Our Mission Statement
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.
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!
Ingredients: (Serves 1)
4 to 6 ounces raw milk, kefir or whole fat yogurt * (for a dairy-free version, use coconut milk)
1 cup berries, fresh or frozen (optional)
2-3 raw organic egg yolks
1 teaspoon raw beef liver, frozen for at least 14 days prior to use**
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 tablespoon organic, unrefined coconut oil
2 to 4 ounces raw organic cream* or coconut cream (Artisana coconut cream)
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and process until well blended. Enjoy!
*People following the GAPS™ Diet should omit raw milk and 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.
**If consuming daily, use this amount. If consuming twice weekly with no other liver in the same week, use to 2 tablespoons beef, bison or lamb liver (twice weekly). Chicken and duck liver can be used up to 3 tablespoons twice weekly. More than this will be less palatable for most people.
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!
This article was written by Anna Penick, NTP, CGP as a guest blog on our client and friend, Carrie Vitt’s blog, Deliciously Organic.
In the last 10 years, vitamin D has moved to the forefront as one of the most talked about nutrients. With more and more studies confirming that vitamin D may play a role in preventing a number of illnesses (including some cancers), in addition to improving various health conditions – many are rushing to their local supermarket to buy the vitamin and add it to their daily regimen or spending that “10 minutes each day in the sunshine’ recommended by various blogs and doctors. Unfortunately, neither of these is likely to actually improve one’s vitamin D levels, and low quality supplements will do more harm than good.
What is Vitamin D?
Ironically, vitamin D isn’t a vitamin at all but is rather a steroid hormone responsible for a number of processes in the body, ranging from regulating mineral absorption, to disease prevention and gene expression. While there are five forms of vitamin D, I will be covering the two most important which are D2, and D3. Continue reading
October is national Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is a perfect time to increase your awareness of supportive steps that can be taken to lower your risk of cancer. In addition to the seven simple steps listed below, learn about thermography, a safe, non-invasive tool to assess inflammation in the tissues, including the breasts. Thermography is an infared thermal image that is taken by a camera that captures images of heat coming from the skin. There is no radiation involved and it does not have any risks. Read what our friend Jeremy Kaslow, M.D. has to say about the effectiveness and safety of thermography. Thermography by Dr. Kaslow If you would like a local referral for a thermography, give us a call.
In addition to utilizing thermography for assessing inflammation, genetic testing offers a better understanding of possible inherent weaknesses in ones liver’s ability to eliminate environmental toxins. According to the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Health 90-95% of all cancers are the result of environmental toxins and stress. This should encourage each of us to clean up the toxins that we expose ourself to on a daily basis and make steps towards minimizing emotional and physical stress in our life. The following recommendations are a good starting point for achieving optimal health. Continue reading
Pulses have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years. One trait of a healthy diet is that when grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds are included they are properly prepared. The ancients understood that in order to properly digest and fully utilize the nutrients contained in the pulses, special care and time needed to be taken in their preparation. Some 2400 years ago Hippocrates taught that the body is affected differently by bread according to the manner in which it is prepared.
Seeds, grains, legumes, and nuts should be soaked, sprouted, fermented, or naturally leavened. These processes neutralize the various toxins or “anti-nutrients” that are present in all pulses. Enzyme inhibitors in these seeds can block digestion, having the opposite effect of food enzymes, making digestion more difficult. Phytic acid is an organic substance, which is present in grains and legumes. Phytic acid blocks mineral absorption. Tannins and lectins, which are also presents, can be very irritating and damaging to the digestive tract. Traditional preparation processes break down the complex sugars, starches, and proteins in seed foods and also begin the breakdown of cellulose, which is impossible for humans to digest. Therefore, proper preparation makes grains, legumes, nuts, etc. more digestible and their nutrients more available. Continue reading