Updated: Apr 6
I'm not sure when my obsession with mushrooms began. I remember growing up we ate the Standard American Diet. Mostly meat, a few vegetables and lots of carbohydrates. My mom would serve vegetables that were mushy and overcooked. I never liked vegetables until many years later when I was an adult and started cooking for myself.
Mushrooms are one of the most perfect vegetables there are. Low in carbohydrates, high in nutrition and easy to find. Plain old white mushrooms may look boring but they are not! We eat mushrooms every week. I love their versatility. I use them as side dishes and as main courses for our meatless dinner nights. They adapt well in any dish and there are so many varieties. Plus, did you know you could drink them for even more nutritional value?
Are mushrooms easy on the stomach? That depends. How is your overall gut health? If you tend to be gassy, bloated, gaining weight, have diarrhea and/or constipation, your gut is telling you that it needs help. The best way to determine if mushrooms (or any food) are giving you stomach problems, is to eat them by themselves to see how your body reacts.
Are mushrooms good for gut health? Yes! Mushrooms are one of the best foods for gut health and have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Are mushrooms a probiotic? No. Are mushrooms prebiotic? Yes! When a food has prebiotics it means it feeds the good bacteria in our gut, helping to keep our whole body healthy. Mushrooms are rich in carbohydrates which make them great prebiotics to stimulate growth of probiotics in the gut. While I wish I could tell you that one mushroom is the best mushroom for gut health, the fact is all mushrooms are great for the gut!
What is the difference between prebiotic and probiotic? Probiotics are good bacteria that live in the gut. They help fight illness, disease, colds, flu's and support a healthy immune system. Did you know 70% of the immune system is in the gut? Keeping gut bacteria healthy and strong is one of the keys to overall good health. Prebiotics, such as the ones found in mushrooms, are the food for probiotics.
How do you know you need gut healthy foods in your routine?
Do you want to stop the...
👉Diarrhea and/or constipation
👉Bloating and gas
👉Congestion, coughing, wheezing
👉Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
👉Headaches and migraines
👉Acne and itchy skin
👉Tired all the time
👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
If you said yes to just one of the above, your body is telling you something is not right with your gut. Discovering the root cause to be free from pain can be confusing and hard! I am here to help.
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