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We are dedicated to helping others through education and consulting in the areas of nutrition and lifestyle choices. We believe that individuals are best physically nourished by nutrient-dense real food. At Biodynamic Wellness we embrace the principles of Dr. Weston A. Price and those taught by the Weston A. Price Foundation. Optimal health comes through real food, nutritional therapy when needed, the adopting of healthy lifestyle practices and the proper addressing of stress negatively impacting one’s mind and spirit. Our goal is to provide an environment where these areas of need can be well supported and where each person we serve will have the opportunity to experience their best potential for wellness.
The human body has been designed with an amazing capacity for self-regulation and self-healing. The body is constantly working to be at ease. If we pay attention to its signals and provide true nourishment for the body, mind and spirit, it will serve us well during our time on earth.
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This article was written by Lindsea Willon, MS, NTP
“Cortisol” has become a buzz word among the sleep deprived, the overweight and the WebMD user. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. If your stress is immediate, as in “that car just cut me off and I almost died” or as it was for our ancestors, “a saber tooth tiger is chasing me,” cortisol functions as one of our “fight or flight” hormones. Its job is to make sure you have plenty of readily available food to fuel your action, whether that action is swerving to the other lane or outrunning a beast. But if your stress is long term, as in “my boss is insufferable” or as it was for our ancestors, “winter is coming,” cortisol functions to prepare us for a famine. Its job is now to make sure you have plenty of fuel available for the next few months because your stress is unlikely to go away anytime soon.
When it comes to feeding your baby, breast milk is ideal for a myriad of reasons. Breast milk is rich in all the nutrients needed for growing strong and healthy babies. These include raw cholesterol, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K2 and E along with B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and the whole range of minerals and trace minerals. High in omega-3 fatty acids, which includes EPA and DHA, and appropriate levels of omega-6 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats.
But for those times, such as adoption or inadequate breastmilk supply, we believe that homemade raw milk or liver-based baby formula is the best nutrition-dense option and allows mothers to avoid feeding their babies the toxic ingredients found in commercial formula. Most commercial formulas contain 50% sugar, primarily from corn syrup, GMO corn and soy, lacks the high level of raw cholesterol found in breast milk and other critical fats for proper development. Commercial formula is also devoid of beneficial bacterial for a healthy gut and immune system and lacks enzymes that play a very important role in digestion.
Very few topics in life exude as much emotion as food. And in the real food world, the subject of carrageenan (pronounced “kar-uh–gee-nuh n”) is one that fosters a range of emotions and confusion. We receive questions weekly regarding the safety of carrageenan, and so I will share our opinion regarding this subject, in hopes of clearing some of the confusion.
Looking for a simple and tasty way to add liver to your diet? Try our delicious and nutrient-packed raw shake. Liver is teeming with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2, along with vitamins B6, B12 and C and vital minerals such as zinc, copper, cobalt, magnesium and iron. When made with raw milk, kefir or yogurt, this shake offers a healthy dose of calcium along with the many other minerals. It’s a perfect pre and post-workout shake. We also use it often for those with infertility and PMS challenges. Give it a try. Children love this shake!
2 to 4 ounces raw organic cream* or coconut cream (Artisana coconut cream)
3 to 6 ounces raw milk or kefir or yogurt, if desired* (or coconut milk or whole milk yogurt)
1 cup berries or other fruit, fresh or frozen
2-3 raw organic egg yolks
1 tablespoon or more raw liver, frozen for at least 14 days prior to use
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 tablepsoon organic, unrefined coconut oil
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and process until well blended. Enjoy!
*People following the GAPS™ Diet should omit raw cream. Instead use sour or piima cream if you are on the GAPS™ Diet. Ideally raw or sour/piima cream is best for supporting hormone health. Cultured cream may be made from viili, piimä and filmjölk cultures (all mesophilic cultures, room temperature cultures). Cultures may be purchases online from Cultures for Health.
By now most people understand that the majority of sunscreens on the market contain toxic ingredients that are best avoided. We also know that our skin needs moderate exposure to the sun in order to make adequate vitamin D, so vital to hormone, immune and bone health. But what about those days like the 4th of July when you plan to be outdoors all day until the sun sets?
Start by taking in adequate dietary fats through following a traditional Weston A. Price diet full of raw dairy products, animal fats like butter and coconut oil. And especially during the winter months, include a daily dose of cod liver oil. Call us at 858.259.6000 for a 10-minute complimentary consult if you have questions about the best supplemental fats and oils for you and your family. Expose yourself gradually to the sun each day, allowing a nice tan to emerge. And for those days when you will be out for extended hours, please see Our Favorites List for our sunscreen recommendations or use our homemade sunscreen recipe for a DIY alternative. Enjoy the sun in a safe way. Happy 4th of July all!