This Apple Pie Shake Will Heal Your Gut (Seriously!)

It takes guts to manage your body! So take control of it now.

July 17, 2017
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Your gut has a mighty job that involves much more than just digesting and absorbing nutrients. As the host of 70 to 80 percent of your immune system, your gut helps fight off viruses, bacteria, and toxins that can make you sick.

But that's not all! Your gastrointestinal tract also plays a role in maintaining your mood and brain health, creating the building blocks for hormones and neurotransmitters that influence how you eat, sleep, and feel.

Related: 9 Weird Things Killing Your Gut

As if that wasn't enough, your gut also helps regulate your appetite and weight. Imbalances of hormones and bad bacteria in your digestive tract can lead to cravings and extra pounds. Yikes!

Since your gut plays a role in so many crucial functions in your body, it's important to take care of it. While you can't give your intestinal tract an hourly raise or a promotion (even though it works around the clock), you certainly can protect it by choosing the right nutrients. 

Related: 7 Gut-Healing Foods That Tame Inflammation

Ready to give your gut some TLC? This Gut-Healing Apple Pie Shake recipe is packed with ingredients to restore your digestive system. It starts with vanilla paleo protein, a gut-repairing rockstar made with easy-to-digest beef protein peptides and free from ingredients that cause food intolerances.

The next two ingredients on the list deserve a shout-out for intestinal health. Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid, a proven antibacterial and anti-fungal that fights infection, while cultured coconut milk is loaded with probiotics—the "good guys" that help keep your gut healthy.

Related: 6 Steps To Fix Your Body's Microbiome

And no gut-healing shake would be complete without fiber! The pectin in unsweetened applesauce soothes your gut, while the fiber in freshly ground flaxseed both heals the intestinal lining and keeps things moving along in the digestive tract. 

Plus, a dash of cinnamon at the end helps control blood sugar and adds flavor, too. All those benefits and it tastes delicious! Go ahead and treat your gut today...

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Gut-Healing Apple Pie Shake
(Makes 1 serving)

2 scoops Paleo-Inspired Vanilla All-in-One Protein Shake powder
8 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
¼ cup unsweetened cultured coconut milk (in the yogurt aisle)
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons freshly ground flaxseed
Dash or two of ground cinnamon
4-5 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth, ramping up the blender speed slowly to keep your shake creamy. You can add more ice cubes to thicken your shake or cold water to make it thinner.

The article The Gut-Healing Food That Will Restore Your Digestive System originally appeared on Rodale Wellness.

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