Getting a Glimpse on Gut Health

Everything we eat or drink goes into our gastrointestinal tract. The gastrointestinal tract includes the mouth, the esophagus, stomach, and the intestines – the system in our bodies that is responsible for the digestion of food. Good digestion benefits the immune system. An entire population of bacteria and other organisms live in the gastrointestinal tract and are called the gut microbiota. When unhealthy and healthy microbes are imbalanced, certain health disorders may occur.

Mushrooms and cruciferous vegetables have been shown to benefit the microbiota of the gut. This would include vegetables such cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, Bok Choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts and similar green leafy vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have numerous health benefits. They are packed with fiber, vitamins, and disease-fighting phytochemicals.

Included in this blog is a link to 14 delicious mushroom and cruciferous vegetable recipes for digestive health, with special mention of three personal all-time favorite tasty recipes the whole family will enjoy - Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms; Hearty Superfood Salad with Arugula, Kale, and Beets; and Easy Roasted Brussel Sprouts. These recipes are simple to cook up, super-healthy for the gut, and delicious. You can find these gut-healthy recipes here on Green Planet’s website:

Enjoy and happy, healthy eating!

Highly recommended articles for further reading:

Happy Gut Bacteria, Happy Brain: The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis

Why the Gut Microbiome Is Crucial for Your Health

Mushrooms May Improve Health Via Gut Microbiota Activiation: Review

The Super-Veggies: Cruciferous Vegetables

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