Leaky Gut Syndrome

According to Web MD, “Leaky gut syndrome” is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. But it’s something of a medical mystery.

The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb these vital nutrients. In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining. Other factors, infections, toxins, stress and age, can also cause these tight junctions to break apart.

Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these “foreign invaders” as pathogens and attacks them. The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the 7 signs you have a leaky gut.

According to Dr Josh Axe, here are 7 signs you have leaky gut:

1. Food sensitivity
2. Inflammatory bowel disease
3. Autoimmune disease
4. Thyroid problems
5. Malabsorption
6. Inflammatory skin conditions
7. Mood issues and Autism

Side note: Dr. Josh Axe is a wellness physician, popular radio show host, and coveted national speaker committed to setting people free from their health problems so they can live their lives to their fullest potential.

The top foods to remove from your diet if you have a leaky gut are sugar, grain, conventional meat, conventional dairy and GMO foods.

Here are five foods to heal your leaky gut:
1. Bone broth
2. Raw cultured dairy ( pastured kefir, yogurt)
3. Fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass)
4. Coconut products
5. Sprouted seeds (chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds)

I know this is a lot of information and a bit overwhelming. But changing your diet a little can’t hurt, right?

Bone Broth

During my extensive research, I’ve been hearing a lot about bone broth. Apparently, it’s known to have incredible health benefits. It is a highly nutrient dense food. By the way, nutrient-dense foods are foods that have a lot of nutrients but relatively few calories. Broth is an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system and improve digestion.

Side note: My mom loves to make chicken noodle soup for the kids when they are sick. And she would always say that it’s the broth and that makes them feel better. You were right, mom!! It’s the broth…

Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content which makes it great for bone and tooth health. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content. It great for treatment of leaky gut syndrome which I will discuss in another post.

Experts say drinking 2 cups of bone broth a day will help you reap the benefits.

I found this great recipe for making bone broth in the slow cooker from mommypotamus.com
How To Make Bone Broth In A Slow Cooker
For this recipe you will need: 8 quart slow cooker, mesh strainer
Author: Mommypotamus
* 1 – 1.5 pounds of chicken, beef, lamb or fish bones
* 1 small onion, peeled and roughly chopped
* 2-3 carrots, chopped
* 1 stalk celery
* 1 ½ teaspoons unrefined sea salt, or more to taste (where to buy unrefined sea salt)
* 1 tablespoon vinegar for chicken bones, 1 tablespoon + 1.5 teaspoons for fish, 2 for beef (I use apple cider vinegar)
* enough water to cover the bones
* ½ teaspoon peppercorns, optional
* 2 chicken feet, optional (Yours will probably come prepared, but if now here’s how to do it yourself)
1. Place one pound of chicken bones in a slow cooker with veggies, salt and peppercorns.
2. Pour in enough filtered water to cover the chicken.
3. Add 1 ½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
4. Turn slow cooker on low and cook for the recommended amount of time:
5. Chicken bones: 8-24 hours
6. Beef bones: 8-72 hours
7. Fish bones: 6-24 hours
8. When desired, strain the broth and discard the bones, vegetables and peppercorns. Pour broth into jars and store in the fridge. If you would like to freeze your broth, see my note at the end for how to freeze in jars.
This recipe, which is adapted from one found in Nourishing Traditions, can easily be doubled if you have more bones on hand. I usually only have one pound because I make it immediately following a roast chicken dinner.

If you’re using meaty beef bones you’ll want to roast them in the oven at 350F for about half an hour before starting with step #1. It does wonders for the flavor.
Recipe by Mommypotamus at http://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-make-bone-broth/

I will definitely try this amazing bone broth very soon. I’m collecting my chicken bones as we speak. Stay tune for my reviews!

Banana Muffins

A couple of days ago, I made banana muffins with coconut oil with no eggs or butter. It was a huge hit with the family. Even my biggest critic, my 4 year old, was impressed. Well, slightly impressed. She tasted it and gave me a thumbs up. She didn’t finish it. But that’s only because she’s not really a muffin fan. Everyone else loved it!! I was very proud.

My next mission is to replace all of my family’s favorite meals with a healthier alternative. I know this will be a tough mission but I’m up for the challenge.

Oil Pulling

According to Web MD, oil pulling is a type of oral detoxification procedure which involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil — typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil — in your mouth for about 5-20 minutes and then spitting it out it. It is advised to spit it out in a trash can instead of the sink. The oil can thicken and clog your pipes. Recent studies show that oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath.

I’m not sure if this really works. But it’s worth a try.

Coconut Oil

I’ve been reading a lot about coconut oil. It is known as a super food which is a nutrient food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well being.

I recently ordered a jar of organic, virgin, raw coconut oil from Skinny and company. Skinny and company coconut oil is cold pressed from wild harvested coconuts from the jungles of Vietnam. It it the only 100% raw, alkaline coconut oil. Very impressive!! And it tastes great, too!

Here are some of benefits of coconut oil:

1. High in natural saturated fat which increases the healthy cholesterol in your body. This promotes heart health.
2. Immune system boost. It is an anti viral, anti fungal and anti bacterial. It contain lauric acid which is known to fight candida, fight bacteria and create a hostile environment for viruses.
3. Promotes weight loss
4. Excellent moisturizer and massage oil
5. Hair conditioner and dandruff remedy
6. Improves digestion
7. Good for oral health (oil pulling)
8. Help balance hormones
9. Improves memory and brain function
10. Improves energy and endurance

Sounds fantastic, right?! Well, I wanted to see what all the fuss is about.

My mission is to use the coconut oil consistently for 6 months and document any positive health changes. I will start taking 1 tablespoon of coconut oil orally everyday and gradually move up to 2 tablespoons daily. I will replace any cooking oils or butter with coconut oil. I will oil pull twice a week (I’ll give more info on oil pulling on another post.) I will moisturize my skin and hair with coconut oil and eventually make my own body butter, lip balm and deodorant.

Sounds like a lot… But I’ll up for the mission

Let the healthy quest begin

Life can be a little overwhelming when you’re a working mom of 3 beautiful kids. The last thing I really think about is eating healthy. I’m just happy that I have a decent meal on the table that the kids will actually eat. Well, recently I’ve been doing a little soul searching and I had my “aha” moment. I want to give my kids a healthy foundation. I want them to learn how to make healthy choices. So, now I’m on quest. A quest for a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been doing a little research. I’ve been reading articles, listening to podcasts and talking to family and friends. I’ve decided to slowly incorporate a few healthy changes in our lives. And I want to use this blog to document my success and failure. This should be interesting but I’m ready for this journey. Let the healthy quest begin…