My daughter’s diagnosis of Eczema at one year old launched me into a deep investigation on gut health.
As it turns out, gut health is quite possibly the most important part of your immune system and overall wellness.
With what I learned through research, I was able to create a protocol that healed my daughter and reversed her diagnosis.
Today, she has had perfect skin for years, and can and do eat anything she wants.
The gut healing removed every sensitivity and reaction!
When I was healing my little one, I searched for ways to give her treats while making sure I was getting gut supportive foods into her and avoiding all the misleading “healthy” things and junk out there.
While undergoing a healing diet to reverse the eczema, she couldn’t have any candies laden with sugar damaging her gut, hurting her immune system and causing more inflammation.
And I couldn’t give her typical vitamins with their non-helpful vitamin forms and hidden toxins.
That’s when I started making Gut-Supportive Gummies!
Here is a quick “why” for each of the four simple ingredients in the recipe.
Gelatin is a known gut-healing food, because it helps to heal the mucosal lining of the intestines (preventing and healing “leaky gut”). It reduces inflammation and does many more helpful things, but that’s for another post- I’ll keep it short to get to the gummies!
Vitamin C boosts the immune system, lowers inflammation, improves skin by supporting collagen production, and helps support healthy gut flora….and that’s just the beginning! The form I choose is Ascorbic Acid, because it’s the form the body uses and is simple to utilize. It’s important to get a clean brand that’s free from gmo corn and mold.
Raw Honey is known for it’s immune support benefits, as well as the fact that it’s a natural sweetener. Despite it’s high sweetness on the tongue, it tends to have a slightly lower glycemic index than plain white sugar, and even shows useful in managing diabetes. Pasteurized honey has it’s protective benefits destroyed, so I always choose raw. Using raw, local honey is best, but if you can’t find it, any raw is great.
Juice/liquid is traditionally just a vehicle in a gummy recipe, but I do my best to choose the best quality I can and make it purposeful. My favorite is Ningxia Red, a super high antioxidant drink made from a specific goji berry. It’s made with the puree adding to the nutrient value and has a deep berry taste my kids and I both enjoy.
Once you’ve chosen your ingredients, you can grab a saucepan and a silicone mold or small pan and get to cooking!
You can mix the ingredients by any method you prefer, but be sure to do the Vitamin C powder last, so the heat doesn’t render it useless.
In the recipe are my tried and true steps for smooth and easy gelatin every time!
4 oz Juice
2.5 Tbs Grassfed Beef Gelatin
2Tbs Raw Honey
1 tsp Vitamin C Ascorb
Pour 1 oz of juice + gelatin in a small cup to “bloom” the gelatin.
Heat remaining juice on stove just to a simmer.
Turn heat to low and dissolve in honey.
Whisk cold gelatin/juice paste into hot juice/honey.
Turn off heat.
Mix in AA powder.
Use a syringe to fill molds (work quickly!) keeping pan on stove.
Chill 1 hour then pop out and store in fridge.
- If you find your gelatin hard to remove from the molds, freeze them for 30 minutes and then remove.
- If you don’t have or want to use a mold, any pan will work! You can cut the gummies into cubes after it chills.
- Change up the flavor with your favorite water enhancer
These keep in an airtight container for up to one week. If making a big batch, you can store the excess in the freezer.
My children absolutely love getting these, and I like to use them as rewards and as a chaser for supplements that they might not like as much.
The shapes you can make really are endless, and you can do any size!
I also like to make a batch when someone is feeling under the weather. I give them to the sick person, and everyone else too!
If you make these yummies, I would love to hear how you liked them!