GO GUT It’s time for a gut check! Your body's microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria. Before your stomach starts to churn, remember–not all bacteria are bad. A large number and diversity of bacteria are linked to overall health. The gastrointestinal tract accounts for more than 70 percent of your immune system by keeping foreign invaders out of your body. Fostering the “friendly flora” helps your body fight off infection, improve digestion, and may even contribute to brain health and better skin. It’s all about a healthy balance. Smoking, antibiotic use, stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise can throw off the balance of bacteria in the gut. Wondering how to feed your flora? Begin with our suggested foods—all available at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. [Kefir]is a cultured, fermented drink most commonly made with cow’s milk. It tastes tart like yogurt but is thinner. Bacteria, yeast, and milk proteins are introduced to kefir through a “starter” and fermented at room temperature. Kefir provides calcium, protein, and B vitamins. [Yogurt]is made from milk that has been fermented with friendly bacteria, and it is a source of protein and calcium. Look for yogurts with active or live cultures for the greatest benefits to gut health. Be careful to avoid yogurts with high amounts of added sugar. Veggie kefirs are made with a base of vegetables (like cabbage), water, and kefir cultures. They have a kimchi-like flavor. 28 Fresh Thyme Crave | freshthyme.com WANT TO IMPROVE DIGESTION AND GI TRACT HEALTH? -withyour- p p p 1 2 MisoSoup PeachYogurt VeggieKefir 028-031 Go With Your Gut.indd 28 6/12/18 9:19 AM