The morning meals that I consume on a daily basis are vital to maintaining my gut health. Research shows that the health of your gut, which is made up of trillions of bacteria, directly impacts your overall wellbeing and state of mental wellness. The majority of digestive microbes are found in the large intestine, and they are collectively referred to as the gut microbiome.

Once I started to pay more attention to my stomach and dietary lifestyle, I noticed three postive changes to my health. I now consume more fruits and vegetables, eat very little added sugar, have decreased my meat and dairy consumption, and take gut boosting supplements on a daily basis. This combination of eating a healthy diet plus taking probiotics has transformed my health. Here’s what I noticed.

Three Positive Changes

First, there was an immediate change in the quality and frequency of my bowel movements. I became more regular and detoxification is essential for health. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed a change in my body’s metabolism. It is not what it used to be. I realize now that I have to be very careful with my diet in order to keep my body clean.

Second, my sugar cravings have all but disappeared. When you crave sugar and start eating junk food instead of choosing a healthy alternative, this decision sets off a chain reaction in your body that has you wanting more and more sugary food. You never truly feel satisfied because the unhealthy food is made of empty, non-nutrient calories.

Third, and perhaps most significantly, I now have a much cleaner tongue. Ironically, this was not the goal when I ventured onto the road of gut health. But having a more beautified tongue has been a welcoming and surprising benefit. No one likes a white coating on their tongue so I’m doing something right!

Recipes To Start Your Engine

Here are two nourishing meals that I consume every morning. They offer high quality body fuel and taste great!

Power Protein Shake

8 oz organic unsweetened cocunt milk
1/2 banana
Handful mixed berries
1 tsp seed fiber
1 scoop protein powder
1 scoop probiotic powder

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy!

Oatmeal with Blueberries 

1/4 c organic quick cook steel cut oats
1/4 c water
1 tsp superfood powder
1/4 c frozen wild blueberries

Cook the oatmeal according to instructions. Add the blueberries & superfood powder. Enjoy!

The author, Susan Kapatoes, MHA is a nutritionist and the founder of Inspire Your Journey, a holistic wellness company. She is a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, and an Independent Distributor with BEMER Therapy and Healy World. She lives in Massachusetts.