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What’s alive in you?

Welcome. Take time here. A moment or two – to slow down, explore and nourish what’s alive in you.

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  1. Slow down. Reflect on this month’s prompt
  2. Explore. Read this month’s Good Gut Digest
  3. Nourish. Delight in this month’s fermented recipe
Reflection
Full Moon — 11 Apr

Pink Moon

As the days lengthen, the first wildflowers of spring bloom in secret spots. Boulders run with snowmelt, chilly to the touch and settled in their ancient seats. A gentle momentum begins to gather. The tender renewal of the earth takes hold, fresh grass rewarding winter’s patience blade by blade. The flush of the full moon reflects a scattering of shy pink buds. What hopes are renewed in you with the new season?

Prompt

What do you long for, and what might feed it?

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Responses

HEre’s to hope renewed.

sunshine & continued growth!

Anna

The hope for positive change, for reuniting with loved ones and taking all the lessons I've learned and putting them into action.

Better yeah and fitness. Back stops hurting

Julie A

North Carolina

Adventures and explorations –– I am eager to travel and see new landscapes, meet new people, and have new experiences.

Jenn

North Carolina

Creating new memories and stories with friends and family

Hopes for new life, new growth, the future.

Meagan

North Carolina

That life comes back after the death of winter. It’s a kind of resurrection. Life always comes back at the right time, even when it feels impossible.

Tim

North Carolina

Good Gut Digest — April 2021

Microbiome 101

39,000,000,000 microorganisms—also called microbes and mostly consisting of bacteria—live in and on our body, and account for up to 3% of our body mass.

The majority of these microorganisms live in our gut and play a critical role in supporting our immune system, mood regulation and energy, heart health, and a host of other functions.

Getting to know your inner world a little better

39,000,000,000?

Yes! And this number is conservative. Some sources state that there could be up to 100,000,000,000 (100 trillion) microorganisms living on and in our body! We like to joke that we’re really bacteria-sapiens – bacteria-powered organisms. :)

Bacteria is good!

When you think of bacteria you might think of them as those wiggly little things under a microscope, or something along the lines of germs. Rest easy, because most bacteria are good and those that are on and in our body are essential. They are hard at work right now and play a critical role in our health and wellness.

What is a microbiome?

A microbiome is a community of microorganisms living together in a habitat. Humans, animals, and plants have their own unique microbiomes, but so do soils, oceans, and many other things.


Our microbiome is the collection of microbes that cover the skin and most of the inside of our body, from our mouth down to our digestive tract. That's where most microbes reside - in the digestive tract, or the gut microbiome.

Where do these microbes come from?

¾ of your microbiome can be traced back to your mother and has been developing and changing since the moment you were born. It is truly unique to only you – Think of it as your very own, unique "microbial fingerprint." Your gut microbiome is impacted and molded by almost every aspect of your life. It keeps track of everywhere you've lived, the air you've breathed, the foods you've eaten and so much more.

What does our microbiome do?

A whole heck of a lot! The gut microbiome assists in absorbing nutrients, breaking down toxins, creating blood vessels, replacing cells, and is the foundation of our immune system. It plays a leading role in supporting our digestion, strengthening our immunity, and has also been linked to increased energy, reduced stress, improved sleep, mood and overall well-being. It does a lot of good!

A few fun stats to digest:

  • 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract
  • 90% of your serotonin is produced in your digestive tract
  • There are approximately 10x the number of microbial cells in the human gut as in the whole human body

How can I keep my gut microbiome happy and healthy?

To be frank, science doesn’t yet know what a healthy microbiome looks like. Hopefully one day we will!

Until then, what we do know is that beyond genetics, environment, and medication use, our diet plays a large role in determining the type of microbes in our gut microbiome. Research shows that taking supplements or eating foods that contain prebiotics (fibrous foods, which include most fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains), and probiotics (fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, pickled veggies, kombucha, kimchi, and miso) can benefit and contribute to a happy, healthy gut.

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DEFINITIONS

Microbe – Single-celled organisms so tiny that millions can fit into the eye of a needle.

Probiotic – A substance that stimulates the growth of microorganisms.

Prebiotic – Plant fiber that acts as food for good bacteria. This stimulates growth among the preexisting good bacteria.

Microbiome – The microorganisms in a particular environment (including the body or a part of the body).

SOURCES

Science Focus

Harvard

PLOS Biology

Viome

US National Library of Medicine


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Recipe

Quick Kombucha Pickled Onions

Transform raw red onions into an irresistible tangy, crisp, and colorful condiment that adds a magical and complex spark to most any meal.

What you'll need:

1 medium red onion

very thinly sliced (⅛-inch)

¼ cup kombucha

(we recommend the Buchi Fire!)

¼ cup each water, distilled white vinegar, and apple cider vinegar

(or additional white vinegar)

1 tablespoon honey

1 ½ teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoon black peppercorns

(for added heat - optional)

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About Buchi

We make deliciously complex living drinks—with fruit and botanicals—for living deeply, lightly.

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Our Ingredients

Quality matters. We remain dedicated to using the best ingredients for our drinks—because you and the earth deserve it.

Our Process

Method matters. We are committed to following the ancient method of wild fermentation.

Our Promise

Integrity matters. All of our drinks are rigorously made to the same high standards.

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”It starts within”

There is a moment
This humble critical moment
That is here, always here
Fleeting yet eternal

Stretching, reaching
Like the ebb and flow of the sea
Tentative and persistent

This wild seed of life
Rooting deeply,
Breaking through the surface

Rough, rocky earth
Still tender, nourishing
Dark and rich

A simple recipe of truth
Pain, pleasure
Wild and tame

It starts within
This life
This moment

Why this question?

a letter from our founders

2020 was a year of reckoning. All of us have been invited to the table of suffering, and it has the potential to bring us into awakening, individually and collectively. During a year of so much loss, it feels important to re-prioritize and bring into focus what we cherish, the forgotten or looked over, the new patterns that are emerging, or the areas that feel empty — longing to be filled.

During the pandemic, we intentionally carried the question — What's Alive In You? — for ourselves and then to those we worked with and stakeholders with which we engaged. A simple question yet so rich felt like a step we could take, and a practice so accessible that we wanted to share. So we set an intention for this year to ask this question every month — to our team, and to you.

It’s an invitation to go inward and start paying attention. To look for what’s alive. To observe, question and learn — to nourish what we see and watch it grow. To take care of ourselves — our bodies, our minds, our spirits. When we embrace this center-point, we unfold into a wider reach almost by a force that is extending us outward. To nurture and take care of those around us, our families, our kith and kin, our communities — our human family.