Fall is here, and there’s no better way to warm up from the cooler weather than with a bowl of something hot from the slow cooker, like this Thai red curry soup. Today’s Integrative Eats recipe originated from Food Network Canada, and bonus — it’s great for your gut health. Our doctors at Integrative Medicine, Laser and Aesthetics know how important gut health is for your overall well-being, and we hope you’ll enjoy this yummy, healthy recipe this fall.
According to Dr. CJ Pabla, MD, owner and founder of our practice, “Gut dysbiosis is the loss of number and diversity of healthy bacteria and the overgrowth of pathogenic organisms such as Candida, parasites and certain strains of bacteria.” This dysbiosis can affect numerous aspects of our health, including bowel disease, chronic inflammation, metabolic issues and even depression or anxiety.
Dr. Jason Amich, DHSc, MBA, explains, “Chronic inflammatory diseases are outpacing all other chronic conditions, and since 70% of our immune system is in our gut, we know it starts there.” In addition, more than 90% of mental health neurotransmitters come from your gut. “Chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and GABA are produced by the biochemical activities of the bacteria in your gut,” says Dr. Amich. “So if your gut is in a state of dysbiosis, then you’re less likely to produce sufficient quantities of these neurotransmitters for mood regulation.”
And remember, healthy cooking doesn’t have to be hard. This Thai red curry soup can actually be made in your slow cooker! “This recipe has ingredients that are easy to find at just about any local grocer,” says Dr. Amich. “And we love Thai food because it is all about the flavor!”
Originally posted by Food Network Canada