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{ Recipe } The Importance of Gut Health + Easy Homemade Pickles

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According to the latest research, the gut is the very wellspring of good health. This also, believe it or not, includes mental health, since the production of serotonin, the happy hormone, relies on the gut being balanced.

The emerging science around this topic is truly fascinating, and motivating. The more I learn about it, the more I’m focusing on ensuring my gut is populated with a healthy and happy colony of good bacteria. And to my delight, as I heal, the knotted balls of mental and physical ills I once suffered from are gently unravelling.

 

Unhealthy Gut = Unhealthy Cravings

For instance, I am now realising that it was never me who was addicted to sugar all along. It was the bad bacteria in my gut. They were clamouring for that regular hit of sugar, because they need sugar to survive. And I responded to their call, all the while wondering why I couldn’t control my sugar consumption, and beating myself up for eating foods that I knew weren’t supporting my health.

My daily behaviour had been hijacked by this army of bad bacteria. In short, I was possessed.

And now I’m not, simply because I stopped eating sugar. The bad bacteria died off, and the good are being reinstated. And as a result, my life is blossoming.

 

Video: Why Gut Health is So Important + Easy Homemade Pickles

We are total fans of eating fermented foods on a daily basis to support gut health. Here we share our super simple recipe for homemade pickles (gherkins, for my compatriots!).

 

*Amis francophones – il y a des sous-titres, il faut cliquer sur CC*

The tea featured in the video comes from Sunday Natural, our fave source for excellent green teas and vegan-friendly supplements.

Homemade Pickles

Prep time

5mins

Cook time

3 days to 2 weeks of fermentation

Ingredients
  • Half a cucumber
  • Distilled/filtered water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp tea leaves
Instructions
  • Chop the cucumber into chunky slices
  • Place cucumber slices in a clean jar
  • Pour the water over the cucumber, so that the cucumber is totally covered
  • Add the salt and tea leaves
  • Leave the jar out of the fridge for 3 days to 2 weeks. When your pickles have reached the right level of tanginess, place them in the fridge. Enjoy every day for super duper gut health!
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Will you be making your own homemade pickles/gherkins? We highly recommend it – they are easy, cheap, and guaranteed to make your belly smile.

Photo by Pauline Darley.

p.s. Want another beautiful way to improve your gut health? Try this digestion-boosting yoga practice, with Ann!

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