What Peruvian Superfoods Nourish Your Gut Bacteria?
Superfoods are rich in a variety of nutrients that support the overall health of your body functions, and while some are more powerful in boosting your immune system and balancing out your hormones, others do wonders for your gut health and replenishing your gut bacteria.
Your gut is filled with microorganisms that help support the health of your digestive system and increase the absorption of nutrients as well as those that could be harmful to your health and create inflammation throughout the body. And even though you might be thinking how the goal should be to get rid of the bad bacteria and let the beneficial microorganisms take over, the best environment for your body is when these tiny organisms are in balance.
The bad bacteria is easier to accumulate in the body and it’s important to focus on improving the number of good bacteria, either through food or smart supplementation. Superfoods, especially the ones coming from the high altitudes of Peru are an amazing way to improve the health of your digestive system and nourish the good bacteria in your gut.
Prebiotics and Gut Bacteria
Prebiotics are also known as food for your gut microbes. They pass through your stomach and small intestine and don’t get absorbed or digested. Once they’re in your colon, they feed the microorganisms that are crucial for your gut health.
Different microorganisms need different prebiotics, so the variety of these molecules is also important. Prebiotics are mostly considered to be dietary fiber, more specifically soluble fiber. The three most common ones include resistant starches, inulin, and pectin.
When these prebiotics get into your colon and start feeding the good gut bacteria, they produce certain byproducts that can have extremely beneficial effects on your body. From improving your electrolyte absorption and gas production to stabilizing your blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of colon cancer. It’s therefore important to add a variety of different prebiotics into your diet, helping you feed different microorganisms and improve the health of all of your body functions.
One of the best Peruvian superfoods that improve your gut health and increase the healthy bacteria levels in your gut are chia seeds. They are incredibly rich in nutrients, more specifically omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, that feed your gut bacteria and help them thrive. The fiber in chia seeds is mostly soluble fiber which when they’re submerged in water, turns into a gluey texture.
This promotes smoother digestion, improves nutrient absorption, and helps push the food down your intestines. It also promotes the feeling of fullness, aiding weight loss and helping you maintain healthy body weight. Research shows their important role in improving the strength of your intestinal muscle layers, supporting their function.
Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, fighting free radicals and their oxidative damage, helping prevent inflammation and a variety of diseases. They also help balance out your blood sugar levels and lower your cholesterol, reducing inflammation in your body and helping your gut perform its function in an optimal way.
Our chia seeds are raw, organic, and extremely potent as they are sourced directly from Peruvian farmers. This ensures high-quality and purity, helping you make a great choice for your optimal gut health. Make yourself a chia seed pudding, add them to your banana bread, or simply sprinkle them on top of your smoothie bowl.
Known for its powerful role in digestive health for hundreds of years, ginger supplementation has been shown to influence the composition of your gut microbiome, helping reduce obesity and inflammation, as well as improve insulin resistance and liver function.
RNA-containing molecules in ginger seem to remodel the gut microbiome, helping promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria and reduce the inflammation-caused diseases such as colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome.
Additionally, ginger helps soothe nausea and other digestive problems, improving gastrointestinal motility, the rate at which the food is being pushed down your digestive tract from your stomach through your small and large intestine. It’s also beneficial in reducing bloating and gas as well as acting as prevention in disease development through its antioxidant activity.
Our heirloom ginger powder is organic and sourced directly from Peruvian farms, making it one of the highest-quality ginger powders in the world. It’s an incredibly powerful herb that’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and stress-reducing compounds. Drink it with your tea, add it to your lemonade, and mix it into your broths.
This powerful berry has been scientifically proven to have a positive effect on promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria and reducing overall inflammation. It’s currently being studied for its potential role in reducing inflammation in those diagnosed with HIV and the results have so far proven to be only positive.
Additionally, camu camu contains high levels of free radical-fighting antioxidants, immune-boosting vitamin C, and an excellent source of minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, and copper. This Peruvian superfood promotes a healthy gut by lowering the levels of LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, balancing your blood sugar levels, and promoting a healthy weight.
Our camu camu powder is sustainably grown and harvested by the Amazonian rainforest farmers in Peru and it contains 60 times more vitamin C than an orange, making it a true immune system booster and energy enhancer. It’s easy to add to smoothies, ice creams, jams, or any kind of dessert.
One of the best products of the yacon root comes in the form of a yacon syrup. It’s a low glycemic sweetener with a delicious butterscotch taste and maple syrup texture. It’s incredibly rich in fructooligosaccharides and inulin, the perfect food sources for the beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms in your gut.
Yacon syrup helps lower your blood pressure and glucose levels, promotes healthy cholesterol levels, improves the function of your immune system, and even has anti-cancer properties. It’s rich in potassium and a variety of antioxidants, helping you fight inflammation and potential diseases, as well as oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Our yacon syrup is made from organic yacon root and it’s incredibly potent in its high micronutrient values. It’s easy to add to any type of dessert as an alternative to any sweetener and it can also be used in savory dishes that could do with a little touch of sweetness.
Superfoods nourish gut bacteria and improve gut health through a combination of factors. From high levels of prebiotics that feed your beneficial bacteria to antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and fight free radicals, they make a powerful support system for your overall health and wellbeing, not to mention longevity.