Healthy Gut and Clear Skin – They go hand in hand!

Before and after makeup

Are you constantly plagued with acne or other skin disorders and it doesn’t seem to get better? Or….it gets better for a second and then flairs back up?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re not alone.

What triggered this article; was this. Earlier this week, we (my sister-in-law Kathy and I) did a Fermenting class and demo. After the class, while speaking to so many, one particular lady asked me about my skincare use.

She approached the subject like this…”Since you’re the healthy and organic girl, it would make sense that you probably use good quality organic skincare products too, right?”

While this isn’t the first time people have commented on my skin, it’s the first time in the context of a food class.

Now remember, I’m an experimenter and researcher, so my logical brain went into the correlation between our gut health, our brain and our skin.

You see, they really all do work systematically together. I’ve always instinctively known that what you put in shows up on the outside, via your skin, your weight, your mood, etc.

When you are stressed what happens? You tend to eat and/or drink more caffeinated foods/drinks and you sleep less. You also tend to pick up more of the junk or comfort foods than you might normally.

So imagine a life like this. We’re constantly barraged with stress, toxins, processed foods and a body that’s stressed more and more and more!

What happens? We might start noticing symptoms of indigestion, acid reflux, autoimmune diseases, skin disorders, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, anxiety, or other issues.

What if you haven’t noticed any of these things, other than the “normal” stresses? You’ve had hardly any real signs of gut disorders that would lead the face breaking out and/or the dry patches of skin.

There are many studies that link gut health to skin health. Vitamin A and D are essential to good skin. If you suffer from “leaky gut”, your body isn’t utilizing the nutrients that you are taking in and these toxic antibodies are floating into your bloodstream and causing havoc on the outside as well as the inside.

Since the skin covers a large percentage of our bodies, and it does absorb a lot of what’s put on it, it does warrant some thought about what happens from the inside out and vice versa.

Going back to the ladies question about my skincare, yes I do take care of what I put on the outside. As I just mentioned, our skin is a giant sponge and if it gets clogged up with toxic overload from so called good skincare, we are just overloading our system with more junk.

The big named cosmetics don’t want you to know that the more you use their toxic products, they more you are reliant on using them, as they continually will make your skin worse.

Same goes for the overload on the inside. If you don’t deal with these issues and go through a healing process, you’ll never have the health or skin that you desire.

I know, balloon buster here! The good news is this….there is hope and healing to be had. I keep saying this! At some point, I hope that you believe it internally and take the necessary steps to do what you have to!

Acne is a big problem for many and it almost always can and is linked to gut health. Clean up your gut and clean up your skin. Let’s face it. We all have some vanity or we’d not be human.

Who wants to truly live with a face, neck, scalp or body marked by acne or other major skin disorders? Let’s face it….we all need to take care of our inside so our bodies can take care of us, which includes the outside.

What experiences have you had with skin disorders and cleaning up your diet and gut health?

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

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Raw Milk…It does a body good!

Raw Milk facts

Have you ever considered drinking raw milk? If you are honest, I bet one of your first thoughts is…whew…that’s gross!

I remember conjuring up such thoughts and more. I don’t know exactly why I thought this, but I couldn’t fathom drinking milk directly from the cow, I mean I was always taught that it had to be cooked and cleaned first, right?

Boy, have I come along way. For the last year and a half, I’ve consumed no other milk other than raw milk. I also make fermented foods from raw milk, things like yogurt, kefir, soft cheeses, cottage cheese and the like.

I can’t begin to tell you how much better tasting it is, how fresh it is AND the health benefits are superior to anything pasteurized, contrary to what you’ve been told or the warnings you’ve had flashed to you. I’

Now, let me also say, not all raw is deemed equal. If you have access to receiving “raw” milk from a commercial dairy, don’t do it. Why? The condition under which it is produced is key and the way the animals are raised.

The ideal raw milk is taken straight from animals fed only fresh, organic, green grass, and then the milk is rapidly cooled to somewhere around 36-38 degrees and then bottled. There is no processing, just filtration and cooling.

Diet is a major factor in the quality of raw milk. Cows weren’t meant to be fed grains and starches and this changes the acidity of the cow’s stomach environment and changes fat and nutritional values in the milk. They lack the self-protective properties that occur when cows are grass-fed. Also milk fed grains and starches, has the capability to be more contaminated.

There is a whole other topic of what’s injected into the cow, as well as being fed to increase the milk production. Many of these soy based products, mimic estrogen in humans, hence the higher hormone issues in this country as well.

I will link several resources at the bottom of this article, for those that would like further, in depth research. For the sake of this article, I really just wanted to give an overview and open it up the comments for further review and questions.

Clean raw milk from pastured cows is a complete and properly balanced food. If you had to, you could live on it exclusively. The ingredients that make it such a powerhouse are:

  • Proteins (Cow’s milk has 8 essential amino acids)
  • Carbohydrates (Lactose or milk sugar, is the primary)
  • Fats (approximately 2/3 of the fat in milk is saturated, which play a number of key roles in our bodies)
  • CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is abundant in milk from grass-fed cows
  • Vitamins (water and fat soluble) – nothing needs to be added to raw milk, it’s already there and ready to be used by our bodies
  • Minerals (ranging from calcium and phosphorus on down to trace minerals)
  • Enzymes (there are 60+ known and the biggest help I think they play is relieving the burden from our system – as they help break down foods
  • Cholesterol (a protective/repair substance) Contrary to what you’ve been told, our bodies produce it and need it for a healthy life
  • Beneficial Bacteria (with high levels of lactic acid, numerous enzymes and increased vitamin content, fermented dairy products, think yogurt and kefir, add even more health benefits

Raw milk is the best thing you can give your children, next to lactating of course. Have you noticed the rise in Asthma, allergies, skin disorders, etc.? There are a number of studies linking the consumption of pasteurized milk to these.

Pasteurization kills all the bacteria in the milk by heating it. As I mentioned earlier, this is necessary because of their living conditions, the cleanliness of the cows, what they are fed, etc. Then vitamins have to be added back in.

Milk…it does a body good! I’m sure you’ve all heard that saying. I would add the word “Raw” to that statement. Raw Milk….It does a body Good! It’s the only milk that does a body good! Whether it’s from goats or cows, make sure it’s grass-fed and from a trusted source.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ll link several resources for you who want and desire more, as you ultimately have to make the right choice and decisions for your family.

I can’t say enough for the benefits my family has experienced as a result of making the change and I will never go back, even if that means having a cow of my own.

Interested in learning more and/or obtaining raw milk…here’s an excellent resource, www.realmilk.com

There is much controversy over this issue and the best advice I can give, is do the research, talk to trusted sources and make an informed decision.

What questions arise from this blog? Do you consume raw milk or are you afraid and have questions? This is the place to share those questions and/or concerns, post below.

As I’ve said a few times, this article isn’t intended to be all inclusive, as this topic is very in-depth and there are some strong political views at hand as well. All I can do is open the door, let you dive in and see where it takes you.

The choice is yours….here to lasting good health!

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

PS: Here are a couple of great resources, and these aren’t all inclusive…just trusted sites.

www.realmilk.com

www.westonaprice.org

www.raw-milk-facts.com

http://empoweredsustenance.com/raw-milk-is-special/

Click here if you’d like to schedule some time with me to see how we can take this conversation further into a plan of lasting health for you and your family. Let’s Talk!

 

The health of your gut depends on these!

Carolina Style Slaw

Hello everyone,

These last several weeks have been so interesting getting to talk with so many of you about the health of your gut!

The more you know, the healthier you’ll be. However, just knowing doesn’t solve all the problems. Part of the equation is implantation or action.

I am a perfect example of knowing things and not necessarily taking quick action. On some things yes and others, I tend to drag my feet or wait until I have all my “ducks in a row.” Can any of you relate?

Why is that? I mean, if we know something is really good for us and it’s proven to work, why don’t we always do it? Why do we humans tend to take the long way around things?

The irony is that we often come back around to what we know we should be doing in the first place. We could have not taken up so much time if we just would have taken action in the first place.

The good news is this. You can jump on board when you are ready. Just don’t waste too much time getting around to it or lining up those “ducks.”

Since I have a passion for making and consuming fermented foods, I thought I’d share some history that I found fascinating and along with that some benefits and why you should be consuming these incredible healing foods. So let’s dive in, shall we?

What are Fermented Foods?

Let’s first look at todays’ foods. Most of today’s pickles and sauerkraut are made with vinegar instead of the traditional method of lacto-fermentation using salt and/or whey. Bread and pasta are made with commercial yeast instead of being naturally leavened with wild yeast as in a real sourdough. Wine, beer and cheeses are pasteurized, which kills off all the good bacteria we so desperately need to maintain health.

There are many advantages to going back to the traditional ways of our ancestors, and eating more fermented foods. And no they aren’t scary or hurt you.

Let’s now look at our history. Humans all over the world have been fermenting food since ancient times. The earliest evidence of winemaking dates back to eight thousand years ago in the Caucasus area of Georgia. Seven-thousand-year-old jars which once contained wine were excavated in the Zagros Mountains in Iran. There is evidence that people were making fermented beverages in Babylon around 5000 BC, ancient Egypt circa 3150 BC, pre-Hispanic Mexico circa 2000 BC, and Sudan circa 1500 BC. There is also evidence of leavened bread in ancient Egypt dating back to 1500 BC and of milk fermentation in Babylon circa 3000 BC.

“In the normal scheme of things, we’d never have to think twice about replenishing the bacteria that allow us to digest food. But since we’re living with antibiotic drugs and chlorinated water and antibacterial soap and all these factors in our contemporary lives that I’d group together as a ‘war on bacteria,’ if we fail to replenish [good bacteria], we won’t effectively get nutrients out of the food we’re eating.” – Sandor Katz

Benefits of Eating Fermented Foods

Improves Digestion – Fermenting our foods before we eat them is like partially digesting them before we eat or drink them. Sometimes people who can’t tolerate milk can eat yogurt or consume kefir. That’s because the lactose (which is usually the part people can’t tolerate) in milk is broken down as the milk is fermented and turns into yogurt and kefir.

Adding Good Bacteria to Your Gut – Fermented foods restore the proper balance of bacteria in the gut. If you have issues with lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), yeast infections, allergies, or asthma, all of these conditions have been linked to a lack of good bacteria in the gut.

Boost Enzymes – Eating raw, fermented foods are rich in enzymes. Your body needs enzymes to adequately digest, absorb, and utilize the nutrients in your food. As you age, your body’s production of enzymes goes down.

Increase Vitamins – Fermenting food actually increases the vitamin content. Fermented dairy products show an increased level of folic acid which is critical to producing healthy babies as well as B vitamins, riboflavin and biotin depending on the strains of bacteria present.

Better Absorption – Eating fermented food helps us to absorb the nutrients we’re consuming. You can ingest huge amounts of nutrients, but unless you actually absorb them, they’re useless to you. When you improve digestion, you improve absorption.

Better Preservation – Fermenting food helps to preserve it for longer periods of time. Have you ever noticed how forgotten milk gets sour and rancid pretty quickly? But kefir and yogurt last a lot longer. Sauerkraut, pickles and salsa will keep for months. And if you’ve got a huge batch of produce in your garden that you don’t know how to use up — ferment it!

Cost Effective – If you were to start experimenting with fermenting, you’ll find that you don’t need any fancy or expensive equipment. The food types that you can use in fermented are usually not expensive, especially if you’re able to grow many of them yourself or someone you know.

Chock full of Flavor – Fermenting food increases the flavor. Just think of the last time you ate some great cheese or drank a nice glass of wine, you did this because they taste good. We’ve also grown up with sauerkraut as a favorite hot dog condiment or roast pork and sauerkraut for New Year’s Day for good luck.

Here are some good ways to incorporate more fermented foods into your diet

1. Eat real sourdough bread (you don’t want commercial breads made with yeast)

2. Drink fermented beverages like kombucha, kefir, or kefir soda to name a few.

3. Eat fermented veggies and fruits, like pickles, sauerkraut, salsa, and kimchi and don’t forget about fermented condiments, like mayonnaise, ketchup, sour cream, crème fraiche, and the like.

All of these things can be made at home or purchased from someone you know. They are often also available at Health Food stores.

If you’re like me and want to experiment, there are lots of ways to do so. Things like kefir ice cream, crackers that are actually made with sourdough, fermented coconut water and milk. There are fermented wines to be made and also mead which is a wine made from honey.

I often make breakfast cereals from kefir and soaked oats or smoothies from kefir. I also make a mean applesauce as well as several varieties of veggies, slaws and krauts. The ideas are endless.

No more excuses for not getting your ferments in daily.

What’s been your experience with fermented foods and/or drinks? Leave your comments below.

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

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