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One Powerful Way to Restore Healthy Gut Flora

Keeping your gut in check is important for overall heath and wellness. The gut microbiome, also known as gut flora, controls the digestion of food, your immune system, central nervous system and other bodily processes. There’s a common saying that goes, “when your gut is happy, you’re happy.”

According to the National Institutes for Health, approximately 60 to 70 Americans are affected by digestive disease, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). That’s a lot of people… that’s why we feel it’s important to raise awareness about maintaining good gut health.

Harvard Medical School refers to gut bacteria as “vast and mysterious like the Milky way.” This is a great analogy, as it's believed there are about 100 trillion good and bad bacteria inside our digestive system. Research suggests that certain bacteria in your gut can prevent and treat many common diseases, including Rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease. Eating more fermented foods and using probiotic supplements can be great ways to support the restoration of the probiotic diversity in your gut. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on one of our favourite fermented foods – miso soup.

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Miso is traditionally considered to be a food that promotes good health and a long and happy life. Its origins can be traced to China as far back as the 4th century BC. It is high in essential amino acids and is loaded with beneficial bacteria and living enzymes that aid digestion and assimilation.

The Minimalist Baker has a great recipe for a classic (and vegan) miso soup that only requires six ingredients. It only takes 15-minutes to make from start to finish. We like this particular recipe because it’s bursting with miso flavour and is more filling than you would expect with the greens.

Tips to get the most out of your miso:

One of the most important things when dealing with fermented, living miso is to add it to warm, not hot, water so as not to “kill” the miso and its probiotic benefits.

Don’t just use any ol’ miso. It’s important that it’s real, fermented, alive miso preferably from Japan, where they know how to do miso. This is very much a “you get what you pay for” scenario. Using high quality, nutritional ingredients will be the most impactful to your health.

We offer one of the finest organic fermented barley miso from Japan that is made by the Ohsawa company, who has made miso or the Japanese Royal Family for centuries. They also make Nama Shoyu soy sauce, and Ume Vinegar, all of which we offer.

Making miso soup can sometimes be deceptively simple. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when you’re giving it a shot.

Miso soup is a warm, warm, comforting and savory dish. Give it a go and let us know how you like it!

To learn more about the gut microbiome, watch this TedTalk: Microbiome: Gut Bugs and You

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