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Grass-fed Dairy

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Grass-fed Dairy:

  • No GMOs
  • No Synthetic Pesticides or Herbicides
  • No Growth Hormones (rBGH)
  • No Antibiotics
  • Less susceptible to E. Coli outbreaks than grain-fed cows
  • Less Frequency of Contagious Illnesses
  • More Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
  • Raised More Humanely
  • Richer Taste

Factory-farmed dairy cows are given rBGH (human growth hormone) to increase milk production. Side effect: mastitis, a condition that is not only painful but causes cows to pump out bacteria and pus. The cows are treated with antibiotics, which a recent Stanford University study shows may actually be further spreading Salmonella. Never mind all the other health issues from antibiotics.

Factory-farmed dairy cows are fed grains – which their digestive system is not equipped to manage. When cows eat grains instead of their natural diet of grass, it leads to a more acidic digestive environment, which makes them more vulnerable to E. coli food poisoning and bacterial growth. They lack the nutrients that grass-fed cows get from their natural diet and sun exposure, including the super nutrient CLA, a beneficial fatty acid that has been found to lower risk of heart attack, promote lean muscle and decreased body fat, and even prevent cancer.

Grass-fed cows also have higher concentrations of Omega 3, vitamins A, D, and B-12, calcium, and other vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. Because of the natural enzymatic activity, many people who are “lactose-intolerant” are able to enjoy raw, grass-fed dairy whereas processed dairy, which has been stripped of these vital nutrients and enzymes, wreaks havoc on their digestive system.

Farm Food Spotlight: Fermented Foods

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Adding fermented foods to your diet is a great way to rebalance your gut microbiome and improve your digestion, mood, focus, brain functioning, endocrine function, immune system, and overall health. Much of our lifestyle lends itself to damaging our gut health, everything from excessive antibiotic intake to pesticides to sugar and processed foods. Even the water we drink can wreak havoc due to the chlorine, fluoride, and other impurities. This makes it even more important to add foods like kefir, yogurt, fermented sauerkraut and vegetables, grass-fed bone broth, kombucha tea, and kimchi to our regular diet.
When shopping, always opt for grass-fed, organic sources. Besides being higher in nutrients overall, they aren’t broken down by over-processing, chemicals, pesticides, etc. – with the added bonus of supporting the little guy, i.e. local farmers and small businesses. FarmFreshDirect2U.com offers a range of living probiotic and prebiotic foods packed with beneficial gut microflora, including:

Grass-fed Raw Dairy

  • Yogurt – Goat
  • Yogurt – Cow
  • Finnish Style Raw Yogurt
  • Creamy Yogurt
  • Milk Kefir Grains

Fermented Foods

  • Salsa Verde
  • Pickled Beets
  • Fermented Curried Cauliflower/Broccoli
  • Fermented Country Vegetable Mix
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Dill
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Spicy
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Garlic/Dill
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Garlic
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Jalapeno
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Dill/Carrot
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Original
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Amish Made
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Habanero
  • Cortido: Latin American Sauerkraut
  • Honey Mustard Kimchee
  • Organic Sauerkraut Juice

Kefir is a restorative drink, rich in probiotics, enzymes, macro and micronutrients, countless vitamins and minerals.
Kombucha tea is an adaptogenic drink that supports healthy digestion
Grass-fed bone broth is boosts gut health and repairs digestive lining.
Fermented sauerkraut is nutrient rich, anti-inflammatory, and chock full of beneficial probiotics that promote microbial equilibrium.
Consuming these and other naturally probiotic foods has been linked with improvements in a number of issues; countless people have experienced a reduction in symptoms of:

  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • Mood Disorders
  • Ulcers
  • Reflux
  • Obesity/Weight Gain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • IBS
  • Colitis
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Food Allergies/Sensitivies
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Cancer
  • Stress
  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • UTI’s
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Metabolic Conditions
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Rheumatism
  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hyptertension
  • Joint Pain
  • Infections
  • And more!

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Tips to Stay on Track with Healthy Eating this Holiday Season

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Here are some tips to stay on track – or get back on track – with healthy eating this holiday season:

  • Fill up on protein, healthy fats and veggies before going for the sweet stuff/carbs.
  • Eat a healthy, filling meal before going to holiday parties and events.
  • Keep your gut health in check – this can help with mood, cravings, and digestion.
  • Choose organic & grass-fed meats, dairy, fruits and veggies – especially apples, potatoes and other foods that don’t have a protective skin. Besides protecting you from the dangers of antibiotics and fillers, pesticides, GMOs and chemicals, grass-fed foods have also been shown to have a higher nutrient content, including vital nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), vitamins B, D, E, and K, magnesium, and more.
  • Substitute raw sugar in place of other sweeteners –it is chockfull of anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits along with delicious taste.
  • Use pastured eggs in your baking – not only are they more flavorful and lower in saturated fat, they have more nutrients which many find makes them more filling – they are naturally rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A, E, D, B12, beta carotene, and folic acid.
  • Choose grass-fed butter in your sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, cakes, cookies, pies, and more – it’s another great source of CLA, with a deliciously rich flavor – and the perfect ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Include probiotic-rich fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha tea, and kefir in your diet to promote healthy digestion and balance gut health.
  • Limit wheat, sugar and alcohol – and if you do choose to indulge, eat mindfully and follow up with probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, and healthy meats and veggies to get yourself back on track.
  • Don’t skip meals or starve yourself with crazy diets/detoxes – just resume healthy eating, especially greens, healthy fats and proteins, and fermented foods: grass-fed beef and chicken, pastured eggs, organic coconut oil, pastured butter, avocado, organic spinach, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha tea, and other healthy options.

Wheat, refined sugars and alcohol wreak havoc on your health, throwing off digestion, ph levels, appetite, even mood and cognition. They are largely to blame for the holiday blues as they can leave us feeling moody, irritable, foggy, sluggish, anxious, irritable, depressed – and craving more for several days after indulging. Mood and cognition are dependent on the nutrients and messages from our gut; a healthy gut is key to getting back to our vibrant, energetic, happy selves.

Gut Health, Part II: Probiotic-Rich Foods & Repairing Your Gut

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Traditionally fermented, unpasteurized foods are key to optimizing gut health, as is limiting processed, refined, and pesticide/chemical-ridden food. Eating fermented foods like saukerkraut, raw kefir, grass-fed yogurt, and fermented vegetables are a great way to rebalance your gut bacteria and improve your overall health.

Destroys gut flora, avoid:

  • Antibiotics – avoid them unless absolutely necessary. Follow-up your treatment course with a hefty dose of fermented foods and/or high quality probiotic supplements.
  • Chlorinated Water
  • Fluoridated Water
  • Antibacterial Soup
  • Pesticides & Agricultural Chemicals
  • Processed Foods
  • Sugar
  • Factory-farmed, i.e. conventionally raised, meats, eggs, and other animal products – they are fed low-dose antibiotics and fed genetically modified grains.

Improves gut health, consume more:

Kefir is one of the most gut-friendly foods, with balancing and restorative properties. Kefir is a rich source of probiotics, enzymes, macro and micronutrients, and countless vitamins and minerals including vitamins B and K, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and proteins, including tryptophan, an essential amino acid known for its calming and relaxing effects. Kefir has been used to treat allergies, intestinal disorders, respiratory diseases, anemia, mood disorders, ulcers, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, leaky gut syndrome, UTIs, some cancers, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Autism, depression, migraines, acne, eczema, psoriasis, candida overgrowth, osteoporosis, rheumatism, and more.

Kombucha tea is an adaptogen and supports healthy digestion, which in turn supports healthy brain functioning, mood, and cognition. Kombucha tea is a rich source of B vitamins and Vitamin C. B vitamins have been found to help stabilize mood, regulate anxiety, improve concentration, and even help fight depression. Vitamin C boosts immunity and suppresses the release of cortisol, i.e. stress-hormone that has been linked to stubborn belly fat, impaired mental clarity and functioning, depressed mood, and hypertension.

Grass-fed bone broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, gelatin and chondroitin sulfate. Besides boosting gut health and repairing digestive lining, bone broth boasts a range of other health benefits as well, including fighting inflammation, reducing joint pain, inhibiting infection, and promoting healthy bones, teeth, hair, and nails.

As always, support your local farmer and opt for grass-fed, organic sources. Besides being higher in nutrients overall, they aren’t broken down by over-processing, chemicals, pesticides, etc.

Gut Health, Part I: Benefits & Health Implications

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Research has finally begun to recognize the vital importance of a healthy gut. Imbalances in gut flora have been scientifically linked to a range of health issues, impacting everything from mood and inflammation to pain and weight gain. In particular, correlations have been found between gut health and the following:

Eating Disorders – Research has uncovered a very strong link between disordered eating behaviors and gut health, specifically the presence of a certain protein made by intestinal bacteria. The presence of this protein leads to an unfavorable reaction between antibodies and satiety hormones, impacting the regulation of “feeding, energy regulation and anxiety.” Yet another reason why a healthy microbiome, i.e. balanced gut health, is vital to your health and wellness, both physically and mentally. One major way to promote and improve gut health is by consuming more probiotic and prebiotic-rich foods to feed the good gut bacteria.

Mood & Cognition – Gut health has been linked with everything from Autism and ADD/ADHD to symptoms of depression, anxiety, brain fog, even memory issues. A healthy gut is necessary for your body to properly digest and process nutrients, including playing a major role in the processing and functioning of neurotransmitter activity, including serotonin levels which are responsible for mood.

Willpower & Cravings – Do you ever feel like sometime you have excellent “willpower” to abstain from eating unhealthy foods, whereas other times you feel out of control with cravings? Your gut health plays a vital role in this.

Immune System Functioning – Over 75% of your immune system is housed within your digestive system. When you take antibiotics or use antibacterial products you are killing the good bacteria, creating a breeding ground for the bad bacteria to take over. When properly balanced, there are trillions and trillions of good bacteria keeping you healthy. When you disturb this balance, you put yourself at risk for digestive problems, poor immune system functioning, and a range of other issues.

If you are having health issues, consider the state of your gut flora. Stay tuned for our next blog article which will outline ways that you can promote gut health and improve functioning.