We told you we’re superfood-obsessed, and we have good reason to be! One of SUTRA’s co-founders, Matt Tamasi, is a walking example of how effective superfoods can be when it comes to men’s health.
Two critical functions of superfoods that were important to Matt’s health journey were reducing inflammation and healing the gut.
Inflammation is a key part of the body’s immune response, but chronic inflammation is a huge problem. A 2015 study by the British Journal of Nutrition linked unresolved inflammation to early development of chronic disease.
Luckily, we aren’t helpless in the fight against chronic inflammation. Eating the right foods
—aka, anti-inflammatory foods-can help reduce disease-provoking inflammation.
Here are some ways to fight this inflammation.
Make your oils work for you. This means using the right ones. Certain oils are anti-inflammatory, while the wrong ones will actually make inflammation worse. Try cooking with olive, flaxseed, avocado, coconut, and canola oil.
Get your fruits and veggies. Eating lots of these will naturally bring inflammation levels down and counteract their harmful effects.
Eat lots of good herbs and spices. The two most important ones here are turmeric and ginger, which we talked about earlier. These really are the superheroes of the spice world!
Stay away from refined carbs. These increase inflammation, and eating them on a regular basis can be dangerous for people with chronic disease worsened by this inflammation.
Figure out which foods you’re sensitive to – this can cause inflammation if you continue to eat them. Some common food sensitivities are gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs, soy, and fish.
Healing the Gut
The health of our gastrointestinal systems is so important to our overall well-being!
Symptoms of poor gut health come in a wide range:
- Digestive issues (think bloating, gas, diarrhea)
- Sugar cravings
- Bad breath
- Food allergies or sensitivities
- Moodiness, anxiety, and depression
- Skin problems
- Autoimmune disease
- Suppressed immunity
Crazy how all that can stem from our gut health! So, how do we begin to heal our gastrointestinal systems and reverse those symptoms? Here are some tried and true ways!
Cut out irritants like caffeine and alcohol. It might be difficult, but it will be worth it! Check out this plan
for quitting caffeine without headaches from our blog!
Add in probiotics! Your gut needs good bacteria to eliminate toxins, assist with nutrient absorption, and prevent the invasion of harmful microbes. Sources of probiotics include fermented foods like tempeh, kombucha, miso, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and yogurt. You can also take them in capsule form.
Get your ginger. Ginger relieves symptoms of gas and cramping and also effectively aids in digestion. Sprinkle it over food as a seasoning, or brew a mug of SUTRA Gold!
Bone broth is your best friend. It contains collagen and gelatin, which are both amazing when it comes to healing the lining of the gut and reducing inflammation. And be sure to make it yourself
—bone broth from the store has had most of its healing properties processed out of it, unfortunately.
For all the guys out there, healing and strengthening the body with food doesn’t have to be complicated! It really comes down to 3 steps:
- Eat lots of whole, nutritious superfoods
- Take steps to reduce inflammation
- Be nice to your gut
It’s that easy, and SUTRA is here to help every step of the way! Pick up a box of your favorite delicious, superfood-filled SUTRA drink today and get on the road to healing faster.