Gut Hormone Balance Juice
This juice is really important. As we talked about in our guide earlier in the week, our hormones are messengers that tell our bodies what to do. They regulate everything from our moods to our metabolism. When our hormones are out of balance, it can lead to all sorts of problems.
There Are So Many Essential Hormones MADE in the Gut
We often think of hormones being made/regulated by parts of the endocrine system like the thyroid, adrenals, hypothalamus, pituitary, and so on. But many essential hormones are actually made in our digestive system.
For instance, serotonin (the feel good hormone) is made in our gut. In fact, about 95% of our serotonin is found there.
If you’re not producing enough serotonin, it can lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep problems. That’s why probiotics are so important for gut health. Probiotics help to increase serotonin production.
Another important hormone made in the gut is gastrin, which stimulates the release of stomach acid. Hydrochloric acid (HCL) is required for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. HCL also kills harmful bacteria and parasites that we may have ingested.
If you don’t have enough HCL, you may experience bloating, gas, belching, and general digestive discomfort after eating. You may also be more susceptible to infection.
A third hormone made in the gut is cholecystokinin (CCK). CCK signals the release of bile and digestive enzymes from the pancreas. Bile emulsifies fats so that they can be properly digested and absorbed. Digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats so that our bodies can use them for energy.
If you don’t have enough CCK, you may experience fat malabsorption and digestive problems after eating fatty foods.
And then there is ghrelin. Ghrelin is produced in the stomach and small intestine. It increases appetite and has been shown to play a role in body weight regulation.
If you have too much ghrelin, you will be more likely to overeat, feeling constantly hungry.
And when we zoom out just a little more, there is the pancreas. When it comes to hormones, the pancreas is a powerhouse. It produces enzymes that help with digestion, and it also produces several hormones, including insulin – and we know all about how essential the insulin/glucose balance it.
I LOVE This Green Juice
This Gut Hormone Balancing Juice contains specific nutrients to heal, balance, and repair the areas of the digestive system that support these hormones. It’s also very, very tasty!
Having a green juice like this once a day will not only support your hormone health, but it’s also powerfully alkaline, anti-inflammatory, and full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and other important nutrients.
The Gut Hormone Balance Juice
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 sticks of celery
- 1 medium or large cucumber
- 1-2 cm fresh root ginger
- 1/4 lemon, juiced
- 1pinch of ground cinnamon
- ½ cups coconut water or filtered water
Simply juice everything, except the lemon and cinnamon(!), and then once juiced, stir in the cinnamon and squeeze in the lemon. Give it all a good stir and enjoy!