Gelatin for Health: Gummy Bears

Gelatin for Health: Gummy Bears

These delicious little bears will surely please the kids in your life… but don’t tell them they’re good for you gummy bearstoo.

The magic ingredient is the gelatin. Be sure to use the Great Lakes brand of gelatin as it’s made from clean, grass fed beef without pesticides, GMOs and antibiotics.Stay away from the grocery store versions of gelatin.

Gelatin, or collagen protein, is rich in the amino acids glycine and proline which help your body wherever you need collagen. It helps to improve skin, hair and nails, but also bones and even joints. Did you know your bones are made mostly of collagen?

The amino acids in the gelatin also have an anti-inflammatory effect…. one reason people feel joint relief. In fact, increasing collagen in your bones, skin, hair and nails takes awhile, so you’ll need to stick with a good gelatin regimen for 6 months or more to reap those benefits. The improvements in joint pain comes from the anti-inflammatory effect seen earlier.

Gelatin is easily absorbed and used by the body. In fact, it even helps in healing leaky gut and other digestive issues.

One more important aspect of gelatin is it’s stress relieving effect. The amino acid glycine acts a bit as a calming neurotransmitter, somewhat like GABA. What more could you ask for? Smooth, beautiful skin, thick hair, strong nails, great sleep, lower stress, no more digestive distress, and strong bones and joints!

To get the most benefit, take a TBSP of gelatin mixed in water, a shake, or other liquid a few times a day. Take before bed for better sleep.

In between, eat the Gummy Bears!

Gummy Bears

Ingredients

1c pure cranberry juice, no sugar added

1/4 c lime juice

1/4 c lemon juice (or more lime juice)

1/2 c water

6-8 packets NuStevia NoCarbs Blend

1/3 c Great Lakes Beef Powdered Gelatin (orange canister)

Silicon gelatin mold or glass baking dish

Instructions

Place your mold on a tray/pan so it will be easy to transport to the fridge when ready. Clear out a space in the fridge.

Add juices and water to a saucepan and turn heat to low.

Stir in stevia. Taste juice mix to see if it’s as sweet as you’d like. Add more stevia if you’d like your gummies sweeter.

Slowly sprinkle gelatin into the juice mix, whisking with a fork or hand whisk the whole time. If you get lumps, just keep whisking until they dissolve.

If your saucepan doesn’t have a pour spout, it’s best to transfer the mixture to something that pours easily. I use a glass Pyrex 2c measuring cup.

Pour the mixture into the molds (or a glass dish), transfer to the fridge, and allow to cool for at least 2 hours. Once the gummies are solid, pop them out of the mold and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

You can find a variety of molds online or at craft or baking stores. For the most fun, choose a variety of shapes and sizes!

Health Benefits of Coffee

Health Benefits of Coffee

Is coffee healthy or not? It’s not a simple answer. It depends on coffeecartoon1

  • The coffee you choose
  • How your body responds to coffee
  • How much coffee you drink
  • How you drink your coffee (Venti, Half-Soy, Nonfat, Decaf, Organic, Caramel Chocolate Brownie, Vanilla, Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino, Extra Hot With No Foam, Extra Whipped Cream?)

Coffee isn’t for everyone

Reasons to not drink coffee:

  • You don’t respond well to coffee or caffeine
  • It’s acidifying
  • Acid reflux
  • Overstimulation of the adrenal glands
  • Insomnia
  • Pesticides

Health Benefits of Coffee:

  • Has more antioxidants than most any other food
  • Smelling the aroma of coffee lowers stress levels
  • Helps prevent and retard the advancement of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease which affects about 20% of the US population and is increasing.
  • Can reduce depression (increased neurotransmitters?)
  • Can reduce chance of getting skin cancer (antioxidants?)
  • Increases athletic performance
  • Decreases risk for type II diabetes
  • Can delay onset of Alzheimers
  • Less likely to have Parkinsons, Alzheimers and dementia
  • Protective against liver and colorectal cancer
  • May increase blood pressure at first, but with regular use blood pressure returns to baseline
  • No evidence that coffee drinking increases risk of heart disease
  • Coffee drinking is associated with lower (20%) incidence of stroke and lower overall death rates

 

If you drink coffee and you feel bad, nervous, jittery, can’t sleep, get acid stomach or any other bad effects, coffee may not be for you. If you’re using coffee just to make it through the day, that’s not a good sign. If you’re drinking, say, 8 or more cups per day, it may be a sign of too much.

If you don’t get negative effects, coffee has numerous health benefits, as long as you choose a good, clean, organic coffee and drink it either black or with healthy additives.

Our studio promotes a special coffee fused with ganoderma. The acidity of the coffee is reduced as ganoderma is one of the most alkaline substances available. People who have trouble with the acid stomach can easily drink the ganoderma coffee with comfort.

The ganoderma enhances immunity and is a helpful substance against some types of cancer. Ganoderma decreases inflammation through a well researched mechanism of blocking the induced, harmful nitric oxide produced by macrophages (immune cells). This type of nitric oxide is inflammatory to the arterial wall. The ganoderma blocks this inflammatory action.

Ganoderma is an adaptogen which means it can be calming if the body needs calming. The result is people who normally get jittery from coffee don’t get that effect when it’s combined with ganoderma.

People often comment they feel a longer lasting, smooth energy from coffee with ganoderma. They don’t experience the dramatic rise in energy followed by a drop.

If you use ganoderma, be sure it’s organic and be sure it’s 3rd party tested to assure you are getting what the label says.

10 Ways to Make Your Coffee Healthy:

  • Choose coffee with no pesticides, organic is best
  • Add cinnamon and/or organic cocoa powder
  • Add Chocolate or Espresso Dynamic Greens
  • Add stevia if you want sweetness
  • Add coconut milk to make creamy
  • Or drink black
  • Avoid any sugars/syrups including natural sugars, fake creamers, milk, sweetened almond milk, GMO soy milk
  • If you choose decaf, get one that uses a non-chemical based method of decaffeination. The “Swiss Water Process” is a patented method that does not use chemicals. Most decaf coffees are chemically decaffeinated, even if it says “Naturally Decaffeinated” right on the container.
  • If you use coffee filters, use unbleached filters. The white ones are bleached with chlorine which ends up in your coffee.
  • Don’t overdo coffee drinking. Keep it moderate.

 

Something Special for March 2014!

It’s a Healthy Coffee Challenge for the month of March 2014. Anyone can participate… you don’t need to go to classes at the studio to join the challenge.

What is it?

Drink one cup of ganoderma coffee every day for one month and see how your health improves. For most people, you’ll simply substitute this healthy coffee for what you’re currently drinking. Watch for:

  • Better energy without jitters and crashes
  • Better sleep
  • Improved focus
  • Improved mood
  • Possible weight loss (yes, it could happen in only one month)
  • If you get reflux from other coffee you’ll see this lessen or disappear
  • Improved ADHD symptoms (in kids too with the hot chocolate)
  • Decreased stress

Tell us what you experience with the coffee. Get the ganoderma coffee at the studio or contact us at 612.866 0832 and we’ll send you a box.

Magnesium 101

Magnesium 101

Magnesium is a mineral involved in more than 300 reactions in your body (so it’s very important!). Most everyone is deficient in magnesium (Mg). The following are 3 major causes:

  • Stress causes Mg depletion
  • Sugar intake depletes Mg
  • The soil is depleted of Mg (so our food is low in Mg)

What symptoms do you get with low Mg?

  • Low energy
  • Cramping muscles
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches (including migraine)
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart arythmias
  • Restless legs
  • Menstrual cramps
  • PMS
  • ….and many more

The odd thing is, stress depletes Mg >> Low Mg limits your ability to handle stress >> The stressstress further depletes your Mg….. and it become a viscous cycle.

It sounds like Mg is a cure-all for everything, doesn’t it? It’s not. But since Mg is involved in so many chemical reactions in your body, a lack of Mg affects your whole body….so it does seem like a miracle!

 

How do you get more Mg?

  • Diet (eat more kelp, green veggies, brazil nuts, almonds, millet, etc). Diet should be #1, however, you’ll need more than food to replenish your Mg)
  • Diet (sugar and caffeine depletes Mg)veggies
  • Take epsom salt baths (2 cups in the bath and soak)
  • Use Mg Gel or Oil (put all over body, shower off after 20 minutes)
  • Oral supplement Mg Glycinate (better absorption than other Mg salts)
  • People with kidney disease avoid Mg oral supplements unless ok by MD.
  • Using all the above methods is more effective than only using one

Can I get too much Mg?

You’ll get diarrhea if you get too much Mg. It’s self limiting.

Take 25 minutes to listen to the podcast below by Carrolyn Dean, MD, ND. It will be well worth your time.

Spring Body Blitz Week 3

You’ve made it through week 2 of the Body Blitz. If you’re just starting the book now, or if you’ve been sick and haven’t made it in to your classes, no problem. It’s never too late. Start now.

Lots of you have done food diaries this week. Was it helpful? Did it help you make changes or give you information on what you need to do? For those who made significant changes, do you feel better or worse? Let me know!

Let’s recap our reading from last week:

Identification of your hormonal phase:

  1. Normal: estrogen and progesterone normal levels in normal sequence
  2. PMS: normal estrogen, low progesterone
  3. Perimenopause: erratic high estrogen not following normal highs and lows, low progesterone
  4. Menopause/hysterectomy: low estrogen, no progesterone

Knowing your hormonal phase helps you understand changes in mood, energy level, personality, appetite and more. Blood and saliva hormone testing is useful in combination with monitoring your symptoms. If you test, be sure to do it on the correct day of your cycle if you have one. It’s best to work with a practitioner on testing and supplementing. Twin Cities resources were given in a prior blog.

Don’t forget testosterone and DHEA. If you use testosterone, be aware that high dose testosterone is not a good idea. You may feel great at first, and as time passes, testosterone turns into estrogen, which can bring back negative symptoms. Important for men too. Measure estrogen levels if you supplement with testosterone (men too). Do not supplement DHEA without monitoring your levels. It’s sold over the counter and can cause problems if not used correctly.

Identify your Emotional Type

1. Revved up and anxious (useful aminos)

  • 5-HPT
  • L-theanine
  • GABA
  • L-tryptophan
  • L-taurine

2. I Can’t Get Off the Couch

  • L-phenylalanine
  • L-tyrosine

3. Combination

  • Start with calming (5-Htp, GABA, etc) for 1-2 weeks
  • Once you sleep better and feel more calm, start the L-phenylalanine/L-tyrosine “wake up and alert” formula.

Precautions if you have:

  • Hypertension and/or migraines: avoid L-tyrosine/L-phenylalanine
  • Overactive thyroid (Graves), PKU or melanoma do NOT take L-tyrosine, DL or L-phenylalanine
  • Asthma or severe depression: avoid melatonin
  • Bipolar: avoid L-phenylalanine, L-tyrosine, L-glutamine
  • If you have cancer, serious physical illness, severe liver or kidney problems, ulcers, pregnant or nursing, schizophrenia or other mental illness, or you are taking medications for mood problems, especially MAO inhibitors or more than one SSRI, consult a knowledgeable practitioner before taking ANY amino acids on your own.

Lots more information on aminos and neurotransmitters in the books The Diet Cure and The Mood Cure by author Julia Ross.You’ll learn more about L-glutamine and food cravings and DL phenylalanine for increasing endorphins and reducing pain. Lots more detail

You can easily start using aminos on your own. You’l need to pay close attention to how you respond to them to learn the proper timing and dosages for you. Take aminos on an empty stomach (30 minutes before eating). They compete with other proteins (in your diet) to get to your brain. You’re targeting the brain with these aminos.

Use Mia’s troubleshooting on page 111.

Action Plan for Week 3:

  1. Read pages 113-135 in Female Brain Gone Insane. You’ll continue learning about aminos and about how a good diet can improve your neurotransmitters.
  2. Watch video on Vitamin D by Dr. Mercola (next blog).
  3. Get your vitamin D level checked and make a plan to increase your level if necessary.
  4. Stay on track with your exercise and dietary changes. Evaluate how your plan went last week, make adjustments, and plan your week 3.