Health and Wellness

5 Healthier Alternatives to the Healthier Alternative

So you’re doing your best; you’re avoiding gluten, you’re watching your sugar intake, and you drink your daily glass of fermented foods, but what if I told you that there was an EVEN better option?  Below are 5 upgrades to the ‘healthier alternative’.

Bad : Flour Tortilla
Better: Corn Tortilla
Best: Sprouted Corn Tortilla

Why?  By sprouting grains before eating you are breaking down the hard starchy outside which makes digesting them so difficult.  Now that the starchy husk has been removed, the percentage of protein, vitamins, and minerals is higher AND easy to absorb.  There has also been research that shows some individuals with grain protein sensitivities have been able to tolerated the soaked version MUCH easier than their counterparts.

Sprouted Corn Tortillas
Sprouted Red Corn Tortilla Chips

Bad: Conventional Dairy Milk
Better: Almond Milk
Best: Mixed Nut Milk

Why?  By mixing up your nut milk (almond, coconut, cashew, walnut, and more) you are also diversifying your fatty acid intake.  Cashews are rich in Omega-3 fats, which American’s are notoriously deficient in, while almond milk contains almost no Omega-3’s.  It can be difficult to find these nut milks in store without preservatives and additives, so make sure to flip it around and read the ingredients, or just make your own.  It’s SUPER easy and pretty rewarding.  Just make sure to store them in a glass pitcher rather than plastic to avoid any of plastic seeping into your milk.

Coconut Milk
Easy Cashew Milk How-To

Bad: Conventional Eggs
Better: Organic Eggs
Best: Organic Pastured Eggs

Why?  Organic is only half the battle when it comes to eggs.  Even more than organic, it is important that they are pastured.   New studies have shown that the nutrient profile of conventionally raised eggs is much different from pastured eggs: pastured eggs have 25% more Vitamin E (antioxidant), three-six times more Vitamin D (happiness vitamin), 70% more Vitamin B12 (energy vitamin), and three times more Omega-3s (anti-inflammatory).  Even just comparing the yolks, the pasture raised egg is a more brilliant orange!

Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs
Eggs from your Local Farmer’s Market

Bad: pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory 
Better: Turmeric supplement
Best: raw Turmeric with Black Pepper & Oil

Why?  Pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory are hell on the liver and gut lining, so they should be taken sparingly and only with a good gut-healing protocol.  Piperine is a compound found black pepper that slows the metabolism of curcumin, the anti-inflammatory compound found in turmeric.  Letting the curcumin hang around in the body longer allows more of the compound to be absorbed.  While the black pepper does little to help absorption, taking the turmeric with a fatty, oily meal or supplement can increase it’s affect.

Raw Turmeric

Bad: Table Sugar
Better: Stevia 
Best: Coconut Sugar

Why?  We are all aware of the harmful effect of high sugar intake, yes?  Moving on, stevia is a good substitute for sugar in that it is natural and not as processed, but it is STILL processed and is usually loaded with additives.  Coconut sugar can be found in a raw, organic form at most grocery stores and has a low glycemic index, which means it doesn’t spike your blood sugar like stevia and table sugar.  It also has high levels of Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, along with high antioxidants.  It also contains inulin which can slow absorption of glucose and not give the nasty sugar spike and crash.  BUT IT IS STILL SUGAR SO USE SPARINGLY.

Organic Coconut Sugar


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