Gut Health - prebiotic hemp seeds
Author: Teresa McDowell Date Posted:16 December 2020
Gut health is all the buzz of late, and for good reason.
As science is proving, many auto immune conditions and chronic illnesses such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, type 2 diabetes etc, can be linked to the health of our microbiome.
The microbiome is a community of beneficial bacteria, fungi and viruses that inhabit our gut. This colony of beneficials are responsible for breaking down our food into energy, developing a strong immune system, regulating inflammation, producing vitamins, and impacting nearly every hormone in the body.
Imbalances in our microbiome can lead to a condition called dysbiosis, where the lining of the gut becomes inflamed and weakened. This weakening can result in a condition called ‘leaky gut’ whereby the integrity of the gut wall is compromised. Small holes develop and toxins, food particles and bacteria can leach out into the bloodstream causing inflammation throughout the body.
It is important to consider the adage – ‘we are what we eat’. When we look at our modern western diets with the plethora of processed or packaged foods, refined sugars and fast food options, we see where some simple changes can be made to better support our gut flora and our overall health and wellbeing.
While cutting out all unhealthy choices may seem overwhelming in our busy, stressed out lifestyles, we can certainly start small and work our way toward better eating habits. Choosing to drink more water, replacing sugary snacks with fruits and nuts, preparing simple home cooked meals with fresh, local ingredients (even one extra night a week) and bringing awareness or mindfulness to our meal times are all steps in the right direction.
The beneficial bacteria in our gut need good prebiotics (fibre) to keep them happy. Prebiotics are the food source that nourishes these ‘health promoting’ microbes, and a good ‘prebiotic’ to feed the microbiome is hemp seeds. Along with nutritious hemp seeds, prebiotic fibre can be found in vegetables & fruits such as sweet potatoes, cabbage, garlic, radishes, bananas, and apples.
Incorporating hemp seeds, oil and protein powder into your diet is a great way to obtain further nutritional benefits. Seeds and oil are rich in essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6 & 9), B vitamins and vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium amongst others.
To get you started with or inspired by ‘hemp for health’ or to purchase hemp seeds, oil and other hemp products check out www.hemphemphooray.com.au
‘Love your Gutz’ with this healthy Hemp Banana Bread treat!
Hemp Banana Bread – GF & Dairy free
3 over ripe bananas
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons Hemp seed oil
¼ cup organic raw sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon Himalayan salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¾ almond milk
1 cup almond flour
1 cup all-purpose Gluten Free flour
½ cup hemp seeds
Preheat oven 180C
In a medium bowl, mash bananas – add in vanilla extract and maple syrup, mix well.
In a separate large bowl, combine all dry ingredients including hemp seeds.
Combine beaten egg and almond milk – slowly add to dry ingredients forming a batter.
Fold in mash banana, vanilla and maple syrup combo to batter, mix well.
Finally fold in hemp seed oil.
Transfer your banana bread batter into a greased or parchment paper lined loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean from centre.
Let banana bread cool in the pan before turning out – slice and enjoy!