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April 28, 2018

This delicious salad recipe is packed with flavor. It has the added benefit of being an excellent source of fibers that nourish the health of your gut microbiome!

Everyone in my family loves this salad, which is always a plus and often a challenge to find. Combining the ingredients while the lentils are hot is important for maximum flavor. It tastes best if the flavors marinate for a while before eating. Tastes great as leftovers for several days.

Serves 4 as a meal

Ingredients:

2 cups french green lentils (important because they hold their shape and don’t turn to mush)
6 cups water
1/2 cup olive oil
6 Tbs aged balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
3/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
8 green onions, chopped
1 cup fresh dill (about 1.5oz), chopped
2 cups fresh basil (about 1.25 oz), chopped
15 oz artichoke hearts, chopped
8 oz feta cheese, cubed
1 bag pre-washed baby spinach

Instructions:

In a medium size pot, add lentils and water. Bring to a boi...

April 28, 2018

I’m with Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who said “All disease begins in the gut.” Modern scientific research is confirming that there is a connection between the health of our gut microbiomes, health and disease.

We know now that the gut of a healthy person has trillions of microbes (1). When your gut microbiome is healthy, the microbes contribute to your health in SO many ways. They make vitamins, essential amino acids, short chain fatty acids, improve immune function, reduce inflammation, protect you from pathogens and more. They create byproducts that help absorb minerals, regulate metabolism and provide energy.

My personal favorite is, their byproducts nourish and strengthen the cells that line the intestines. Why is this important? Because when the lining is damaged it can cause increased intestinal permeability, aka leaky gut, which can trigger the development of autoimmune diseases!(2).

The good news is that you can improve the health of your gut microbiome with what y...

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