DIGESTIVE HEALTH : FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR
Let’s face it… when I describe this smoothie you are going to say “Jacq that sounds rank.” Fact. However, being a true believer of don’t knock it till you try it, I encourage you to hold your judgement and trust that I am most definitely NOT one to deliver you nutritious food that doesn’t actually taste great. Promise.
The smoothie…carob, banana, magnesium powder (practitioner brand, more on that in another post to come), vanilla, bentonite clay, fossil shell flour, protein powder, maca powder, psyllium and chia blended with water. Exhale. I know I know, again no judgement til you go there.
So what’s clay and diatomaceous earth thing all about you say? Well to be honest until recently I asked the same thing and was thinking about trying it but hadn’t put much effort into getting my hands on any and then as I stumbled across it by chance in a small organics store locally I decided it was obviously time. Universe delightfully does things like that sometimes.
Diatomaceous earth is a silica rich powder or flour, formed from the outer fossil shells of micro-algae or diatoms. It has a neutral flavour and works like a scoop around the digestive system, attracting fungi, bacteria, parasites and toxicity into it’s hollowed structure. Amazing isn’t it? Such a tiny particle can do so much in one sweep.
Bentonite clay has been used in many ancient cultures for healing. Similar to diatomaceous earth it carries a negative charge (these bond with positive charges present in toxins and the like – the ocean is another great example of a substance with incredible negative ions, but again probably best to save all this for another post, let’s focus on clay…) and attracts the toxicity present in our digestive system such as chemicals, heavy metals and general endotoxins from our metabolism and helps release them from the body.
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My interest in both? Gut health is EVERYTHING and both these, combined with magnesium and all the other juicy ingredients in the smoothie really do a job on working digestive health, restoring and making it pump. When that happens, for me certainly, and from experience with client in practice using foods and supplements to support the gut, once your gut health is in good nick, energy levels rise, your immune system is rocking the shop and overall vitality is simply something else.
If this information is a lot to digest (pardon the pun) I completely understand, trust me I know how overwhelming all the new this that and the other on the health scene can be, so I encourage you just to take baby steps ok?
If it’s increasing your probiotic intake from foods this month and maybe the next integrating another key food/nutrient to support your gut health then that’s a great step forward.
Nothing, I repeat, NOTHING needs to happen overnight or with so much force that it becomes daunting, unattainable and most importantly unenjoyable in health. I’m here to support you along the way always.