I am always learning something new and I learned about Great Lakes Gelatin a few months back and have been adding into my daily routine. Collagen is the most abundant fibrous protein in the human body. Collagen offers many health benefits including:
You can read much more on gelatin at the Weston Price A. Price Foundation website.
The evidence supports the addition on bone broth into your daily routine. I don't have the time or inclination to make bone broth on a regular basis, so I looked for other options and was pleasantly surprised when I learned about the powdered versions! I am still early in my experimenting and will update you on benefits I have seen for myself and my family.
Here are is what I buy:
Great Lakes Gelatin
It comes in two varieties and it’s good to have both in your pantry as you use them in different ways. I have only been able to find this online. I have never seen it in a local store.
Great Lakes Gelatin is the RED can. When mixed with hot or warm liquid it gels up allowing you to make healthy jello and other desserts. The gelling action is not so great in smoothies or cold drinks - I made that mistake when I first started experimenting! - only use RED for a "gummy" or "gelling" recipe.
Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate is the GREEN can. This one dissolves in cold or hot liquids. I always dissolve mine in room temperarture liquid first as to be sure it won't gel up.
Try adding it to smoothies, teas, coffee, or fresh made juices for an easy and super beneficial addition to your daily routine.
I have yet to try any recipes for jellos or gummies, but there are many out there! If you have one, please share.
Hippocrates, in teaching the doctors of his day, said, “Consider the seasons of the year and what each of them produces.”
In the winter, we detox differently than at other times of the year, aiming to nourish and strengthen the body. Some animals hibernate, and we humans have a similar instinct to slow down. No matter where you live and what the climate is like in the winter, our bodies and minds naturally go inward this season. It is a time to allow for stillness and just be.
Each season’s detox supports a different organ, emotion, and a different way to cleanse the body. For the winter season, in Chinese medicine we honor the organs within our bodies that give us energy, life, and vitality, which are the kidneys and adrenal glands. The element associated with these organs is water. By eating seasonally and honoring the seasonal elements, we intuitively bring our bodies back into balance.
According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys are your energy source, also known as your vital Qi (pronounced “chee”). The following symptoms are associated with weak kidney function:
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, my Winter Reboot is a great place to start. By eating the foods in this winter program, you will begin to strengthen and support your vital energy force. Also, the exercises included in your Winter Detox Tool Kit will nourish your mind and spirit by releasing the emotions that are related to the kidneys: fear and anxiety. When we release fear, we step into power, strengthening our vital Qi, or life force. You can think of your kidneys as your engine tank. Every car needs a well-functioning engine to run efficiently.
As you nourish your kidneys, you will start to see changes such as:
During my winter reboot you will also be removing the foods you may be eating that are weakening your adrenal glands, such as excessive amounts of coffee, processed foods, sugar, white flour, dairy, and gluten.
Stress also negatively affects the adrenals, so think about other areas of your life that might be causing stress or disharmony. Again, the exercises in the Winter Detox Tool Kit will help you discover and address these areas of tension, preparing you for a winter season of health and happiness.
I offer seasonal detoxes. For my current offering, please visit www.simplyinspiredwellnessdetox.com.
Whatever symptoms you might be experiencing, whether it be gas, bloating, anxiety, depression, brain fog, eczema, rashes, or even an autoimmune condition - it all starts in the gut. Healing the gut is the first step toward healing your body. Our gut consists of bacteria and we need that bacteria to have a healthy balance or the rest of us will not be balanced.
What causes our guts to be off balance, having more of the bad guys than the good guys?
• birth control pills
• environmental toxins
• consumption of animals and dairy exposed to antibiotics
• genetically modified foods
What's my first line of defense for populating that good bacteria, creating balance and healing the gut? Probiotics!
The term “probiotic” is derived from the Greek, meaning “for life”. Probiotics are currently defined as “live microorganisms which, when consumed in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host”.
Not only do these healthy, good organisms protect you from the common cold, boost your immune system, and improve your digestion, they are also ideal for anyone who has tried to lose weight but just can’t seem to make that happen.
Probiotics can be in pill form, powder form or you can get them from the foods you eat. Probiotic foods are a simple place to start. Excellent sources of probiotics include kefir and fermented or cultured foods and beverages. One of my favorite things to drink is Kevita Probiotic Sparkling Beverage. I love the Lemon Cayenne Cleanse, but there are MANY varieties. Be sure to stay away from the ones with sugar.
Check it out: www.kevita.com
Healthier Gut = Healthier You.
So...give some probiotic foods a try. Share your thoughts and favorites with me :)
Feeling a bit stressed? Who isn't?
Whether it's the snow in the Northeast, or waiting in line at the grocery store, in this day and age, we are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced life. No matter how hard we try, the stress just keeps coming. If we perceive something as stressful, it is creating stress on our bodies. It's creating inflammation. Our perception is our reality. It doesn't matter how your neighbor or friend might deal with the same situation; it only matters how you deal with whatever you find to be stressful.
I was in the airport today trying to get my daughter (who was traveling alone for the first time) off to see her grandparents. The whole day was a stressful for me...getting to airport, waiting for flight to arrive, getting them on the plane, waiting to see if it got off on time so they could make tight connection, driving home, wondering if they made it to connection.... you get the idea. For me, that was stressful. For you, maybe not. But what did I do today? I took a moment to pause and breathe. I did this several times. It helped.. A LOT.
So simple, yet most of us, including me, often forget to do it.
Taking a moment to pause and breathe will help you to center yourself and find some inner peace amidst the chaos of everyday life. Not only that, but it will help you to reduce inflammation in the body and decrease the toxic load on your organs.
Breathe in through your nose slowly for a count of 8, then exhale slowly through your nose for a count of 8. Then repeat.
That’s it. It’s really that simple.
You can play around with how long you breathe in for and how long you breathe out for. The longer the inhalation, the more energy you will have. The longer the exhalation, the more relaxed you will feel.
Experiment, and see what works for you but most importantly, consciously pause and breathe. Notice how you feel. It really works.
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