On a recent wellness retreat, I learned how this one simple thing can do wonders for your gut, and yes, help you poop.
Sometimes we eat too fast or on the run. Sometimes we're stressed out and overindulge in food we know will make our stomachs hurt later. We’ve all been there. Surely we could all use some tips to help us digest our food better. On a wellness retreat in the midst of the Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina, I learned that just one ingredient can make a world of difference.
At The Art of Living Retreat Center I learned about Ayurveda, the ancient art and science of tuning the body into balance, among yoga, meditation, and a deep dive into raw foods. In this simple and peaceful environment, our teacher for the weekend, Dr. Poornima Sharma, let us in on one piece of illuminating advice: 1 teaspoon of ghee a day will help with elimination. Yes, that means what you think it means—it'll help you poop better. Ghee attracts the toxins in your gut, too, which really makes it a win-win situation. Flush out those toxins! Literally.
What is ghee? Ghee is clarified butter, meaning it’s been melted to a point that water evaporates and the milk solids sink to the bottom of the pot and begin to brown. This process results in a spreadable, shelf-stable product with a high-smoke point (perfect for sauteing and pan-frying) that has a nutty and a subtle caramel-like taste that’s irresistible. While ghee used to only be found in specialty grocers, it is widely available at grocery stores now. We love 4th & Heart’s ghee which also comes in a variety of delicious flavors like Madagascar Vanilla Bean, California Garlic, and now chocolate ghee (!). Organic Valley also makes ghee, and even Carrington Farms which can also be found at Wal-Mart.
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Aside from taking a teaspoon a day, you can also melt it into a cup of milk of your choice, with some turmeric, and other ground spices such as ginger, cardamom, and cloves. Melting it into this simple spiced milk will work deliciously, too! You can use ghee in place of any other fat (butter, olive oil, coconut oil, etc.) for any type of cooking (sautéing, roasting, stir-frying, shallow or deep frying, even grilling). Bonus points: Toss some popcorn with melted ghee for a pop of flavor.