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The Truth About Raw Milk: Superfood

Thursday, 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 Bouncing Back after Holiday Over-Indulgence

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Many people feel a sort of holiday letdown after Christmas. What we don’t necessarily realize is that it is largely due to nutrition. Think about it; the month of December is full of holiday parties and treats, marked by overindulgence of alcohol, sweets, carbohydrates, all of our holiday favorites. That wreaks havoc on the body, especially our gut health. Sugar and wheat in particular throw off the balance and end up leaving us feeling moody, depressed, irritable, foggy, unfocused, sluggish, anxious, etc. as well as craving more – often for days after we’ve overindulged.

Our mood and cognitive functioning rely heavily on the nutrients and messages from our gut, so the key to getting back to our vibrant, energetic, happy selves – as well as to curb cravings and get healthy overall – is to make changes to our diet:

  1. Boost probiotics to boost mood, gut health, and those fluctuating feeling of dietary “willpower” – kefir, sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, grass-fed yogurt, and high quality probiotic supplements will rebuild the healthy bacteria in the gut. This helps with digestion, absorption of nutrients, and making sure that the brain gets what it needs for serotonin production, otherwise known as the feel good chemical.
  2. Minimize wheat and sugar for balanced blood sugar and improved gut health
  3. Increase healthy fats like grass-fed butter, pastured eggs, grass-fed meats, organic coconut oil, and avocado. This will also help balance out blood sugar to reduce cravings and stabilize hunger/satiation.
  4. Don’t skip meals – eat high fat, high protein from healthy sources and get your body’s natural hunger and satiation cues functioning properly again.
  5. Eat more greens – this will help rebalance your body’s ph levels after all the holiday indulging, and paired with healthy fats and proteins will help keep you feeling full and satiated.
  6. Magnesium – magnesium is depleted by consuming excess sugar or caffeine, and most people tend to be deficient in this vital nutrient. It is responsible for some of the most important functions of our body. Magnesium deficiency can lead to fatigue, headaches, irritability, constipation, muscle cramps, insomnia, kidney stones, osteoporosis, weakness, confusion, memory problems, and has also been indirectly linked to heart conditions and fibromyalgia. Excellent food sources of magnesium include: organic dark leafy vegetables, raw cacao dark chocolate, and organic almonds and pumpkin seeds.

Other tips to help you get back on track with your overall well-being:

  1. Get moving – go for a walk, stretch, lift weights, get a jump start on those New Year’s health and fitness resolutions! Check out your local gym, set up a consultation with a personal trainer, try out a fitness class.
  2. Meditate to relieve stress and manage moods. Feeling blue? Sit with it, bear witness to what it feels like in your body, how it affects your breathing, your stomach, your posture, the muscles in your face.
  3. Sleep! Get proper rest, take care of yourself.
  4. Choose grass-fed, pastured food sources whenever possible; studies have consistently shown that grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, and grass-fed dairy is significantly higher in vital nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, including conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins B, D, E and K, and more.