You’ve probably heard about “prebiotics” recently and how important they are for digestive health. Prebiotics are non-digestible fiber compounds that pass undigested through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the growth or activity of beneficial bacteria or “probiotics” in the gut. While medical research is indicating the vital importance of probiotics for digestive health and health in general, prebiotic fibers are arguably just as important. The first step is to eat fermented foods and take a hi potency probiotic supplement but once we’ve done that, we need to “feed” the bacteria to keep it alive and thriving.
Examples of prebiotics include acacia or arabic gum, tapioca starch, and even potato starch. These are available at health food stores in a convenient powder form that can be added to your daily smoothie or protein shake. However, we can also incorporate foods prepared a certain way into our diet to up our prebiotic game. “Resistant starches” can be created by cooking starchy foods and then allowing them to cool and congeal. Think of potato salad, pasta salad,
even reheated baked potatoes! Throw some plantains and green, unripened bananas in your diet and you’re well on your way to growing your beneficial gut flora and improving all aspects of your health!
Pro tip: Start slow when introducing prebiotics into your diet. Too much too quickly can cause bloating and gas. Slowly increase your intake and enjoy the benefits!
John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator
Bone broth supplies some key nutrients that make it unique as a protein supplement. These nutrients are responsible for its incredible joint and gut healing properties.
Collagen – The main structural protein in the body, it helps form connective tissue and seals the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract. This gel-like protein also covers and holds our bones together, allowing them to smoothly glide.
Glycosaminoglycans (GAG) – These include glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate and maintain and support collagen and elastin between bones and various fibers. GAGs support digestive health by restoring the intestinal lining
Glutamine – The most abundant amino acid in the human body protects and repairs the gut lining and provides metabolic fuel for cells in the small intestine. Glutamine also improves metabolism and aides in muscle building.
Glycine – Prevents breakdown of muscle tissue and is involved in the production of bile salts and the antioxidant Glutathione. Glycine is also a neurotransmitter that improves sleep, memory, and performance.
Hyaluronic Acid – A major component of connective, epithelial, and neural tissues. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and eyes and comprises the synovial fluid in joints.
Proline – Helps regenerate cartilage and heal joints, reduces cellulite and makes skin more supple.
John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator
Bone broth has been used for centuries to help with healthy immune system function and building strong bones, but it’s very time consuming, taking 24 – 48 hours to make. And who has time for that?
Ancient Nutrition’s Bone Broth Protein, formulated by Jordan Rubin and Dr. Josh Axe, has slashed that time. With no more than 100 calories per serving, this form of protein is very easily digested, helps promote gut health and healthy bones, joints, hair, skin, and nails, all while being very cleansing and immune boosting. We’ve laid out the top reasons why you should try this amazing superfood:
Top 6 Benefits of Bone Broth Protein:
Great for the Gut: Because of naturally occurring gelatin and amino acids, bone broth is great at restoring the strength of the gut lining. It also helps with the growth of probiotics, and supports healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.
Improve Joint Health: Collagen is readily absorbed in bone broth, and it helps restore cartilage in your joints. It’s also naturally high in gelatin, which provides us with building blocks that are needed to form and maintain strong bones, helping take pressure off of aging joints and supporting healthy bone density.
Maintains Healthy Skin: Collagen helps form compounds within the skin that are responsible for maintaining skin’s youthful tone, texture, and appearance. Helps reduce the visible signs of wrinkles, puffiness, and fights various other signs of aging. Many people have even reported a decrease in cellulite when consuming foods high in collagen.
Boost Immune System: Chicken soup is good for your soul! Bone broth’s gut supportive benefits can actually have a holistic effect on the body and support healthy immune system function. Promotes a healthy immune and inflammation response.
Promotes Detoxification: Use Bone Broth protein as a cleansing system! Bone broth is considered a powerful detoxing agent since it helps the digestive system and liver to expel waste and remove toxins. Due to its potassium and glycine levels, bone broth supports cellular and liver detoxification, and glutathione helps lower oxidative stress.
Aids the Metabolism and Promotes Anabolism: Amino acids found in bone broth help with building and repairing muscle tissue, supporting bone mineral density, and maintaining muscle and connective tissue health. Glutamine helps sustain energy by sending nutrients to our cells, while arginine breaks down nitric oxide to help improve circulation and sends blood and nutrients to cells throughout the body.
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