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The Devastating Truth about Sugar

August 1st, 2015

Sugar has been linked to a host of health issues and side effects, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Poor Concentration
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood Swings
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred Vision
  • Digestive Disturbances
  • Crying Spells
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Inflammation

Overconsumption of sugar also diverts and/or depletes your body of vital nutrients, including mood-enhancing B vitamins, chromium which is responsible for stabilizing blood sugar, and magnesium, which many people are deficient in and causes a host of health issues ranging from chronic pain and poor sleep to depression, low energy, and muscle cramps.

What’s more, eating bread, pasta, and other processed carbohydrates has the same effect on the body; two slices of wheat bread raise your blood sugar as much as a candy bar.

Sugar feeds disease, impairs brain functions, and is devastating to your health. Sugar impacts your health in countless ways, including:

Gut Health – Fructose feeds the pathogens in your gut, which enables them to overtake your good gut bacteria.

Mental Health – Sugar suppresses activity of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key growth hormone in your brain. Critically low levels of BDNF have been associated with depression, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders

Appetite/Satiation – Sugar and grains contribute to insulin resistance, leptin resistance, and impairments in signaling, which can interfere with appetite suppression and satiation cues as well as mental health

Brain Function – artificial sweeteners and artificial food ingredients, particularly aspartame or amino sweet, have been found to cause depressions, panic attacks, anxiety, and other negative side effects to brain function and mood. Artificial coloring has been linked with attention problems, poor impulse control, and mood issues as well.

Blood Sugar fluctuations affect neurotransmitters, especially in people who consume low amounts of protein. Studies have shown that children consuming sugary snacks after a carbohydrate-rich meal became hyperactive, restless, and moody. However, their reactions were much less severe when sugary snacks were given after a high-protein meal.

Mood & Energy - Research has repeatedly linked sugar consumption with mood swings, depression, and low energy. It has been found that dopamine and serotonin levels are released as part of the “sugar rush” you get when consuming high amounts of sugar, causing you to feel happier, and even calm – at first. However, this is followed by a crash in mood as the receptor sites slow down production to regulate endorphin levels. This sugar crash is typically felt as fatigue/lethargy and depressed mood. In fact, it has been found that people who drink 4 or more cans of soda or fruit punch a day are 30-40% more likely to suffer from depression than people who did not consume sugary drinks. Furthermore, diets high in processed foods were 58% more likely to suffer from depression, while people who consume more “whole foods,” i.e. fish, fruits, vegetables, etc. had a 26% lower risk of depression.

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The verdict? If you suffer from mood swings, low energy, cravings, or other sugar-related side effects, cut out the likely culprits: sugar, wheat and processed foods. Eat more whole foods, and whenever possible opt for nutrient-rich, hormone free, GMO free, pesticide free, chemical free, i.e. grass-fed, pastured, and organic.

What’s for Dinner: Grass-fed Lamb

July 15th, 2015

Looking to mix things up while providing your body a nutrient boost? Consider a tasty meal of grass-fed lamb chops.

Similar to grass-fed chicken and grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb is higher in nutrients and lower in fat than their factory farmed, grain-fed counterparts. Other benefits include:

  • Grass-fed lamb is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 8 essential amino acids
  • Grass-fed lamb is an excellent source of niacin, zinc, iron, selenium, and B vitamins
  • Grass-fed lamb is one of the richest food sources of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – which has been linked to improvements in immune function, blood sugar regulation, bone mass, and inflammatory function as well as reduced body fat, enhanced lean muscle building, and even cancer prevention.
  • Grass-fed lamb is an excellent source of omega-3 fats and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA – the basic building block for omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Grass-fed lamb is a staple in Mediterranean diets, which have been linked with lower incidence of cardiovascular disease
  • Roughly 40% of the fat in grass-fed lamb comes from oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat which has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease

Note: When cooking your grass-fed lamb, treat it like a very expensive cut of beef and don’t overcook it. To enjoy a moist and tender meal, the lamb should be pink on the inside when served. Shoulder cuts are good for stew, shank/breast is best braised, lamb chops or rack of lamb are best when roasted or quick broiled, and ground lamb is best when sautéed.

Grass-fed Cheese

July 2nd, 2015

Convenient, delicious, and chockfull of calcium and healthy fats, grass-fed dairy cheese is the perfect snack. What makes grass-fed dairy cheese better than conventional store-bought cheese? Why the price different between the two – and is it worth it? Yes, and here’s why:

Grass-fed cheese is free from GMO’s, synthetic pesticides and herbicides.

Grass-fed cows lives a more humane life, raised according to USDA organic standards.

Grass-fed cows have a lower incidence of contagious illnesses. They are farmed without antibiotics and rBGH, and their living conditions allow for a much safer yield. Factory farmed cows are highly susceptible to Salmonella, e. coli, and all of the chemicals they are exposed to, i.e. rBGH, pesticides, herbicides, GMO’s, antibiotics, plus their sub-standard living conditions increase the risk of cancer and other illnesses.

Grass-fed cheese is free from growth hormones (rBGH) – rBGH produces a chemical that has been linked with incidence of breast cancer. It also causes painful mastitis and other problems in cows – which are then treated with antibiotics.

Grass-fed cheese is free from antibiotics. Conventional factory raised cows live in crowded, filthy living conditions which necessitate the use of antibiotics to manage the rampant illness. These issues don’t apply to grass-fed cows, who live an infinitely more humane life in clean living conditions.

Grain-fed cows are more susceptible to E. Coli outbreaks, as their digestive systems were not developed to digest grains, but grass. As grain was introduced to their diet, their stomach pH became more acidic and their gut bacteria became imbalance, allowing acid-resistant bacteria to grow. This imbalance makes them more susceptible to E. coli food poisoning, which can then be passed to humans when they drink the tainted milk.

Grass-fed dairy is more nutrient rich, with a bigger diversity of nutrients as well as higher concentrations including vitamins A, D, and B-12, as well as phytonutrients, antioxidants, calcium, protein, and other vitamins and minerals.

Grass-fed dairy is higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a highly beneficial fatty acid that has been linked to cancer prevention, lower risk of heart attack, decreased body fat, and increased lean muscle building.

Grass-fed dairy is higher in omega 3 fatty acids, and has an ideal omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. Omega 3 fatty acids are good for your heart and brain, and proper balance between omega 3 and omega 6 is essential. Most Americans have too much omega 6 and/or not enough omega 3, which is related to countless health problems.

Grass-fed dairy cheese tastes better. It’s real food, pure and simple, the way our grandparents enjoyed it. My personal favorite is the Cut Raw Colby from Wainwright Dairy in Live Oak, FL

Raw Milk, Processed Milk, pH Levels, and Your Health

May 31st, 2015

The body must maintain a pH level between 7.35 and 7.45. When the body’s pH level goes below 6.8 or above 7.8, this causes sickness, cell death, and disease runs rampant.

It’s important to be clear that not all raw milk is the same. Raw milk that comes from healthy cows (that are fed organic grass, raised in humane conditions) and the milk that is properly obtained from the cow is the best raw milk to drink.

Milk in its all natural state, what we call ‘raw milk,’ is an alkaline food. Once it goes through the pasteurization and homogenization processes it becomes an acidic food. And this is one place where the problem lies.

Alkaline or Acidic: Which is Your Body?

The more processed and refined foods we eat, the more acidic our bodies become. Unfortunately, these “foods” comprise much of the American diet today.

In order to compensate for this, our body begins leaching alkaline from other places in our body, including our bones. Over time, this leads to osteoporosis, i.e. weak, brittle, porous bones.

The more acidic our pH levels, the more the body has to leach alkaline substances from our bones. This high level of acid is known as acidosis, which is linked to many chronic diseases like osteoporosis.

Furthermore, cancer and tumor cells thrive in an acidic pH.

Extensive research has been done refuting the FDA and CDC claims that raw milk is dangerous. One major study done by medical research Dr. Ted Beals, MD found that you are actually 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other foods than from raw milk. Out of the 48 million food borne illnesses reported to the CDC every year, only about 42 (0.0005%) have been attributed to unprocessed milk.

Reasons why over 10 million Americans regularly drink raw milk:

  • Increased bone density
  • Weight loss
  • Improvements in lean muscle
  • Healthier skin, hair and nails
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Decreased allergies
  • Neurological support
  • Decreased lactose intolerance

Raw versus Processed Milk: Why Raw Milk is a Superfood

May 21st, 2015

Raw versus Processed Milk: Why Raw Milk is a Superfood

Grocery store milk is pasteurized and homogenized

Raw Milk is raw, unpasteurized, non-homogenized

Note: When referring to “raw milk,” we mean raw milk from healthy cows, i.e. grass-fed on organic grass, raised in humane conditions, and properly milked, is the best raw milk.

Which would you prefer, pasteurized, homogenized milk from factory raised cows, or unprocessed milk from pastured cows who are free to graze on their natural diet, soak up the sunlight, and live in humane conditions while naturally producing a true superfood?

Raw Milk Processed Milk

Alkaline                                                                     Acidic

Fat Soluble Vitamin A                           35% reduction in Vitamin A

Fat Soluble Vitamin D                           25%-77% reduction in Vitmain C

Fat Soluble Vitamin K2                         25%-77% reduction in Vitmain C

Short Chain Fatty Acids                        14% reduction in Vitamin E

CLA                                                         66% reduction in Iron

Omega-3’s                                               70% reduction in Zinc

Calcium                                                  38% reduction in B-complex vitamins

Magnesium                                            21% reduction in Calcium

Potassium                                             100% Destruction of Enzymes

Immunoglobulins                                Damage to Immunoglobulins

Whey Protein                                        Damage to Whey Proteins

Probiotics

Benefits of Raw Milk

Higher levels of fat soluble vitamins A, D & K2

Heart healthy, cancer killing, fat-soluble vitamins that support the brain and nervous system, bone density, hormonal balance, focus, development, and brain function.

Short Chain Fatty Acids, CLA and Omega-3’s

Raw milk is high in CLA and Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that aids the body in the regulation of inflammation, slow metabolism and stress resistance. Emerging research suggests that butyrate may be a viable treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and IBS.

One of the highest sources of the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium

These minerals are crucial for cellular function, metabolism, circulation, hydration, building bone density, detoxification and muscle health. Unfortunately, many Americans are deficient in these vital nutrients.

Rich in Probiotics: kefir, cheese, yogurt

Raw milk is a source of probiotics, but when you ferment it, the good bacteria increases exponentially. Cultured dairy products are the richest source of probiotics available. They line your gut, support nutrient absorption, and protect you against bad bacteria like E. coli. They are best in their natural state from raw milk products like kefir, yogurt, and cheese.  Gut health has been linked with countless health issues, including both physical and mental. By infusing the gut with high quality probiotics, countless people have found relief and improvements from a range of health problems, including:

  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Skin infections
  • Depression & Mood
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Colon cancer
  • Colic (in Breastfed babies whose Mothers took probiotics)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Tooth Decay & Gingivitis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weakened immune system
  • Urinary track infections
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Respiratory Infections

Whey Protein and Immunoglobulins

Whey protein is a must for anyone looking to burn fat and build lean muscle. It is loaded with immunity boosting enzymes and proteins including:

  • Alpha-lactalbumin
  • Beta-lactoglobulin
  • Bovine serum albumin
  • Immunoglobulin

Processed Milk: the pasteurization process kills nutrients

  • 35% reduction in Vitamin A
  • 25%-77% reduction in Vitmain C
  • 14% reduction in Vitamin E
  • 66% reduction in Iron
  • 70% reduction in Zinc
  • 38% reduction in B-complex vitamins
  • 21% reduction in Calcium
  • 100% Destruction of Enzymes
  • Damage to Immunoglobulins
  • Damage to Whey Proteins

What’s more, much of the remaining vitamins in processed milk are so degraded from their original state that they are not available for the body to process and utilize.

Are you lactose intolerant? Perhaps only to processed milk. The enzyme lactase is greatly reduced in processed dairy. Lactase is the enzyme necessary to break down and absorb certain nutrients. The destruction of this essential enzyme in the processing of pasteurized, homogenized milk is an explanation as to why so many people are lactose intolerant – to store-bought milk, that is. As raw milk is abundant in the enzyme lactase, previously intolerant people find that they are able to enjoy raw milk without any of the digestive issues or side effects they suffer when drinking processed milk. In fact, a study done by the Weston A. Price Foundation found that 80% of the 700 families they reviewed stopped having symptoms of lactose intolerance when they switched to raw milk.

The bottom line, raw milk is good for:

The Farmer – Farmer to consumer direct supports the local economy and small businessman

The Cow – Natural diet, able to graze and life a long life in their natural environment; they don’t get sick from being overcrowded in cages and factories, so there is no need for growth hormones or antibiotics

The Environment – Pastured cows do not create the toxic manure that industrial factory farms create

The Consumer – You get a product that is superior in health and nutrition from a farmer who takes pride in providing you with a safe, quality, and nutritious product

References:

http://hartkeisonline.com/2011/03/17/woman-achieves-increased-bone-density-with-raw-dairy/

http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/raw-milk-questions-and-answers.html#history.

http://draxe.com/raw-milk-benefits/

http://www.realfoodkosher.com/three-facts-you-should-know-about-raw-milk/