Gut Friendly Foods for Your Kitchen

In my last blog post I discussed how your gut health/microbiome is a huge reflection of your skin.  So today I want to go over some gut friendly foods that are a great way to get your skin glowing while showing some love to your gut.

Improving gut health doesn’t have to be a difficult feat if you keep gut healthy foods in your kitchen. We all know that gut health is important, but many of us don’t realize just how much of an impact the foods we eat play a role in how are skin looks, how we feel, think and behave. Before you plan your next shopping list, read more about the foods that can improve your life in more ways than one.

Hemp Seeds

  • Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA) is a necessary building block for some prostaglandins — hormone-like chemicals in the body that help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature, and are vital to other body functions.
  • High in insoluble and soluble fiber, hemp seeds provide more than enough bulk to keep your gastrointestinal system regular. Additionally, this healthy mixture of roughage feeds the probiotics in your gut and helps secure a robust immune system.
  • The oil in hemp seeds penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes healthy cell growth — the recipe for smooth, soft skin. In fact, researchers studying the effects of hemp seed oil on atopic dermatitis, or eczema, a skin condition that causes inflammation and dry skin, found that patients’ symptoms improved with the use of the oil.


  • Spice up your day with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper in your meals.
  • Research has shown that cayenne pepper can assist in bringing necessary enzymes to the stomach which ultimately aid in metabolizing food (1).
  • Also a great aid for relieving intestinal gas as it encourages peristaltic motion – the movement of muscles located in the digestive tract (2).


  • Avocados are not only a delicious addition to any meal, they are also a one-stop-shop for a wide array of vitamins and nutrients, and are full of potassium, fiber, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats (4).
  • Fiber is largely found in avocados with approximately 4.5 grams per half, which contributes to healthy digestion as a result of its ability to feed the ‘friendly’ bacteria and remove waste in a minimal amount of time (5).
  • Mash up an avocado, squeeze a quarter of a lemon on it, add a pinch of celtic sea salt and a packet of collagen peptides for an added boost.


  • Gut healthy foods don’t necessarily have to be a food!
  • Steep a warm cup of sweet and flowery rooibos tea for it’s digestive health benefits. Even add in a scoop of Vital Proteins Bone Broth for an added digestive boost.
  • Rooibos tea is rich in nutrients such as manganese, iron, zinc, and calcium to promote a healthy inflammatory response. Studies have shown that rooibos tea has the ability to promote improved digestion and abdominal comfort (6).


  • Gut healthy foods can be made even healthier with an all natural supplement. Maintain a digestive support with supplements such as Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin.
  • Gelatin is most beneficial for improving the lining in the digestive tract and combating intestinal damage which ultimately prevents permeability (11). Gelatin is slower to digest, moves through the GI tract further and coats the small intestine.
  • Beef Gelatin and Collagen Peptides’ nutritional benefits vary only slightly. The main difference is how they’re used. Gelatin works best while cooking, or with hot liquids, soups and broths. Both can be used cooking, but Beef Gelatin dissolves well in warm liquids, gummies, parfaits, hot teas, and more.
  • Check out this recipe for a delicious supercharged Hot Toddy.


Do you have these already in your kitchen?  I do and love them!

In good health and glowing skin,



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