Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Complete Prebiotic & Probiotic Health Guide

The Complete Prebiotic & Probiotic Health Guide
by: Angela Sirounis, Dr. Maitreyi Raman &
Jennifer Shrubsole
Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Time to get that belly in shape. On the inside! 

A healthy tummy is key to optimal health and happiness. And cultivating good digestive health, including friendly bacteria, is the answer. 
Seriously, go a week without sex and you will live. Go a week without pooping and you won't want to. 
These are the things you think about when you are over 40. Or at least I do. 

Many chronic diseases can be helped or even cured with a proper diet that works on maintaining a healthy digestive system as a part of overall nutrition. 

The leading expert on developing a healthy microbiome (belly bliss) offers a comprehensive guide to getting yours into shape. Includes recipes! 

Contents Include:
Part 1: Understanding the Gut Microbiome
Part 2: How to Achieve a Healthy Microbiome
Part 3: The 8-Step Biotic-Balanced Program
Part 4: Recipes for a Healthy Microbiome

From the Back Flap:

Did you know that the gut contains over 100 trillion bacteria?

We have 10 times as many bacteria in our gut as we have total number of human cells in our entire body! In recent years there’s been a great deal of research exploring the relationship between a healthy gut and overall health. A healthy balance of good bacteria plays a huge role in disease prevention and treatment.

Prebiotics and probiotics are vitally important when it comes to maintaining a healthy gut and optimal health and wellness. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that act as “food”or probiotics. Prebiotics help probiotics grow and remain in your digestive system. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that naturally live and flourish in the colon. From a poor diet to overuse of antibiotics, there are many health and lifestyle choices that can seriously compromise healthy levels of both prebiotics and probiotics.

This outstanding book, written by one of North America’s leading gastroenterologists,helps us understand the relationship between prebiotics and probiotics, their impact on health and the significant role diet plays in maintaining optimal levels of bacteria. It also provides recommendations on how to practice biotic-balanced living through diet.

To get you off to the best possible start, there are 175 tempting recipes that make the transition to a healthy diet easy and delicious!

Squash with Quinoa and Apricots

Banish the blahs with this robust combination of fruits, vegetables and a nutritious whole grain seasoned with ginger, orange and a hint of cinnamon.

If you prefer, use frozen chopped butternut squash in this recipe. Reduce the quantity to 2 cups (500 mL). For best results, toast and grind the cumin yourself. Place seeds in a dry skillet and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer to a mortar or a spice grinder and grind. To make ahead, complete step 1. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to cook, continue with steps 2 and 3.

Makes 8 servings

•    Medium to large (31⁄2- to 5-quart) slow cooker

1 tbsp    vegetable oil    15 mL
2    onions, finely chopped    2
2    cloves garlic, minced    2
1 tbsp    minced gingerroot    15 mL
1 tbsp    ground cumin (see tip, at left)    15 mL
2 tsp    finely grated orange zest    10 mL
1    2-inch (5 cm) cinnamon stick    1
1 tsp    ground turmeric    5 mL
1 tsp    salt    5 mL
1⁄2 tsp    cracked black peppercorns    2 mL
1 cup    Vegetable Stock (page 212) or 
    250 ml ready-to-use vegetable broth
1⁄2 cup    freshly squeezed orange juice    125 mL
4 cups    cubed peeled winter squash     1 L
    (1-inch/2.5 cm cubes)
2    apples, peeled, cored and sliced    2
1⁄2 cup    chopped dried apricots    125 mL
11⁄2 cups    quinoa, rinsed    375 mL

1.    In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, cumin, orange zest, cinnamon stick, turmeric, salt and peppercorns and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add stock and orange juice and bring to a boil. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware.

2.    Add squash, apples and apricots to stoneware and stir well. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours, until vegetables are tender. Discard cinnamon stick.

3.    In a pot, bring 3 cups (750 mL) of water to a boil. Add quinoa in a steady stream, stirring to prevent lumps, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, until tender and liquid is absorbed. Add to slow cooker and stir well. Serve immediately.

Courtesy of The Complete Prebiotic & Probiotic Health Guide by Dr Maitreyi Raman, Angela Sirounis & Jennifer Shrubsole © 2015 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.