Gut Health

So today for the first time in nearly two years I broke my “veganism” and had a bowl of bone broth. I have been considering this for a good long while and after recent events I decided to do it.

I have been experiencing bad allergies to food and stomach aches which I can only put down to me not healing my gut after being given so many courses of antibiotics. I used to be able to eat and drink anything I liked until I was put on antibiotics and then I started developing intolerances to absolutely everything. As much as I enjoy a raw vegan diet sometimes, especially in the winter months my body craves warm foods. I have found over the last couple of years that I am allergic/intolerant to gluten/any sort of flours/vinegars- anything containing sulphites/yeasts (even nutritional yeast)/MSG (not that I like to eat it anyway)/Starch. They cause me to get extreme bloating and before the weekend I tend to have to go on a 2 day juice fast so that I don’t get bloated when I go out.

The bloating is sometimes controlled by a really good pro biotic. At the moment I am take a Renew Life Ultimate Flora, Critical Care, 50 Billion and just in the last 2 days this seems to have helped my stomach. However I have recently taken a couple of days off work as I am waking up with such stomach cramps and my blood sugars have been high which is a sure sign that something isn’t right inside my body!

So I have decided to drink cabbage juice (after watching Superjuice Me!!!) and drink/eat some bone broths for a couple of weeks until my stomach is healed for good! The cabbage juice I am drinking is one I make myself and I juice a whole red cabbage with 6 apples, ginger and a bag of celery, its actually really nice! The first place I thought I would try for a bone broth is a new pop up cafe in the Boxpark in Shoreditch called  Eastlondonjuice co they do loads of amazing vegan/raw foods and sell tonics and elixirs, crystals and superfood mixes!IMG_4048 (1)

I had a bone broth filled with spiralised carrot and courgette. It was absolutely delicious!

From Wellness Mama: The many benefits of bone broth and how it can improve digestion, allergies, immune health, brain health, and much more.

What isn’t as well known is that broth can help reduce cellulite by improving connective tissue, increase hair growth/strength, improve digestive issues and remineralize teeth.

Broth is also helpful to have on hand when anyone in the family gets sick as it can be a soothing and immune boosting drink during illness, even if the person doesn’t feel like eating.

Broth is very high in the amino acids proline and glycine which are vital for healthy connective tissue (ligaments, joints, around organs, etc). The Paleo Mom has a great explanation of the importance of these two amino acids:

In addition, glycine is required for synthesis of DNA, RNA and many proteins in the body. As such, it plays extensive roles in digestive health, proper functioning of the nervous system and in wound healing. Glycine aids digestion by helping to regulate the synthesis and of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid.  It is involved in detoxification and is required for production of glutathione, an important antioxidant. Glycine helps regulate blood sugar levels by controlling gluconeogenesis (the manufacture of glucose from proteins in the liver). Glycine also enhances muscle repair/growth by increasing levels of creatine and regulating Human Growth Hormone secretion from the pituitary gland. This wonderful amino acid is also critical for healthy functioning of the central nervous system. In the brain, it inhibits excitatory neurotransmitters, thus producing a calming effect. Glycine is also converted into the neurotransmitter serine, which promotes mental alertness, improves memory, boosts mood, and reduces stress.

Proline has an additional role in reversing atherosclerotic deposits. It enables the blood vessel walls to release cholesterol buildups into your blood stream, decreasing the size of potential blockages in your heart and the surrounding blood vessels.  Proline also helps your body break down proteins for use in creating new, healthy muscle cells.

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