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Health Eduction: Prebiotics vs Probiotics

As science is continually showing us how important our gut health is for our overall health, it is important for us to learn as much about what will benefit our gut as possible. The terms prebiotics and probiotics are often discussed, but distinguishing between the two and knowing how each ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????can serve to help our health can be tricky. Both can offer benefits, so read on to learn how to use these powerful tools to help your health.

Prebiotics

What They Are: Prebiotics are specific dietary fibers that are used by your body to feed and nourish the good bacteria in your gut.

What They Do: Prebiotics are actually what feed the good bacteria, a.k.a. probiotics, in our guts.

How to Get Them: You do not have to look far to find food sources of prebiotics.  A fruit and vegetable rich, fiber filled diet is the best way to get sufficient amounts of prebiotics. Bananas, berries, asparagus, and dark leafy greens are just a few examples of foods that will provide the prebiotics needed to nourish probiotics.

Probiotics

What They Are: The term probiotics refers to the good bacteria our gut needs for proper balance and health.

What They Do: Probiotics have been shown to help with diarrhea, constipation, stomachaches, immune function, and more.

How to Get Them: Foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and a few others offer dietary sources of probiotics. To get therapeutic levels of probiotics, most people need to turn to supplements. Many supplements are available that use lactic based probiotics, but soil-based probiotics are shown to offer some distinct advantages.

We recommend trying soil based Prescript-Assist prebiotic & probiotic blend for its impressive 29 strains, resistance to degrading, and commitment to quality.

Probiotics and prebiotics exist in a symbiotic relationship: you want to include both in your life through diet and supplementation for optimal function.

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An EASY Alternative to Liver & Onions

Got picky eaters? I certainly do. I work tirelessly each and every day to provide my family with the nutrient dense foods that their bodies need. Nothing is more frustrating than serving your family a nutrient dense meal that they simply refuse to eat. This is my family’s problem with liver and onions. Beef liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world, but that doesn’t help me if my kids refuse to eat it! Luckily, I have found an alternative.

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My family now takes desiccated liver pills! Well, my husband and I knowingly take the capsules. For the kids, I simply empty the capsules into foods like soups, stews, broths, and sauces. The trick is to stir in the powder AFTER the food is finished cooking and just before serving. Heating the beef liver powder will destroy some of the nutrients so it is best to add just before serving when the food has cooled to a temperature safe for eating.

Grass-fed beef liver is packed with nutrients and you can give your family these same exact nutrients in the convenient form of a capsule supplement. A typical serving of the desiccated liver capsules that my family takes contains 2.8mg of naturally occurring iron, 969 IU of naturally occurring vitamin, and 5.5mcg of vitamin B12. These nutrients keep my family healthy and energized on a daily basis.

Grass-fed beef liver is a lot like cod liver oil; it doesn’t taste great but I know that my family needs it. Thankfully, I can find both beef liver and cod liver oil in convenient and tasteless capsules. This has been a great option for my family. How do you get your kids to eat the nutrient dense foods that they are not very fond of? Let me know!

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Sandy Treadwell and I’m here to talk about health. As a country, we are in the midst of a health crisis. Our food system is no longer in the hands of farmers. The food within that system no longer benefits our health, but rather, it is filled with dangerous chemicals. Approximately 2/3 of our nation is overweight. It is clear to see that something has got to change.

I’m a mother of three. I don’t work for congress. I don’t have the power to pass a bill that would change our food system. I don’t have millions of dollars to spend on GMO / chemical awareness. But all of this does NOT mean that I cannot make a difference. As a mother, I have the power to teach my children about the importance of local and organic whole foods. I have the power to spend my money on food that is responsibly grown. I have the power to cook nutritious meals for my family. We have more power than we realize when it comes to our food.

I started this blog to share the ways in which my family stays healthy. We eat local and organic foods. We live sustainably. We make sure that we move our bodies every day. It isn’t difficult or expensive to live a healthier lifestyle; it just takes a bit of planning. I plan to use to this blog to share recipes, fitness tips and goals, as well as other healthy living tips that have worked for me and my family.

My family follows a traditional whole food based diet inspired by Dr. Weston A. Price. This dentist, doctor, and scientist traveled the world searching for the key to health and wellness. Throughout his travels, he discovered that the healthiest people ate a traditional whole food based diet that was free from processed foods and refined sugar.

This means that we try to buy most of our food directly from local farms, community supported agriculture programs, farmer’s markets, and food cooperatives. When we can’t find all we need locally, we try to choose only organic and non-GMO foods from the grocery store. We also cook about 80% of our meals from scratch. This is the easiest and most economical way to feed my family healthy food.

As parents and as people in general, it is our job to reclaim our food system and change the way our nation thinks about food. We need to return to the worth traditions and wisdom of the past. Please join me on this quest for a healthier nation.