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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 — 23 July

Buck Moon

Growth becomes lush, profuse. Bucks are gathering supple strength. Last year’s broken antlers have been shed, while new ones emerge velvety and smooth. Every year, another chance is given to us. What, in you, could use a rebirth? Nothing needs to be forced, nothing hurried. Summer, with its hum and buzz, carries on with its rich, gentle plan. Let the season rejuvenate you from within, so that you might be fully replenished.

Prompt

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

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Responses

What, in you, could use a rebirth?

Life happens so fast and can easily take over. I need to step back and start doing the things that were overlooked...sleep patterns, nutrition and exercise.

Josh

Patience + gratitude

M.j.

Creativeness Vision Adventure

Liz

North Carolina

Heal within so I may help heal this world.

North Carolina

My optimism, energy and goals.

Judy

Delaware

A positive mindset

Alice

Alabama

Putting attention and intention towards and into my creative practice.

North Carolina

Trust in myself and others.

Tennessee

Good Gut Digest — July 2021

Prebiotics, Probiotics, & Postbiotics

What are they and why are they important? Where do they come from and how do they support my gut health?

With increasing health claims showing up on products throughout the grocery store, it often feels daunting to sort through all of the jargon. Prebiotics, probiotics, postbiotics – What are they and why are they important? Where do they come from and how do they support my gut health? Let’s dive in. 

Your Microbiome Can Change!

First, let’s talk about what we already know for sure: the billions of microbes living in our gut (remember Microbiome 101?) are critically important to our overall health and play a crucial role in supporting our immune system, mood regulation and energy, heart health, and a host of other functions. These microbes make up our microbiome. 


Landmark study recently concluded that identical twins have vastly different microbiomes! What does this mean? We are all unique, even on a microbial level! And while we can’t alter our genetic makeup, our microbiome is not permanent and we can take steps to modify and improve it! (Spoiler: by using pre-, pro-, and postbiotics!) 



The Symbiotic Relationship of Pre-, Pro-, & Postbiotics

Prebiotics
are the fiber (or food) for the beneficial gut inhabitants. Probiotics need access to these prebiotics to work effectively.

Probiotics are actual good bacteria that can live in your gut, and will hopefully provide us with health benefits.


Postbiotics
are the helpful chemicals released from the bacteria that live in your gut when they feed on fiber molecules. 


These three work in conjunction with each other, creating a symbiotic relationship within our guts. Probiotics are nourished by prebiotics, which are specific kinds of fiber found in certain plant foods including onions, garlic, leeks, soybeans, and bananas, as well as in honey. These prebiotics (little bits of fiber) take quite a journey to become food for beneficial bacteria. After they’re consumed, prebiotics remain undigested until they reach the gut, where they begin to ferment. This process of fermentation produces short chain fatty acids that feed the beneficial bacteria populating your colon. 


And it doesn’t stop there! Prebiotics also inhibit the bad bacteria, making it easier for beneficial bacteria (probiotics) to flourish and release the helpful chemicals (postbiotics) that support positive physiological outcomes.


Where do they come from? 

Balanced diets rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fermented foods often provide a healthy amount of pre- and probiotics, without the need to rely on supplements. Want to up the prebiotics in your diet, so that the beneficial bacteria in your gut can thrive? Try increasing your intake of asparagus, dandelion greens, apples, and flax seeds. Good news: even cocoa contains prebiotics! 


If you’re looking to add more probiotics into your diet, well, you might see where this is headed-- Fermented foods, such as kombucha, kefir, yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut contain live bacteria and act as probiotics! 


Conclusion

There is a lot going on in our gut - an entire ecosystem of microorganisms, sharing food and energy!  Keeping the gut bacteria in balance is vital to overall health and wellbeing, and it starts with diet. Healthy foods create healthy guts, and a happy, healthy YOU! Cheers to that! 


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Recipe

Blackberry Mango Kombucha Smoothie

Slightly sweet, super creamy, and impeccably good.

1 ¼ cups of kombucha

(we recommend our Water Kombucha made with blueberry and elderberry)

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

½ - 1 frozen banana

(a whole banana will make your smoothie a bit larger or more filling)

1 cup of mango chunks, fresh or frozen

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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.

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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.