January 21, 2017

Top 5 Health Benefits of Gelatin

Why You Want to Eat More Of It

Even though my parents were farmers and raised cattle, chicken and large gardens, the only “salad” I knew growing up was Jell-O with canned fruit. In the Midwest they have a lovely tradition of calling Jell-O desserts salads. My favorite was orange flavored Jell-O with canned mandarin oranges! Yum!

Sure, an occasional lettuce salad harvested from the garden appeared on our dinner table during the summer. But usually we set the table with our meat and potatoes, bread and “salad” – from a Jell-O mold.

Rounded nutrition it was not, but it turns out that gelatin – the base composition of Jell-O – can compensate for what you might be missing nutritionally. Yes, jello can be health food!

Anyone who has roasted a chicken (beef or pork) for dinner has seen beautiful glistening juices coagulating on the edge. This is gelatin, a cooked form of collagen. It is made by cooking down the bones, connective tissues and hides of animals, which are all rich in collagen.

Collagen is a protein from the connective tissues of animals that gives our skin its elasticity. Two amino acids compose collagen: glycine and proline. Your body cannot make enough of these amino acids on its own, especially as you get older. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth but for optimal immune function and weight regulation.

Glycine has anti-inflammatory properties, speeds wound healing and even improves ease of falling asleep and sleep quality.

The brand Jell-O contains gelatin, but it also consists of colorings, sweeteners and/or sugar, as well as other flavorings. My not so favorite Jell-O “salad” growing up was lime flavored with carrot shreds, creating a cascading orange waterfall over and under a green mountain glob. Was my Mom trying to trick me into believing this green salad monster was nutritious?

5 benefits of gelatin But good old fashion gelatin is one of the healthiest foods you can eat and has many benefits, including:

  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Healing joints
  • Building stronger bones
  • Losing weight
  • Restoring the gut

Before you run off to re-create memories of eating strawberry Jell-O with bananas, let me quickly describe some of these specific ways pure gelatin can benefit your body.

Benefits of Gelatin

Gelatin for Wrinkles 

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Healthy Food for Healthy Poop

We all know what goes in has to come out.  But, it’s actually a lot more complicated than that. What you put into your body can either create a healthy digestive tract and benefit your body in many positive ways, or it can encourage the complete opposite.

Many times we may not even realize something is wrong with our digestive system until the poop speaks!  Blood in the stool, hard stools, and chronic diarrhea can alert people that something is seriously wrong. However, even if you don’t have obvious signs of dysfunction, your poop may not be normal.

poop facts

So, what does a normal poop look like?

  • Medium brown color
  • Soft, yet still formed
  • Around 12 inches total passed per day
  • Easy to pass without pushing or straining

A healthy intestinal tract means your poop must have ALL of the above qualities  — not just one or two.  If your poop doesn’t have all 4 of these qualities, then you’re digestive tract is out of whack!

Certain foods can create an absolute toxic dump inside your digestive system. Your gut will plague you with these possible side-effects from a faulty digestive system filled with toxic sludge from the wrong types of food:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • IBS
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Systemic Candida
  • Depression

Your food is fuel and medicine for your body and your digestive system is a beautiful but delicate system for making sure your food benefit is maximized.

Beyond Just Poop

Interestingly enough, your intestinal tract is responsible for so much more than just processing food and turning it into poop. Your intestinal tract is central to your health, containing 70% of your immune system!  Therefore, the health of your intestinal tract can determine the health of the rest of your body!

Doctors and scientist are also now referring to the intestinal tract as “The second brain!”  Your intestines have their own very intuitive nervous system that is closely connected with your emotions.

  • For example, this is why you may have diarrhea when you are nervous.
  • You also produce more serotonin (your “feel good” neurotransmitter) in your gut than you do in your brain!  The state of your intestines directly affects your state of mind — and vice versa!

Having healthy poop truly is a reflection of whole health!

Cleaning up Your Dumps

Cleaning up the intestinal tract can be like cleaning up a toxic waste dump.  No need to worry!  You are definitely not alone.  It is unfortunately quite rare to find someone with a healthy, normally functioning digestive system.  I believe the majority of these problems are the result of:

  • Processed and fast foods
  • Antibiotics
  • Prescription drugs
  • Lack of cultured and fermented foods
  • Lack of adequate fiber in the diet
  • Dehydration

Incorporating the right foods into your diet and eliminating unhealthy, processed and fast foods can clean up your dump!  Here are what I believe are the top 3 foods in creating healthy poop, healthy digestion, and therefore a healthy whole body!!

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