here’s a post we did back in August about one of our favorite holistic foods: Kombucha! Digestive health is incredibly important for overall health, and kombucha is an amazing way to achieve it!

“The Immortal Health Elixir.” Now, doesn’t that sound like one of those fad remedies from the 19th century? Do you picture a round man in a bowler hat trying to sell you a glass bottle of alcohol-laced elixir? Fortunately…

Source: “The Immortal Health Elixir”

How do Probiotics Work?

This week we’ve been talking about the importance of gut health. One way to ensure the best gut health is to eat probiotic foods such as yogurt. But how exactly do probiotic foods work? We’ll take a deeper look at that today.

First of all, let me clarify what I mean by probiotic. I mean naturally fermented foods, which have “good” lactic acid bacteria. These bacteria are what cause milk to ferment (and turn into yogurt) or vegetables to pickle.

In your digestive system, these bacteria cause indigestible carbohydrates to ferment so your body can better process them and they keep the digestive tract acidic so that harmful bacteria cannot grow (Paleoleap.com).

Pretty cool, huh? And although naturally fermented foods are sort of a hot concept on the holistic health scene right now, the consumption of them goes way back, as Dr. Mercola’s article on fermented foods tells us:

During the Roman era, people consumed sauerkraut because of its taste and health benefits.

In ancient India, it was common to enjoy lassi, a pre-dinner yogurt drink. This traditional practice is anchored on the principle of using sour milk as a probiotic delivery system to the body.

Bulgarians are known for their high consumption of fermented milk and kefir, and for their high level of health.

Ukrainians consumed probiotics from a fermented food list that included raw yogurt, sauerkraut, and buttermilk.

Various Asian cultures ate pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots, and consume these fermented treats until today.

Mercola also points out the nutritional benefits of probiotic foods beyond good bacteria, which include B vitamins and vitamin K2, which helps prevent heart disease.

There is tons of information out there on fermented/probiotic foods. I encourage you to do your research! Dr. Mercola and Paleoleap.com have some great resources.

Have you ever tried fermented foods? Did you notice any significant benefits? Would you try them? Let us know what you think!

Yogurt and Gut Health

How is everyone’s week going?

Today we’ll continue to discuss the topic of gut health. Yesterday’s post talked about utilizing probiotics to nourish the immune system and ensure the best health. One of these probiotics is yogurt.

I started making my own yogurt several years ago, and I absolutely love it! It has a thick consistency, tangy taste, and myriad culinary possibilities (the picture above shows my yogurt with pomegranate seeds)! Yogurt is full of good bacteria that nourish your body and strengthen your gut.

Now, understand that I am not talking about most yogurts you’ll find in stores. Go-gurt tubes and flavored yogurt cups are not healthy or beneficial at all. If they haven’t been processed so much that the good bacteria is gone, they’ve been filled with so much sugar and dye that any benefit you would have is cancelled out. Sorry folks!

Greek-style yogurt is true yogurt; it retains all the good stuff without any drawbacks. This is the kind of yogurt I make, and it’s what is mainstream in most other countries. Hannah once had yogurt on a German plane to Italy and was refreshed with how real it was! Just active cultures and no added sweeteners – the way it should be!

It’s sad that we in America fill up on “healthy” food that’s so processed it loses any health it originally had. The rule of thumb for food – especially probiotics – is the closer to nature, the better.

Have you ever tried homemade yogurt? What did or didn’t you like about it? Would you try ours?