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Fennel Cucumber Tonic

21 March

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Keeping your body and your gut healthy is hard work.  And guess what?  You’re not even doing most of it, your friendly gut bacteria are!

Your good gut bacteria keep bad bacteria controlled, digest the food you can’t, and give you extra nutrients!

By some counts, we have pounds of bacteria inside of us, and we’re meant to.  In optimal health, we’re a balanced ecosystem:

  • more good gut bacteria than bad means our immune systems are supported instead of overrun
  • good gut bacteria munching on the fiber you eat means your digestion moves well
  • and one of the by-products of good gut bacteria’s fiber breakdown is butyric acid, which is known to keep the lining of the large intestine healthy.

The problem is that few of us have a diverse and thriving gut bacteria ecosystem anymore.  Things like Cesarean section birth, antibiotics, sugar consumption and stress deplete our colonies of good gut bacteria.

How can you build up your good gut bacteria? For one thing you can Reinoculate yourself, which is the 3rd R of Gut Healing.  How?  By eating properly fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt and kimchi, or drinking homemade kombucha or, our favorite, water kefir.  You can also take high-grade probiotic supplements.

Just as important, though, are the prebiotics, these are the food sources that keep our good bacteria strong and active.  Your best source of these is green leafy vegetables.

But if your good gut bacteria aren’t large and in-charge, you might find that a plate of Collard Ribbons or a big smoothie full of kale feels tough on your guts.  So while you’re working up to healthy guts and that huge plate of greens, you can still get the vitamins and minerals of green veggies without the fiber when you juice them! {Learn more about the difference between a fiber-rich green smoothie and juicing here}.

This week, Rye’s sharing her favorite green juice: Fennel Cucumber Tonic.  It’s a green juice that is super mild tasting and not as intimidating as other green juices. It’s really refreshing and very drinkable {even if you’re a licorice hater or have convinced yourself you don’t like fennel you should give it a try juiced! It’s mild and incredibly refreshing}.

Of course, what you might love the most about it is that the fennel and ginger make it a digestive tonic, easing gut inflammation and encouraging nutrient absorption.

{No juicer?  Don’t worry!  Check out this blog post about Juicing Without a Juicer!}

Happy Gut Health!
Liz & Rye

Juice on Porch

Fennel Cucumber Tonic

1 large fennel bulb
1 cucumber
1/2 – 1 pear
1/2 lime
1″ piece of ginger

Cut fruits and veggies to fit in your juicer and juice. Makes 1 pint of juice. Enjoy!

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Liz Flint-Somerville, Nutritional Consultant

Liz was a partner in Grub for 3 amazing years and helped author many of our most beloved recipes and posts. She is now dedicating her time to caring for her family, writing poetry, and continuing to cook delicious Real Foods.

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