It’s #NationalPieDay! To celebrate, we’re making a gut-healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie. To make your own, boogie on over to the blender and blitz together banana, lime juice, vanilla extract, honey, and our lemon kefir. The acidic nature of a lime may support healthy digestion because it aids saliva in the process of breaking down food. Limes and honey are excellent sources of antioxidants, which protect cells in the body from oxidative stress. Banana has prebiotic fiber to act as food for the 12 live and active probiotic cultures in our lemon kefir. Prebiotics and probiotics work together to diversify and balance the gut microbiome. Our lemon kefir is loaded with protein and 25 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin D, which may strengthen the immune system. Garnish the rim of your glass with a dusting of graham cracker crust and some lime. The end product is a dead ringer for a slice of key lime pie. It’ll leave you filling awesome!
Your Gut Matters
Eating habits also play a role in mental health. Research has shown that probiotic-rich foods decrease anxiety and boost the mood. That makes kefir a great wellbeing tool because it contains 12 live and probiotic cultures. Psychiatrist James Greenblatt explained that “‘the gut is really your second brain. There are more neurons in the GI tract than anywhere else except the brain.’” As research continues to develop, it’s becoming more and more apparent that there is a link between the gut and the brain. What was once suspected as one-way communication (brain to gut) is now understood to be more of a two-way system. Thus, the health of our gut may directly impact the health of our minds.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive system.
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
- 1 banana, frozen
- ½ cup Lemon Whole Milk Kefir
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 1 tbsp honey
- ½ tsp lime zest
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- handful of spinach
- handful of ice
- Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding ice as needed to reach a consistency to your liking.
- Rim the glass with graham cracker crumb and add a lime slice