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Menu for Great Health

Chef Tom Castrigno

Menu For Great Health – Gut Reaction

Everyone has days when their belly is just little bit “off”, right? Must have just been something you ate… It doesn’t have to be that way. After all, you’re eating a balanced diet of whole foods, getting exercise each week, and doing all the right things. If you are experiencing symptoms such as bloating or gas, acid reflux, or even constipation on a regular basis, the cause of the problem could be in your gut.

Our digestive tracks are filled with various flora and fauna organisms that break down the foods we eat. Before vitamins and minerals can be absorbed, they have to be extracted from that fabulous diet you are choosing. By supporting the environment in your gut, you can minimize those “gut reactions”.

Probiotics and fermented foods are two easy ways to help keep your gut flora in balance. Foods such as tempeh are easy to prepare and taste great in many dishes. Kombucha is a beverage choice that can provide live cultures to populate our digestive tracts.

This week we talk with Fallon Rhodes from Natural Grocers, a health food chain in the western U.S. As a staff Nutritional Health Coach, Fallon has helped adults get relief from symptoms related to poor gut health by including more sources of probiotics each day.

Tune in as we learn about simple ways to support a healthy ecosystem in your digestive tract. As always, you’ll find lots of recipes, healthy eating, and cooking tips on Chef Tom’s blog, The Confidence Diet.