Week 1: Day 5

Welcome to the day 5 of our 2021 Wellness Program “The Beauty Chef”!

Follow Your Gut Instinct

Our guts are a thriving invisible ecosystem: they contain around 100 trillion organisms. Just like our fingerprints, the composition of gut microbiota is unique to each person and the fact that our bodies are comprised of 10 times more bacteria than cells makes it unsurprising that bacteria – both good and bad- can powerfully affect our digestive health and overall health.

Our gut is where 70 percent of our immune system lies, we make nutrients (that make collagen), anti-oxidants (that protect skin), metabolize hormones, neutralize pathogens, make neurotransmitters and detoxifying enzymes, so it’s little wonder that the state of our gut has a profound effect on our skin and health.

A recent study showed that SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) is 10 times more prevalent in people with rosacea, and dermatitis occurs in a quarter of the people with celiac disease. Countless studies show a link between leaky gut and skin problems, while lack of hydrochloric acid in the gut can contribute to both acne and rosacea. Studies also show that those with good digestion have a healthier fatty-acid profile in their skin, making their skin plumper, more hydrated and moisturized.

Good bacteria is your best friend when it comes to beautiful skin, hair and nails and by boosting it with lactic-acid bacteria (found in lacto-fermented foods), you can increase levels of hydrochloric acid and probiotics and help ameliorate and heal your skin complaints. There are numerous clinical trials that link a specific strain of bacteria with positive skin benefit, for example ‘Lactobacillus acidophilus’ for acne, ‘Lactobabillus delbruckii’ for atopic dermatitis. The beauty of lacto-fermented foods is that you are consuming a broad-spectrum Lactobacillus probiotic, not just one or two strains as might be found in a commercial probiotic product.

The gut is so much more than just a place for digesting food – not only is it intricately linked to the state of our skin, but poor digestion can affect the health and function of every system in the body: the brain, nervous system, hormone balance, reproductive system and even the livers ability to promptly detoxify. Unfortunately, if your gut isn’t balanced, the body won’t be able to properly digest and utilize the nutrients from your food. As the skin, hair and nails are the last place to get nutrients (they go to more important organs first), those areas can become starved for nutrition. Additionally, if your gut is out of balance you won’t be detoxifying optimally and skin will suffer. Our gut is where our neurotransmitters and feel good hormones such as serotonin are made. So, by looking after your gut health, not only will you helping your skin age well, but you will feel better about your lines and wrinkles.

Studies show that consuming lacto-fermented foods can influence both mood and acne by reducing systematic inflation, and probiotics (created through lacto-fermentation) can help eliminate disease-promoting pathogenic bacteria in the gut.

“The Beauty Chef” pg.10 – 11


Order Your Staples! Pick up can be either Saturday or Tuesday at Sunshine Grindz between 11:30 – 2:30. If you get your order in by today you should be able to get a Saturday pick up date.

  • Chicken Bone Broth (4 cups) $14
  • Vegetable Broth (4 cups) $10
  • Sauerkraut $10
  • Salsa $9



Chef Jonathan has asked that we pre-order these items/ He would prefer if I send him all of the pre-orders as one unit.

If you plan on making any of the soups in the recipe book, you may want to order 2 jars of the broths. I highly recommend you either make or purchase that sauerkraut and salsa, as they make a great condiments and really improve your gut health!

Please email me directly with your order: stephanie@newberry.com



If you are not planning of purchasing staples – you will need to prepare some of the “Basics” from the book on your own. Please look over that section of the book.

Get Ready – YOU will be designing you your weekly menu under the guidelines of the cookbook.

Begin jotting down recipes AND grocery items necessary to prepare these items.

REMEMBER!!! Organics – Grass Fed and Farm Raised are essential for this transformation.

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