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Kombucha Tea

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Lifestyles have changed dramatically in recent decades. We are constantly on the go, over-stimulated, and way over-stressed. Though our stress response is one of our most valuable defense mechanisms during real times of crisis, over-activation of this response wreak havoc on our system.

Incorporating relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and mindfulness are helpful. Proper, restful sleep, exercise, enjoying nature, time with good friends, unplugging from our gadgets and electronics, also helpful.

But here’s one handy helper that you didn’t know about: Kombucha Tea.

Besides being an adaptogen, Kombucha tea supports healthy digestion, which in turn supports healthy brain functioning, cognition, and mood. Kombucha tea is also chock full 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 suppresses the release of cortisol – that pesky stress-hormone that has been linked to stubborn belly fat, impaired mental clarity and functioning, hypertension, and depressed mood. What’s more, these vitamins are highly bioavailable, unlike make supplements.

Swap your morning coffee for Kombucha and start enjoying these and other benefits.

FarmFreshDirect2U.com currently carries the following delicious, homemade Kombucha tea flavors: Blueberry, Cherry, Grape, Lemon Ginger, and Plain

With multiple pick-up locations all around Central Florida, we offer Kombucha tea, pasture raised eggs, grass-fed meat, and countless other farm fresh foods available for order and pick-up just minutes from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Maitland, Kissimmee, Windermere, Winter Garden, Casselberry, and Oviedo.

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Butter is a Health Food – Good for the Heart & Healthy Weight

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

We’ve been eating butter for thousands of years, long before the heart disease epidemic that began in the 1920s and 1930s – and has risen to be today’s leading cause of death.

Despite them being staples in our diet for centuries, the cause was attributed to foods like meat, butter, and eggs. Over the past 50-60 years, we have been told to limit these foods. Grocery store shelves have increasingly been filled with low-fat, fat-free, and light “foods” – which have been filled with sugars, chemicals and additives to improve the taste after removing the fat. Aisle and after aisle is filled with chemical-laden, processed, sugar-filled (real and fake) substances. There is added sugar in most peanut butter, there is wheat in soy sauce, there is food coloring in snacks aimed at children.

We removed/limited meat, eggs, and butter, and increased sugar, wheat, grains, chemicals, processing, factory farming, and low-fat/fat-free “foods.”
The result?

Heart disease has risen, as have diabetes, childhood and adult obesity, and countless other health problems.
It has taken decades of rising disease epidemics, but science and medicine are finally starting to realize that blaming new health problems on the centuries-old traditional diet simply does not make sense.

Natural foods like grass-fed meats, butter, and eggs are not the problem – they are not the cause of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc. – sugar, wheat, chemicals, and factory farming are.

Sugar and wheat are addictive; they wreak havoc on the body, including digestive health, mood and cognition, and blood sugar.
Factory farming is not only cruel and inhumane, but the diets and living conditions yield a significantly inferior product, i.e. lower in nutrients, as well as ridden with antibiotics.

Food coloring has been linked with issues ranging from mood and attention to impulsivity and aggression.
Many food additives and chemicals are designed to trick your body’s hunger, addiction, and satiation cues so that you overeat. Nevermind the difficulty your body has in processing them.

Natural foods, on the other hand, provide nourishment. Grass-fed meat, butter, and eggs have 3-5xs the nutrients of factory-farmed foods. Furthermore, the saturated fat-cholesterol-heart disease link has been refuted, debunked, turned on its head. In fact, the saturated fats in foods like these have actually been shown to IMPROVE blood lipid levels – both raising HDL (“good” cholesterol) and changing LDL (“bad” cholesterol”) into Large HDL. What does this translate into? Lower risks of heart disease.

What’s more, grass-fed butter is chock full of Vitamin K2, a vital nutrient that de-calcifies your arteries. Most people have never heard of Vitamin K, but as local farms and the grass-fed movement rises, we are rediscovering the benefits of this vital nutrient.

The best foods sources of Vitamin K2 are high-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows. Besides dramatically reducing the risk of heart disease, consuming this nutrient also reduces the risk of osteoporosis, as it partly prevents the process of calcium leaching out of the bones and into the arteries.

Furthermore, eating high healthy fats such as grass-fed meat, butter, and pastured eggs has been linked with a reduced risk of obesity.
The verdict? Eat more grass-fed butter, eggs, meat, and dairy. Limit processed, low-fat, fat-free, diet, sugar, wheat, fake sugar, chemicals, additives, food coloring, etc. See how much your health improves.

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Superfood: Bone Broth

Friday, 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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The Devastating Truth about Sugar

Saturday, 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.