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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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CLA and weight loss, muscles, cancer, heart health, and more

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Looking to get lean, build or maintain muscle? One promising answer is conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which can be found in grass-fed meat and raw dairy products from grass-fed animals such as beef, milk, butter and cottage cheese. CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to support long-term health and fitness goals including weight loss, fat burning, lean muscle building and muscle retention, even during weight loss.
Other benefits of CLA on the body include increased metabolic rate, enhanced muscle growth, decreased food-induced allergic reactions, and lower cholesterol and insulin resistance. CLA is also beneficial in improving osteoporosis, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, high blood pleasure, and diabetes.
Furthermore, CLA enhances the immune system and fights cancer. Research has linked its cancer fighting capabilities to colorectal, lung, skin, stomach, and breast cancer, with even a small addition of CLA resulting in over 50% tumor reduction.
Unfortunately, there is a deficiency of CLA in the average American diet, a trend that has risen with the obesity and cancer epidemics in recent decades – as the availability of CLA in our diets has decreased. The meat and dairy industry has shifted away from grass-fed, free-range, and natural and gone the way of feedlot systems and the addition of hormones, additives, chemicals, antibiotics, toxins, and more. Animals under these conditions are more susceptible to disease, and produce nutritionally inferior meat and dairy products, not to mention the sheer cruelty of their living conditions in many cases.
This shift has brought with it a decline in the CLA content of meat and dairy products, which research has highlighted as a serious potential factor for the rise in obesity, cancer, diabetes, and other health problems. Fortunately, there is a solution: grass-fed beef and raw dairy from grass-fed sources. Grass-fed meat and dairy have been found to contain three to five times more CLA than grain-fed.
So whether you’re a bodybuilder, athlete, looking to drop a few pounds, prevent or fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, are against animal cruelty, or just want to improve your health, one vital component is the addition of grass-fed beef and dairy to your diet – it’s a healthier, tastier, and humane way to optimum health. Shop farm fresh, support local, and fuel, heal and nourish your body with superior nutrition.

Resources:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/23/conjugated-linoleic-acid-from-grass-fed-beef.aspx#!
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mike8.htm

Vitamin D and Grass-fed Foods

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

American Kids Need

More Vitamin D?

Two recent studies found that millions of U.S. children have extremely low levels of vitamin D. Lack of this important nutrient weakens the immune system, putting kids at increased risk for infections like colds and flu, as well as osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and other health problems as they get older.

Vitamin D also helps the body absorb calcium, which is necessary for the normal development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones.

While some experts recommend using vitamin D supplements, others believe the natural approach works best. Vitamin-fortified foods, such as cereals and breads, and pill supplements can contain artificial ingredients, which aren’t always recognized or absorbed easily by the body. Over-supplementation is also an unhealthy possibility.

So if you really want to protect your kids from the swine flu and other infectious illnesses, feed them vitamin D-rich foods and make sure they spend enough time outdoors in the sunshine to let their young bodies make vitamin D (experts say about 20 minutes several times a week without sunscreen).

Good vitamin D food sources include some types of fish such as salmon, raw whole milk products (as pasteurization reduces vitamin D), farm fresh pastured eggs and grass-fed beef. If you must supplement, use high-quality cod liver oil.

You may even want to have your children’s vitamin D levels tested so you’ll have an idea of where they stand.

Allergies and Your Diet

Sunday, June 7th, 2009
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Raw milk may help Allergies

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Our bodies are complex systems that easily can be thrown out of balance by toxins in our environment and the foods we eat. If your body isn’t able to compensate and recover from exposure to these toxic substances, chemicals and processed foods, then you could develop sensitivity, or what is known as an allergy.

Allergists estimate that 80 percent of people have allergies in one form or another and that number is growing partially due to what many believe is our “modern” diet. Allergies may appear as sneezing with a runny nose when they have an allergic reaction to pollen. Or you may develop asthma. Children can develop ADHD symptoms as a result of an allergic reaction to food, chemicals or pollens. Even conservative sources estimate that five percent of children with ADHD have their symptoms because of some type of allergic reaction.

The good news: A change in diet can do wonders to curb most allergies.

Studies show that most people’s sensitivities dramatically improve when they avoid sugar, most grains, and pasteurized dairy products. Replacing commercial milk with raw milk from grass-fed cows is usually well tolerated by most people and is highly health promoting. It is also helpful to eat products such as eggs, poultry, and beef from animals fed a natural diet, which does not include grains, and by consuming fresh organic produce — all produced without man-made chemicals, hormones, pesticides, dyes, or additives

Making certain that enough long-chain animal based omega-3 fats (DHA and EPA) are included in your diet is also important. Grass-fed raw dairy contains the crucial omega-3 fatty acids needed for brain function, good bacteria for a healthy digestive system, and plentiful vitamins A and D for proper growth and development. It is also rich in the raw, saturated fatty acids that nourish the brain and intestinal lining.

Eliminating allergies may not be as easy as drinking a glass of raw milk, but it is a good way to start.

Autism: A Nutritional Approach

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Good nutrition is essential to the prevention, treatment and cure of many illnesses, diseases and conditions. And that includes autism.

Defeat Autism Now, an organization founded by a group of doctors whose children suffer from the condition, found that diet plays a crucial role in treating children with many disorders including autism, Asperger’s sydrome, ADD, ADHD and ODD.

Various studies have reveled that children with autism do not have the right amount of beneficial bacterial in their digestive system. Since 85% of the body’s immune system is in the gut, without these bacteria it is hard for their bodies to absorb nutrients to build a strong, healthy immune and digestive system. Their diets also lack the necessary nutritional fats that are fundamental to developing brain cells.

According to the Body Ecology diet (bodyecology.com) and the book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome,” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, children with any type of brain disorder can benefit from eating grass-fed raw dairy, including milk, cream, butter, cultured yogurt and fermented kefir.

Grass-fed raw dairy contains the crucial omega-3 fatty acids needed for brain function, good bacteria for a healthy digestive system, and plentiful vitamins A and D for proper growth and development. It is also rich in the raw, saturated fatty acids (similar to those found in mother’s milk) that nourish the brain and intestinal lining.

Other foods to consider as nutritional powerhouses are grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, organic eggs, fruits and vegetables – all produced without man-made chemicals, hormones, pesticides, dyes, or additives.