BY: Lively Staff

July 24, 2017

Try a Lean Green Smoothie for Better Gut Health

Support gut health with this Lean Green Smoothie made with collagen!

Improving gut health doesn’t have to be a chore when it comes in a tasty green smoothie! Made with Farmhouse Culture Classic Gut Shot and Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, a Lean Green Smoothie is just the ticket for supporting digestion and overall gut health – while adding a boost of protein and probiotics into your day.

Why Probiotics?

Probiotics are good, or beneficial bacteria that can be consumed through food or supplements and help to balance the ecosystem of the gut. When the gut is healthy, so is our ability to fight off colds and infections, maintain a more optimal weight and improve digestion (1).  Some studies have shown that probiotics benefit overall immunity through a process of balancing B and T lymphocytes and antibodies within the body (2).  B and T lymphocytes work together to eradicate invasive bacteria that could harm the body–B lymphocytes produce antibodies that attack harmful bacteria, toxins, and viruses, while T lymphocytes produce cells that destroy those which have become invaded by viruses or have become cancerous (3).

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Benefits of Spinach

This leafy green does more than just taste great in a salad!  Spinach contains several vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, Calcium, Vitamin C, and Iron.  Spinach is rich in antioxidants, and helps to eliminate free radicals from the body (4).  Studies have shown that spinach is also high in zeaxanthin and lutein, which can help fight skin damage caused by harmful sun rays (5).

Benefits of Cucumber

Some cool (get it?) facts about cucumber: Cucumbers are naturally low in calories, but still contain important micronutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, potassium and magnesium. Regularly consuming cucumbers, along with other fruits, vegetables, and teas can bring your body to a “shift in balance toward an ample antioxidant status” (6). Cucumbers help detoxify the body since it is a natural diuretic, and helps move waste out of the body with its high water content, as well as contributes to alkalinity in the body (7).

Benefits of Pineapple

Pineapple adds a splash of fresh flavor and sweetness in these Cucumber Aloe Popsicles. Pineapple contains a substance called bromelain, which aids in digestion and breaking down proteins (8). They also are loaded with vitamin C and vitamin B1, helping to boost the immune system and energy, respectively. Pineapple can help hydrate and cool the body as well as cucumber and aloe vera, so these popsicles are a triple threat.

Benefits of Cilantro

Cilantro is more than just a delicious leafy green – it’s a major player in promoting detoxification! Adding cilantro to savory dishes or into smoothies can greatly support gut health and rid the body of toxins. Studies have shown that cilantro helps to eliminate heavy metals, like aluminum, mercury, and lead that can settle in tissues within the body (9). You’ll notice the cilantro is often added to spicy dishes; research has shown that people who add cilantro to spicy dishes are able to more easily tolerate the spiciness. 

Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water contains a wealth of nutritional value, especially when consumed after exercise. Studies show that coconut better hydrated post-workout than that of regular, plain water and electrolyte-heavy sports drinks due to its high mineral content (10). Containing potassium, magnesium, and calcium, coconut water has shown to help maintain proper fluid balance when the body feels depleted of hydration. 

Benefits of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility. The intake of collagen ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones and joints. Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids: glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. The composition of collagen is considered unique given its high hydroxyproline content. If you lack the amino acids that combine to form collagen, your body’s cells can’t produce enough of it. Threonine is an essential amino acid for collagen production. There are many benefits of collagen such as healthy skin promotion and balanced nutrition for athletic performance.

Benefits of Farmhouse Culture Gut Shot

Farmhouse Culture’s Classic Gut Shots are made in small batches, using only organic green cabbage, sea salt, caraway and water. Gut shots are created in a stable environment where the lacto-fermentation process can occur, but still allow the naturally occurring probiotics on the cabbage to do the work. Probiotics like those found in the Gut Shots are linked to an array of health benefits, including digestive health and functionality, immune support, improved energy, brain and mood functions, weight loss and even better skin and dental health.

Lean Green Smoothie for Gut Health
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1.5 oz. Farmhouse Culture Classic Gut Shot
  2. 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  3. 1 handful fresh spinach
  4. ½ cucumber, chopped
  5. ½ cup frozen pineapple
  6. 5 sprigs cilantro
  7. Juice of one lime
  8. ½ cup ice
  9. ½ - 1 cup coconut water to reach desired consistency
  10. Optional: ½ banana for sweeter/creamier smoothie
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender, starting with ½ cup coconut water. Blend, and add more coconut water as needed. Enjoy!
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(3) “Lymphocytes – National Library of Medicine – PubMed Health.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

(4) Sies, H. (2000). What is Oxidative Stress? Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine Oxidative Stress and Vascular Disease,1-8. doi:10.1007/978-1-4615-4649-8_1

(5) Roberts, R. L., Green, J., & Lewis, B. (2009). Lutein and zeaxanthin in eye and skin health. Clinics in Dermatology,27(2), 195-201. doi:10.1016/j.clindermatol.2008.01.011

(6) Kumar, D., S. Kumar, J. Singh, Narender, Rashmi, BD Vashistha, and N. Singh. “Free Radical Scavenging and Analgesic Activities of Cucumis sativus L. Fruit Extract.” Journal of Young Pharmacists : JYP. Medknow Publications, 2010. Web. 17 May 2017.

(7) Schwalfenberg, Gerry K. “The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health?” Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2012. Web. 17 May 2017.

(8) Maurer HR. Bromelain: biochemistry, pharmacology and medical use. Cell Mol Life Sci 2001 Aug;58(9):1234-45. 2001.

(9) Sharma, Veena, Leena Kansal, and Arti Sharma. “Prophylactic Efficacy of Coriandrum sativum (Coriander) on Testis of Lead-Exposed Mice.” Biological Trace Element Research136.3 (2009): 337-54. Web.

(10) Saat, Mohamed, Rabindarjeet Singh, Roland Gamini Sirisinghe, and Mohd Nawawi. “Rehydration after Exercise with Fresh Young Coconut Water, Carbohydrate-Electrolyte Beverage and Plain Water.” Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY and Applied Human Science21.2 (2002): 93-104. Web.

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