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Superfood: Bone Broth

January 29th, 2016

Our ancestors made use of every part of the animal – including boiling then simmering the bones, marrow, tendons, ligaments, and other parts of the animal that couldn’t be eaten. Simmering the bones and ligaments over a period of days causes nutrients to be released, including vital proteins and easily absorbable minerals, each with incredible health benefits:

Collagen/Gelatin – Gelatin is produced by the breakdown of collagen in bone broth, offering a number of health benefits including helping people with food allergies and sensitivities tolerate those foods – including milk and gluten. Collagen also protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract and promotes probiotic balance and growth. It has also been shown to help heal leaky gut syndrome. Collagen reduces the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite, as well as promotes healthy skin, nails and hair. Gelatin also provides easily absorbable bone-building minerals that help reduce joint pain, prevent bone loss, and promote bone strength.

Amino Acids – Research has found that the amino acids in bone breath improve digestion as well as reduce inflammation in the respiratory system, boost immune functioning, and heal allergies, arthritis, and asthma. This includes the “conditional” amino acids

arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline, which contribute to the healing properties of grass-fed bone broth. “Conditional” amino acids mean they are nonessential but are essential under some conditions. One such condition is when your body is sick or stressed – by illness or simply from the typical unhealthy Western diet which relies heavily on low quality factory farmed animal products, processed carbohydrates, and chemicals. How do these non-essential, yet essential amino acids help?

Arginine

  • Promotes immune system functioning
  • Speeds wound healing
  • Necessary for the production and release of growth hormone
  • Promotes regeneration of damaged liver cells
  • Necessary for sperm production

Glycine

  • Prevents breakdown of protein tissue, i.e. muscle
  • Promotes detoxification of chemicals/supports liver in naturally detoxifying the body
  • Inhibitory neurotransmitter that improves sleep, relaxation, memory & performance
  • Necessary for the synthesis of glutathione & uric acid – the body’s most vital endogenous anti-oxidants, i.e. internally produced

Proline

  • Promotes regeneration of cartilage
  • Helps heal joints
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Improves skin
  • Helps repair leaky gut

Glutamine

  • Protects the lining of the gut
  • Acts as metabolic fuel for cells in the small intestine
  • Improves metabolism & muscle building
  • Reduces healing & recovery time in hospital patients as well as athletes on an intense training regimen

Chondroitin Sulphates & Glucosamine – reduces inflammation, arthritis damage and pain, and joint pain.

Essential Minerals – Bone broth offers a host of easily absorbable minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and sulphur. 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium due to depletion by excess sugar and caffeine consumption, excessive exercise, stress, birth control pills, and diminishing food sources of this mineral in the wake of GMO’s, factory farming, and over-cultivation of soil. Magnesium deficiency is linked with fatigue, high blood pressure, low stamina, headaches, muscle cramps, insomnia, kidney stones, osteoporosis, insomnia, irritability, tingling, poor memory, confusion, and other issues. Grass-fed bone broth offers easily absorbed, high quality supplementation of magnesium and other vital minerals.

Recovery from injury and intense exercise, restful sleep, improved digestion, essential proteins, vital nutrients, anti-inflammatory effects, relief from pain, arthritis, asthma, immune function – Grass-fed Bone Broth has earned its spot as a true Superfood.

NOTE: Store-bought “stock” and “broth” isn’t REAL. It is a lab-created mixture of flavors and chemicals, including the neurotoxin monosodium glutamate (MSG). For the health benefits, you have to go Grass-fed.

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Orlando Grass-fed Food

Grass-fed Bone Broth for Weight Lifters: Boost Recovery, Strengthen Joints, Tendons & Ligaments, Fight Inflammation

January 15th, 2016

Bone Broth for Weight Lifters:

Whether you’re into powerlifting, strongman, marathons, Cross-fit, triathalons, or any other type of intense exercise, athletes know that they bodies are only as strong as their weakest link. Even the strongest, most well-developed muscles will be limited if the joints, tendons and ligaments are weak. This will not only impede your efforts in the gym and at competition, but will also cause “aching joints,” tendonitis, arthritis, and other painful issues that we already seem to accumulate with age. With reducing or even avoiding these issues and symptoms as the goal, grass-fed bone broth is a vital part of a healthy diet. One study found that chicken collagen dramatically improved symptoms, even causing complete remission in some. Other benefits include:

  • Improve joint health
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Boost immune system
  • Heal & seal the gut
  • Healthy digestion
  • Treats leaky gut syndrome
  • Improve & overcome food intolerances and allergies
  • Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses
  • Fight inflammation
  • Calming effects, promoting restful sleep
  • Reduces joint pain and inflammation
  • Promotes strong, healthy bones
  • Promotes healthy hair and nail growth
  • Can aid in healing IBS, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux
  • Promotes healing of tendons and ligaments
  • Promotes recovery from intense exercise
  • Faster recovery from injury

NOTE: Store-bought “stock” and “broth” isn’t REAL. It is a lab-created mixture of flavors and chemicals, including the neurotoxin monosodium glutamate (MSG). For the health benefits, you have to go grass-fed.

Learn more about the specific nutrients and healing powers of bone broth in Superfood: Bone Broth

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Orlando Grass-fed Food

How to Enjoy a Healthier Holiday Meal

December 23rd, 2015

Here are some simple substitutions to make your Christmas dinner 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 and grass-fed wherever possible – especially with turkey, ham, beef, pork, 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. Grass-fed foods have also been shown to have significantly higher nutrient content, including valuable vitamins and minerals like omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), vitamins B, D, E, and K, and more.
  • 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 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

Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Grass-fed Beef with Apples & Veggies

November 15th, 2015

Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Grass-fed Beef with Vegetables

2 lbs grass-fed beef

3 tbsp pastured butter

2 cups beef broth

1-2 organic apples

2 tbsp raw honey

Ground pepper to taste

Salt to taste (on vegetables)

1 cup water

*Vegetables – carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onion, etc.

Combine ingredients in crockpot

Set to low and let sit for 4-5 hours

Easy Ways to Gradually Clean Up Your Diet – and Improve Your Health!

November 2nd, 2015

Improving your diet can seem like a daunting task. There are so many different opinions, seemingly conflicting research, false quick-fix claims, it can be overwhelming. However, with the ever increasing link between health and diet, cleaning up your diet should be priority 1, particularly if you are suffering from any health problems. Obesity, diabetes, pain, inflammation, arthritis, mood, memory, cognition, heart disease, cancer, and countless other diseases and health issues are directly linked to your diet and lifestyle choices.

The good news is, you can begin improving your health right now. Here is a list of adjustments you can make – pick one and start there. Once you have eased in to that change, gradually add in – or remove – other items bit by bit. Over time, you will be amazed at how much better you feel. Weight loss, decreased need for pharmaceuticals, reductions in disease symptoms, increased mood, energy, focus, and overall health are just some of the benefits people report from cleaning up their diets.

Add Healthy Fats (& Proteins)

  • Avocado
  • Pastured Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Grass-fed Meat
  • Pastured Eggs

The best thing I ever did was add healthy fats to my diet. I noticed that I was fuller and more satiated, my appetite and cravings went down – and my weight along with it. I don’t need to eat as often, and I feel more satisfied.

Note: Healthy fats are crucial to cognition and brain function.

Eating more fat will make it easier to remove other things from your diet, as healthy fats help stabilize your blood sugar. Feeling satisfied and satiated is a much easier way to start off than feeling hungry and having cravings. Your body’s natural hunger cues will start to stabilize over time, and you won’t feel the need to eat as often and you will feel more satisfied.

Add Probiotics

  • Pastured Kefir, Yogurt
  • Kombucha Tea
  • Fermented Vegetables, Sauerkraut
  • High Quality Supplements

Your overall health is largely impacted by your gut health, from pain and inflammation to allergies, skin, and digestion. What’s more, without balanced gut bacteria your body doesn’t properly digest and process nutrients, and your brain does not get the necessary fuel and information for proper functioning. Your gut plays a role in neurotransmitter functioning, including serotonin levels and functioning, which are responsible for good mood.

Do you ever feel like sometime you have excellent “willpower” to abstain from eating unhealthy foods, but that at other times you feel almost out of control with cravings? Your gut health plays a role in this “willpower” feeling. A healthy gut sets you up for success.

Add probiotic rich food and quality probiotic supplements into your diet.

Decrease Sugar & Wheat

Cancer. Heart Disease. Stroke. High Blood Pressure. Pain. Diabetes. Arthritis. Memory Problems. Mood Swings. Irritability. Fatigue. Lack of Concentration and Focus. Mental Fog.

Sugar literally feeds disease.

Did you know that eating a whole wheat sandwich is just as bad as a candy bar? Whole wheat, whole grain wheat, white wheat, it’s all the same. Just because advertisers slap a label on it claiming that it’s healthy and chock full of 9 whole grains doesn’t change the facts: wheat turns to sugar in the body, causing inflammation and feeding disease just like sugar.

High levels of insulin as a result of excess sugar consumption are fuel for cancer cells. Sugar is the likely cause of the rise in cancers such as breast and colon.

Sugar is addictive – this is why it is especially important to add healthy fats and probiotics into your diet to help you combat the initial cravings. Once you make it 3-4 days without sugar or wheat you will find it easy to resist. As more time passes, you won’t even desire it anymore.

After a couple of weeks you will be amazed at how you feel. With minimal sugar intake, and a base diet of healthy fats, proteins, and greens, you should feel better than ever. Reported benefits include:

  • Improvement & Stabilization of Mood
  • Increased Energy
  • Increased Focus & Cognitive Functioning
  • Effortless Weight Loss & Stabilization

Remember, this isn’t about deprivation. Your healthy fats will provide satiation and satisfaction in a different way – a way that sustains and nourishes you instead of leaving you addicted, tired, and sick.

Eat More Greens & Color

Get your vegetables and antioxidants. Opt for organic and locally farmed whenever possible. Enjoy variety and nourish your body with a range of vital nutrients.

Remove Chemicals & Choose Whole Foods

If it has a bunch of ingredients you can’t pronounce let alone identify, skip it. If you don’t recognize it, your body won’t either.

Enjoy the Health Benefits

You literally are what you eat. By nourishing your body with the proper nutrients and minimizing chemicals, sugars, and other toxic ingredients from your diet, your health and well-being can be dramatically improved.

You can either be feeding disease or nourishing your health – you are worth this commitment to your health and well-being.

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