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  • Healthier Without Gluten

    by Karen A. Masterson Koch

    Delicious and enjoyable foods are gluten free. In fact, most traditional foods, other than pasta dishes, do not contain it. The main problem is high consumption-eating less gluten and offending foods would be much better.

    Eating natural foods are foundational to the body, besides being one of life's pleasures. Unfortunately, gluten-packed grain snacks, cereals including oats, and fast foods are being consumed in copious amounts. Despite the insatiable desire for these carbohydrates, science is now proving that the excess of gluten in these foods can be a major roadblock to good health. Health conscious people are finding that just by lowering the breads, cereals, and pastas (especially from whole grains) or stopping them entirely, allows them to start feeling better in just a matter of days and weeks.

    • Eat a variety of natural foods
    • Reduce or avoid gluten and other allergens
    • Choose a quality aloe vera and probiotics.

    Other food Allergies and additives may also be problematic , explaining why disease is on the rise in almost every category. Two supplements can be helpful along this new natural path. The first step is a quality Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate or tablet to support improved digestion, allergies and skin renewal of the gut and body. The second step would be adding probiotics (friendly bacteria) partner, especially after a round of anti-biotics and or failing health. Both work as a team for improving digestion and are not contra-indicating to pharmaceutical drug use so commonly seen today.

    Gluten & Anti-nutrients Affect All Body Function

    Gluten, along with other food allergies, referred to as anti-nutrients, must be considered factors in all ailments from A-Z. The most detrimental triggers include whole grains, dairy and cane sugar. Consuming a large amount may even delay normal growth and development of the body, effecting both mental and physical well being for infants, kids and adults including:

    • Healthy skin, hair, nails and gums
    • Energy, weight and athletic performance
    • Auto-immunity and immunity factor
    • CVD, strokes and respiratory system
    • Mental, brain and nervous system

    The addiction to bread, pasta and other grain-based foodstuff, along with ice cream, soft cheeses, cow's milk, many yogurt products, sodas, pizza, and more have kept people from experimenting with their diets. Wouldn't you love to hit your best weight goal, reverse disease and even achieve athletic goals you have dreamed of? It's never too late! Going without gluten and making better food choices is doable for the whole family.

    In fact, many of the top athletes of today are finding that their best performance has come after giving up gluten. Both world tennis player, Novak Djokvid, who carries multiple world titles and 2009 Super Bowl MVP, Drew Breeze of the Saints, put gluten on the back burner and reaped the benefits. Top track and field athlete and 2013 World Figure WBFF first place winner, Monica Brant, says, "Eating a low gluten diet and consuming a Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate were two of the best decisions I have made to keep my competitive edge, even at age 46.

    What is Gluten?

    Gluten is primarily found in grains and its flour products including wheat, rye, barley, oats and even brown rice. The clincher is its highest content is in the fiber. Boy, did we get it wrong! My suggestion is to aim for increasing food fibers easier to digest from fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, celery, yams, red potatoes, and raw nuts, seeds and legumes as tolerated and leave the grains alone for now.

    More devious in recent years, gluten flour is also being added to foods as a thickening agent to maintain firmness of the breadstuff and many times not included on the ingredients. Even trendy foods like granola, Ezekiel and sourdough breads, plus some tortillas have been fortified, lending a slight rubbery texture, yet also triggering more body symptoms of gluten intolerance. The name "gluten" actually tells you its property is glue like. And, its chemistry is protein carbohydrate molecule that is very sticky and challenging for many -if not all people to digest. Not digesting gluten and other complex carbohydrates well brings about unhealthy inflammation in the gut and the entire body.

    This sometimes silent, poor digestion damages the ability to absorb valuable building nutrients from our foods and supplements. This can lead to mal-nutrition and lots of disease opportunity. Even neuro-logical disorders effecting balance and brain function are accentuated, plus all body pathways decline.

    "A" fellow with Parkinson's disease remarked that every time he ate his favorite sandwich made on  whole grain bread, his limbs would shake so badly he had to lay down! Classic gluten symptoms include digestive and joint pain, bloating, gas, constipation and/diarrhea, fatigue, bruising, skin blisters, manic-depression and failing health.

    Food Trends & Marketing Are Confusing!

    Food trends like pizza and fast foods have all but replaced homemade dinner at an alarming rate. Yogurt sales have exploded and ironically, organic sugar is being given a healthy pass; yet these two both need to come with a warning-may increase bowel inflammation, very problematic in large amounts!

    People think they are eating healthy, yet even foods marked Gluten Free  still contain many challenging ingredients that bring about more gut grief for sensitives than eating just plain white flour, crackers and white rice at times. Some low gluten flours are tolerated better like millet, quinoa, bean and almond flours, plus the rare sprouted variety.

    Diet fads like Raw Foods and the Paleo-Caveman diets have evolved out of necessity to avoid the anti-nutrients and temporarily serve a good purpose. Yet research supports that long-term, the Mediterranean Diet, with a variety of quality proteins including fish and lean meats, along with an abundance of lightly steamed or raw vegetables, best supports body wellness.

    Why Aloe Vera & Probiotics?

    The ancients used Aloe Vera as a First Aid plant for digestion, constipation and illness on the inside. Topically, the yellow sap soothed pain, burns, swelling and wounds from head to toe. The whole leaf Aloe Vera is classed as an herbal bitter-that is if it still contains the dark yellow sap found just under the outer leaf of mature plants.

    Look for the concentrated Activ-Aloe products that are not diluted and work fast. It turns on all digestive juices to flow properly including the important hydrochloric acid (HCL), giving support for heartburn, IBS, reflux, ulcers and more. Studies show absorption of important food nutrients are increased by almost 300%. A quality probiotic is also important for combating bad bacteria in the lower gut, reducing gas and supporting immunity. Together with healthier foods, Aloe Vera, and probiotics make the best supplement picks of today for a healthier world - Enjoy!

     

     

  • Food For Thought Improving Your Mental Health

     

    By Karen Masterson Koch, CN, President of Aloe Life

    People take their brain health for granted until a major behavior or thinking issue arises at work, school
    or play. The brain controls every thought, mood and movement, including all growth and development
    from infancy through every stage of life. The brain must function properly to support healthier thoughts
    and actions, and that starts with whole foods.
    Several studies over the years have shown that eating healthy foods rewards children with longer
    attention spans, better cognition and higher test scores.
    Adversely, bad behaviors are linked to allergies that are triggered by too much inflammatory or junk
    food consumption; high salt, sugar and trans-fat diets. A nutritionally unbalanced diet can cause a
    myriad of mental and behavioral issues. Cane sugar consumption alone has steadily risen over the years
    at approximately 200 pounds per person, yearly. This parallels the rise of all diseases, including mental
    illness.
    The U.S. has a growing population with many types of mental and behavioral challenges, but only 1 in 4
    adults and 1 in 6 teens and younger children receive treatment. Sadly, suicides from chronic depression
    are up 25% from the past 20 years, rising above fatal traffic accident statistics.(1) Additionally, 1 in 7
    children ages 2 – 8 have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and slow development from
    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).(2)
    Cognitive Function and Behavior
    We tend to blame age or personality for under-performance, whether in a child or an adult, but it’s the
    right combination of nutrients that supports optimal mind and body function. I recall a young cashier
    who repeatedly forgot how to run the cash register. When asked if he ate breakfast, he responded, “I
    never do!” This is a prime example of the effects of nutrient deficiency.
    If you think of yourself or others as a “slow learner,” or experience confusion, depression or have health
    or behavior problems, start by thinking about what was eaten that day for nourishment. Sometimes it is
    not just what you eat, but what you don’t eat or digest properly, that robs the brain of wellness and
    performance. (3)
    Some excellent news for all people, including underachievers, special needs individuals and folks
    wanting to take more preventative measures with their health, is that nourishing foods and key
    supplements can help improve your mental health – just give it at least 45 days to test drive healthier
    choices!
    7 Key Brain Health Factors (4)
    Daily Nutrition and Digestion – Eat a variety of quality proteins, vegetables, fruits. Avoid inflammatory

    foods, such as sugars and starches, and shop organic as much as possible. Always read the labels!
    Hydration – Body size matters! Approximately 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight, plus critical
    electrolytes, is required from foods and beverages. The average adult needs 2 – 3 quarts of water daily.
    Exercise – Challenging the brain and body with daily movement and thinking exercises for 30 – 45
    minutes a day can be beneficial for stress reduction and mood improvement.
    Limit Allergens and Junk Foods – Some of the most common inflammatory offenders are cane sugar,
    cow’s milk, gluten, oats, whole grains and grain fibers, molds (on foods including nuts), ice cream, pizza,
    gelatin capsules, trans-fats and food high in vegetable oils, such as fried foods and margarine.
    Brain Supplements –
    • Whole Leaf Aloe Vera concentrate
    • Essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, 9, as well as DHA and EPA)
    • Daily greens supplements (avoid if taking blood thinners)
    • B-Complex with B12
    • COQ-10 enzyme
    • Amino acids
    • Vitamin E, C and A, plus minerals like zinc and magnesium
    • Trace minerals
    Daily Detox and Cleansing – Raw celery, carrots, apples and beets support regularity. Popular
    detoxification supplements include fiber, pre- and probiotics, liquid silver, and concentrated greens.
    Avoid Toxins and Environmental Poisons – Lead, mercury, synthetic fragrances, non-stick pans (Teflon),
    and herbicides/pesticides all include common carcinogens and nerve poisons that negatively affect
    healthy brain function.
    Choose greater health today!
    Karen Masterson Koch is a certified nutritionist and the President of Aloe Life. She is also a health
    researcher, educator, and the author of Beyond Gluten Intolerance. For more information visit
    AloeLife.com.
    1) 2017, National Institute of Health (NIH)
    2) 2015, Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    3) 1991, BIOMARKERS, Tuft’s University, Fireside, New York, NY.
    4) 2012, Beyond Gluten Intolerance – GI S (1), Masterson, K.A., Isbn-13:978-0-
    692-01650-3, Santee, CA.

  • Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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    Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

    2 Med Zucchini (1 C shredded)

    1 C all natural Almond Butter

    2 Eggs

    1/4 C Milk (Cow or Unsweetened Almond)

    1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

    1/4 C Unsweetend Cocoa Powder

    1/4 C Lakanto Classic Monk Fruit Sweetener (or Coconut)

    1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt

    1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

    2 Tbs Coconut Flour

    1/4 C Chocolate Chips

     

    Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.

    Grease a 12 Cup muffin pan and set aside.

    Shred the Zucchini. Place the shredded zucchini in the center of a clean dish towel and squeeze out as much water as you can. In a large Bowl combine the almond butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, baking soda and flour. Mix again and fold in the shredded zucchini.

    Divide the batter evenly amongst the muffin cups. Top each with 4-5 chocolate chips.

    Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

    Recipe by Dani Spies!

     

  • Paleo,Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Bread

    Homemade Banana Nut Bread Cut into Slices

    The Banana Bread is Delicious and has a surprisingly good texture considering there is no flour! This is truly a guilt free treat any time of the day!

     

    3 large eggs

    3 large very ripe bananas, 1.5 cups well mashed

    1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

    2 Tablespoons Honey

    2 Cups Blanched Finely Ground Almond Flour

    1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

    1/4 Tsp Coarse Kosher Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt

    1 Tsp Baking Soda

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Mix ingredients well. Grease Loaf Pan or Muffin Tin and divide Batter evenly. Bake about 30 min until well browned and poke with a fork so it comes out clean.

    Another variation is to reduce honey to 1 TBS and add 1/4 C Coconut Oil and 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips.

    Recipe from cleananddelicious.com

     

  • Keto Friendly Italian Sausage Soup

    This soup has amazing flavor! We all love this soup because it is hearty and delicious and very low in carbs!

    Hungarian stew or lecho with paprika and meat.

    Keto Friendly Italian Sausage Soup

    1 TBS Avocado Oil

    1 Pound of Italian Sausages

    6 Cups of Chicken Broth

    3 Celery Stocks, Diced

    1/2 Cup Onion, Diced

    2 Large Cloves of Garlic, minced

    2 Cups of Cauliflower Florets, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

    1 Cup of Zucchini, Diced

    1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced

    1 Tsp Minced Fresh Rosemary

    1 Tsp Minced Fresh Sage

    1 Tsp Minced Fresh Thyme

    Note if using Dry Spices cut the amounts in half!

    1/2 Tsp of Salt

    1/2 Tsp Pepper

    1/2 Cup of Marinara Sauce

    1 Bay Leaf

    Peel Sausages from casings and brown in Stockpot with oil. Remove sausage from pot and set aside in another bowl. Add 1/4 Cup of broth to pot and scrape the bottom to deglaze. Add the celery, onions, and garlic and cook stirring frequently for about 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower, zucchini, bell pepper, herbs, salt, and pepper. Cook stirring, for another 3 minutes. Add the remaining broth, pizza sauce, and bay leaf. Simmer over medium heat for 8 minutes. Add the cooked sausage and simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf.

     

     

     

     

     

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