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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.

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 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.

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

Wednesday, 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!