What? You haven't eaten hemp yet? You really must! Hemp is one of the best foods for gut health. It is small, can be toasted and adds texture to any salad, oatmeal, soup or casserole.
What is hemp? It is a small, brown seed that comes from the cannabis sativa plant (Source: Medical News Today) A lot of people wrongly think hemp seeds have the active compounds found in cannabis. But it doesn't! You will not get high from eating hemp seeds.
Hemp seeds are an easy way to get plant based protein into your routine. In fact, hemp seeds are a complete source of protein which means they contain all 9 essential amino acids. This is a rare find in plant based foods. Our bodies do not produce all 9 essential amino acids so we must get them from foods. Eating plant based protein helps us feel fuller longer.
Improving gut health is just one of the many health benefits of hemp seeds. High in insoluble and soluble fiber, hemp seeds provide bulk to our stool to make it easier to keep things moving. Increasing regularity helps our bodies remove toxins and waste. If you aren't pooping everyday, your gut is unhealthy.
Does any of this sound like you?
👉Diarrhea and/or constipation, and intestinal discomfort
👉Congestion, coughing, wheezing
👉Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
👉Headaches and migraines
👉Hives, flushing, and itchy skin
👉Fatigue and malaise
👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
If you answered yes, to just one of these symptoms, your gut needs repair! Eating foods good for gut health, like hemp seeds, is just one way to restore the gut. Not sure where to start? I am here to help.
I can teach you how to fix gut health for good!
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist that can help you stop suffering from the embarrassing effects of an unhealthy gut so you can get back to living. I offer a FREE 30 minute strategy session where we will talk about your specific symptoms and how the Simply Great Gut Health program can help.
Simply Great Gut Health is a customized 5 Step plan that heals your gut and fits your busy lifestyle.
How would eliminating your symptoms improve your life? You could:
✅Be more present with your children
✅Thrive in your career
✅Improve your communication and your relationships
✅Have more fun!
✅Move your body and improve your fitness
✅Lose weight and feel better about yourself
✅Be able to cook healthy meals for you and your family
✅Take an active vacation
✅Reclaim your life!
It’s very simple. No jumping through hoops and NO PRESSURE.
If we determine it’s not a fit, we’ll go our separate ways for now.
If it is a fit, we can take the next step and get you started on the path to healing your gut.
The high fiber found in hemp seeds helps feed the good bacteria in the gut. There are about 100 trillion bacteria, both good and bad, that live inside the digestive system. Collectively, they're known as the gut microbiota. (Source: Harvard Health) Fiber is the food of choice for bacteria.
We need all of the bacteria in our body to keep us healthy. Unfortunately, when we eat processed foods and very little fruits, beans, whole grains and vegetables, we are not feeding the bacteria that we need to keep us healthy. When our gut has enough good bacteria, it can fight pathogens and disease. Plus, good bacteria helps boost the immune system.
70% of our immune system is in our gut. When the gut is healthy, the immune system is strong. A strong immune system means fewer colds, illnesses and flu. Avoiding illness means we can live an active life and get everything we want done.
Eating whole foods that are mostly plant based, is the best thing we can do to restore gut health. It doesn't mean you have to cut meat entirely out of your routine. There are many different healthy ways to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans daily.
We just have to rethink about how meat, chicken, pork and fish is served in our lives. Instead of having them as the main dish for every meal, make them the side dish. Another idea is to eat meat at only one meal during the day. If you really want to make a change, try having a Meatless Monday or any other day of the week.
Below are recipes using hemp seeds to try.
Put hemp seeds into any smoothie you are making. They incorporate really well and give your smoothie extra power with all the nutrients they provide. Here are a few recipes for inspiration!
Hemp seeds work well in any baked goods. They have a slightly nutty flavor which works well in muffins.
MORE HEMP RECIPES
There are so many great hemp recipes to share, I made this section a mash-up of some of my favorites. Enjoy!
Hemp Seed Pesto from Oh My Veggies. This is a great sauce that can be tossed on pasta, veggies or even used as a topping on a veggie burger! Full of protein it adds big taste and nutritional value to any meal.
Spicy Hemp Crusted Jackfruit Nuggets from Vegan Richa. Jackfruit is a great vegan meat substitute. It has a very mild flavor and takes well to spices and sauces. This recipe is vegan and gluten free.
Hemp Falafel with Sunflower Seed Dip from Contendness Cooking. This falafel makes a great meal, sandwich or snack.
Hemp Cauliflower Burger from Veggies Don't Bite. Take veggie burgers to a whole new level with this recipe.
Decadent, Spicy Raw Carob Hemp Bites from Unconventional Baker. These are sugar free and delicious. Great for dessert, a snack or a party!
I hope you enjoyed learning more about how hemp seeds can help restore gut health. They are a great ingredient to use in cooking, provide a lot of plant based protein and healthy fiber.
Do you think you will start using hemp seeds? Let me know by leaving a comment below.