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The Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

brothBone broth is amazing! If you have joint pain, adding bone broth to your diet will improve joint pain because of the collagen in the broth. The health of your joints depends on the health of the collagen in your ligaments, tendons, and on the ends of your bones. Bone broth is full of glycosaminoglycans (aka GAG’s). One of these almost everyone has heard of or is currently taking is glucosamine.. Before you say,”Wait, I don’t need bone broth. I’m already taking a glucosamine supplement”, there are other things that bone broth has to offer. When you consume bone broth you also get chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and a bunch of other important glycosaminoglycans that haven’t even been discovered yet. The GAG’s from bone broth are resistant to digestion and are absorbed in their intact form. These intact GAG’s stimulate cells called fibroblasts which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments, and the arteries.

If you have digestive or gastrointestinal issues, adding bone broth to your diet can heal your gut and aid digestion! Collagen is a protein and the building material to renew cells in all areas of the body including: the hair, skin, nails, eyes, teeth, cartilage, bones, tendons, organs, arteries, blood vessels, hemoglobin, immune cells and the immune system. It is found in the connective tissues, bone marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments of all animals. The collagen in bone broth can heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. It does this by “patching” the holes in the gut lining sort of like patching a screen. Collagen protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract and can aid in healing IBS, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, food sensitivities, leaky gut, acid reflux and autoimmune diseases. The breakdown of collagen in bone broth is what produces gelatin. Gelatin promotes probiotic balance and growth in your gut making your immune system stronger. Gelatin helps people who have food allergies and sensitivities (such as gluten and dairy) tolerate those foods better.

Another incredible benefit from the collagen found in bone broth, it makes your skin look amazing! Collagen makes your skin supple and smooth and can decrease cellulite! Our skin, hair and nails are made up of collagen and as we age the production of collagen and elastin slows down causing our skin to sag and wrinkle. Collagen tightens the skin, reduces wrinkles and reduces fine lines.

Bone broth also helps get toxins out and strengthens the immune system. Our liver is our main organ of detoxification and it was never meant to withstand the very toxic, chemical filled world we live in today. Its capacity to detoxify is limited by the availability of the amino acid glycine. Bone broth has tons of glycine! Glycine is also used to make bile salts and glutathione, improve sleep, memory and performance. Bone broth also has other amino acids including arginine, glutamine and proline. Arginine is necessary for immune system function and wound healing, production and release of growth , hormone, regenerates damaged liver cells and is needed for sperm production. Proline helps to regenerate cartilage and heal joints, reduce cellulite and make skin more supple. Glutamine protects the gut lining, is metabolic fuel for cells in small intestine, and improves metabolism and muscle building.

I used to take a glucosamine supplement for pain in my right shoulder and my knees. It would dull the pain, but the pain never really went away. I started drinking bone broth earlier this year in January as part of a change in diet and after a couple of weeks of drinking 1-2 cups of bone broth a day the pain is gone. I still drink it on most days, and I do notice a difference if I run out for a few days. I would recommend drinking an 8 oz cup once or twice daily as a soup or beverage, With all of its heath benefits, shouldn’t you give it a try? Bone broth is amazing!

You can find an easy recipe for bone broth here

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Ten Signs You May Have Leaky Gut

leaky-gut-copy    First of all, what is “leaky gut”? Leaky gut, also known as intestinal permeability, begins in the small intestine. The majority of the vitamins and minerals in the foods you eat are absorbed there. The outer layers of intestinal cells are connected by structures called tight junctions. At the tips of these cells are the microvilli, which absorb properly digested nutrients and transport them into the bloodstream.The nutrients are then moved and deposited all around the body by the blood. The wall of the intestine is considered to be semipermeable, which means only certain things are allowed to enter the bloodstream and other things are blocked from entering the bloodstream. In other words your intestinal wall acts like a net to keep things in.. As an example, certain small molecules and nutrients are allowed to pass through but toxins and large undigested food particles are blocked. During digestion, the tight junctions stay closed forcing all molecules to effectively be screened and only pass into the blood stream through the mucosa cells. When you have a leaky gut these tight junctions become “open” or permeable allowing un-screened molecules to go directly into the bloodstream, much like a fishnet with holes. With Leaky Gut, the damaged microvilli along the intestinal lining cannot manufacture the digestive enzymes they need to break down the food for proper digestion. This allows food molecules to get into the bloodstream that have not been completely broken down into the nutrients your body needs.

Your body sees these unwanted particles that are leaking through as foreign invaders. Your body’s first reaction is to attack. Your body’s immune system will begin to produce antibody soldiers designed to fight against these foreign objects such as the casein protein from the milk you’re drinking, or proteins in nuts, grains, or eggs). Sugar and toxic chemicals now found in our food will trigger immune responses. Our immune system tries to build up antibodies to protect itself. The problem is in doing so, it attacks your healthy cells, too. This is how food allergies and autoimmune disorders start.

The three main causes of leaky gut are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar, processed food and excessive alcohol can cause leaky gut as well. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins come in the form of medications, like Aspirin or Acetaminophen, Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics.
Ten Signs You May Have Leaky Gut

Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, crohn’s or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Seasonal allergies or asthma
.Food allergies or food intolerances.
Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.
Chronic Stress.
Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.
Mood and brain disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, autism and alzheimer’s..
Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.

How you can fix leaky gut:

Remove the things that damage the environment of the GI tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods (sugars, starches, grains), and intestinal infections.
Replace these with healing foods (Bone Broth, Raw Cultured Dairy like kefir, yogurt and raw cheese , Fermented Vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi, Coconut Products like coconut oil and coconut kefir, Sprouted seeds such as chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds) and digestive enzymes.
Restore beneficial bacteria with probiotics ( especially Lactobacillus Acidophilus) to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria.
Repair your gut with nutritional supplements such as a good multi-vitamin, large amounts of vitamin D, and Zinc, L-glutamine, Licorice Root, Quercetin and fish oil.

Change your diet, get moving and add the right supplements to your diet and you will be on your way to healing your leaky gut for good. You will definitely notice an improvement in how you feel! you would like to read more about gluten go here.

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Is Gluten Free Just A Fad?

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To answer this question, we should first ask, “What is gluten? The word “gluten” comes from the Latin word for glue. It is what gives dough is elasticity. It helps baked goods hold together, and gives them their chewy texture. It extends the shelf life of food. Gluten is a family of proteins found in almost all grains. It is used by the seed to survive during the winter and germination periods. The colder the climate is, the higher the gluten content is. There are toxic proteins in wheat, rye, spelt, triticale and barley. When the starch is removed or washed away from wheat flour, the gluten is what remains. The two main kinds of protein in gluten are gliadin and glutenin. There are 3 million people in the United States living with celiac disease and 97% are undiagnosed. Some of the problems it causes are cancer, heart disease and obesity. These diseases and others have risen rapidly in the last 20 to 30 years. Celiac disease is just a small portion of a much bigger gluten problem. At the Mayo Clinic there was a study done on 50 year old blood to see if there was a change in how the body reacts to gluten. The people tested today were found to be four times more likely to have celiac disease. The change of environment, the increase in GMO foods, the increase in toxins has made us all more susceptible to the damaging effects of gluten on the body.
There has been research done on gluten that suggests that where your ancestors came from plays a role in how gluten affects you. The first evidence that wheat was grown on earth is from the region of Syria and Iraq. People from this region have been exposed to gluten longer than people from northern Europe for example. People descended from northern Europe (Ireland, England, Denmark, Norway, Sweden) have a higher rate of reaction to gluten.
In ancient times wheat was produced from a grain that cross-pollinated with a grass. That ancient grain is very different from the grain we have today which has been hybridized to increase yield. Our bodies are more sensitive to this gluten and cannot digest it easily. Grain in and of itself is not necessarily bad for you. Toxic grain is bad for you. Seven out of ten people today have a sensitivity to gluten. It has become a silent epidemic. Most people are not even aware of it and testing for it often gives false results If you have any kind of digestive disorder, food allergies or an autoimmune disease you have gluten sensitivity. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, weight gain, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, brain inflammation, and thyroid disease also indicate gluten sensitivity. Children with ADHD and autism have a gluten sensitivity.
Gluten stimulates your immune system. It is an inflammatory protein and when it is consumed goes into the gut and causes gut inflammation. We do not have the enzymes in our stomach to make it into small enough pieces so it can be absorbed and used as food. It has no nutritional value. If, through digestion, it could be broken down completely it would not cause a problem. Instead, these larger molecules go from the stomach into the intestine. They will eventually tear a hole in your gut lining. The gut is like a net, designed to keep food particles out of the bloodstream. When your gut lining is torn, food particles leak through and cause inflammation throughout the body. This is known as intestinal permeability or “leaky gut”. It is also a cause autoimmune disease. The gluten is seen as an invader in your body. Other tissues in your body are made up of protein also, so the body begins to see them as an invader and attacks them (known as molecular mimicry). It can attack the thyroid (hashimoto’s), large intestine (crohn’s), small intestines (celiac’s) liver (autoimmune hepatitis or cancer), joints (rheumatoid arthritis), myelin (multiple sclerosis), and the brain (cerebellar ataxia and alzheimer’s), ADHD, epilepsy and seizures, migraines, or schizophrenia). Anyone with an autoimmune problem needs to take gluten out of their diet. Thyroid, shogren’s multiple sclerosis and lupus are examples of this. People with acid reflux, gas, boating, infertility and poor sleep have inflammation related to the gut. If you have inflammation in your gut it causes your adrenal’s to work too hard which releases adrenalin. If you are sleeping you will have nightmares. Gluten is a factor in neurological dysfunction. It can change your personality, make you irritable, cause autism and behavioral problems in children,
The symptoms of gluten sensitivity can get better. Your gut has the ability to repair itself. When we sleep we repair our gut. Every three days every cell of your gut lining is completely regenerated.
Studies have shown that people with non celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) who adopt a gluten free lifestyle often feel much better in a matter of a few days. Their brain fog is gone, joint pain and swelling disappears. constipation or diarrhea issues are resolved. If you eat more “real” food instead of the processed, sugar laden foods that are so prevalent today, you will notice a big difference. Some other benefits of going gluten free are improved digestion, weight loss, better thyroid function and more energy. If you fix the gut, a lot of other health problems can fix themselves.
Anything that you eat that has gluten in it can be replaced with foods that do not have gluten. A delicious gluten free alternative to bread is coconut wraps. They are made from coconut meat, coconut water and himalayan sea salt. They are full of healthy fat. There is also a version with turmeric here. You can use them for a breakfast burrito or sandwiches for lunch. They are great with free range egg salad or chicken salad in them. Sprouted grain breads (like Ezekiel) or sourdough are also good alternatives. Nut flours like almond, cashew and pistachio, and other flours like coconut, brown rice, oat and tapioca, can be used in baking. You can find a variety of gluten free pastas made from quinoa or brown rice. If you give up gluten, processed food and sugar you will notice a big difference. Why not try it for just a couple of weeks and see how you feel? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how your health journey is going for you!

To find out more about why you should avoid gluten visit Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s website here. He is a leading expert in gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease. He also has a new book out called The Autoimmune Fix that is worth checking out here.
If you would like to read more on this topic Wheat Belly by William Davis and Dangerous Grains by James Braly are two books worth reading.