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The Benefits of Eating Organ Meats and How to Eat Them (PaleoHacks)

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 06:20 PM

This post was written by Jessie Dax-Setkus of PaleoHacks.  PaleoHacks is a top source for amazing Paleo recipes, fitness tips, and wellness advice to help you live life to the fullest.

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It seems like the culinary world is finally embracing what we’ve known all along: offal, or organ meats,  offer a whole new range of delicious tastes and textures. And when you indulge in grass-fed beef tongue, heart, liver, brain, kidneys, sweetbreads, and tripe you open yourself up to powerful health benefits. For instance, there are 20 grams of protein, 4.1 grams of  calcium, 4.4 grams of iron, and 14.3 grams of magnesium in just one serving of beef liver!

Many of organ meats offer a leaner choice and denser source of nutrition that the outer meat. While, there are a ton of vital benefits gained with this diverse array of meat, it can be difficult knowing where to start.

Luckily, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you reap the benefits of organ meats!

1. Tongue

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Photo to the left courtesy of The Domestic Man

Beef tongue is not only flavorful and really shines in soups, but it packs high levels of iron, zinc, potassium, choline, and vitamin B-12. (2)  Beef tongue is also one of the most versatile meats -- It can be grilled, used as taco meat, layered in a sandwich, or mixed into soups.

Big Benefits:

  • High in iron, zinc, potassium, choline, vitamin B-12
  • Complete protein
  • Boosts immune system

Recipe Idea: Pickled Beef Tongue | The Healthy Foodie

2. Heart

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Beef heart has the equivalent amount of protein and calories to white-meat chicken—which is roughly 95 calories and 15 grams of protein and boasts a high amount of vitamin B-12 and iron (3).  Beef heart is also cost-efficient too as its ticket price is half the cost of beef chuck roast.

You can prepare beef heart similarly to a steak, add it to stew, make it into a burger, or even grill it up as a shish kabob.

Big Benefits:

  • Low in calories
  • High in protein, vitamin B-12, and iron
  • Very cost-efficient

Recipe Idea: Heart Roast | The Paleo Mom

3. Liver

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Photo courtesy of The Domestic Man


As the most consumed organ meat in the U.S., liver proves to be one of the most concentrated, natural sources of vitamin A. (5Beef liver is additionally a great source in iron, copper, folic acid, cholesterol, and offers an “anti-fatigue” element when consumed as well—making it a favorite meal among athletes. (6)  However, as the filter organ of the animal, it’s important to make sure your beef liver is clean.

You can create a beef liver pate, turn it into meatballs, or stick with the traditional liver and onions!

Big Benefits:

  • Very high in vitamin A (retinol)
  • Keeps you alert

Recipe Idea: Beef Liver with Fig Bacon and Caramelized Onion Compote | The Healthy Foodie

4. Brain

Beef brain is brain food for lack of better words! It comes with a punch of protein and healthy fat (Omega-3 fatty acids to be exact), which keeps you fuller longer, meaning less time fixating on food and more on your tasks at hand. Not to mention that this protein also helps to maintain healthy muscles and a properly functioning immune system (7).  It is also rich in copper and selenium; this means more energy and more help for your immune system. (8)

Beef brain can easily be fried, used in curry dishes, with scrambled eggs, or made in a traditional Persian dish called Maghz that includes beef brain, cider vinegar, oil, chili pepper, turmeric, and lime!

Big Benefits:

  • Loaded with protein and Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Keeps you full
  • Maintains healthy muscles and immune system

Recipe Idea: Mozgy | Almost Bananas

5. Kidneys

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Kidneys have a great offering of foliate iron, zinc, copper, and selenium (9).  Kidneys are also a great source of protein -- perfect for a post-workout meal. (10)  Note, like beef liver, make sure to check that your buying your meat from a safe, trusted source.

Beef kidneys are tasty when sautéed, simmered in a hearty stew, or baked in kidney pot pies.

Big Benefits:

  • Rich in folate, zinc, copper, and selenium
  • Amazing source of protein

Recipe Idea: Beef Kidney in Red Wine Sauce | Jenni Gabriela

6. Sweetbreads

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Photo courtesy of The Domestic Man


Sweetbreads are harvested from cows and consist of both the pancreas and gullet of the animal.  Sweetbread provides all the amino acids you need to repair your body tissues, and it boasts a large 25 grams of protein per four ounces. (12)

Grill these delicious morsels on skewers, fry them up Southern style, or pair them with bacon.

Big Benefits:

  • packed with amino acids and protein
  • Repairs body tissues

Recipe Ideas:

7. Tripe

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Although tripe requires at least 12 hours of slow cooking time for most dishes, it’s low in calories (about 80 calories per serving), high in protein, and low in fat. Mineral-wise it offers rich amounts of selenium, B-12, and zinc. (13)

Tripe adds an amazing texture to stews and soups, easily soaking up the flavors of the broth it’s cooked it.

Big Benefits:

  • Low in calories
  • High in protein
  • Minimal amounts of fat
  • Rich in selenium, B-12, and zinc

Recipe Ideas:

If you loved this article, you might also enjoy PaleoHacks' Four Amazing Ways to Season Steak guest post.

For more delicious organ meat recipe ideas, visit US Wellness Meats' Offal That’s Not Awful Pinterest board.

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Four Steps to Heal Leaky Gut Naturally

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Sun, Dec 04, 2016 @ 01:25 PM

 

It is no secret that the average “modern” diet – rich in sugar, high-glycemic grains, inflammatory fats and a variety of preservatives and chemicals – is responsible for a serious deterioration in our collective health. The rates of cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s are at all-time highs. Not to mention the related epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

But there is a lesser-known epidemic, also caused by the foods we eat. It results in a wide array of symptoms and is often misdiagnosed. I’m talking about the condition known as “leaky gut” – implicated in the rise of food allergies and intolerances, autoimmune illness, chronic fatigue and a range of brain and body illnesses.

In a previous article, I discussed the causes of leaky gut and its related health issues. If you have a leaky gut (and many of us do), you’ll want to read today’s article carefully as we discuss natural approaches to heal and seal your gut... and therefore improve your overall health.

This is based on a four-step protocol developed by Dr. Josh Axe that is designed to help heal leaky gut and address what is often the root cause of autoimmune illness and chronic inflammation.1

Healing Leaky Gut Step 1: Remove

The first step is to remove from your diet all foods known to promote inflammation in the gut, including the following:

•    Gluten
•    Dairy
•    Corn
•    Soy
•    Eggs
•    Sugar
•    Grains
•    Legumes
•    Vegetable, corn and seed oils
•    Alcohol and caffeine

Many pharmaceutical drugs can also promote leaky gut. If you are taking medications that may worsen leaky gut, talk with your doctor about alternatives that may be easier on your digestive system.

Healing Leaky Gut Step 2: Replace

Once you’ve removed foods that can trigger leaky gut, it’s important to replace those foods with options that help to nourish your gut. A diet that is rich in healthy fats is the cornerstone for healing the gut. And saturated fat is the most beneficial.

So, fill your plate with grass-fed beef, wild fish (especially salmon, sardines and mackerel) and nutrient-dense bone marrow. Cook with animal fats like tallow and lard. Bone broth is also especially helpful thanks to its high glycine and proline content. These amino acid compounds help rebuild the cellular structure of the gut lining and also reduce inflammation.2,3

Fermented foods such as kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha are also very beneficial.  And take notice of how you feel when you consume uncooked vegetables. Many people with a compromised gut or weak digestion do better with vegetables well-cooked until the gut is healed.

Healing Leaky Gut Step 3: Repair

Certain foods and supplements can further help to repair and seal the gut, including:

1.  Fiber: The probiotics that are critical to gut health can’t live without fiber. Indigestible fibers (called prebiotics) are the food that helps a diverse and healthy microbiome thrive in your gut.
2.  Digestive Enzymes: These compounds help break down proteins, complex sugars and starches, which can reduce intestinal inflammation and remedy nutrient deficiencies.
3.  Turmeric: This yellow spice, commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine, can help contract the proteins in your bowel lining (thus reducing gut permeability). Turmeric is also a powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory spice.4
4.  Quercetin: Helps seal the gut lining and stabilizes the cells that release histamine into the body (thereby having an anti-inflammatory effect).5
5.  L-Glutamine: An essential amino acid with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Also well known for its ability to tighten and repair a leaky gut.6

Healing Leaky Gut Step 4: Rebalance

Rebalancing your microbiome with probiotics is your final step. And it is one you must stick to diligently even after symptoms subside. The most important source of probiotics are fermented foods, including sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha and more.

Supplements can also be quite beneficial. When choosing a probiotic supplement, the following features are important for optimal benefit:

1.  Survivability – Look for strains known for being able to make it to the gut and colonize, including bacillus coagulans, saccharomyces boulardii, bacillus subtilis, and bifidobacterium.
2.  Shelf Stability – Your supplement should be able to withstand storage at room-temperature without losing potency.
3.  Strain Diversity – Be sure your probiotic supplement contains at least five or more strains of different bacteria… or take more than one supplement with different strains to increase diversity.
4.  High CFU Count – Your probiotic should have a count of at least five billion colony forming units (CFU). This greatly improves chances of colonization.

Maintaining the health of your gut in today’s world requires a return to our basic dietary roots. Enjoying an ancestral diet, rich in healthy fats and gut-healing nutrients… welcoming “good bugs” into your life with lacto-fermented foods and farm-fresh veggies (bonus points if there is a bit of dirt still clinging on!)… and approaching your health with natural means (rather than chemicals or pharmaceuticals), can make a big impact on the integrity of your gut and your overall, long-term health.

 

Ed Note: Kelley Herring is the co-founder of Wellness Bakeries, makers of grain-free, gluten-free and low-carb baking mixes for cakes, cookies, breads, pizza and more. If you’re following a paleo diet (or working to restore your digestive health) it’s important to avoid grains. Wellness Bakeries can help you enjoy your favorite comfort foods and sweet treats… without souring your health!  Check out their products on the US Wellness Meats store here.

REFERENCES

  1. Dr. Axe: 4 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease. https://draxe.com/4-steps-to-heal-leaky-gut-and-autoimmune-disease/
  2. Wheeler MD, Ikejema K, Mol Life Sci. Enomoto N, et al. Glycine: a new anti-inflammatory immunonutrient. Cell Mol Life Sci.1999; 56:843-856.
  3. Zhong Z, Wheeler MD, Li X, Froh M, Schemmer P, Yin M, Bunzendaul H, Bradford B, Lemasters JJ., L-Glycine: a novel antiinflammatory, immunomodulatory, and cytoprotective agent.
  4. Siddhartha S. Ghosh, Jinghua Bie, Jing Wang, Shobha Ghosh.  Oral Supplementation with Non-Absorbable Antibiotics or Curcumin Attenuates Western Diet-Induced Atherosclerosis and Glucose Intolerance in LDLR−/− Mice – Role of Intestinal Permeability and Macrophage Activation. Published: September 24, 2014
  5. University of Maryland. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide. Queretin.  http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/quercetin
  6. Bertrand J1, Ghouzali I1, Guérin C1, Bôle-Feysot C1, Gouteux M1, Déchelotte P2, Ducrotté P3, Coëffier M4.Glutamine Restores Tight Junction Protein Claudin-1 Expression in Colonic Mucosa of Patients With Diarrhea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome.JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2015 May 13.

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What Is Leaky Gut… (And is it the Cause of Your Nagging Symptoms)?

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 @ 12:49 AM

 

You’ve almost certainly heard of “leaky gut” and the health issues it can cause. But you might not truly understand this dangerous condition. Today, I’ll show you what leaky gut is and how it is caused so you can begin to take steps to heal your gut... and improve your overall health.

How Does Your Gut Become Leaky?

In a healthy body, the digestive tract serves as a barrier between our gut and our bloodstream.

But the lining of your gut can easily become compromised. This porous barrier allows undigested food, yeast, pathogens and other foreign matter to enter the bloodstream. In turn, this can cause chronic inflammation, allergic reactions and a variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Because the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome are so varied, many sufferers go undiagnosed. Doctors and patients focus on the symptoms… while ignoring the underlying cause. In general, the symptoms of leaky gut fall under two categories: body and brain.

Body Symptoms of a Leaky Gut

1.    Nutrient Deficiencies – When the gut is chronically inflamed, food and nutrients are not properly broken down and absorbed. This can lead to deficiencies.
2.    Food Allergies – Undigested food particles that leak into the bloodstream are seen as foreign invaders. Sensitivities to gluten, dairy, soy, egg and other foods are common.
3.    Seasonal Allergies – A hyper-vigilant immune system is primed to respond to any threat, causing seasonal allergies to develop or worsen.
4.    Immune System Exhaustion – Your immune system is not designed to participate in a never-ending war. As an overtaxed immune system grows weaker, you become more susceptible to colds, flu and other infections.
5.    Chronic Fatigue – A common sign of a damaged gut. Feel wiped out, no matter how much rest you get? Leaky gut may be at the root.
6.    Joint & Muscle pain – Occasional joint and muscle pain can be a sign of exertion. Chronic pain is usually the result of inflammation caused by an overactive immune system.
7.    Rashes – Gut health and skin health are closely connected. The development of chronic skin rashes could be a sign of a leaky gut.
8.    Gas – Uncomfortable or offensive gas can be a sign of leaky gut.
9.    Bloating – A bulging tummy isn’t always a sign that you’ve overindulged. It could be a sign of inflammation, trapped gas and compromised digestion.
10.    Diarrhea – If your intestines are not able to digest and absorb food properly, it could “run right through you” and send you rushing to the bathroom.
11.    Constipation – When digestion slows and your intestines become sluggish, you may find yourself uncomfortably constipated.


Brain Symptoms of a Leaky Gut

Your digestive tract contains the second highest number of nerves in your body. Your gut is constantly communicating with your brain. And if you have leaky gut, these messages can cause unusual neurological symptoms.

In the words of neuroscientist, John F. Cryan, PhD: “There is no question that the gut microbiome regulates fundamental brain processes important for the development of neurological diseases.

Let’s take a look at the common neurological symptoms linked with leaky gut:

1.    Anxiety & Depression – Studies show that increased inflammation is associated with anxiety and other mood disorders.1
2.    Brain Fog – A common complaint among those with autoimmune disease and chronic pain. Digestive inflammation impairs gut-brain communication, which can lead to a numb feeling of unreality, poor focus, impaired learning and memory.
3.    Muscle Twitches – Leaky gut can cause deficiencies of magnesium and potassium, which can lead to muscle twitches, cramps and spasms.
4.    Schizophrenia – A study published in Schizophrenia Research, showed that inflammation in the circulatory and nervous systems can be linked to mental illness.2

In addition to these neurological conditions, leaky gut syndrome has also been linked to Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, autism and neuropathy.

What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

A leaky gut can be caused by many common foods and toxins including:

1.    An Inflammatory Diet: Gluten, grains, legumes, sugar, trans fat, lactose, MSG and food dyes can all contribute to leaky gut.
2.    Environmental Toxins: Exposure to toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury or cadmium can cause irritation in the intestinal lining and promote leaky gut.
3.    Genetically Modified Foods: GMO foods are believed to cause the formation of pesticides in the gut, risking your health with every bite.
4.    BPA: This common chemical has been shown to damage intestines, allowing toxins and pathogens to more easily enter the body.3
5.    Medications: NSAID pain relievers, antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills and acid-reducing drugs can greatly increase risk of leaky gut.
6.    Parasites, Yeast & Harmful Bacteria: Candida yeast overgrowth, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and intestinal parasites all increase the risk for intestinal permeability.
7.    Stress: Often overlooked, stress is another contributing factor to the development of leaky gut. A study published in the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology showed that usually harmless microbes actually turned pathogenic in response to stress hormones.4

Leaky gut is a great imposter. Its symptoms often have nothing to do with your digestive system. And it is not always associated with abdominal discomfort. But this common condition can be extremely serious. I hope this article helps you understand the severity of this condition and the potential causes to avoid.

In my next article, I will reveal the foods you should remove from your diet, ones you can use to replace them and how to naturally repair, heal and seal a leaky gut.

 

 Ed Note: Kelley Herring is the founder of Wellness Bakeries, makers of grain-free, gluten-free and low-carb baking mixes for cakes, cookies, breads, pizza and more. If you’re following a paleo diet (or working to restore your digestive health) it’s important to avoid grains. Wellness Bakeries can help you enjoy your favorite comfort foods and sweet treats… without souring your health!  Check out their products on the US Wellness Meats store here.

REFERENCES

  1. Foster, J., McVey Neufeld, K. Gut-brain axis: how the microbiome influences anxiety and depression. Trends in Neurosciences. May 2013. Vol 36, No. 5
  2. Severance, E. Autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and the microbiome in schizophrenia: more than a gut feeling. Schizophrenia Research. Sept 2016. Volume 176, Issue 1, P 23-25
  3. Braniste, V., Jouault, A., Gaultier, E., et al. Impact of oral bisphenol A at reference doses on intestinal barrier function and sex differences after perinatal exposure in rats. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Jan 5; 107(1): 448–453.
  4. Konturek PC1, Brzozowski T, Konturek SJ.Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2011 Dec;62(6):591-9.

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Four Amazing Ways to Season Steak

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 09:04 PM

This post was written by Jennafer Ashley of PaleoHacks.  PaleoHacks is a top source for amazing Paleo recipes, fitness tips, and wellness advice to help you live life to the fullest.

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When it comes to cooking steak, the options are endless. There are so many different cuts of steak and seasoning can get even trickier. We have narrowed it down to four different cuts of steak, seasoned in four different ways to suit various cuisines. Best of all, these recipes are simple and easy, even for the newbie cook. Remember when following these recipes that cuts of meat can vary greatly in size, so be sure to check your meat as it’s cooking and adjust according to your preferences. We took four different cuts of grass-fed steaks, (London Broil, Sirloin, Hanger, and Skirt) seasoned with exotic spices and marinades for a trip around the globe in your own kitchen.

Italian-Style London Broil

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This is usually referred to as a method of cooking rather than an actual cut. However, many butchers use the term to describe a large lean cut of beef. London Broil is lean and needs to be either marinated before cooking or cooked for many hours in a slow cooker to achieve fall-apart tenderness. We will be going with the latter. Slow simmered cuts of beef are a mainstay in authentic Italian cooking and you will often see large platters of shredded chunks of beef in tomato sauce served alongside Italian entrees like pasta. The flavor is very rustic and makes the whole house smell like you’ve spent the day cooking. Dish up this recipe over zucchini noodles for a complete meal.

Prep time-  15 minutes
Cook time- 6 hours
Yield- 6 servings

Ingredients
2-3 lb London broil
2 T olive oil
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried basil
1 tbsp garlic minced
1 t sea salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 cup tomato sauce
1/3 cup red wine

How to Make It
1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium/high heat until olive oil is shimmering. Rub steak with oregano, basil, sea salt and pepper on both sides.

2. Place steak on pan and brown each side 3-4 minutes.

3. Place steak with drippings in slow cooker. Add garlic, tomato sauce and red wine. Cook on medium heat 4-6 hours, until fork tender.

4. Shred beef and serve over spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles for a Paleo pasta dish.

Asian-Style Sirloin

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Sirloin is terrific for cutting into chunks and marinating, which is exactly what this Asian-style recipe includes. Sesame oil and pineapple juice come together with coconut aminos, garlic, and cilantro to tenderize the steak and seal in the flavor of the marinade. Once marinated, the cubes of steak get tossed in a hot pan until lightly charred all around. This recipe is perfect served over cauliflower rice with fresh vegetables for a Paleo dinner.

Prep time- 10 minutes + 2 hours to marinate
Cook time-  10 minutes
Yield- 2 servings

Ingredients
1 lb. sirloin steak
2 T coconut aminos
1 T sesame oil
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1 tbsp cilantro, minced
1 t garlic, minced
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t black pepper
1 T olive oil (for cooking)

How to Make It
1. Cut steak into 1-2 inch cubes. In a small bowl combine ingredients for marinade. Add steak to marinade and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

2. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pieces of steak and cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve with vegetables over cauliflower rice.

Blackened Brazilian Hanger Steak 

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The chimichurri hanger steak gives a nod to Brazilian steakhouses, cooked over high heat for a rich blackened flavor. After resting, the hanger steak is sliced into thin strips and served with a cilantro-lime based chimichurri sauce to add some herbal zing. Serve this with cauliflower tabouli and you have an exotic feast.

Prep time- 15 minutes
Cook time-  15 minutes
Yield- 2-4 servings

Ingredients
For Steak:
1-2 lb hanger steak
1 T cumin
1 t oregano
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t sea salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 T olive oil, for cooking

For Chimichurri Sauce:
3 T olive oil
2 T lime juice
2 T cilantro, minced
1 t garlic, minced
1/2 t dried oregano
1/2 t sea salt

How to Make It
1. Combine seasonings for steak in a small bowl. Rub seasonings onto all sides of the steak. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat until oil is shimmering.

2. Add steak and cook for 6-7 minutes. Less time is required for thinner cuts of steak. Flip and cook an additional 6-7 minutes.

3. While steak cooks, combine ingredients for chimichurri sauce. Set aside.

4. Allow steak to rest 5 minutes before slicing. Slice steak thinly against the grain. Serve with chimichurri sauce.

Oven-Barbecued Skirt Steak

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The final steak recipe takes us to the good ole’ barbecue flavors of the south. Instead of grilling or smoking this cut, the skirt steak is rubbed with a generous amount of coconut sugar, cumin, smoked paprika and other seasonings, then tightly wrapped in aluminum foil and baked in the oven to tenderize the meat as it steams in its own juices. When the meat is just about finished, it is basted in barbecue sauce and popped under the broiler to create a sweet crisp layer on top of the steak. This recipe is delicious chopped and served on a Portobello mushroom.

Prep time- 10 minutes
Cook time- 40 minutes
Yield- 2 servings

Ingredients
8 oz skirt steak
2 T coconut sugar
1 T ground cumin
1 t smoked paprika
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t sea salt
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t black pepper
4 T Paleo barbecue sauce for basting

How to Make It
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Combine dry seasonings in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Sprinkle seasoning mixture over skirt steak and rub to coat.

2. Wrap steak in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet in oven on center rack for 30 minutes. Carefully open aluminum foil and baste steak with barbecue sauce. Turn oven to broil on high. Return steak to oven for 7-10 minutes. Allow steak to rest 5 minutes.

3. Slice steak against the grain and serve with barbecue sauce.

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Grain-Free Goodies

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Sat, Jul 30, 2016 @ 10:59 PM

 

Using Healthy Flours to Make Grain-Free Goodies

If you follow the all-natural, grain-free, low-glycemic diet that our ancestors enjoyed, then you might have decided that most cookies, cakes, bread and pizza just aren’t on the menu.

And if we’re talking about the usual processed foods and traditional recipes for these goodies, that’s probably a good thing. But it doesn’t have to be that way…

Thanks to a new breed of grain-free flour alternatives and all-natural, low-glycemic sweeteners it can be easy to make, paleo-friendly desserts (as well as breads, biscuits and crusts) that are every bit as delicious as they are nutritious.

In today’s article, we’ll discuss how to make healthier baked goods by switching out the flours you use. Then stay tuned, because in a follow up article, I’ll show you how to sweeten your baked goods in a way that won’t sour your health.

Many bakers believe that whole grain flour is a healthier choice than white flour. However, whole grain flours are still very high in carbohydrates and score high on the glycemic index. In fact, did you know that the glycemic index of so-called “healthy” whole wheat is among the highest of ALL foods?

According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating two slices of whole wheat bread spikes your blood sugar more than helping yourself to six teaspoons of table sugar!

High glycemic foods cause blood sugar and insulin levels to spike. Chronically high blood sugar is directly linked to nearly every chronic disease including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, obesity, macular degeneration, PCOS and many more.

High insulin levels also block fat burning and promote the storage of fat. So, if you want to avoid that “muffin top” then stay away from grain based flours. Of course, wheat flour also contains gluten – an allergenic protein that causes health issues for many people.

What about Gluten-Free Flours and Baking Mixes?

Unfortunately, the term “gluten-free” does not always equate to “healthy.” Most gluten-free flours use ingredients such as rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour and sorghum flour – which can spike blood sugar even MORE than wheat flour.  So while the gluten is missing, the health harming consequences are still there.

The good news is that there are truly healthy options you can use to create delicious baked goods… I’m talking about nut flours!

Nut flours are surprisingly versatile. They lend buttery richness to all kinds of baked goods – from crisp biscotti to moist cupcakes. And unlike grain-based flours, they are naturally gluten free and low carb too.

The Best Nut Flours to Use in Your Baking

  • Almond Flour:  This staple flour can be used to create everything from fluffy pancakes to crispy cookies. However, you should opt for “blanched” almond flour, which contains no skins. Unblanched almonds can add an unpleasant aftertaste when baked.
  • Coconut Flour:  Coconut flour appears light and fluffy. But it is actually quite dense and fiber-rich, so a little goes a long way. A rule of thumb is to use one egg for each tablespoon of coconut flour in your recipes. Also, most recipes that call for coconut flour specify “sifted coconut flour”. This is important, because one half cup of coconut flour does not equal one half cup of sifted coconut flour. Always sift then measure, or your baked goods can end up dry and dense.
  • Hazelnut and Pecan Flour: These nut flours are a bit richer. They are best used in combination with almond flour to punch up the nutty flavor. They are great for pie crusts and cookies of all kinds.
  • Sunflower Seed Flour: For those who may be allergic to nuts, sunflower seed flour can be used anywhere almond flour is called for. This flour is available online and it’s also easy to make your own. Simply grind fresh, raw seeds in a high powered blender to a fine powder. Caution, however: processing too long will create seed butter, so watch closely.

It’s also important to know that nut flours contain healthy fats… but these fats can go bad if they’re not protected. Nut flours should be stored in airtight containers away from light and heat (and preferably, refrigerated). If you buy in bulk, freeze in airtight bags.

Of course, it is not quite so easy as simply substituting an unhealthy flour for one that has a better nutritional profile. There are lots of tricks and tips to using nut flours in your baking. And your health depends on it! If you enjoy baked goods and you value your health, take some time to learn study online recipes and resources for the best ways to use these superior alternatives.

For those who are looking for a quick (and healthy) shortcut Wellness Bakeries has created a range of grain-free, gluten-free and low-glycemic breads, breakfast, dessert and other blend-and-bake mixes that can help you enjoy all your favorite comfort foods – without concern for your health. Check out their line of products carried by US Wellness Meats.

Now, you really can have your cake… and eat it too!

And stay tuned for my next article, where I will show you how to create the exact taste and texture of sugar, with none of the guilt. 
   

ED NOTE

Kelley Herring is the co-founder of Wellness Bakeries, makers of grain-free, gluten-free, low-glycemic baking mixes for cakes, cookies, breads, pizza and much more.

 

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Good Fats, US Wellness Meats

Can Your Sugar Cravings Lead to Candida Overgrowth?

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 01:56 PM

 

It's no secret that eating too much sugar – in all of its various forms – can ruin your health.

We’re all familiar diabetes and hypoglycemic, two of the most common metabolic conditions which can be the result of a high-sugar diet.

But did you know that sugar can also damage your immune system. It can contribute to an overgrowth of bacteria, yeast, and fungus… and allow potentially harmful organisms like Candida albicans to thrive in your body?

You may have heard people talking about “candida” as an illness. But what they're referring to is not the candida itself, but rather an overgrowth of this opportunistic pathogen.

 

Everyone Has Candida... No Matter How Healthy You Are

As you know, your body contains billions of bacteria, yeasts and even funguses. Most of the time, these microorganisms are kept in balance. And they are absolutely necessary to a healthy body.

They help you digest and extract nutrients from your food. In fact, in some cases, their own secretions can provide beneficial vitamins and other nutrients. They help to support your immune system and even play a part in blood sugar regulation.

But there are a number of factors that can cause certain species to proliferate wildly and become pathogenic. Soon your healthy inner ecology is thrown out of balance. Your immune system becomes compromised. A cascade of health consequences can soon follow.

And the over-consumption of sugar is one of the most important factors that can cause this to happen…

A new study, published in Nature Communications, shows that even a little bit of sugar on the cells of Candida albicans can trigger this organism to transform into a pathogenic fungal state and then cause the death of immune cells that would normally be able to defend themselves.1

"The addition of glycosylated proteins, which are proteins with a sugar attached, re-models the surface of the fungal cells," says Professor Leah Cowen, lead researcher on the study.

Stop and think about that for a second...

The presence of sugar can change Candida cells from a beneficial microbe to a deadly invader with the ability to disarm your immune system.

You see, there are actually two forms of Candida:

  • One is a yeast-like state. This is a non-invasive organism that lives in harmony within your inner ecosystem. We all have this form of yeast in our bodies. These populations are usually low, basically indiscernible… and somewhat beneficial.
  • The other form of Candida is fungal. In this form the organism produces root-like structures called rhizoids. In this filamentous form the organism can penetrate the lining of the gut causing inflammation and permeability of the intestinal wall (or leaky gut).

When your gut flora is healthy – and in the absence of a high-sugar diet – your immune system helps prevent the yeast organism from becoming an infectious fungus.

But in a great many people, the parasitic fungal organism grows out of control and overpopulates. It penetrates the gastrointestinal tract and allows foreign materials and pathogens to enter the bloodstream. This can cause chronic widespread inflammation, ongoing allergenic responses and increased risk for autoimmune conditions and other disease states.

In some cases a transformation of Candida into its fungal state and subsequent overgrowth can cause a potentially fatal blood infection called candidemia. In fact, this is the fourth most common blood infection in the United States, affecting 400,000 people every year.2

And all of this can be mediated by too much sugar in your diet…

 

So Does This Mean You Can't Eat ANY Sugar?

One study, done in 1999, suggests that if your immune system is strong, you should be able to consume sugar and defend yourself against candida just fine.3

In the experiment, the researchers tested 28 healthy volunteers for candida before, during, and after they ate a high-sugar diet.

What happened?

The diet did not significantly increase the frequency of oral or fecal candida samples.

But something interesting did happen...

The people who already had elevated counts of oral candida had an increase in fecal candida. This led researchers to conclude that different diseases – particularly diabetes – may be affected by candida differently.

 

Diabetes and Candida

Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body is no longer able to regulate blood sugar normally. Two key traits among diabetics are high blood sugar and a suppressed immune system.4

And when your immunity is low, Candida has the chance to take hold. So if diabetics often have a weak immune system, logically they're more susceptible to candida.

One study tested diabetics and people with impaired and normal blood glucose to see how their blood sugar levels affected the growth of oral candida.5  The results showed that diabetics were more likely to be infected with oral candida than people with normal or impaired blood glucose regulation.

Other studies have also shown that diabetics are much more likely to experience Candida overgrowth.6

But whether or not you have diabetes, it's important to understand that dietary sugar intake is an important mediator in the transformation of candida to its pathogenic fungal state.

Even if you're healthy now, if you consume sugar and other high-glycemic carbohydrates on a frequent basis, you're slowly destroying the organs and cells that regulate your blood sugar. And this can eventually lead to diabetes, a suppressed immune system, and set the stage for candida overgrowth.

 

How You Can Prevent Cravings and Keep Your Immune System Strong

1. Ditch the sugar and follow an ancestral, naturally low-glycemic diet: The healthiest for most people is the one our ancient ancestors thrived on, including naturally-raised meats, a variety of colorful vegetables, berries and nuts. If your sweet tooth is calling, consider low-glycemic alternatives like erythritol and stevia. In fact, US Wellness Meats now carries a range of grain- and gluten-free baking and dessert mixes made by Wellness Bakeries that exclusively use natural and low-glycemic sweeteners.

2. Eat more fermented foods: Foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and others contain powerful doses of beneficial probiotics, which promote healthy digestion, support your immune system and keep pathogenic bacteria and other organisms (like Candida) from growing out of control. Start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup per day of these foods. And up your consumption as you feel appropriate.

3. Herbs and Spices: Common herbs and spices like oregano, basil, ginger, rosemary, and turmeric are highly anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and high beneficial phytonutrients.  Use these herbs and spices liberally in your sauces, marinades and recipes.

4. Sun, Fresh Air, and Movement: Our ancestors lived in a symbiotic relationship with their natural environment. And their health was better for it. Research shows that vitamin D is effective against cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, type-2 diabetes, depression, and so many other diseases.  Get outside and go on a walk. Spend some time in nature. Relax. Do something fun. You need sun, fresh air, and movement to be healthy and happy.
   

ED NOTE

Kelley Herring is the co-founder of Wellness Bakeries, makers of grain-free, gluten-free, low-glycemic baking mixes for cakes, cookies, breads, pizza and much more.

 

REFERENCES

  1. Teresa R. O’Meara et al. Global analysis of fungal morphology exposes mechanisms of host cell escape Nature Communications, 2015; 6: 6741
  2. Society for Experimental Biology. "Stopping Candida in its tracks." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 July 2015.
  3. Michael Weig et al. Limited effect of refined carbohydrate dietary supplementation on colonization of the gastrointestinal tract of healthy subjects by Candida albicans. Am J Clin Nutr. June 1999. vol. 69 no. 6 1170-1173
  4. Geerlings SE, Hoepelman AI. Immune dysfunction in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 1999 Dec;26(3-4):259-65.
  5. Huang JH, Liu Y, Liu HW. Comparative study on oral candidal infection in individuals with diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose regulation. Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2012 Jun;47(6):335-9.
  6. Mohammad Hossein Lotfi-Kamran et al. Candida colonization on the denture of diabetic and non-diabetic patients. Dent Res J (Isfahan). 2009 Spring; 6(1): 23–27.
  7. Mona Ghasemian, Sina Owlia, and Mohammad Bagher Owlia. Review of Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Medicines. Adv Pharmacol Sci. 2016; 2016: 9130979.
  8. Rathish Nair and Arun Maseeh. Vitamin D: The “sunshine” vitamin. J Pharmacol Pharmacother. 2012 Apr-Jun; 3(2): 118–126.

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Good Fats, US Wellness Meats

The Anti-Aging Nutrient that Fights Mental Decline

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

 

By the year 2050, nearly a third of America’s population will be 65 years or older. And our rapidly aging population faces a serious problem…

It’s estimated that Alzheimer’s will directly affect 14 million people in the US in the next 10-20 years. And the problem is compounded because this devastating condition does not just take the brain of the sufferer... it also creates anguish and hardship for loved ones.

For every patient who suffers this disease, you can generally multiply that by a minimum of four close family and friends…

That would mean that by the year 2050, over 50 million people in the US will be suffering in some way from Alzheimer’s.

But today you will learn about a powerful form of protection from this debilitating disease… and one of the most important age-related nutrients on the planet.

A review of studies published in the International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology had this to say about this natural compound:

“It extends cultured human fibroblast life-span, kills transformed cells, protects cells against aldehydes and an amyloid peptide fragment and inhibits, in vitro, protein glycation and DNA/protein cross-linking.”1

In plain English that means this nutrient provides powerful protection against the development of Alzheimer’s in a number of significant ways.

This nutrient is L-Carnosine…

And today, we’ll take a look at exactly how l-carnosine can help you age well.

But first, if you’re serious about decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s… you need to know how it develops in the brain (and which dietary factors increase your risk).

How Alzheimer’s Develops (And How L-Carnosine Benefits the Aging Brain)

Many theories exist to explain the causes of Alzheimer’s. The most prevalent involve the formation of beta-amyloid plaques and damage caused by advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) and oxidation.

Beta-amyloid proteins are compounds that come and go in our brain. Problems arise when we accumulate more than we clear. The result is sticky plaques that damage neurons, nerves and arteries in the brain. And so we start to see symptoms of dementia.

But, there’s something else lurking inside those plaques: Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs).

Most people know about free radicals. But did you know AGEs are just as detrimental when it comes to aging?

AGEs form when sugars combine with proteins (or fats) in a special chemical reaction. It's called the Maillard reaction, and is a normal metabolic process. But it can go haywire when it overburdens our body.

But there’s something we do in our daily diet that pushes the levels even higher... browning food! This is the culinary version of the Maillard reaction.

Sugary marinades on fried meats, drippings and the browned crisp on top of baked desserts. These all introduce AGE’s into our body.

The following quote, found in Life Extension Magazine sums it up:

“The human body might be viewed as an extraordinarily complex mixture of chemicals, reacting in a low temperature oven with a 76-year cooking cycle.”2

The Maillard reaction cranks the oven up to high heat. And the resulting AGE's influence ‘cross-links’ in tissue proteins. In other words, the proteins become damaged and dysfunctional. And that includes those sticky beta-amyloid proteins in the brain.

But as you will soon see, l-carnosine can act as the “oven cleaner”!

But there’s just one more thing you need to know about…

The Youth Diminishing AGE-Oxidation Cycle

Researchers believe that free radicals (oxidative stress) are part of AGE’s forming. And AGE’s produce more free radicals!

It’s a vicious cycle.

A study conducted in 2005 at the Institute of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University concluded… both AGE’s and oxidative stress to be key factors in Alzheimer’s. The researchers stated:

“Our findings support the idea that aldehyde-mediated modifications, in concert with oxyradical-mediated modifications, are critical early pathogenic factors in Alzheimer's disease”

So, let’s see how l-carnosine benefits and some simple and immediate action you can take.

How L-Carnosine Benefits Against Alzheimer’s

Carnosine is found in the brain, muscles, and heart. It's made from just two amino acids (beta-alanine and histidine). Its job is to guard against the naturally-occurring damage associated with energy production.

Carnosine reaches deep into cellular DNA to slow the rate of deterioration and reduce damage. And L-carnosine can benefit the aging brain by:

  • Acting as a special ‘antioxidant’ and protector against brain-damaging AGE’s. Carnosine actually combines with sugars - sparing your body’s protein.
  • Reacting with cross-linked proteins and helps to remove them from the body
  • Stopping oxidative damage from free radicals
  • Providing protective effects against amyloid beta

Researchers from the Institute of Gerontology in London demonstrated these effects. They introduced amyloid beta to cultured rat brain cells, producing toxic damage. By adding carnosine to the mix they demonstrated a large decrease in damage.

The researchers concluded:

“We postulate that the mechanism of carnosine protection lies in its anti-glycating and antioxidant activities, both of which are implicated in neuronal and endothelial cell damage during Alzheimer’s disease. Carnosine may therefore be a useful therapeutic agent.”3

How You Can Get Enough Carnosine… and Reduce AGE’s

Did you know that the “carno” in carnosine refers to meat? That’s where you’ll find natures l-carnosine benefits! Grass fed beef and other red meats contain 1500mg/lb. Pastured poultry and pork contain 2000mg/lb.

Just a single 3.5oz serving of high-quality, pasture-raised meat will provide you with 330 – 440mg of age-defying l-carnosine.

Now, you might be wondering, how much carnosine do I need to enjoy the anti-aging benefits? Most experts recommend about 500 mg/day of l-carnosine.

As you can see, it’s very easy to achieve this level with just a couple servings of grass-fed beef, pastured chicken or pork daily (no pill popping required!).

Be sure to maximize your anti-aging protection by following these three basic ancestral diet principles:

  1. Cook Correctly: Cook your anti-aging proteins with a slow cooker, pressure cooker, with gentle poaching or low temperature roasting. You can also go raw... try a delicious steak tartare, beef heart tartare or carpaccio.
  2. Protect with Color: Include high amounts of antioxidant rich foods in your diet. Choose dark leafy greens (organic spinach, kale) and deeply-colored foods (red beets, berries, pumpkin, winter squash). Add antioxidant superfoods like turmeric, cacao, cinnamon and fresh and dried herbs!
  3. Choose Condiments Wisely: Avoid cooking meats with sugar-containing ingredients to prevent AGE formation. Instead of sugary sauces, opt for healthy and savory options like Paleo remoulade (made with Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise), mustard, horseradish, chimichurri and pesto.

And of course, you can’t ignore regular exercise and a good nights sleep for a healthy brain. Do all these things daily to protect you and your loved ones from dementia related distress.
   

ED NOTE

Love bread, but not the blood-sugar spiking carbs and grains? Check out Kelley’s newest book, Better Breads, including more than two dozen low-carb, grain-free, prebiotic-rich Paleo breads, biscuits, pancakes, muffins and more! Click here to learn more about Better Breads…

 

REFERENCES

  1. Hipkiss AR. Carnosine, a protective, anti-ageing peptide? The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology. 1998:30(8);863-868.
  2. Life Extension Magazine. Carnosine Report 2006. http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2006/1/report_carnosine/Page-01
  3. Preston JE, Hipkiss AR, Himsworth DT, Romero IA, Abbott JN. Toxic effects of beta-amyloid(25-35) on immortalised rat brain endothelial cell: protection by carnosine, homocarnosine and beta-alanine. Neuroscience letters. 1998:242(2);105-108.

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Good Fats, US Wellness Meats

Glutamine to the Rescue

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 05:48 PM

 

Glutamine to The Rescue

(Are You Truly Getting Enough?)

 

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body. It is also considered ‘non-essential’ – but don’t let that term fool you. It just means that your body can produce this compound itself. It is not ‘essential’ in that it comes from your diet.

The reality is that glutamine is incredibly essential. A review conducted in 1990 and published in the Journal of Surgical Research agrees…

“Its classification as a nonessential amino acid in biochemistry and nutrition textbooks is misleading and underestimates its importance as a nutrient. Newer studies suggest that glutamine may be indispensable in times of critical illness.”1

And many of us are critically low in this vital nutrient. According to research, psychological and emotional stress depletes glutamine.2  And that’s bad news since its job is to keep us healthy and keep chronic disease at bay.

By including glutamine in your ancestral diet, you support your body’s ability to manage common daily ailments… and help to prevent them from turning into something worse.

So, let’s take a look at how glutamine benefits your health and the most nourishing (and tasty) way to get it daily.

IBS? Your Gut Wants 30% of Your Glutamine

If you suffer from bloating or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you may have leaky gut. This is when the integrity of your gut lining becomes compromised, allowing food particles and even toxins to pass into the bloodstream. Not only can this cause gastrointestinal symptoms, it also sets the stage for allergies, autoimmune conditions, widespread inflammation, brain fog and chronic fatigue.

But glutamine can help…

You see, glutamine acts as fuel for your digestive system. While most of your organs and muscles use glucose to power their functions, your digestive tract uses glutamine!3  And your small intestine utilizes 20-30% of what you eat!

But it does not only serve as fuel for your gut… it can also heal it.

The cells that line your intestines are replaced approximately every three days. Glutamine is required to build strong and healthy new gut cells… and to seal up any damage to the delicate epithelial lining.

A study published in the Lancet demonstrated this with patients who were fed nutrients intravenously. Those fed with the addition of glutamine experienced no change in the permeability of their gut. This was considered a positive result, because the participants who were not given glutamine, experienced an increase in gut permeability.4

But the benefits of glutamine go far beyond gut health…

Glutamine Benefits: Support Detoxification, Prevent Disease and Slow Aging

Detoxing is big business. If you’ve been low on energy or felt ‘old’ before your time, there’s a good chance you’ve tried some sort of “cleanse”. But if you know where to look in nature, you can support your innate ability to detoxify… all by itself.

Glutamine plays an important role in boosting glutathione – which is known as your body’s master antioxidant and detoxifier. From a 2002 review, published in the journal Nutrition...

"Experimental animal studies have shown that the administration of GLN [glutamine] increases tissue concentrations of reduced glutathione [GLT]”.5

Not only does glutathione fight free radicals and help to neutralize toxins… it actually slows down the aging process. But stress and illness deplete it. So if you want to keep your detoxification systems working and slow the hands of time... be sure to get enough glutamine!

And that brings me to the healing ancestral food that’s chock-full of this important nutrient…

Get All Your Glutamine Benefits from One Healing Recipe

Taking a high quality glutamine supplement is a good idea in times of illness or acute stress. It is especially important if you know that you have leaky gut – or if you suffer from food allergies, autoimmune illness or digestive ailments (which can all be related to leaky gut).

Most health experts recommend that you ramp up the dose over a few days or weeks until you are taking between 10 and 40 grams per day (with food).

But there is also a delicious food you can enjoy every day to get the benefits of glutamine…

Bone broth!

As one of the richest sources of glutamine, bone broth helps to heal the gut, detox the body and support your immune system.

Here are two super simple ways to whip up a batch of superfood bone broth!

  • 3 pounds grass-fed beef bones, chicken feet, pastured pork bones (frozen is fine)
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 leeks, cleaned well and cut in half, or 1 medium sweet onion, quartered
  • 8 cups filtered water (no more than 2/3 full)
  • 2 Tbsp. high-quality sea salt
  • 2 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar

Pressure Cooker Method: Add all ingredients to a large pressure cooker (at least 6 quarts). Do not exceed two-thirds full. Add remaining ingredients. Lock the lid, select high pressure. If you're using an Instant Pot, cook for 2 hours. If you're using a standard pressure cooker, let the contents of the pot reach high pressure, then immediately decrease the temperature to the lowest possible setting. Cook 40-50 minutes (use more time for large shank bones). Remove from heat and let pressure release naturally (10-15 minutes).

Slow Cooker Method: Add all ingredients to a slow cooker. Place on a medium heat and slow cook for 24 hours. Stir occasionally to infuse the broth with the most nutrition.

Then simply strain and enjoy!

For optimum health, base your diet around ancestral foods high in healing fats (like tallow, lard, duck fat, coconut oil), grass-fed beef, pastured poultry, wild fish and organic vegetables and fermented foods… and be sure to add a daily cup of glutamine-rich bone broth for its deep healing benefits.
   

ED NOTE

Love bread, but not the blood-sugar spiking carbs and grains? Check out Kelley's newest book, Better Breads –including more than two dozen low-carb, grain-free, prebiotic-rich Paleo breads, biscuits, pancakes, muffins, and more! Click here to learn more about Better Breads…

 

REFERENCES

  1. Souba WW, Klimberg VS, Plumley DA, et al. The role of glutamine in maintaining a healthy gut and supporting the metabolic response to injury and infection. Journal of Surgical Research. 1990;48(4):383-391.
  2. www.aminoacid-studies. Glutamine. http://www.aminoacid-studies.com/areas-of-use/sleep-mood-and-performance.html
  3. Reitzer LJ, Wice BM, Kennell D. Evidence That Glutamine, Not Sugar, Is the Major Energy Source for Cultured HeLa Cells*. The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 1978;254(8):2669-2676.
  4. Van der Hulst RRWJ, von Meyenfeldt MF, Deutz NEP, et al. Glutamine and the preservation of gut integrity. The Lancet. 1993;341(8857):1363-1365.
  5. Roth E, Oehler R, Manhart N, et al. Regulative potential of glutamine-relation to glutathione metabolism. Nutrition. 2002;18(3):217-221.

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Good Fats, US Wellness Meats

USWM at Paleo(f)x - Austin, TX

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 @ 04:49 PM

Only a handful of my friends will stomach Liverwurst.

Even fewer when it comes to Pemmican.

What the Paleo f(x) Conference with 5,000 attendees held in store for me completely flipped that standard.

Never, I thought, would I see a child throw a temper-tantrum because their parents would allow them to have ONLY ONE piece of Liverwurst. When this happened, I knew I was with MY people!

Grant with One Stop Paleo Shop Team

Being the only booth with Bacon, you can imagine how popular we were. And how wonderful we made The Palmer Events Center smell! Not only was it delicious, but the accolades we received  due to its lack of ingredients (Pork Bellies & Celtic Sea Salt) could fill a novel:

  • No sugar?
  • No honey?
  • No nitrates or nitrites?
  • Whole30 approved!
  • This is the way Bacon should taste!
  • Nothing but Pork and Hickory Smoke!
  • Reminds me of my Grandmother!

Needless to say, we were out of bacon in less than a day and a half! Note to self: bring more bacon next time!

Of course, we brought more than just Pork Bacon, Pemmican, and Liverwurst. Braunschweiger, Plain & Spicy Beef Jerky, Original, Salt & Pepper, and BBQ Pork Rinds were ready to serve. To the dismay of many, Pork Rinds were gone by the end of the second day! I found a fellow Pemmican addict in Maureen Quinn, who was equally saddened that it needed to be rationed by the third day.

Amanda Love, from The Barefoot Cook (sorry, not the Barefoot Contessa!), was gracious enough to cook up Ribeyes, NY Strips, Top Sirloin, and Leg of Lamb Steaks.

By the end of the conference, everyone knew exactly where the delicious whiff of meat was emanating.

But, I would feel guilty if I didn't tell you about some of our friends that we ran into:

After hours of grazing my way through Paleo f(x), I don't know how I had room for dinner.

What an unforgettable experience; Meeting the members of my Paleo Family to share our passion for this exploding revolution!

Happy Meating!

-Grant D. Cooper

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Pork, Good Fats, Misc Info, US Wellness Meats

Hydrate Nature's Way

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Sat, Jun 04, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Coconut Water Benefits: Nature’s Plasma

During the days of World War II, there was a shortage of medical saline. As you can imagine, this was a life or death issue for injured soldiers. In a pinch, doctors found that the water from young coconuts was a good substitute. With a nutrient profile similar to blood plasma, many soldiers received intravenous treatment with coconut water.

Of course, you won’t be hooking yourself up to the nearest coconut. But this does offer insight into the health benefits of coconut water.

In 2000, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine published a review about coconut water, describing its plasma-like benefits:

“Medical resources routinely used for intravenous hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients may be limited in remote regions of the world. When faced with these shortages, physicians have had to improvise with available resources, or simply do without. We report the successful use of coconut water as a short-term intravenous hydration fluid for a Solomon Island patient.”1

But it’s not just human cells that come to life…

Coconut water has been used in horticulture for more than 50 years.2  It is also used to promote the growth of fungi, bacteria and for preserving cells from the ligaments of teeth!3

Once you look closer at the properties of coconut water, you will see why it has so much to give. A review published in the journal Molecules calls coconut water “one of the world’s most versatile natural products”.

So let’s see how coconut water benefits your body at the cellular level… and how you can use it to improve your health. 

Decrease Blood Pressure and Increase Vitality!

If we enlarged your cells, you would see a vast network of vitamins, minerals and amino acids – all whizzing among a globe of water. But they’re not there by accident. To be healthy, our cells need the right nutrients – in the right ratios! These ratios allow your cells to communicate with each other.

One of the key ratios is the amount of sodium to potassium. In fact, this electrolyte ratio is so important that it is often called the “vitality ratio.” When it is out of balance your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke all increase.

A 2011 study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at the effects of sodium and potassium on our health.4   The researchers analyzed over 12,000 adults. They followed up with them for almost 15 years. They found that heart disease is closely associated with a high ratio of sodium to potassium. They also found a significant increase in death from other diseases.

According to a paper in The New England Journal of Medicine, our Paleolithic ancestors consumed nearly 16 times more potassium than sodium. Now, compare that to the average American today, who consumes two times more sodium than potassium!

Of course, we don’t know exactly what our ancient ancestors consumed. And we don’t know the “ideal” ratio of sodium to potassium for optimal health. But a number of health experts recommend that it should be between 1:2 and 1:3.

In other words, for every 1000mg of sodium in your diet, you should consume 2000-3000 mg of potassium.

The good news is that it’s easy to improve your vitality ratio.

The first step is to cut out processed and package foods. This is where most of the sodium in our diet comes from – not because we’re shaking too much salt at the dinner table. Next, add more potassium to your diet.

And coconut water is a delicious way to do it!

Eight ounces of coconut water contains 250 mg sodium to 600 mg potassium (1:2.4 ratio). And while it’s not the richest source of potassium you can consume, it can go a long way toward meeting your recommend daily requirement of 4,700 mg – especially when combined with other ancestral foods, like:.

•    Whole avocado – 975 mg
•    3 cups green vegetables – 800-900 mg
•    1 cup cooked spinach – 839 mg
•    2 ounces pumpkin seeds – 588 mg
•    1 banana – 422 mg
•    3 Tbsp. dried herbs – 300 mg (approx)
•    2 Tbsp. raw cacao – 160 mg
•    1 scoop (20 g) Vital Whey– 100 mg

Try a smoothie with a cup of coconut water, raw cacao, half an avocado, half a banana, a scoop of Vital Whey, a handful of spinach and enough water to reach the proper thickness. This equates roughly to a blood pressure lowering 2,000 mg of potassium – almost half your daily requirement in one delicious drink.

Coconut Water Benefits Tired, Aging Cells

Coconut water isn’t exactly water. And that’s part of its anti-aging charm! It is actually part of the endosperm of the coconut. The purpose is to provide nutrients to the developing flesh inside the fruit. That means it comes packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other phytochemicals.

One of these is kinetin.

If you look at various anti-aging creams you might see kinetin(Kn) listed as a key ingredient. Research demonstrates that kinetin can exert anti-aging effects in both animals and human cells.

A 1994 study found that when kinetin was introduced to human cells in vitro, aging was delayed. The researchers stated:

“Results show that the cytokinin Kn delays the onset of several cellular and biochemical characteristics associated with cellular ageing in vitro.”

 And when the cells had kinetin removed…

“On removal of Kn from the culture medium, aging characteristics began to reappear”.5 

 Research also shows that kinetin:

•    Exists naturally in human DNA
•    Functions as an antioxidant against free radical damage
•    Shown to slow aging in fruit flies

So, not only does coconut water benefit cellular health… it could also make them functionally younger!

Five Tasty Ways to Use Coconut Water as Cell Food

For rapid hydration: Drink one cup of coconut water after sports or if feeling under the weather. Use in place of commercial electrolyte drinks which are loaded with added sugars, artificial flavors, colors and other unhealthy ingredients. For excessive sweating, vomiting or dirrhea, you may want to just add an extra ¼ tsp of quality sea salt.

Reduce sugar intake: Use berries with coconut water in smoothies to create the sweetness. Replace high sugar fruits like bananas with potassium-rich avocado.

Switch up your coffee and tea: Try a coconut water iced coffee or iced tea for something a little different.

Add to juices: Try a low-sugar juice like cucumber, celery, ginger, spinach and lemon. Top off with coconut water for a refreshing, hydrating drink.

Coconut water vinaigrette: Mix ¼ cup coconut water, 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper.

When selecting coconut water, always look for those packed in cartons (not cans), and made with no added sugar or preservatives. For water fresh from the coconut, look for Thai young coconuts. They are cream colored, with a pointed top – and the freshest coconut water you can enjoy.

Start enjoying coconut water today to optimize hydration, boost disease-fighting potassium levels and slow cellular aging!
   

ED NOTE

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