Food is the number one weapon against the rise in lifestyle-related disease, says Reece Carter, naturopath and Jodi Lee Foundation Trust Your Gut ambassador. It all comes down to the gut-brain axis, the idea that the digestive system and nervous system are closely connected. “But with so much information out there around how to eat well, it can be confusing as to what to do,” he says. “That’s why I wrote The Happy Gut. I wanted to decipher for the complex concepts of digestive health, and introduce you the traditional concept of the gut-brain axis. My goal was to make it simple: here are the foods to eat to support a happy gut, and in turn a healthier mind.”
Check out a sample of his recipes in our June issue (with the gorgeous Bree Warren on the cover), and try Reece’s turmeric smoothie recipe below.
Golden glow smoothie
Turmeric is the number one anti-inflammatory herb for the digestive system. With the gut being prone to long-term inflammation from stress, alcohol and poor dietary choices, it makes sense to incorporate turmeric as part of a healing plan for the gut.
½ cup sliced frozen banana
½ cup chopped frozen pineapple
¼ cup vanilla whey protein (or vegan alternative)
½ cup Greek yoghurt (or dairy-free alternative)
1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
2-3cm piece of fresh turmeric, peeled, or ¼ tsp ground turmeric
2-3cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled, or ¼ tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbs chia seeds
Large pinch of toasted coconut flakes (to serve)
- Combine all the smoothie ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour into a glass, top with the coconut flakes, and enjoy.