If you’re dealing with digestive distress, these are some common gut irritants you should avoid:
– Sodas, diet sodas, pasteurized juice drinks, energy drinks
– “Sugar-free” products with polyols
– Gummy additives: guar, arabic, carageenan
Carageenan is usually found in nut milks you would get from the store so that’s why its important to really read ingredients of products, even if you’re shopping at a health food store. It acts like a thickening agent for the milks. Although carrageenan is an extract of Irish Moss, it has no health benefits. On the contrary, research studies link it to malignant tumors and stomach issues. It causes inflammation in the intestinal lining and impairs insulin action, which can lead to diabetes.
Avoid carrageenan by buying the Califia Farms brand almond milk or making your nut milks at home from scratch. Here is a recipe you can try today.
And, you don’t need caffeine either. Here are some healthier sources to give you the energy you are looking for:
- Juice Shots + Elixirs
For juices that pack an antioxidant punch, always add blue and red berries and green vegetables – and nothing beats the boost we get from natural ingredients like spirulina, echinacea, and wheatgrass.
- Water Works
Dehydration can actually cause brain cell loss. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in oz of water.
- Green Your Tea
Green tea slows the build-up of plaque in brains from amyloid deposits and also prevents strokes. Sipping good old classic green tea will always leave you feeling alert and energized.