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The Paleo Diet® January 2021 Digest – The Paleo Diet and Gut Health

By The Paleo Diet Team
January 31, 2021
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For 2021, we're starting off our monthly themes with a January dedicated to the importance of the human gut and how to keep it healthy.

Our guts influences almost every function of our bodies from controlling the nutrients we take in, to keeping invaders out, to managing the interaction between our microflora and our brains and of course even our weight. So, its not surpring that when our digestive tracks cease to function optimally, such as when a person suffers from inflammatory bowel disease or a Nightshade sensitivity, the impact can be far ranging and sometime debilitating.

The easiest way to heal your gut: diet. Simply eating a Paleo Diet supports a healthy microbiome and reduces inflammation along the digestive track, But, if you want extra help try some of our gut-soothing recipes: Cantaloupe-Ginger Smoothie, Salt-Free Sauerkraut, Lemon Ginger Tea, and Sweet Potato Turmeric Soup.

We hope you enjoy!

-The Paleo Diet Team

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The Human Gut: How it Works, Its Importance to Health, and Ways to Keep It Healthy

By Bill Manci

Our gut, or gastrointestinal tract (GI), is comprised of amazingly complex machinery. How does the gut function and why is it so important to overall health? Bill Manci take a close look and offers some tips on keeping your microbiome healthy.

January's Theme: The Paleo Diet and Gut Health

Want to Promote Lasting, Healthy Weight Loss? Support Your Gut.

By Aimee McNew

The gut it is connected to so many aspects of our health including weight management. See what foods will nurture your gut while helping you lose weight.

Are Nightshades Paleo? And How to Tell If You Have a Sensitivity

By Megan Patiry

Nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes contain specific compounds that can cause irritation in your gut. Which raises the question of whether we should consume nightshades at all. Megan Patiry answers that question including listing symptoms to look for.

Inflammatory Bowel Disorders: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis According to the Mismatch Hypothesis Part 1 & 2

By Raphael Sirtoli

Are environmental factors driving the rise of IBDs? Learn more about the etiology, symptoms, and potential treatments, including non-pharmaceutical interventions, of Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

Protein: Is It Bad For Your Gut?

By Robert Yang

There is an ongoing debate in the nutrition world about protein’s effect on the gut. A healthy gut microbiome is critical to preventing disease and inflammation. Research shows protein improves gut health rather than harms it when combined with fiber.

What to do If You Have Ulcerative Colitis

By Aimee McNew

Learn more about ulcerative colitis (UC) and specifically the medications and dietary changes that can help ease UC.

Gut-Soothing Cantaloupe-Ginger Smoothie

By Jennafer Ashley

This thick, creamy, and refreshing smoothie only takes a handful of ingredients and a few minutes in the blender to start alleviating stomach problems like gas and bloating.

Gut Healthy Lemon Ginger and Turmeric Tea

By Jess Case

Simmer lemon, ginger, turmeric, a pinch of black pepper and cinnamon for a DIY after-dinner digestive. The acidity of lemon helps your body break down food, ginger keeps food moving along the digestive track, and turmeric can reduce inflammation.

Paleo Salt-Free Sauerkraut

By Jess Case

Store-bought sauerkrauts are often pasteurized which kills off all the good bacteria. Make it yourself to ensure the probiotics are intact for a gut boost with any Paleo meal.

Gut-Boosting Sweet Potato Turmeric Soup

By Jennafer Ashley

If you want to reset your digestive system, try combining your favorite vegetables in a turmeric and apple cider vinegar broth for a healthy, one-pot dinner.

February at The Paleo Diet: The Paleo Diet and the Environment

When it comes to saving the planet, many individuals' first step is recycling. Sustainability, however, can start long before waste ends up in your hands. Have you ever considered how your diet could affect the environment?

Poor agricultural practices like feedlot beef, factory-raised chickens, and genetically modified crops result in large emissions of greenhouse gases. Therefore, at The Paleo Diet, we encourage everyone to choose a healthier, more sustainable way of eating by selecting foods from thoughtful farmers: grass-fed, free-range meats, local, organic fruits and vegetables, and consciously harvested seafood.

That being said, we’re not oblivious to the debates of land and water usage some of these farming methods still cause. Is eating high quality food even sustainable for the entire world’s population?

In February, we will help you reduce your environmental footprint through up-to-date research on how diet can impact the future of our planet and actionable steps to clean shopping and eating.

As always, our team appreciates your support of The Paleo Diet. We look forward to and encourage your feedback on our website and Facebook!


The Paleo Diet Team

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