Have you been thinking about healing your gut lately and don't know where to start? There is an overwhelming amount of information on this topic floating around at the moment. My advice would be to consider introducing therapeutic gut-healing foods before you delve into the world of restrictive gut-healing diets. Why? Because adding something into your diet is always easier than taking things out. In the meantime you can get used to including some healing foods in you weekly food: like my Super Kraut, bone broth, ghee or these easy Gummy shapes. Who knows? This may be enough for your digestive system to thrive on, but if not, consider seeing a natural health practitioner to help you explore the complicated world of allergies, digestive system infections, dysbiosis and gut healing protocols.
My gummy shapes contain gelatine, which is a good source of glutamine. This amino acid is crucial for repairing the cells that line your digestive system. Research has confirmed that glutamine improves intestinal barrier function including reducing increased intestinal permeability (1). Anyone with digestive symptoms, allergies (including seasonal) or allergic skin conditions are likely to have some degree of intestinal permeability or "leaky gut". Glutamine can also be found in bone broths, which are also great to include in your food for gut health. You can use bone broth as a base for soups, to cook whole grains or vegetables in, to thin out sauces or just as a nice warm drink on a chilly morning.
Making bone broths can take time, up to 24 hours if you follow some recipes. Which is why it is a monthly event instead of weekly one around here at the moment. I make these Gummy shapes most weeks, as they are incredibly quick. I am happy knowing that my family and I are getting some glutamine in a tasty form. You can also buy glutamine in supplements, but dietary sources can be quite concentrated, inexpensive and in this case... fun. To make these shapes I use silicone ice-cube trays that I readily find at second-hand stores. It seems the novelty of shaped ice-cubes wears off quickly for people, which is great for us Gummy shape makers!
You can use any natural sweetener in this recipe. I have used xylitol, stevia (reduce quantity to 2 teeny scoops) and honey recently. Xylitol is perhaps my preference, as it creates a sharp, clear jelly. It also has some great anti-bacterial qualities of it's own that are relevant to gut health. It's a great choice for people who are weaning themselves off regular sugar, as the taste is very similar. But use what is in your cupboard, you might even find some gelatine too.
2 Tbsp gelatine powder
2 Tbsp sweetener of choice
1/4 cup juice of choice
1/2 cup boiling water
- Boil your kettle
- Measure juice, add gelatin and stir
- Transfer to a jug good for pouring
- Measure boiling water, add sweetener and stir
- Add water mixture to jug and stir well
- Pour into a silicone ice-cube tray
- Place in fridge to set
1. Rapin JR, Wiernsperger N (2010). "Possible links between intestinal permeability and food processing: A potential therapeutic niche for glutamine". Clinics (Sao Paulo) 65 (6): 635–43.