I just read the above article in the Wall Street Journal (01/17/12) that I would like to share. Here are some of the main aspects:
“The gut is important in medical research, not just for problems pertaining to the digestive system but also problems pertaining to the rest of the body” (wsj)
- the small intestine alone has 100 million neurons (roughly the amount that can be found the the spinal cord)
- the brain receives more information from the gut than the gut from the brain
- problems in the gut may cause problems in the brain
- gut flora plays a role in how the body responds to stress
- 95 % of the serotonin (neurotransmitter in the brain) in the body is made in the gut
- link between health of the gut and autism (see GAPS)
So don’t forget: ” Let food be thy food and medicine be thy food” Hyppocrates
If you are interested in reading the whole article:
Thank you so much for attending my info evening about the GAPS diet tonight. It was great to have all of you there. I will promise it will be easier to find my office next time!
I am going to start a GAPS support group together with another GAPS practitioner in Boulder soon. Please, keep tuned & look at my website/calendar for more info.
Also, I am planning on offering classes on different dietary topics. So please, stay tuned!
Please, let me know, if you are interested in an individual consultation. I would love to work with you.
How do you make ghee?
Ghee is milk fat. It is great for cooking & baking. Ghee does not contain any lactose, whey or any milk protein, so it can be used even by people who are lactose intolerant or sensitive.
Here is how you can make it yourself:
Preheat your oven to around 140 – 250 F. Put a large block of organic, unsalted butter into a metal dish or a pan. Leave it in the oven for about 1 hour. Take it out and carefully pout the golden fat (ghee) from the top, making sure that the white liquid stays in the pan. Discard the white liquid. Keep in a jar in your fridge. Enjoy!
What is the difference in Almond butter and Almond meal?
We figured out that there are the same ingredients in both products, almonds & salt. I have done some research and I found out that time makes all the difference.
Put some almonds (1 cup) in your food processor and let it run full power. After a few minutes you will have almond meal/flour and after 15-20 minutes (depending on how strong your processor is) you will have almond butter. The longer you let the machine run, the more oil gets released which causes the creaminess to occur. The process is faster, if you use roasted almonds.
Tuesday’s class was great. Some people chose my presentation over the president’s State of the Union speech. : )
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