There are many ways to support and heal the gut.
One of my favorites is a simple morning porridge.
Yup, that right.
Just like Goldilocks and the three bears; she ate nourishing porridge that deeply supported her system, helped her body relax, and she was able to fall fast asleep.
It’s an interesting conundrum… when the body lacks nutrition (and relaxation), it won’t have the energy or the calmness it needs to sleep.
But, when you’re nourished by wholesome foods that are properly absorbed and digested, it gives your body the support needed to get a good night’s rest.
So, let’s talk about this delicious, deeply nourishing, gut-healing porridge that Goldilocks couldn’t resist.
I know lots of folks have taken grains completely out of their diet, and guess what… they still have terrible digestive issues, and cannot relax or rest, or sleep at night. For many folks, going grain-free is not all it’s cracked up to be.
I suggest, instead of taking the grain out completely, learn how to properly prepare it with healing herbs so it can support your body and help you thrive.
Below are the ingredients in my gut-healing porridge, and why I use them:
Oats (Avena sativa): An incredibly nutritious food that is rich in manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, B1 and B5. Oats are loaded with fiber and beta glucan that keeps cholesterol moving through the digestive tract. Oats are also used as a nerve restorative to calm anxiety.
Feungreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) – This fabaceae family seed has been used to treat digestive disorders and ulcers, as well as diabetes. According to Healing Spices, by Bharat Aggarwal, Phd, “Fenugreek stimulates insulin secretion from the pancreas, slows absorption of glucose from the intestines, and helps generate enzymes that regulate the use of glucose for energy in muscle cells.”
Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) – Native to North America, indigenous people relied on slippery elm for a wide range of uses including healing gastrointestinal conditions, heartburn and ulcers. And, it was also used to make canoes and baskets… but that’s another story for another day. Slippery elm is also a great source of inulin that is a prebiotic and feeds your gut bacteria.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) – Cinnamon has been used around the world by many different cultures for a variety of reasons. First and foremost… flavor! It is spicy, hot and sweet. Yum! Medicinally, it was used by the Chinese to warm the body, improve circulation and clear congestion. The Hebrews, Greeks and Romans, used Cinnamon for treating indigestion, gastrointestinal disorders, bloating and flatulence.
Flax seeds (Linum usitatissimum) – ground flax seeds create beneficial mucilage that supports gut health and has long been used to treat constipation. To get the most benefit from these seeds, buy them whole and grind them yourself in a coffee grinder.
The above are the basic ingredients in my gut-healing morning porridge. If you are experiencing digestive troubles, and you are also having trouble sleeping at night, follow Goldilock’s lead and start your day with some nourishing porridge.
Click here for the full recipe: Gut Healing Morning Porridge
 Healing Spices, By Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, Sterling Publishing, 2011, pg. 120
 21st Century Herbal, by Michael J. Balick, PhD, Rodale Publishing, pg. 2014, 289
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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