You can never have too matcha mint! That’s why we decided to make a gut-healthy batch of Matcha Mint Frozen Kefir. This refined version of mint chocolate chip will tempt your inner child and satisfy your grown-up palate. It’s incredibly smooth with bold, earthy tones and a sweet, refreshing flavor. Matcha and mint are both potent sources of antioxidants to help protect cells in the body from oxidative stress, which is damage caused by free radicals. Mint is also a good source of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that supports healthy eyes. Kefir is a fermented superfood that’s loaded with protein, probiotics, and vitamin D. The probiotics and tryptophan found in kefir may have a calming effect on the body and ease you into a relaxed state of mind. So if you’re itching to try a new gut-healthy treat, matcha waiting for?
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.
- Add bananas, mint leaves, matcha, and kefir to food processor or high powered blender. Blend until smooth. Spoon into a container and stir in cacao nibs, place frozen kefir cream in the freezer for an hour.