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Raw Butter: The Healthy Fat Superfood

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Dietary fat has been villainized since the 1950s. The fact of the matter is, not all fats were created equal.  Fat from sources such as raw pastured butter, unrefined coconut oil, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, pastured eggs, and raw milk provide the body with vital macronutrients. From the endocrine system to cognition, healthy fats play a key role in functioning.

Raw butter: unheated, unprocessed, unpasteurized, un-homogenized, i.e. contains all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that nature intended. It is essentially a nutritional powerhouse, chock full of vitamins and nutrients.

Furthermore, many people who are “lactose intolerant” or “casein intolerant” are able to enjoy raw pastured dairy products such as raw milk, butter, cheese, kefir, and yogurt. This is because it is actually pasteurized dairy products that are to blame for these “intolerances.” The way they have been manipulated not only robs them of essential nutrients but also enzymes that aid the body in breaking them down and absorbing said nutrients.

Raw butter and dairy products are not only safe but overall superior food sources than their factory counterparts. In fact, raw butter and dairy from pastured cows, who are allowed to roam pasture and remain free from GMOs, chemicals, pesticides, and antibiotics, are real life superfoods. Raw butter in particular is rich in a multitude of nutrients that aid in the body in a number of ways:

  • Raw butter is chock full of highly absorbable forms of Vitamin A and iodine, which are both vital nutrients for thyroid health and functioning
  • Like unrefined coconut oil, raw butter is rich in lauric, which helps with digestive problems including candida
  • Raw butter is a rich source of antioxidants which have been shown to combat cancer and protect against artery weakening
  • Raw butter is a natural source of Vitamin D, which helps promote strong bones and teeth
  • The healthy fats in raw butter help facilitate hormone disbursement in the body, i.e. promoting endocrine health
  • The healthy fats in raw butter also help improve skin complexion
  • Raw butter is a source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid which is an anti-cancer agent as well as muscle
  • Raw butter is also rich in Vitamins E and K and the mineral selenium

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.

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Guest Post from Flourish Nutrition Centre:

Here are some simple substitutions to make your Thanksgiving meal even more delicious – and a little bit more nutritious:

  • Eat the protein, veggies, and healthy fats first to fill up your stomach, then go for the sweet and carb-ridden items
  • Choose organic wherever possible – especially with turkey, apples, potatoes, and other fruits and veggies that don’t have a protective skin. This is the best way to ensure higher nutrient content without the added dangers of antibiotics and fillers, pesticides, GMOs and chemicals
  • Substitute white sugar with raw honey and enjoy the anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits along with delicious taste
  • Skip the runny, flat, tasteless factory eggs and try a plump, nutrient-rich pastured egg instead – more flavor, more filling, and naturally rich in omega 3 fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamin A, E, D, B12, and folic acid, and is lower in saturated fat
  • Opt for grass-fed butter in your mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pies, and more – it’s chock full of CLA, rich flavor, and the right ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Stomach hurting after indulging in that 3rd piece of pie? Try some sauerkraut or another probiotic-rich fermented food to promote healthy digestion and restore gut health.
Bonus tip:
Wheat and refined sugars wreak havoc on the body, throwing off your gut health, ph levels, appetite, and even mood and cognition.
How can you bounce back faster after a post-holiday food hangover?
Instead of reaching for a helping of leftover pumpkin pie or going on a drastic starvation diet, try these simple solutions to restore balance in the body:
  • Eat lots of greens to rebalance ph levels and minimize sugar cravings
  • Eat fermented foods to restore gut health – and mood
  • Eat healthy fats like avocado, pastured butter, and coconut oil to keep your hunger satiated

The Incredible, Edible Egg

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Farm Fresh Pastured Egg (brown) vs Factory Egg (white)

Pasture Eggs vs Factory Eggs

Trouble sleeping? Feeling foggy? Bad Mood?
Eat an egg. Or two. Eggs are a superfood, providing building blocks for healthy neurotransmitter functioning including boosting serotonin, dopamine,   nor- epinephrine, epinephrine and acetylcholine levels in the brain while providing a host of essential nutrients.
Rich in protein, eggs are high in tryptophan which is involved in the production of serotonin, the “feel-good hormone.” Low levels of tryptophan (and thus, serotonin) are associated with depression, insomnia, weight gain, and other health issues. Increasing your intake of eggs boosts tryptophan which in turn increases serotonin. This boost brings with it a natural uplifting of mood and improvements in sleep, mood regulation, and overall feelings of well-being.
Eggs are also high in tyrosine which is involved in the production of dopamine, nor- epinephrine and epinephrine. Why is this important? These neurotransmitters are responsible for mental alertness and activity, energy, cognition, concentration, motivation and memory creation and storage. Tyrosine is also crucial to the production of thyroid hormones.
Egg yolks are an abundant source of choline, which is vital to the metabolism of fat. Choline is the building block for acetylcholine which is vital for concentration, memory storage and recall, focus, muscle coordination, thought and cognition.
Furthermore, research has confirmed that eggs do not in fact raise cholesterol and are part of a heart-healthy diet. The yolks are a healthy fat, providing countless vital nutrients to the brain and heart, including lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants associated with improving vision and eye health.
There’s just one catch: if you want the full benefit of nutrients and health, opt for pastured or free-range eggs. Also opt for raw as much as possible, as cooking (especially microwaving) destroys many of the nutrients. Besides providing a superior source of nutrients, pastured/free-range eggs have a significantly lower risk of contamination by disease-causing bacteria than their caged counterparts.
Other benefits to pastured eggs are that the hens live a more humane life, free to roam instead of being confined and jam-packed into cages. More time in the sun leads to increased vitamin d, and being free to eat a more natural, varied diet, i.e. more protein and nutrients as opposed to grain, soy, corn, additives, hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics, leads to nutritionally superior eggs.
In fact, studies have shown far higher nutrient content in grass-fed, pastured eggs than factory eggs, including:

-two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids
-10% less fat; 25% less satured fat
-40-70% more vitamin A
-34% less cholesterol
-3 times more vitamin E
-7 times more beta carotene
-three to six times more vitamin D
-70% more vitamin B12
-50% more folic acid

Pastured eggs are richer in color, plumper, thicker, and tastier than their factory counterparts. This is truly a case of you get what you pay for; pastured eggs are nutrient dense, tastier, and far more humane than factory eggs which are provide far less nutritional value and taste, and are raised in deplorable conditions. “You’d have to eat 5 supermarket eggs to get the same amount of vitamin D from one pastured egg.”

The bottom line: shop farm fresh, support local, and know that you’re getting the healthiest, nutritionally superior foods procured under humane and healthy conditions. That’s good for the body, the mind and the soul.

This is precisely what Dr. Steve Moreau has done for you as part of his service making farm fresh grass-fed, pastured, nutritionally (and ethically) superior food available in Central Florida. He offers pastured eggs with no growth hormones, antibiotics or chemicals, which he assures as such after his own personal inspection of local farms. His service supports local farmers while providing a variety of healthy and humanely produced eggs, meats, dairy, greens, and other farm fresh, grass-fed, pastured, and nutrient dense foods for convenient purchase from one of several Central Florida locations.