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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.

Raw versus Processed Milk: Why Raw Milk is a Superfood

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Raw versus Processed Milk: Why Raw Milk is a Superfood

Grocery store milk is pasteurized and homogenized

Raw Milk is raw, unpasteurized, non-homogenized

Note: When referring to “raw milk,” we mean raw milk from healthy cows, i.e. grass-fed on organic grass, raised in humane conditions, and properly milked, is the best raw milk.

Which would you prefer, pasteurized, homogenized milk from factory raised cows, or unprocessed milk from pastured cows who are free to graze on their natural diet, soak up the sunlight, and live in humane conditions while naturally producing a true superfood?

Raw Milk Processed Milk

Alkaline                                                                     Acidic

Fat Soluble Vitamin A                           35% reduction in Vitamin A

Fat Soluble Vitamin D                           25%-77% reduction in Vitmain C

Fat Soluble Vitamin K2                         25%-77% reduction in Vitmain C

Short Chain Fatty Acids                        14% reduction in Vitamin E

CLA                                                         66% reduction in Iron

Omega-3’s                                               70% reduction in Zinc

Calcium                                                  38% reduction in B-complex vitamins

Magnesium                                            21% reduction in Calcium

Potassium                                             100% Destruction of Enzymes

Immunoglobulins                                Damage to Immunoglobulins

Whey Protein                                        Damage to Whey Proteins

Probiotics

Benefits of Raw Milk

Higher levels of fat soluble vitamins A, D & K2

Heart healthy, cancer killing, fat-soluble vitamins that support the brain and nervous system, bone density, hormonal balance, focus, development, and brain function.

Short Chain Fatty Acids, CLA and Omega-3’s

Raw milk is high in CLA and Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that aids the body in the regulation of inflammation, slow metabolism and stress resistance. Emerging research suggests that butyrate may be a viable treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and IBS.

One of the highest sources of the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium

These minerals are crucial for cellular function, metabolism, circulation, hydration, building bone density, detoxification and muscle health. Unfortunately, many Americans are deficient in these vital nutrients.

Rich in Probiotics: kefir, cheese, yogurt

Raw milk is a source of probiotics, but when you ferment it, the good bacteria increases exponentially. Cultured dairy products are the richest source of probiotics available. They line your gut, support nutrient absorption, and protect you against bad bacteria like E. coli. They are best in their natural state from raw milk products like kefir, yogurt, and cheese.  Gut health has been linked with countless health issues, including both physical and mental. By infusing the gut with high quality probiotics, countless people have found relief and improvements from a range of health problems, including:

  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Skin infections
  • Depression & Mood
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Colon cancer
  • Colic (in Breastfed babies whose Mothers took probiotics)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Tooth Decay & Gingivitis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weakened immune system
  • Urinary track infections
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Respiratory Infections

Whey Protein and Immunoglobulins

Whey protein is a must for anyone looking to burn fat and build lean muscle. It is loaded with immunity boosting enzymes and proteins including:

  • Alpha-lactalbumin
  • Beta-lactoglobulin
  • Bovine serum albumin
  • Immunoglobulin

Processed Milk: the pasteurization process kills nutrients

  • 35% reduction in Vitamin A
  • 25%-77% reduction in Vitmain C
  • 14% reduction in Vitamin E
  • 66% reduction in Iron
  • 70% reduction in Zinc
  • 38% reduction in B-complex vitamins
  • 21% reduction in Calcium
  • 100% Destruction of Enzymes
  • Damage to Immunoglobulins
  • Damage to Whey Proteins

What’s more, much of the remaining vitamins in processed milk are so degraded from their original state that they are not available for the body to process and utilize.

Are you lactose intolerant? Perhaps only to processed milk. The enzyme lactase is greatly reduced in processed dairy. Lactase is the enzyme necessary to break down and absorb certain nutrients. The destruction of this essential enzyme in the processing of pasteurized, homogenized milk is an explanation as to why so many people are lactose intolerant – to store-bought milk, that is. As raw milk is abundant in the enzyme lactase, previously intolerant people find that they are able to enjoy raw milk without any of the digestive issues or side effects they suffer when drinking processed milk. In fact, a study done by the Weston A. Price Foundation found that 80% of the 700 families they reviewed stopped having symptoms of lactose intolerance when they switched to raw milk.

The bottom line, raw milk is good for:

The Farmer – Farmer to consumer direct supports the local economy and small businessman

The Cow – Natural diet, able to graze and life a long life in their natural environment; they don’t get sick from being overcrowded in cages and factories, so there is no need for growth hormones or antibiotics

The Environment – Pastured cows do not create the toxic manure that industrial factory farms create

The Consumer – You get a product that is superior in health and nutrition from a farmer who takes pride in providing you with a safe, quality, and nutritious product

References:

http://hartkeisonline.com/2011/03/17/woman-achieves-increased-bone-density-with-raw-dairy/

http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/raw-milk-questions-and-answers.html#history.

http://draxe.com/raw-milk-benefits/

http://www.realfoodkosher.com/three-facts-you-should-know-about-raw-milk/

Coconut Kefir

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

A great companion to raw milk is coconut kefir. This video shows the benefits of coconut kefirs such as probiotics, which help our immune system. This a wonderful fermented food and improves digestion. Enjoy!