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Lose Weight, Boost Mood and Memory, Improve Health with Grass-Fed

February 11th, 2015

Reasons why hormone-free, chemical-free, GMO-free, pastured and grass-fed farm raised foods are better for your health, and how to boost mood, memory and weight loss efforts:

Eating choline-rish pastured eggs boosts acetylcholine which impacts mood, focus, and memory. Pastured eggs are also a natural source of vital omega 3 fatty acids.

Consuming grass-fed milk, yogurt and cheese aids the body in producing norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for motivation, concentration, and alertness as well as memory formation and storage. Furthermore, sugar and wheat cause cravings, whereas increasing your consumption of nutrient-rich healthy fats and protein from grass-fed sources will have a more satiating effect while benefiting overall mood and cognition.

Grass-fed cheese, pastured butter, raw milk and cottage cheese have been found to be excellent sources of conjugated linoleic acid (cla). CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to promote long term weight loss, fat burning, and lean muscle building and retention, as well as increased metabolic rate. CLA has also been found to help against inflammation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, food-induced allergic reactions, and even improves the immune system as well as insulin resistance.

Eating a cup of cooked, organic spinach will aid your body in making use of essential amino acids. Spinach is rich in folic acid, which has been found to help your body better synthesize both serotonin and norepinephrine. Studies have linked folic acid deficiency with depression.

Boost serotonin with trytophain-rish grass-fed meats and pastured cottage cheese, free from antibiotics, chemicals, and GMOs. Serotonin is a vital neurotransmitter for learning, good mood, healthy sleep, and memory. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, aggressive behavior, and insomnia.

Consuming probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods helps with digestive health as well as mood and brain functioning. By restoring proper gut balance, your body can better digest and utilize the key nutrients responsible for optimal neurotransmitter functioning.

By choosing grass-fed, pastured sources for your meat, chicken, eggs, milk cheese, yogurt, and kefir, you are providing your body with a higher source of nutrients without the dangers of GMOs, pesticides, and chemicals. Besides being more filling and satiating, grass-fed foods typically have 2-5 times the content of essential nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, vitamins A, E, D, B12, folic acid, beta carotene,  and more.

Health & Taste Challenge: Try 2 farm fresh, pastured eggs and compare them to 2 factory eggs from the store. The pastured eggs are plumper, tastier, and infinitely more filling and nutritious – it would take 2-4 factory eggs to get the nutrient content and satiation of only 1 pastured egg!

The Truth About Raw Milk: Superfood

January 15th, 2015

Weston A. Price Foundation: The literature implicating raw milk in food borne illness exhibits a systematic bias against this food. In many cases, this bias is not intentional, but is a product of sloppy scientific principles…. It appears that most investigators are thoroughly convinced that raw milk poses a major threat to public health, and thus they often rush to judgment to implicate raw milk even when the science is not fully supportive.”

It’s your body, what would you like to feed it?

Raw milk, unprocessed, unpasteurized, untreated, chockfull of nutrients and delicious taste – as nature intended.

Or…

The milk you buy from the grocery store is pasteurized or homogenized. It is heated to prolong shelf life and to remove bacteria – including the naturally occurring beneficial bacteria that is so crucial to our gut health, mood, and overall wellness. This makes it harder for the body to digest –  in fact, many people who believed themselves to be lactose intolerant find that they fully tolerate raw milk with its natural abundance of digestive enzymes and probiotics. Furthermore, the pasteurization process also decreases the vitamin and nutrient content in milk, including copper, iron, essential fatty acids, and enzymes, while also making it more difficult for the body to digest and utilize the remaining nutrients.

The true issue is that factory-farmed milk is not safe unless it is pasteurized to remove dangerous pathogens and bacteria. Their unnatural high soy and corn based diet, BGH (bovine growth hormone), and inordinate amount of antibiotics as a result of their diet and inhumane living conditions is what necessitates the pasteurization process in the first place. What’s more, milk from factory farms has been linked with increased infection, eczema, asthma, allergies, nasal congestion, lactose intolerance and digestive issues.

Raw milk farmed from humanely raised, healthy cows that are able to graze the fields and feed on their natural diet produce is in a class of its own. Raw milk has actually been linked to decreased food allergies as well as improved immune system and digestive functioning.

Raw milk is nutrient rich, full of fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins and nutrients including all of the essential amino acids, over 60 enzymes, probiotics, and even conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has been shown improve  muscle, insulin resistance, heart health, and allergies, as well as enhance the immune system and help the body fight cancer.

Countless studies have linked the consumption of raw milk from healthy cows to improving everything from cancer and digestive issues to obesity and chronic fatigue. It is truly a superfood, and a delicious one at that.

*Raw milk is sold as pet food in the state of Florida, not for human consumption.

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2014

Guest Post from Flourish Nutrition Centre:

Here are some simple substitutions to make your Thanksgiving meal even more delicious – and a little bit more nutritious:

  • Eat the protein, veggies, and healthy fats first to fill up your stomach, then go for the sweet and carb-ridden items
  • Choose organic wherever possible – especially with turkey, apples, potatoes, and other fruits and veggies that don’t have a protective skin. This is the best way to ensure higher nutrient content without the added dangers of antibiotics and fillers, pesticides, GMOs and chemicals
  • Substitute white sugar with raw honey and enjoy the anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits along with delicious taste
  • Skip the runny, flat, tasteless factory eggs and try a plump, nutrient-rich pastured egg instead – more flavor, more filling, and naturally rich in omega 3 fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamin A, E, D, B12, and folic acid, and is lower in saturated fat
  • Opt for grass-fed butter in your mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pies, and more – it’s chock full of CLA, rich flavor, and the right ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Stomach hurting after indulging in that 3rd piece of pie? Try some sauerkraut or another probiotic-rich fermented food to promote healthy digestion and restore gut health.
Bonus tip:
Wheat and refined sugars wreak havoc on the body, throwing off your gut health, ph levels, appetite, and even mood and cognition.
How can you bounce back faster after a post-holiday food hangover?
Instead of reaching for a helping of leftover pumpkin pie or going on a drastic starvation diet, try these simple solutions to restore balance in the body:
  • Eat lots of greens to rebalance ph levels and minimize sugar cravings
  • Eat fermented foods to restore gut health – and mood
  • Eat healthy fats like avocado, pastured butter, and coconut oil to keep your hunger satiated

Liver and Onions?

November 15th, 2014

This morning while having a breakfast at my favorite diner, my waitress commented on my favorite breafast…Liver and onions. She remarked that she hardly has anyone that orders it. I noticed her accent and asked where she was from. ” I’m from Albania, and we eat liver often” I explained that most American today have largely abandoned this staple of traditional diets. Yet organ meats in general and liver in particular are nutrient SUPER stars!! Lets take a closer look

Grass-Fed Beef Liver
Liver is a storage organ for many important nutrients (Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K,) B-vitamins B12 and folic acid. Minerals such as magnesium, potassium and iron are just some of the many nutrients that make this a true healing food.

Due to the fact that most conventional liver comes from your typical feedlot system, I strongly urge you to source from only grass-fed beef sources. You will avoid the use of routine antibiotics and added growth hormones that is the feature of modern feedlots. This just shows the importance of knowing your local farmer, and we at farmfreshdirect2u.com know that our Florida beef is 100% grass-fed.

http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-liver-files/

Suffering from arthritis? Joint pain? Inflammation? Cold? Flu? Digestive troubles? Add bone broth to your diet.

November 5th, 2014

Suffering from arthritis? Joint pain? Inflammation? Cold? Flu? Digestive troubles? Add bone broth to your diet.
With the weather cooling down and cold and flu season creeping up, traditional home cooked chicken soup is the go-to food. It can help you get over your cold faster and just makes you feel better, reminiscent of the good old days when Mom and Grandma cooked the broth from scratch, filling the whole house with warmth as they took care of you when you were sick. Part of why it made you feel so much better was because food was actually food in those days, from grass-fed chicken to bone broth that soaked for hours for a rich taste and tons of health benefits.
Rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, gelatin and chondroitin sulfate, bone broth boasts a range of health benefits including boosting gut health and supporting digestion, fighting inflammation, inhibiting infection, reducing joint pain, and promoting healthy bones, hair, teeth and nails.
For optimum nutritional benefit and avoidance of GMO’s, chemicals, preservatives, added sweeteners, and other health hazards, skip the store-bought sludge and go for the real thing with grass-fed chicken and real bone broth.
‘Tis the season to support local – and with it, give your family the best!