Did you get a chance to read the last post on Changing Habitual Thoughts and Patterns? If not, make sure you do. It’s a theme I’m going to stick with for several weeks. I want everyone to be able to quit the Negative Self Talk and Habits, switch to Positive Self Talk accompanied by Positive Action Steps, and see actual changes by January. It’s all starts in the mind, so verbalize, write, and visualize the mantra from the last post: ”Whatever the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve. I take steps to be fit, healthy, and energetic.”
Now a quick post to answer a question I’ve had several times lately: Where can I get gelatin/bone broth/collagen, and why do I need it?
Here’s the scoop: our body is FULL of a protein called Collagen. It’s everywhere: it makes up our skin, our intestinal tract, artery lining, stomach lining, cartilage and more. Truly, it’s very abundant. The breakdown of collagen, in our skin, our intestinal tract, cartilage, etc, is a big problem: wrinkles and loss of elasticity in the skin, leaky gut, hardening of the arteries, arthritis, ……get the picture?
If we’re older, we don’t make collagen as well or as much as we used to. If we have crappy diets that don’t supply the INGREDIENTS for collagen, we don’t make sufficient amounts; if we’re sick or compromised, we don’t make enough, and if we feed our body bad foods, we make bad collagen.
In other words, it’s pretty easy NOT to make enough collagen, or make BAD collagen. That’s where bone broths and gelatins come in. They’re LOADED with collagen, and all the cofactors to use and absorb it.
If you make homemade broth, make sure you’re simmering the bones, with a tbsp of vinegar, for at least 24 hours, 48 is even better. Incorporate the broth into soups, stews, vegetables, fish, everything you can think of. If you’re trying to heal a leaky gut, you should try to get at least 2 cups a day in, plain and warm and in a mug works well. Don’t feel like making broth? Check to see if any of the stores in your area that are selling LOCAL meats/cheeses/vegetables etc are also selling homemade broth ( commercial brands almost always have MSG). If not, ordering online is always an option: grassland beef.com, wisechoicemarket.com, and culturesforhealth.com are places to start.
Another option? Buy dry, powdered Gelatin or Collagen, which is loaded with animo acids and highly absorbable. I’ve been using the Great Lakes Gelatin for a few months now, literally putting it in everything from smoothies to casseroles to desserts and it’s AWESOME. There’s NO taste whatsoever – literally. It’s just amino acids and nutrients. If you have a really compromised gut, get their hydrolyzed collagen instead of the gelatin, it’s easier to absorb if there’s health issues. I use the gelatin for myself and my family.
Why would I still make bone broth and not just rely on the (easier) powdered gelatin, since they both contain collagen and amino acids? Bone broth contains the minerals from the bones, the nutrients from the joints (glucosamine, chondroitin, msm, hyularic acid..), the marrow from the bones, and it’s incredibly high in the amino acid glycine, which is one of the liver’s main go-tos for it’s detoxification jobs (that means breaking down drugs, chemicals in foods, etc).
Gelatin and Hydrolyzed Collagen are both made from the collagen layer underneath animal hides, so there’s a different class of nutrients there from the bones and joints. Bone broth and collagen both have different amino acid profiles than muscle meats. That’s an important distinction! Organ meats, bones, the collagen under the hides, these are nutritionally dense foods that until the past few decades were not just normally consumed in the United States, but were acknowledged for their nutritional SUPERIORITY over muscle meats. Broths and gelatin are a way to reap some of those traditional benefits.
I hope this answers the Broth/Gelatin/Collagen questions. Let me know if it doesn’t. Consuming foods that improve health, actually focusing on getting as many nutrients as possible, will have big, positive, consequences for your health, your weight, your mood, and even your appearance (collagen and healthy fats are great for our skin). Eat for Health, and Weight Loss is always a side effect. Take the Action Steps!
I’m off to the gym with the Hubs to have a heavy leg day, and then we’re going to see Gravity – I can’t wait! I also can’t wait to gather my notes for my next post on the Habits of Happy People Seminar I went to yesterday – it was Inspiring:)