Three Things

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1. One. I love wine. Two. I love chocolate. Looks like both things may be good for your gut! Two new studies have linked some species of good bacteria to lifestyle factors. Plus, they have found some factors that are associated with a negative impact on bacteria diversity. These include antibotics and other medications. These studies are following many that are looking into the gut microbiome and the possible link to helping diagnose and treat diseases using them.

2. Fancy juice doesn’t cleanse your body of toxins. Duh! Shout out to New York Times for writing this article. “The human body is well designed to eliminate wastes and toxins, and a number of organs play a role.” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – your kidneys and liver will do the work of “detoxifying” your body for you! Now, if you enjoy fancy juices and drinking them for pleasure (while paying attention to the amount of sugar they contain) then drink away!

3. There are many vegetables that are overlooked. We also think about the basics, right? Broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, mushrooms, etc. But, what about artichokes, fennel, collard greens, and kohlrabi, among others. I love when nontraditional vegetables are highlighted as nutrition powerhouses because it allows us to explore other flavors and nutrient profiles. Try some of these veggies next time you want to change up your vegetable routine!

Raquel

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