With 70% of our lymphatics surrounding the digestive system, it’s little wonder that our gut health can affect our immune function and ability to detoxify. Let’s talk about how healthy gut function basically serves as a filter for environmental exposure and the food we eat. PLUS, we’re going to actually put the words “healthy” and “treats” in the same sentence with some fun Halloween recipes!
But what does detoxing even mean? The term is a bit misleading because the body is constantly detoxing on its own. In fact, the body is designed to detoxify - it functions continuously to keep us safe from the toxins in our environment. But do keep in mind, there’s plenty you can do to give your body’s own detoxification processes a helping hand.
The gut is about 22-25 feet long and the gut epithelium may store toxins from the environment. The colon is like a septic tank as it stores waste, undigested food residue and 100 Trillion microbes. One aspect of detoxification to consider is its impact on the gut microbiome and microbial balance.
We know that environmental toxins can disrupt bacterial balance. That’s why probiotics can play such an important role in supporting detoxification on an ongoing basis by supporting healthy bacterial balance. Certain probiotic species can help digest endotoxins and reduce toxin uptake as well as supporting a healthy immune response in the gut, which also helps support optimal detoxification.
Additional nutrients can also support a healthy, balanced gut ecology important for a healthy detoxification and elimination.
Coconut oil supports a healthy microbial balance in the gut and supplies energy to the cells lining the entire gut.
Garlic, Oregano, Olive Leaf, and Grapefruit Seeds provide powerful microbial balancing support for a healthy gut environment.
Alpha Lipoic Acid, Milk Thistle and N-Acetyl Cysteine support healthy antioxidant status, as well as supporting healthy liver function and detoxification.
Healthy Halloween Treats You Might Actually Enjoy Eating!
When someone uses the words "healthy" and "Halloween" together in a sentence, what's the first thing that comes to mind – the lady on your block who passed out boxes of raisins, or extremely sad, sugar-free chocolates that tasted like chalk…? None of these options exactly scream Halloween fun.
But there are plenty of ways to incorporate your favorite seasonal flavors into healthy Halloween recipes, from caramel apple, to cinnamon, to maple, to pumpkin spice, that actually taste good.
These sweet dairy free and Paleo Caramel Apples are the ultimate easy Fall treat that’ll take you right back to your childhood!
Easy peasy - these no-bake cute mummy cake pops are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without even having to turn on the oven. More time for festivities!
Yum! These bite-sized eyeballs are actually just cleverly-decorated cheese puffs!
Halloween might be all about the sweet treats, but these Jack-o-lantern-style peppers can be stuffed with veggies, Quinoa, cheese, pasta, or anything you like for a creative, festive meal or appetizer.