Holiday Cocktails to Help You Feel Festive

The season of eating, drinking, and being merry is upon us! Now don’t get me wrong, I love eggnog, but after having the same drinks and food time and time again, it’s refreshing to shake it up a little bit.

That’s why I spent time in our test kitchen creating 3 new holiday cocktail recipes for you to try out this holiday season.

A Magical Mixer

The mixer you choose is incredibly important. Mixers deliver flavor to your drink and cool the alcohol burn, but they also tend to bring a lot of sugar, colorants, “natural” flavors, and weird ingredients.

I’ve used Maywell as my main mixer for each of these drinks:

  • It’s flavorful
  • No refined sugar
  • Each can is packed with 5g prebiotic fiber to help you gut
Mayawell is a great mixer.

This gut health part is especially important during the holiday season. If you’re like me, your diet might consist of more cookies, pie, and ‘taters than “normal” — and that’s okay! But sometimes it can leave my gut feeling a little off.

That’s where Mayawell comes in. It adds prebiotic fiber to your diet which helps nourish your existing gut bacteria. (Not to mention it makes a delicious cocktail mixer.)

Pineapple Mimosa

There’s no better way to start the day during the holidays than with a festive morning Mimosa. This Mimosa is subtly sweet and a little tangy.

Pineapple Mimosa is a great holiday cocktail.

Ingredients

3 T pineapple juice 

50% Champagne

50% Pineapple Mango Mayawell

Garnish: Thin pineapple slice

Pear Apple Cider

This drink feels so much like fall, I recommend wearing a sweater while you drink it. Mixing apple and pear gives this holiday cocktail a bright, light flavor I absolutely love.

The Pear Cider holiday is delicious.

Ingredients

1/3 cup sparkling apple cider 

1 shot Bourbon (optional)

1/2 cup Pear Lime Mayawell 

Garnish: Thin pear slice + cinnamon sticks

Raspberry Italian Soda 

This one is SO refreshing! The half & half makes it smooth, satisfying, and perfect for a chilly day.

Raspberry Italian soda with Mayawell is a beautiful holiday cocktail.

Ingredients

1/2 can Raspberry Cucumber Mayawell 

6 tbsp half-and-half

1 T simple syrup

Garnish: 3 raspberries

Gut-Healthy Cocktails, Please

Don’t let a bad gut slow you down during the holidays. Your time should be spent hanging out with friends, not hanging out in the bathroom. 

These cocktails will do just that! They’re flavorful, they’re festive, and they have everything you need to be your best.

A Nutrition Coach’s Take on Gut Health and Nutrition

Where do you go for up-to-date information on health? WebMD? Reddit forums? With the advent of the great and mighty Internet, we have every piece of information on gut health at our fingertips.

However, it can often feel like there’s too much information out there, and it can be hard to know if your source is credible.

That’s why we teamed up with Haley Fountain. Haley is a holistic Health Coach based in Houston, Texas who focuses on gut health and balancing hormones. She answered some of our most burning questions on gut health and diet.

Why You Can Trust Haley

Health coach cooking in her kitchen

Before we jump into our interview, here’s a little info about Haley and why you can trust her with your gut health woes:

  • She has 2 health coaching certifications and she’s a member of the International Association for Health Coaches. (TLDR: she knows what she’s talking about)
  • Major gut issues plagued her growing up, manifesting through horrible acid reflux. In high school, she was taking more pills than her 75 year old grandma.
  • Haley decided to make lifestyle changes (focusing on diet, stress, and sleep) that helped improve her symptoms and get off the medications she was taking.
  • Now, she dedicates her life to educating, motivating, and inspiring others to live their happiest, healthiest lives. 
  • Firsthand experience taught her small habits are incredibly impactful on overall health.

Let’s get into our chat with Haley!

Q: In what ways does a healthy gut change your everyday life?

A: A healthy gut can, quite literally, change your life! Science is still uncovering all of the ways that our gut health impacts our overall health. Having a healthy gut can improve:

  • Immune function
  • Sleep
  • Skin issues (like acne)
  • Energy levels
  • Cognitive function
  • Mood and mood disorders
  • Hormonal function
  • Nutrient absorption
  • Weight issues
  • And more!

Q: You often talk about gut health on your Instagram. Why do you choose to speak about this so often?

A: Our gut health is connected to every other function in our body! In Chinese medicine, there’s an old saying: “when you don’t know what’s wrong, start with the gut.”

Q: What even is gut health?

A: Gut health is really referring to a healthy, balanced gut microbiome, a.k.a. the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract that break down your food. 

Q: How is gut health connected to overall health and wellness?

A: Scientists now refer to the gut as the “second brain” because of how much the gut impacts every other function in our body.

Food we eat is broken down in our digestive tract, and those nutrients are used to make every cell in our body. The majority of our immune system is in our gut, and we also have more neurons in our gut than in our spinal cord! 

Q: What are probiotics and prebiotics?

  • Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that reside in the gut.
  • Prebiotics are compounds that help that beneficial bacteria grow and thrive.

I like to think of prebiotics as “food” for my probiotics. 

Q: What are the three most important things people should know if they’re new to gut health and want to get started on healing their gut?

  1. Your gut is linked to every other function in your body. If your gut is off, everything else will be off, too.
  2. If you’re having uncomfortable symptoms in your gut, there’s tons of resources out there (including my blog!) that can help you figure them out.
  3. Some of the best things you can do to support a healthy gut: drink lots of water, get lots of fiber (25g+ per day) and eat balanced meals. 

Q: What are two good ways to incorporate prebiotics into your diet?

A: Drinking Mayawell, of course! Also, there are many prebiotic-rich foods like honey, green tea, asparagus, artichokes, and more. 

Q: What are two good ways to incorporate probiotics into your diet?

A: FERMENTED FOODS! I want to shout this from the rooftops. 

Try to get at least one serving of fermented foods in your diet per day. Some of my favorites are:

  • Kimchee (common in Korean dishes)
  • Sauerkraut
  • Raw pickled vegetables
  • Kombucha 

Also, I’m a big fan of taking a daily probiotic. We all have unique gut flora, so everyone will need a different blend.

Q: What are more important — prebiotics or probiotics?

A: Honestly, you need both. They are like yin and yang. Eating a diet rich in pre- and probiotics will set you up for a happy, healthy gut.

Q: Honestly, would you recommend Mayawell to any of your clients?

A: 100% yes! I’ve tried other prebiotic drinks out there and Mayawell is definitely my top choice for myself and my clients. They are sweet and refreshing, but not too sweet (some others I have tried are way too sweet for my palette).

Mayawell has just enough fiber so that you get the benefits without the bloating. They have so many unique flavors, too! And if that weren’t enough, they are a cause-driven company which really matters to me as a consumer.

Raspberry cucumber Mayawell

Q: Is there anything else you want to say or speak to regarding gut health or overall nutrition?

A: I am constantly talking about this with my clients and social media audience: Manage. Your. Stress.

You can eat all the kale, take your probiotics, and exercise daily… but if you are stressed out every day, it’s like two steps forward and one step back. Stress also wreaks HAVOC on your gut! 

Practice mindfulness, research embodiment practices, cultivate a gratitude practice and put your phone away sometimes. Taking care of yourself mentally must always be a priority. Namaste!

The Science Behind a Morning Poop

There are a couple things that can make your morning:

  1. Finding out you won a $600 gift card for Trader Joe’s (filling out all of those customer surveys finally paid off)
  2. Not being upcharged for oat milk in your morning latte
  3. A good poop

I can’t really help you with the first two, but I can help explain a little bit about why we often poop in the morning, and how you can stay regular and avoid the office bathroom at all costs. 

Why a BM in the AM? 

Over 60% of Americans poop in the morning. 

While you sleep, your gut works hard to process the food you’ve eaten during the day. This is part of why most people are ready to poop in the morning: it’s simply a time thing. 

But why don’t people wake up in the middle of the night to poop, like we sometimes do for #1? That’s because our colon chills out and goes on night mode. When we wake up in the morning, our body signals to our colon that it’s time. It starts contracting 3x as strongly as it does while we’re sleeping. These contractions move your poop along through your intestines so it can make its way out. 

This means most people feel the urge to poop about 30 minutes after waking up. 

Keep in mind, however, that the most important part of pooping is regularity. Regular movements are usually a positive thing, regardless of the time of day.

How to Train Your Colon

Everyone has different schedules and a different favorite bathroom with ideal pooping conditions. The good news is that it’s possible to train your colon to poop at a certain time each day. 

Step 1: Sit

Pick your ideal time of day and sit on the throne for a few minutes. Don’t try too hard to poop — that’s not the goal. This step simply tells your colon hey, now would be a great, peaceful time for a BM. 

Step 2: Repeat

Do Step 1 everyday for about 2 weeks. You should then be able to start pooping around your chosen time. 

The Key to Staying Regular

There are a few things you can do to help you stay regular and keep your morning poop painless.

Sleep

Deep, regular sleep is important. It helps your body process your food so it can be ready to poop by the time you wake up.

Prebiotics and Probiotics

  • Prebiotics are food that nourish your good gut bacteria and help them grow.
  • Probiotics are new good gut bacteria you can add to your existing gut bacteria. 

Both prebiotics and probiotics are helpful, but prebiotics are arguably more helpful sometimes. It’s hard to keep any gut bacteria alive if they don’t have anything to eat. 

It’s helpful to incorporate more fiber-filled foods into your diet. Mayawell prebiotics soda is also an easy, delicious, and healthy way to add prebiotic goodness to your diet without having to think about it. 

Regular Exercise

Exercise is a great way to keep things moving. You don’t need to be running a marathon everyday. Instead, find a form of movement you like and stick with it.

Pooping Goals

But remember, no one’s colon is perfect. No one is regular all the time, and if they say they are, they’re lying. 

Do your best to keep your gut healthy and care for yourself, and good poops will come in time.

Gut Health Benefits of Turmeric

Gut health: whether you’ve heard the term before or are a well-versed enthusiast, studies show gut health is a necessary pillar of overall health. 

When many people think of gut health, they think of yogurt or a juice cleanse, but there are many different ways to improve gut health. 

One of the lesser known tools to add to your gut health arsenal is turmeric. Turmeric is often labeled a “superfood” because it has many different health benefits. What most people don’t know is that this electric-yellow spice is the solution to their gut health woes.

Why Improve Gut Health

Scientists are proving, over and over again, that the condition of the stomach is crucial for one’s overall health. In fact, it can be said that if your gut itself is unhealthy, you may be at risk of experiencing various health issues.

Over the years, poor gut health has been linked to different plights, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, and depression. Considering that all of these issues can significantly hamper your quality of life, it’s crucial to take proper care of your stomach and keep it in good shape!

What Even Is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a rhizome (underground stem, basically a root) in the same family as ginger. Different cultures around the world have used turmeric as a natural health remedy for centuries. Turmeric was used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a variety of ailments, especially skin disorders and digestive issues, and it is now a staple in many Americans’ spice racks.

Because turmeric became more mainstream, it’s now easy to find. You can find powdered turmeric, and even turmeric in its whole root form, at many grocery stores.

Benefits of Turmeric

But how exactly does this yellow powder help our guts? Let’s go over how it works in further detail:

Intestinal Improvements

Turmeric contains something called curcumin, which contains curcuminoids. Curcuinoids are responsible for all of the health-promoting properties of turmeric. 

When consumed, curcumin supports digestion immensely because it helps relax the smooth muscles on the walls of the intestinal tract. This makes it easier to push food from one end of the GI tract to the another.

It also prevents excessive gas and bloating in the intestines during food digestion, between meals.

Colon Corrections

Remember that the gut is everything from mouth to bum. If you’re aiming for optimal gut health, the colon is undoubtedly something you should focus on. The good news? Turmeric can help a lot with colon health!

Turmeric helps the colon by encouraging glands on the organ’s surface to regenerate and heal whenever pathogenic (bad) bacteria are present. This healing quality may also help prevent leaky gut.

Stomach Solutions

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that helps with digestion because it helps your body regulate acid production. This means that it also helps reduce flatulence. 

In addition, turmeric helps keep the stomach lining healthy. It can control and inhibit enzymes that compromise stomach health while also boosting stomach mucous secretion. 

Best Way to Eat Turmeric

Anyone can add turmeric to almost anything. It’s a versatile spice and flavor used in curries, sweet desserts, smoothies, sprinkled on top of ice cream, and even a key ingredient in healthy prebiotic sodas.

However, there’s an important part of consuming turmeric most people don’t know: add pepper!

Turmeric isn’t always bioavailable, meaning your body can’t always utilize all of its goodness. Thermogenic foods, or foods that produce heat in the body, increase your body’s turmeric absorption by as much as 2,000%! 

But regardless of how you choose to consume your turmeric, you can never go wrong with adding it to your diet. It’s a perfect, simple, and tasty step towards overall health.

Ginger’s Medicinal Properties and Other Health Benefits

If you’re a ginger-enthusiast like me, you’ll love learning about the amazing health benefits ginger offers. If you’re not, we’ll cover a few ways to incorporate ginger into your diet that actually taste good (like a healthy strawberry ginger soda! stay tuned…)

Ginger is delicious in savory stir fries, sweet traditional desserts, and even bubbly beverages. This super spice has a long list of wonderful health benefits, from anti-inflammatory properties to calming upset stomachs. Many cultures claim it — whether munched, pickled, crystallized, grated, or dipped in hot water. It’s also cited for its medicinal properties, as well as for resolving health ailments for centuries.  

If you’re a ginger lover, this will make you love it even more. Without further ado, here are some of the best benefits ginger has to offer.

Helps Relieve Nausea

Ginger reduces nausea and vomiting. This includes motion sickness, morning sickness, postoperative nausea, and travel-related sickness. Moreover, it’s all natural and (can be) completely organic, which is often more appealing than taking medication all the time. 

Coming from someone who gets motion-sickness from swings and rocking chairs, I know how important it is to plan ahead. I take these ginger chews on car rides, boat rides, and planes to help keep my stomach calm.

Reduces Arthritis Inflammation and Pain

Ginger helps improve rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other rheumatism. That includes muscle pain and muscle soreness caused by exercise. These benefits are credited to ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Aids in Digestion

Consuming ginger helps reduce bloating, flatulence, intestinal colic, poor digestion, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Ginger supports your body’s food digestion, as well as nutrient absorption and assimilation, by stimulating your body’s digestive acids and secretions.

This makes ginger a great addition before or after a meal to support your digestive processes.

Helps Combat Lung Disease and Infections

Ginger can help combat bronchitis and asthma due to its immune-boosting properties. This is because ginger can help remove excess mucus and reduce inflammation in the airways. For the same reason, ginger is often used as a natural decongestant and antihistamine. 

Helps Alleviate Gut Infections

Some animal studies show that ginger may inhibit H.pylori stomach infections. H.pylori is a bacteria that lives in your digestive tract that, if unmanaged, can lead to stomach cancer and gastric ulcers.

Research also shows that ginger helps reduce gum disease. I know—you thought we were talking about the gut! Well, the mouth is the very first part of the gut, so it’s incredibly important to have a healthy mouth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria buildup, so it makes sense that ginger helps because it’s an antibacterial.

Supports Blood Glucose Levels

Some studies show that ginger can effectively lower fasting blood sugar in people with diabetes and reduce Hemoglobin A1c. Hemoglobin A1c is a blood sugar indicator regularly used by people with diabetes for monitoring purposes. 

Improve Blood Circulation and Prevent Cold Hands and Feet

Ginger is hyperthermic, meaning it triggers a warming of the body. This warming and circulatory response promotes blood circulation to the extremities and makes it a practical solution for helping cold hands and feet. It may even aid in Raynaud’s disease

Eases Period Cramps and Dysmenorrhea

Period cramps are sometimes linked to your body’s excessive production of prostaglandins, which helps contract the uterus to shed the lining during a period. Ginger may reduce prostaglandins and therefore help ease period cramps. It can also help with endometriosis thanks to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Strawberry Ginger Soda

Prevents Respiratory Infections

Ginger is an excellent support to the immune system. It’s also a great preventative measure against the common cold and other viral infections. In addition, it also reduces painful sore throats, nasal congestion, and coughs.

Has Anti-Cancer Properties

Gingerol is a compound found in ginger, and it’s what gives ginger such a refreshing spice! This compound, along with other compounds found in ginger, are shown to have protective properties against certain types of cancer, such as colorectal, liver, and prostate cancer. 

Eases Migraines

Migraines are terrible, especially if you experience them on a recurring basis. Consuming ginger can help reduce headaches and migraines thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. According to several animal studies, ginger also helps protect memory, support brain function, and reduce brain damage. 

Prevents Drug-Resistant Microbial Diseases 

Ginger, when mixed with garlic like in this delicious wellness shot, has an intense antibacterial effect that helps protect your body against pathogens (microorganisms that cause disease). This means it helps prevent sickness, including drug-resistant diseases. Prevention of these diseases is especially helpful because these diseases are drug resistant and therefore harder to treat. 

Conclusion

This super spice is prevalent in cultures all over the world: in curries, stews, sweets, cookies, pressed juices, and more—and no wonder! It’s health benefits make it a no-brainer to include in any healthful diet.

To help you get your daily dose of ginger, here are a few fun ways to incorporate it into your daily routine: 

  1. Ginger herbal tea
  2. Veggie stir fry with ginger and garlic
  3. Strawberry ginger with hibiscus prebiotic soda (this one is my fave!)
  4. Sugared ginger chews
  5. Ginger snap cookies
  6. Ginger pills (perfect if you don’t like the taste of ginger)
Strawberry hibiscus ginger soda

My favorite from the list above? Mayawell’s Strawberry Ginger with Hibiscus healthy soda. It has a strong dose of spicy ginger that’s perfect after a meal to settle the stomach. I often drink it right away in the morning, too, to get my digestive system started on the right foot. With 20% of your daily value of fiber in each can and no refined sugar, it’s the perfect way to amp up ginger’s already amazing benefits.

What are prebiotics?

If you’re a gut-health enthusiast, you may notice that the iPhone doesn’t recognize the word “prebiotics.” That invalidation from Apple makes the modern American ask some questions:

  • Are prebiotics even real, or is this like Dogecoin?
  • If they are real, what are they?
  • Do they mean probiotics, and need to work on their proofreading skills? 

 

All valid questions. That’s why we’ll go over what prebiotics are (yes, they’re real!), and why they’re an important part of any healthful diet.

Definition of prebiotic 

The word prebiotic comes from two root words:

  1. Pre, meaning “before”
  2. Biotic, meaning “produced by life or living organisms”

Merriam-Webster defines prebiotic as “existing or occurring before the origin of life.” (Which sounds pretty existential and profound, doesn’t it?)

When we piece this together through the lens of gut health, we come to the following conclusions:

  1. Prebitoics come before a certain outcome. You can’t have good gut health without first getting your prebiotics right.
  2. Prebiotics involve real, living things. In our gut, prebiotics promote the life of good bacteria all throughout our gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Put very simply, prebiotics are fermentable fiber that help nourish gut bacteria found throughout the intestinal tract. If we were to consider gut bacteria to be “seeds,” we could consider prebiotics to be the essential “water” that grows and nourishes them.

What are prebiotics?

The importance of gut bacteria

 

You may be wondering why we need to worry about our gut bacteria in the first place. It’s a good question! We spend a lot of time washing bacteria off of our hands and cursing bacteria for bad breath on our first date, so why focus on preserving bacteria in your gut? 

 

When we talk about the gut, we’re talking about everything from your mouth to your bum, and all the stuff in-between, too: esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine. 

 

Each part of your gut is lined with bacteria, and this collection of bacteria is called your gut flora, or gut microbiome. Nearly 100 trillion micro-organisms live in our GI tracts. That’s more than the entire Earth’s population! 

 

Your gut bacteria allow you to convert food into what your body needs to thrive. Your gut bacteria:

  • Break down food into forms your body can utilize
  • Assist with mineral and Vitamin absorption
  • Keep your immune system strong
  • Regulate blood sugar
  • Control inflammatory responses 
  • Boost metabolism 
  • Improve mental clarity 

 

Essentially, gut bacteria are the super-tiny MVPs of the GI tract. You couldn’t digest without them.

Prebiotics vs. probiotics

If prebiotics nourish our good gut bacteria (remember, “pre” = “before”), it makes sense that probiotics are new living bacteria we can introduce to the digestive system to sit alongside existing bacteria. 

Probiotics can be helpful. If you’re experiencing digestive issues, introducing new bacteria to your gut can help restore balance to your GI tract. However, if you’re not giving your gut bacteria enough food, they’ll continue to die. 

Let’s go back to our garden analogy: say we’re experiencing a terrible drought and our summer garden is shriveling up into a dead, barren wasteland. We can continue to bring new plants and flowers into our garden, but without any water (prebiotics), those plants will continue to shrivel up and die. Furthermore, we waste our time, money, and energy in the process. 

That’s not to say probiotics aren’t helpful—they can be! But they should be accompanied by prebiotics and a healthy dose of fiber. 

Prebiotics vs. fiber

Dietary fiber is the indigestible part of plants, and there are two types: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. 

  • Soluble fiber ferments in the colon (these are prebiotics)
  • Insoluble fiber does not ferment in the colon (these are NOT prebiotics)

Because soluble fiber ferments in the colon, this means it interacts with your gut bacteria. The fermentation allows gut bacteria to eat, be nourished, and grow. 

So, all prebiotics are fiber, but not all fibers are prebiotics. (Much like all hotdogs are sandwiches, but not all sandwiches are hotdogs.)

Balancing your prebiotics 

Gut bacteria, much like you and me, feed off of different foods. Some love avocados, others love celery, some love pineapple, etc. That’s why eating a varied diet is important; it ensures all of your different gut bacteria are getting the nutrients they need.

How to incorporate prebiotics into your diet

Lucky for all of us, there are tons of delicious plants out there that contain the prebiotic fiber we need to keep our gut microbiome happy and healthy. A few of my favorite staples include:

  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Garlic
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas

But, as much as I love Jerusalem Artichoke and garlic, incorporating them into my daily diet just isn’t realistic. That’s why I’ve found other ways to get my needed daily dose of prebiotics.

There are many capsules and supplements out there to help boost your prebiotic intake, but it can be hard to know what’s good quality vs. what’s a marketing scheme. And honestly, I usually forget to take these. There’s no enjoyment that comes with taking a pill, so I find it challenging to stay on track.

That’s why Mayawell is the only way I add prebiotics to my diet now. It comes in 4 bubbly flavors and has 5g of organic, hand-harvested prebiotic fiber in every can (that’s 20% of your daily value!). It’s also free of additives, fillers, stabilizers, and refined sugar. At only 40 calories per can, it’s the perfect, delicious way to reach your fiber goals. And it tastes good, so I never forget to drink it. 

Remember how we talked about balancing your prebiotics? Well, the cool thing about this prebiotic soda is that the Active Agave used to sweeten it retains up to 60% of a person’s existing gut bacteria. This means it’s diverse: it appeals to more types of gut bacteria than most foods.

Prebiotic fiber with Mayawell

Let’s see what you learned

Are you really ready for the real world of gut health? Could you explain what prebiotics are to your mom? Test your new knowledge with the fill-in-the-blank below:

  1. If we were to consider gut bacteria to be “seeds,” we could consider __________ to be the essential “water” that grows and nourishes them.
  2. __________ are new living bacteria we can introduce to the digestive system to sit alongside existing bacteria.
  3. Dietary ________ is an indigestible part of plants, and there are two types: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
  4. True/False: Eating a varied diet is important; it ensures all of your different gut bacteria are getting the nutrients they need.

Answers

  1. Prebiotics
  2. Probiotics
  3. Fiber
  4. True

6 Healthy Reasons Why You Should Add Lime to Your Diet

Limes are one of the most widely used fruits out there, from detox drinks to tequila shots, but they don’t get the same recognition as the exalted lemon. But limes offer more health benefits than people know. They deserve their moment in the sun.

One lime contains about: 2g fiber, 22% of your daily value of vitamin C, and a ton of antioxidants. Let’s dive deeper, and break down what that means for you and your everyday health journey.

Lime is Healthy for Your Heart

Lime supports heart health in several different ways:

  • Contains pectin, which positively affects your cholesterol levels
  • Rich in vitamin C, which helps reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease
  • Contains potassium which helps relieve tension in the walls of blood vessels to help lower blood pressure

Lime Offers Protection Against Kidney Stones

If you’ve had a kidney stone, you know they’re terrible; if you haven’t, consider yourself lucky. Research finds that the citric acid in fruits like lime, lemon, and orange may prevent kidney stones from forming. This is why patients with low urinary citrate levels are often encouraged to increase consumption of foods rich in citric acid, like limes. 

Lime Benefits Your Digestive System

Carbohydrates in limes are usually made of soluble fiber in the form of pectin. This soluble fiber helps slow digestion, which keeps your blood sugar stable and inhibits the growth of colon cancer tumors.

Pectin is also known for promoting healthy cholesterol levels. Moreover, citrus fruits like lime contain a nutrient in their peels and oils called d-limonene, which helps relieve symptoms of indigestion and gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Has anyone ever recommended lemon water to start your day, or tea with lemon to settle your stomach? That’s why! We recommend trying iced lime water or green tea with a squeeze of lime, instead.

Lime Lowers Your Risk of Developing Cancer

There are a few properties of limes that help with cancer prevention:

  • The d-limonene in citrus fruits provides multiple health benefits, including cancer prevention.
  • Limes contain a flavonoid called naringenin, which has cancer-preventing solid properties, as recently found in scientific studies.
  • Citrus pulp and juice contain high levels of beta-cryptoxanthin and hesperidin, which are plant compounds that help prevent malignant tumors from forming in rodents.

Lime Protects You Against Anemia

Iron deficiency often leads to the blood disorder anemia. While limes don’t contain high amounts of iron, they do have high levels of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body absorb any iron you may already be consuming.

This is important because a common issue with iron deficiencies is not the lack of iron intake, but rather the body’s inability to use the iron you’re giving it. Helping your body absorb more iron may help balance iron levels overall. 

Lime Promotes Beautiful Skin

Easy, breezy, beautiful… lime. Dermatologists often cite vitamin C for its positive effect on your body’s collagen production. Collagen is a protein that helps prevent wrinkles, and also helps keep your joints healthy. 

The juice of limes and lemons is also often used as a natural remedy for acne due to their antibacterial and astringent properties. They help exfoliate skin and prevent pores from getting clogged—and they smell good. Who doesn’t want a lime facial?

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It works hard everyday to protect you from the outside world, so it needs all the help it can get.

Adding Lime to Your Diet

When you consider the health benefits of lime, adding it to your diet is a no-brainer. These are a few of our favorite ways to consume it:

Remember that one of the best ways to achieve overall health is to strive for balance and variety: Eat a varied diet, make sure you’re taking time to slow down and enjoy life while also hustling towards your goals, and balance your lemons with your limes.  

pear lime green tea soda

4 Health Benefits of Pineapple You Should Know Right Now

Pineapple is delicious, and that’s a fact. The only downside is that it requires a fair amount of effort to cut up and reach all that good, golden juiciness inside. But pineapples are worth it: this tropical fruit is loaded with tons of nutritional benefits that support overall health and well-being. Once you learn about all of the good things about pineapple, it’s easy to justify the longer prep time. 

Pineapples are also versatile. They’re bright, sweet flavor makes them the perfect additions to  juices, shakes, fruit salads, and even savory foods like sandwiches and kebabs. If you need more convincing, keep reading to find out why it’s time to add pineapple to your diet.

Pineapples Improve Gut Health

Pineapple is unique in that it serves as a source of dietary bromelain, a digestive enzyme that works to break down proteins in food. (Bromelain is the culprit behind why pineapple sometimes makes your tongue tingle!)

This means that if you suffer from bloating and digestive issues, regularly consuming pineapple may help support these functions. 

Pineapple is also high in fiber. 1 serving of pineapple contains about 13g of dietary fiber. That’s a ton! Dietary fiber has a wide array of benefits, from acting as a prebiotic to regulating blood sugar and helping clean your intestines. 

Pineapples Keep You Hydrated

Similar to watermelons and pears, pineapples are a great way to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer months. Pineapples are 85-90% water, so if you’re sick of sipping on boring water all day, pineapples are a great way to make hydration more enjoyable. Adding a dash of pineapple juice to your water makes for a light and refreshing drink that’s super easy to sip on, as well.

Your body needs about eight glasses of water each day, but that doesn’t take into account tough workouts or sweaty summer days. If you think you can’t hit that 8-glass target (or just don’t want to—water can be boring), turn to your friend the pineapple to help you out. 

Pineapples Improve Your Sleep 

Magnesium intake can help you sleep at night. It helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar, which can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. 1 cup of sliced pineapple contains 20 milligrams of magnesium and is a great way to up your intake.

Some people with poor gastrointestinal (gut) health can have lower-than-normal levels of magnesium. Remember what we talked about earlier? Pineapple helps improve gut health! 

The gut is incredibly central to all of our body’s key functions. This means that prioritizing gut health leaks into other areas of your life, such as your sleep quality.

Pineapples Contains Potassium

Bananas are famous for being potassium-rich, but they aren’t the only superstar fruit in this category. Your body requires potassium to stay healthy and strong. That’s why it’s one of the essential minerals and a staple of any healthful diet. It helps manage blood pressure, keeps your bones healthy, reduces muscle wasting, and helps keep your kidneys thriving. 

1 serving of pineapple contains about 200 mg of potassium, which is 5% of your daily value. (Bananas are around 9%. You can check out the nutrient content of different foods here.)

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Conclusion

Whether you eat pineapple raw, add it to your beverage rotation, such as with this pineapple-mango turmeric soda, or include it in your weekend BBQ, your body will benefit! Pineapples are good for your gut, keep you hydrated, improve sleep, and contain notable amounts of potassium and magnesium.

The best thing about pineapple? It’s delicious. It’s important to eat foods you like. This means you’ll continue to eat them, and creating a healthy lifestyle will be an easy and joyful process.

For a simple way to incorporate more pineapple (that also has added gut-health benefits) check out Mayawell! Mayawell offers prebiotic sodas with no refined sugar, 5g dietary fiber, and 40 calories or less.

Why Does Having a Healthy and Balanced Gut Matter?

Most of the time, you eat without even thinking about it. After your plate is cleaned, your food doesn’t get a second thought. But for the body, food takes a lot more work and (metaphorical) thought. That’s where your gut comes in, and that’s why having a healthy and balanced gut matters.

Your gut is responsible for turning food into fuel to keep your organs working, help your body thrive, and keep you awake during that 9 AM meeting.

But what really is gut health? You can’t see your gut, and you can’t always feel it (unless there’s something wrong), so it can be challenging to tell if it’s working its best.

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Gut health is the function and balance of bacteria throughout your gastrointestinal system. At a very basic level:

gut health = thriving and balanced bacteria

(Remember, bacteria can be good!)

Organs such as the oesophagus, stomach, and intestines all need to function properly to enable humans to eat and digest food without pain, and they can’t do that without good bacteria to help them out.

There’s a lot of science behind how to keep your gut healthy. But here, we’ll focus on why it’s so important to take care of your gut and keep it healthy. Here are three good reasons!

Your Gut Is Responsible for Critical Body Functions

Healthy stomach = excellent well-being.

More than 100 trillion bacteria live in your stomach, and these bacteria are essential to our metabolism healthy and overall well-being. They feed on dietary fiber from the foods we eat, and they perform several functions, such as producing Vitamins B and K and breaking down dietary fiber. 

The breakdown of dietary fiber causes the release of healthy, anti-inflammatory fatty acids, which are essential energy sources for the body’s systems. Now, not all bacteria are beneficial. Some of the “bad” bacteria must be eliminated and replaced with good ones.

An imbalance of bacteria can have a negative impact on your health. Just like with everything in life, we need balance! Fortunately for all of us, balancing bacteria is something prebiotics can help with.

A Healthy Gut Improves Immune System Function

When your immune system is weak, it can usually be linked back to a weak gut. There are tons of reasons for this, some of which are swept into the “leaky gut” discussion that’s become trendy lately. 

The good news? Simply understanding this connection of gut and immunity empowers you to be mindful of what you put in your body so you can improve immunological health. 

A Healthy Gut Enhances Your Mood 

Your stomach is the often called the second brain (creepy, I know). A network of neurons, neurotransmitters, and hormones connects the brain and stomach. That’s how you know when you’re hungry—your gut delivers that message to your brain.

Because of this gut-brain link, poor digestive health may even contribute to mood problems.

You can also see this when you’re really nervous or afraid: Do you get an upset stomach, or lose your appetite? Us too! It’s part of the linked, innate fight or flight response to stressors in our environment.  

3 Key Ways to Keep Your Gut Healthy

Eat Fruits and Vegetables 

Be mindful of how many fruits and vegetables you’re eating. Every meal doesn’t need to be perfect, but making sure you’re aiming for balance is important. Fruits and veggies contain a lot of fiber, and that fiber feeds the good bacteria in your stomach.

Increasing your intake of fermented foods (like kimchi!) is another delicious way to enhance your gut health. Fermentation is often accomplished by a present bacteria or yeast turning carbohydrates in food into organic acids or alcohol. Pretty cool, right?

Try a Probiotic

Another tool that can help keep your gut healthy is a probiotic. Probiotics are living bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial to your health, particularly the digestive system. A probiotic will introduce new good bacteria to your gut. 

But what about prebiotics? To put it simply, prebiotics serve as food for probiotics. They’re a type of fiber, so you’re probably already consuming some prebiotic-rich foods without even realizing it. However, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough prebiotics to keep your probiotics well-fed. That’s the key to a healthy gut. 

Consume Less Junk Food

This is one of the biggest recommendations out there, but it’s true! Consume highly processed foods in moderation. Highly processed foods are more difficult for your body to digest and process. They aren’t as “natural,” and sometimes your body has trouble knowing what to do with them.

Think about it this way: the human body has been dealing with potatoes for years, but potato chips are a curveball! The cellular structure is different and that makes digestion more challenging. 

This doesn’t mean you can never have potato chips again. It just means you should try to balance potato chips with normal potatoes, as well as fruits and veggies you genuinely enjoy.

Final Thoughts

Much like the perfect chocolate chip cookie and what to get your partner for Valentine’s Day, the human gut is much more complicated than we ever thought it could be. It has a significant effect on overall health: it contributes to a robust immune system, cardiovascular health, mental focus, better mood, good sleep, and efficient digestion. Positive gut health may help avoid certain cancers and autoimmune disorders, too.

There are lots of little things you can do to help keep your gut health. One easy and delicious way is to try one of our healthy prebiotic sodas that comes in 4 bursting flavors! They’re good for your gut and better for your taste buds—we promise.