Why everyone should be drinking bone broth

It’s an an ancient tradition, but over the past few months, boiling animal bones has become a health craze.

So what is bone broth, anyway? It’s exactly what it sounds like: broth made by boiling poultry, beef or fish bones until they break down. They can be boiled for as little as four hours or as long as 48,  and you can make it yourself in a soup pot or slow cooker. And when the bones are boiled long enough, they start to disintegrate and release nutrients and proteins — like calcium phosphate and collagen — in higher quantities than what’s found in regular broths.

Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: A study published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection1
Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects.Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis2(whole-body inflammation). Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better
Promotes strong, healthy bones: Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation Promotes healthy hair and nail growth, thanks to the gelatin in the broth

How to Make

Along with any animal bones of your choice, all it takes is a big stainless steel pot, water, sea salt, pepper, garlic, onion, celery and acidic vinegar, lemon juice or tomatoes to insure maximum mineral release. Fish head stocks also require a fine screen to strain scales. Any vegetable, herbs like thyme, basil, bay, oregano and even gingerturmeric, pineapple skins, hot peppers, potatoes, noodles and rice work; check recipes on internet and use your imagination, because anything goes. Vegetables can be steamed or roasted separately or added near the end to prevent over cooking. The thickness of gelatin upon refrigeration is proof positive of success and gels themselves are full of richly structured water.  Reheat only the portion to be consumed.  Fresh stocks can be frozen.

Dr Mercola

New York Times

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All Natural Cleaning Recipes for the Gym and Home

You attend the gym to maintain your health and fitness, but what you don’t often consider is that gym equipment can harbor thousands of germs, acting as a hotbed of bacteria that can be harmful to your health.

In order to maintain your physical health and also protect yourself from infections and viruses, follow our guide to cleaning gym equipment. That way, your immunity won’t be compromised when you’re trying to boost it!

Read below for some simple all natural cleaning recipes from common stuff most likely already in your pantry.


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Top 10 Foods for Superb Digestion

1. Ginger

Ginger is revered for it’s anti-inflammatory properties that help to pacify an upset stomach and calm the irritated lining of the digestive tract… consider it natures Gravol.

2. Oats

Regular consumption of oats reduces the chances of constipation and alleviates symptoms of hyperacidity and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

3. Beetroot

A compound in beetroot called betaine helps to promote digestion, this portion of the beet is also high in water and fiber.

4.  Apple Cider Vinegar

If you drink apple cider vinegar with a starchy meal, then the starches you don’t digest will feed the good bacteria in your gut. (Michael Dansinger, MD, director of Tufts University’s diabetes lifestyle coaching program)

5. Fish Oil

Taking a fish oil supplement is proven to reduce inflammation and help heal GI tract lining, improve nutrient absorption, balance hormones, improve neurological function and boost immunity.

6. Flax Seed

Flax seeds contain high levels of soluble and insoluble fiber which helps to keep our intestines clean. The oils in flax seeds contribute to good digestion by lubricating our system.

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>7. Beans

Beans are packed with oligosaccharides that feed good gut bacteria (which is one reason they’re problematic for some). Though the gurgling is a good sign, it can be a little potent for new bean eaters. Soak your beans overnight and cook them extremely well (almost overdone if you need to), or add them slowly into your diet a day so your body can adapt.

8. Apples

Apples are fantastic foods for your heat and brain due to their antioxidant content, but their natural pectin fiber is the reason they’re so great for your gut. Pectin feeds good bacteria and apples are also a good source of inulin and natural FOS (a beneficial type of sugar that feeds the gut).

9. Bran

Whether it be oat, wheat, rice or another type of bran, pure bran is full of insoluble fiber that feeds good gut bacteria. It helps regularity and also reduces cholesterol. Be sure to choose organic bran when possible to avoid genetically modified grains or go with a company that’s certified non-GMO. 

10. Bananas

Bananas both soothe the gut membrane and also contain natural fibers that promote good bacteria growth. This is one reason they may cause some mild rumbling. For easier digestion, be sure that you choose riper bananas instead of yellowish greenish bananas.

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Recover from IBS with this Diet Plan

Just to be clear this article is for anyone battling true IBS (irritable bowl syndrome.) It’s a commitment but well worth it if you chronically suffer from IBS.

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term.

Treatment

Begin by reducing (eliminating completely is extremely difficult- but if your IBS is bad enough it’s worth it) FODMAPS. FODMAP stands for “Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols,” and they’re typically not well-absorbed by the small intestine, but for the purposes of battling IBS, you just need to know which foods have FODMAPs in them.

FODMAPS

  • Fructose (fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), etc)
  • Lactose (dairy)
  • Fructans (wheat, garlic, onion, inulin etc)
  • Galactans (legumes such as beans, lentils, soybeans, etc)
  • Polyols (sweeteners containing isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, stone fruits such as avocado, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, etc)

This list is insanely long- I know. But it’s just temporary, if you can eliminate the following foods for 2 weeks then you can notice how you feel, IBS symptoms should be significantly reduced or obsolete. Slowly re-add one food at a time and really pay attention to how your stomach feels afterwards, in time you will have developed a list of your own personal trigger foods and what to avoid.

Group 1

  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Leek
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Chocolate

Group 2- Beans

Group 3- Fruits

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Watermelon
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushroom

Group 4 Sweetners

  • Sugar
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Fruit juice
  • Watermelon
  • Raisins
  • Honey
  • Anything with high fructose corn syrup
  • Mango
  • Agave

Group 5 Dairy Products

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese

Low Food Map Meal Ideas

  • gluten free waffle with walnuts, blueberries, maple syrup
  • eggs scrambled with spinach, bell peppers
  • oatmeal topped with sliced banana, almonds and brown sugar
  • fruit smoothie blended with dairy free milk and strawberries
  • (1⁄2 cup) rice pasta with chicken, tomatoes, spinach topped with pesto sauce
  • chicken salad mixed with chicken, lettuce, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar salad dressing
  • turkey wrap with gluten free tortilla (or a romaine leaf) sliced turkey, lettuce, tomato, mustard and avocado
  • beef and vegetable stew (made with homemade broth, beef, allowed vegetables)

Source: Stanford Medical Unit