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LonoLife Low Sodium Bone Broth Is Here! (only 95 mg salt per serving)

LonoLife Low Sodium Bone Broth Is Here! (only 95 mg salt per serving)

Although sodium intake guidelines might have to be taken with a grain of salt (excuse the pun), for most people, we want to be able to provide the same savory, convenient superfood bone broth for our customers who are on a restricted-sodium diet.

Low Sodium Bone Broth

The average serving of regular LonoLife Bone Broth contains about 500 milligrams (mg) of sodium. This amounts to roughly 20% of the maximum amount of sodium the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you consume every day. According to the 2015-2020 "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" sodium consumption should be less than 2,300 mg per day "as part of a healthy eating pattern." The CDC adds that "nearly everyone benefits from lower sodium intake." 

For those that are on a low-sodium diet for medical reasons, you'll be happy to know that we now offer Bone Broth with only 95 mg of sodium per serving. As of now, it's only available on our Amazon store. The reason why is we would love it if you rate our product. We are the #1 rated bone broth and collagen brand on Amazon. And you don't get to #1 on Amazon without customer reviews. We already have several 5-star reviews for our Low Sodium Bone Broth on Amazon. But we want more. We trust that you'll find our low sodium bone broth just as savory and delicious as our regular broth. However, we want your honest feedback. We will add Low Sodium Bone Broth to our website in the near future, but for now, it's only available on Amazon (with a 15% discount for your first purchase of LonoLife Low Sodium Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth K-Cups.

(As of this writing, we only have Grass-Fed Beef available in K-Cups. Check back often or join our email list on LonoLife.com to get notified when low sodium Chicken Bone Broth is available. And if you don't have a Keurig machine, simply open the lid of the K-Cup, pour into a mug or bowl and add hot water.)

Benefits of Low Sodium Bone Broth

Lowering your sodium consumption may lower your blood pressure. This is especially true if you have high or borderline-high blood pressure. In addition, restricting your sodium may prevent fluid retention in the lower legs or abdominal cavity. People with chronic kidney disease and heart failure must control sodium intake to prevent volume overload, which increases blood pressure and causes swelling. 

According to UptoDate.com, an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource, switching from a higher-sodium diet to a lower-sodium diet can modestly reduce blood pressure in people who have normal blood pressure. "When the sodium intake is lowered from 4,000 mg to 2,000 mg per day, blood pressure falls by 2 to 3 mmHg. This reduction may be as great as 10 mmHg over several years and can substantially lower the risk of heart disease," says UptoDate.com

Who is Low Sodium Bone Broth Good For?

If you take a blood pressure drug, consuming lower amounts of sodium may make the medication more effective. And according to UptoDate.com, a lower sodium intake has also been associated with a reduced risk of dying from a stroke, reversal of heart enlargement, and a reduced risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis.

Yes, it might be good to avoid reaching for that salt shaker at a restaurant. However, according to the CDC, only a small amount of the sodium most of us get from the diet is from the typical table salt shaker. In fact, the majority--over 70%--of the sodium the average American consumes is salt from processed foods and dining out. 

Though your body requires sodium to work properly, too much may jeopardize your health. "Excess sodium can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart disease and stroke. Together, heart disease and stroke kill more Americans each year than any other cause," says the CDC. 

Do You Need Low Sodium Bone Broth?

If you don't have a pre-existing health condition, you likely don't need low-sodium bone broth. That being said, though, some of our first Amazon reviews on LonoLife Low Sodium Bone Broth claim that although it has about one-fifth the sodium regular bone broth contains, it tastes just about the same. Therefore, either low-sodium or regular you can't go wrong.

But if you're an active, relatively healthy person, you likely do not need to worry about your sodium intake. That's because if you're a healthy person, you're not eating lots of processed/junk food. Moreover, if you're working out and sweating, you're excreting sodium and need more in your diet.

Furthermore, not all salt is created equal. The sodium chloride in LonoLife Bone Broth comes from mineral-rich sea salt. This is different than white table salt, which is highly processed and stripped of all other minerals. 

Salt from sodium chloride plays several important physiological functions. It helps to regulate blood pressure and volume. And, it's necessary for proper nerve and muscle function. 

A crucial electrolyte in muscle contraction, sodium is a key nutrient. And if your intake is too low, you can develop muscle cramps. Along with other trace minerals in the sea salt we use, sodium chloride is as important electrolyte. Along with nerve firing and muscle contraction, electrolytes also play a key role in fluid balance. 

Keep in mind that ultra low-sodium diets can be hazardous to your health. In fact, not getting enough salt in your diet can increase fat deposits in the blood and increase insulin resistance. Furthermore, studies (like this one) suggest a low salt diet may cause heart failure.

That being said, however, high-salt diets may lead to stomach cancer. Moreover, anybody with salt-sensitive hypertension should cut way back on sodium chloride. 

Where to Buy Low Sodium Bone Broth

Eventually, we will offer both Grass-Fed Beef Low Sodium Bone Broth and Pasture-Raised Chicken Low Sodium Bone Broth right here on LonoLife.com. For now, we are offering for a limited-time only, a 15% coupon (no code needed) for your first purchase of Grass-Fed Beef Low Sodium Bone Broth through our Amazon store. Keep in mind it's single serving low sodium bone broth available only right now in K-Cup formats (stick packs coming soon!). If you don't have a Keurig, just open the top of the K-Cup (or poke a hole in it, if you can't peel it back) and pour the low sodium bone broth powder into a mug or bowl and add 8 oz hot water. 

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Best Ways To Improve Skin (Hint: Look Inside Yourself)

Best Ways To Improve Skin (Hint: Look Inside Yourself)

You're probably familiar with the maxim, "Beauty is only skin deep."

What that means exactly is that a person's physical appearance, flawless skin, for example, is superficial. 

Although the saying implies that a person's intellectual, emotional, and spiritual qualities are more important than good looks, flawless, radiant, healthy skin is not only superficial. It's internal as well.   

You see, the appearance of your skin is a manifestation of how healthy the internal environment of your body is. 

Acne isn't something you just catch like a cold. It's an indication that something is not right in your body. Specifically in your gut. Your gut is like your second brain. As a matter of fact, your gut communicates with your brain and vice versa. And the healthier your gut, the healthier your immune system. That's because approximately 80% of your immune cells reside in your gut. 

What does having a healthier gut and immune system have to do with having beautiful skin?

Everything. 

Having a healthy gut means you have enough good bacteria to overwhelm the bad. In fact, the percentage of good to bad bacteria shouldn't be just a slim majority. Rather, it should be an overwhelming 85/15% majority, approximately. But when you don't have enough of certain kinds of bacteria and too much of other kinds of bacteria, all kinds of problems can happen. 

Including bad skin. 

That's why we've put together 5 best ways to improve skin ... by improving your gut health. 

Best ways to improve skin #1: drop some acid!

 Here's another trite wellness maxim for you: 'you are what you eat.'

True. But only to a certain extent. That's because even if you eat green leafy veggies like a good boy or girl every single day, if you can't digest those nutrients, all those vitamins and minerals won't do you any good. 

And the reason why many people can't digest and absorb nutrients very well is because lack of stomach acid. Low stomach acid is one of the biggest reasons why some people struggle with skin problems, even if they are years or decades removed from the hormonal nightmare that is puberty. 

Commercials for heartburn and acid reflux lead you to believe otherwise, however, it's too little stomach acid, not too much, that is generally the problem. And here's how insufficient stomach acid manifests as skin problems....

When all those undigested food particles flood the bloodstream, they have to exit somewhere. And what better place to do that than out of our biggest organ, the skin! 

So how can you score some acid? You can buy an HCL/Pepsin supplement. HCL stands for hydrochloric acid, which along with pepsin are your main gastric juices. 

Best ways to improve skin #2: digestive enzymes

Typically, if you have insufficient stomach acid and not enough good bacteria, you most likely don't have enough active digestive enzymes. Enzymes help break down food into usable nutrients. Take lactase for example. Lactose is milk sugar. Lactase is the enzyme that breaks it down. And one theory why many people are lactose-intolerant is not because of a milk allergy, but rather the pasteurization process that renders lactase enzymes inert. 

To put it simply, if your enzymes can't break down food into individual nutrients, your skin will suffer. 

The solution: again, pop a pill. Digestive enzymes are a low-cost supplement like HCL/Pepsin. Look for a "full-spectrum enzyme" supplement. 

Best ways to improve skin #3: bone broth and collagen

Collagen is the building block for tendons, ligaments and bones. And also your hair, teeth, nails. And guess what else? Yes, your skin! It turns out that bone broth and collagen protein products (Protein Coffee, Collagen Peptides) are great for your skin for a couple major different reasons. 

First, the collagen from animal sources, helps heal leaky gut. It does this by repairing the lining of your GI tract. Leaky gut is a root cause of inflammatory diseases such as autoimmune disorders. And remember, you need a healthy gut to have healthy skin. 

Second, consuming products with collagen like LonoLife Bone Broth can regenerate your own body's collagen. In other words, you're eating the collagen of an animal to strengthen your own body's collagen. This is important because when the collagen in your skin starts wearing down, you get wrinkles, fine lines and other blemishes. Now keep in mind that there are roughly 20 main types of collagen. But only types 1 & 3 support your skin. And guess what LonoLife Bone Broth and collagen protein products are rich in? That's right, types 1 & 3. 

Therefore, one of the best and easiest things you can do for your skin is consuming at least one serving per day of either bone broth or other collagen protein product. 

Best ways to improve skin #4: Probiotics

You've got two choices here in order to boost the friendly microscopic critters in your gut that help keep disease at bay and improve your skin. You can either eat foods that are naturally high in probiotics such as sauerkraut, kombucha, tempeh, kimchi, natto, kvass, and other exotic-sounding fermented foods. (Yogurt, too, but stick to plain, whole-fat.) Or, if you can't stomach fermented foods, buy a high-quality multi-strain probiotic supplement with at least 10 billion colony forming units per capsule. 

Best ways to improve skin #5: Fiber

If your diet lacks fiber, your good bacteria won't have enough of its own food to feed on. Although the bacteria in our gut don't pay rent, they do pull their own weight by feeding on insoluble fiber. That's the type of fiber that provides bulk to our poop. We need to have enough fiber to feed our gut dependents. And, we need enough probiotics to help break down the fiber. See the symbiotic relationship? Moreover, fiber, especially the fiber we can digest--soluble--helps our body eliminate excess hormones. When hormones aren't flushed out, this can create ripe conditions for skin problems. So do like mom says/said and eat your vegetables!

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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

The holidays are over, school is back in session and you are back to work. With everything going on it may be hard to make a home cooked meal for your family every night. Get ready to break out your handy dandy crockpot!

This meal is so easy to make and your family will love the sandwiches! It’s the perfect meal to put together in the morning and let sit all day. For this meal, cooking ti low and slow will provide you with the best outcome.

Ingredients:

  • 3 – 3 ½ pounds beef eye of round or rump roast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced (red or yellow)
  • 7-10 cloves garlic, minced (if you LOVE garlic, use 10!)
  • 3 cups LonoLife Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth (Three scoops of Lonolife Beef Broth mixed with 3 cups warm water)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (salt-free)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6-8 hoagie rolls
  • sliced provolone/mozzarella (or shredded gruyere)

Directions:

1. SEAR

Season the beef generously with a bit of salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the meat on all sides, about 8 minutes total. Place the roast in the slow cooker.

Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to skillet and the sliced onions. Cook the onions for 5-7 minutes or until they start to soften.

 
2. SLOW COOKER:

Add the onions to the slow cooker along with the remaining slow cooker ingredients, cover and let cook on low for 6-8 hours.

The liquid may not cover the roast entirely, and that’s okay. Sometime during those 6-8 hours, just give it a quick flip. You can also cook it on high but I find the meat doesn’t get as tender as it does when cooked low and slow.

When the beef is cooked, remove from the broth to a cutting board and shred or slice the meat against the grain (this makes it even more tender). Add the beef back into the slow cooker for just a few minutes so it soaks up some of the juices (with the slow cooker off).

3. SANDWICHES:

Position a rack near the center of the oven and preheat to 400ºF. Peel back the hoagie rolls. Pile on the meat, top with sliced cheese. Cover the rolls and bake until the cheese melts (about 6-10 minutes). While the sandwiches are baking, remove any remaining meat to air-tight containers and strain the cooking liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Serve the au jus (cooking liquid) with the sandwiches! Any leftover au jus should be stored in a separate container from the meat so the meat doesn’t fall apart.

 

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What's the Best Diet & Exercise Plan for Weight Loss?

What's the Best Diet & Exercise Plan for Weight Loss?

Happy New Year! 

Let's talk about your obligatory New Year's resolutions. And what better timing to do so. That's because we've just kicked off our #LonoChallenge ... it's a 30-day social media contest with weekly giveaways and a grand prize of a year's supply of free bone broth. And all you have to do is consume one serving of LonoLife bone broth or collagen protein a day and post about it. Your first post should include your health goal for the month. 

And if your goal is weight loss, let's talk about some of the best ways to lose weight. Obviously, exercise is great for weight loss. But what type of exercise yields the most weight loss, especially body fat? 

First, let's talk about best diets for weight loss....

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

There are a couple different ways to incorporate intermittent fasting. Some people take a couple days a week and restrict their calorie intake on those fast days. For example, you could have one or two servings of LonoLife bone broth on intermittent fast days along with a nutrient-dense veggie soup for lunch or dinner.

The conventional calorie-restricted intermittent fast day is about 500 calories or so. Thus, if you normally eat about 2,000 calories a day, taking two days to do a calorie-restricted intermittent fast will result in 3,000 fewer calories a week. Which amounts to 12,000 fewer calories a month. Controlling for all other variables (nothing else about your lifestyle changes), you will likely lose weight by taking two days a week and restricting your calories to bone broth, veggies and perhaps a serving or two of lean protein and healthy fat. 

The problem with intermittent fasting is the calorie restriction. If you have an active life or a job that requires critical thinking for several hours, it might be too difficult for you to restrict your calorie intake to 500.

But there is another way to fast intermittently that does not require calorie restriction. You simply finish your dinner early, say by 6 pm, and don't eat anything at all until at least 14 hours later (8 a.m.).

Going this long without calories can help give your digestive system a rest and aid in detoxification.

And in between meals, if you can go at least 5-6 hours with no snacks, that's another way to reset your metabolism. If you're a nibbler and eat small meals throughout the day, you're not giving your digestive system a chance to sweep bacteria out of the small intestine. In fact, frequent eaters may be more at risk for developing what's called Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). You really aren't supposed to have any bacteria in the small intestine. But frequent eating interferes with your digestive system's migrating motor complex (MMC). This mechanism sweeps bacteria further along the digestive tract into the large intestine. But if you have SIBO, this MMC becomes disabled and bacteria takes root in the small intestine, leading to bloating and difficulty losing weight. 

If you train your body to subsist on three balanced meals per day without snacks, and go 5-6 hours in between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner, and 14 hours in between dinner and breakfast, you just might have weight loss success. 

Ultra-Low Carb Diets

If you're a carb junkie, following a low-carb diet will take a radical lifestyle transformation. Especially if you're going to go all the way and get into ketosis. Getting into ketosis is the ultimate goal of the ketogenic diet (aka "keto diet"). When you're in ketosis it means that you are burning your own body fat for energy instead of the pasta, bread, rice or other high-carb entree you just ate. 

Ketones are fatty acids in your cells. And when you get into ketosis you are literally altering your metabolism. You are essentially telling your body to burn its own body fat for energy. 

But it's not easy to adapt to a keto diet. Especially if you're used to eating carbs, even supposedly healthy carbs like quinoa or brown rice. That's because, in general, when you're in ketosis, you won't be able to have more than about 50 grams of net carbs per day. (Net carbs = total carbs minus grams of fiber.) 

In fact, carbs make up only about 5-10 percent of total calories on the keto diet, the majority of them coming from low-starch veggies. The bulk of your calories will come from fat, about 70-75%.

It's hard for some people to wrap their head around the fact that such a high fat diet can help you lose weight, but it's true. Dietary fat is the only macro nutrient (protein, carbs are the other two macros) that does not produce an insulin response. What this means is that healthy, natural fats (avocado, lean meats and fish, nuts, olives, olive oil) does not increase blood sugar levels. Fluctuating blood sugar levels are one of the main culprits for weight gain. 

Be careful if you're going to try the keto diet. Especially if you've been eating mostly carbs. Suddenly restricting your body carbs can lead to what's called "Keto Flu" symptoms. 

The keto diet isn't a trendy health fad. In fact, it's been around for almost 100 years. Although the diet was created to combat seizures and neurological disorders, the ketogenic diet has been used for decades to manage diabetes.

If you want to transform your metabolism into a fat-burning machine, give the keto diet a try. If you love eating healthy fats, it might be relatively easy to do.

By the way, LonoLife bone broth is a keto-friendly food. Per serving, there's only 3 grams of carbs. But there's 3 grams of fiber. This means that LonoLife Bone Broth has zero (0) net carbs!

The One-3-One Diet Non Diet

Literally as this post is being written, we just found out about an incredible non-diet diet. Let us explain. You see, Chalene Johnson, a New York Times best-selling author, fitness expert and business coaching entrepreneur, and one of LonoLife's top advocates, just launched the One3One Diet. The One3One Diet is like your own holistic health university at your fingertips. With Chalene's "non-diet" diet, you get access to coaching and advice from leading industry experts, on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. 

To learn more about this amazing program, visit http://mailchi.mp/lonolife/one3one-giveaway.

Best Exercise for Weight Loss 

Now that you have some nutritional tips to consider for the New Year, what about exercise? 

We prefer the approach, less is more. 

Here's what we mean by that....

You may have heard that sitting is the new smoking. Well, even if you hit the gym for 60-90 minutes several days a week, if you're sedentary the other 23 hours, you might not be doing your body that much good. The antidote to this is doing a few short rounds of high intensity interval exercise every day. 

Doesn't it sound better to exercise for just 10 minutes than 90? Just like you eat three meals a day, try to get three short workouts a day. Pick exercises that tax your whole body. For example, do push ups and when you push yourself back up into plank, go into a downward dog. This not only uses your whole body, but you get a great stretch as well. Try doing push ups to downward dog for just 5 minutes to start. There's a good chance you'll get winded. (And if you don't have the strength, modify it by doing push ups on the knees; allow your bodyweight to rock forward to compensate.) 

Bring a jump rope to work. Skip some rope for a few minutes. Then do some pushups. Or bodyweight squats. Keep it short and simple. And most importantly, do a few rounds of this type of workout. You'll keep your metabolism active and your circulation fresh. 

Some research studies (like this one) suggest that shorter, high-intensity interval workouts are better for weight loss. 

The other New Year's exercise philosophy we'd like to dispense to you is to try and pick an exercise that balances you. For example, if you're a type-A personality and always on the go with your sympathetic nervous system in overdrive, don't do exercise that exacerbates your stress hormone overload. For example, if you're type A, perhaps a CrossFit workout every day isn't best. Instead, try a mid-level hatha yoga class that focuses on the link between movement and your breathing to better engage your parasympathetic nervous system.

When Exercise & Diet Won't Budge The Scale

But what to do if you've tried every diet under the sun and are even hitting the gym on a regular basis but still can't lose stubborn belly fat? It could be that due to several factors, your hormones are either low or imbalanced. If you have the money, spend it on a few sessions with a functional medicine expert who can properly analyze your hormone levels. If you've ever traveled to a developing country, even if it was years ago, perhaps the reason you're frequently bloated has to do with a parasite you picked up that's never been properly eradicated. A naturopathic doctor or functional medicine professional can help you find the root causes that are blocking your weight loss potential. 

 

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Collagen 101: What Is It? Why & How to Use This Therapeutic Nutrient

Wondering what this collagen health trend is all about? 

Entries for "what is collagen" have spiked to over 7 million. You're clearly not alone in wondering what all the collagen hoopla is about. Perhaps you've heard of collagen injections, collagen serums, and other collagen products that promise to be the latest fountain of youth....

If you're wondering what collagen is, a simple explanation soon follows. Again, the title of this post is "Collagen 101". Many articles explaining what is collagen go way into too much scientific detail that requires virtually a upper-level advanced biochemistry understanding. We'll spare you the academic details and give you the simple version. Ready? Let's begin....

What is Collagen? The Most Abundant Protein In The Human Body

Your body is made of thousands and thousands of proteins. In fact, scientists aren't sure exactly how many proteins we have. It could be as high as 1 million or more. But what we do know is that out of the, let's call it, hundreds of thousands of proteins, collagen is the most abundant type of protein. There are several types of collagen (type 1, 2, 3, etc...). But to keep it simple, collagen provides structure to, well, virtually every part of your body, from your hair, nails, skin, teeth, bones, tendons, ligaments and more....

Without doubt, if you're new to learning about collagen, you've probably heard how collagen products are good for your skin. Considering that the dry weight of your skin is composed of one-third collagen, healthy collagen is indeed vital to having healthy skin. 

Why Are Collagen Protein Products Necessary?

OK. So you just learned that collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Does that mean, then, that collagen products are from human bodies? 

Ew, gross. No! That would be cannibalistic. 

Rather, collagen products derive from animal sources, like LonoLife Grass-Fed Beef Collagen Peptides or Chicken Bone Broth.

(Peptides are easy-to-digest collagen molecules. And here's the difference between bone broth and collagen: bone broth contains collagen but not all collagen products are bone broth, which in addition to collagen from bones, also includes savory spices and vegetables.) 

Now, the main reason why collagen protein products are good for your health is, depending on your age and health, your own body's collagen might be deteriorating. 

In fact, by the time you reach your early 30s, your body loses about 2% of its collagen every year. And that's why by age 40, many people can't do the things they did in their 20s. That's because by the fourth decade of life, the rate of collagen you lose is much faster than the rate collagen can be generated by the body. Moreover, by age 60 or so, you'll likely have about 50% less collagen than you did entering this world!

That means with less collagen in your body, your joints aren't as well cushioned. Also, your digestion can suffer. That's because collagen plays a key role in how much digestive juices your stomach has.

Also, collagen contains certain amino acids, those fundamental building blocks of protein, that provides structure to the lining in your intestines. (To read more about how collagen can improve gut health, read this later in a new window.)

And you already know from above about collagen and skin, i.e. your skin's dry weight is one-third collagen, thus, when you lose collagen, wrinkles develop. (Read this to better understand how collagen can help lessen the appearance of cellulite.) 

In addition to joint health, healthy skin appearance, improving digestion, collagen can also boost immunity (it may even help prevent cancerous tumors from growing). And, it can even help facilitate better communication between your brain and gut. (Your gut is like your second brain!)

Who Should Take Collagen?

So does that mean collagen products only benefit older people? Far from it. In fact, we have many customers in their early or mid 20s who have emailed us about how our collagen products have boosted their health.

Virtually everybody can benefit from consuming collagen protein products on a regular basis. Even though western society eats plenty of meat, the cuts of meat that are widely consumed are deficient in the amino acids that are rich in collagen protein. Steak, chicken breast, fish, and pork are rich in protein, but they are mostly muscle meat. Only the parts of animals that are most usually not eaten in the west (bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, neck, feet, etc.) are rich in collagen protein. 

Now, if that sounds a bit squeamish, don't be put off by collagen protein. In fact, collagen protein products are delicious. Which brings us to ....

How Do You Take Collagen Protein?

The most popular way to get your daily dose of collagen protein is by sipping on a warm or hot cup of bone broth. True bone broth, like LonoLife Bone Broth contains grass-fed or pasture-raised bones that have been cooked for over 24 hours with savory spices and wholesome vegetables. 

Another way to get collagen protein in your diet: drink coffee. But not just any coffee will do. You need Protein Coffee. Our Protein Coffee contains 10 grams of collagen protein per serving in a delicious Kona Blend with Arabica beans. 

Now let's say it's the middle of summer and the mercury is pushing triple digits. The last thing you probably want is a steaming cup of bone broth. For those days, the best way to get collagen protein in your diet is with a collagen powder like this one. Containing 18 amino acids and 20 grams of collagen protein per serving, our grass-fed beef protein powder is neutral-tasting and mixes super easily with water, milk or juice.

The bottom line is supplementing a healthy diet with collagen protein is one of the best things you can do for your health. Collagen is like a 3D scaffolding of glue that holds your whole body’s structure together, including your skin, gut lining, bones and joints.

Stress and the natural aging process degenerates levels of collagen in your body. To regrow your own body's collagen and maintain youthful looking skin, have pain-free joints, enjoy highly-efficient digestion and a healthy immune system and more, consider making LonoLife part of your daily routine. Your body will thank you for it! 

 

 

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Take the #LonoChallenge: Win a year's supply Bone Broth!

Take the #LonoChallenge:  Win a year's supply Bone Broth!

Instead of declaring some untenable healthy New Year's Resolution (example: I'm going to eat kale every day in 2018), we've got a super easy way for you to kick start your health in the New Year. So if your digestion can be more efficient, or your skin clearer, your immunity stronger, your joints less achy, or you just want to stay healthy, here's how to do it:

Take the #LonoChallenge ....


1. Set a health goal for yourself for the 30 day #LonoChallenge

2. Consume at least one serving of bone broth or collagen protein every day for 30 days starting January 2. 

3. Follow our Facebook and/or Instagram for #LonoChallenge contest updates. 

4. On your own Facebook and/or Instagram, invite and encourage friends to participate in the #LonoChallenge. The more people who participate the better. Let's make this a fun, community-centric contest! 

5. Update your followers on your progress for meeting your 30 day challenge health goal. Post updates with the tag #LonoChallenge 

For your first update on your Facebook or Instagram, post something along these lines:

So excited to participate in the #LonoChallenge ... all I have to do is drink bone broth every day in January. My health goal for the month is [INSERT HEALTH GOAL HERE]. I'll be posting updates on my progress. Collagen in bone broth is so healthy for you. Join me in taking the easy #LonoChallenge

 #LonoChallenge Contest:

  • Encourage your friends to like your posts. Whoever gets the most likes each week will receive a prize. 
     
  • Weekly giveaways announced on Facebook, based upon updates on meeting goals. 
     
  • GRAND PRIZE – One #LonoChallenge participant will receive a year’s supply of LonoLife Bone Broth, free of charge!

Make sure you have enough bone broth (or our Grass-Fed Beef Collagen Peptide powder or Protein Coffee) for at least the month of January. 

That's it, sounds pretty simple, right? Just one serving of LonoLife per day and stay connected with us on social and keep your followers posted on your progress. Don't forget to invite your friends to join the #LonoChallenge ....

We've posted some amazing health transformations on our blog lately (Courtney; Lorena; Elizabeth; Refika). At the end of the 30 day #LonoChallenge we'll share some more success stories from the contest. 

Stay tuned for updates on Facebook and Instagram

To your health!

 

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LonoLife Lover Spotlight: Courtney Lindblom

Budding social media star motivates millennials to get healthy and credits LonoLife bone broth for helping overcome anxiety.

This is the story of a remarkable young woman who has transformed her physical and mental health, and is inspiring and teaching others to do the same....

Meet Courtney Lindblom. At first glance, you wouldn't think that Courtney has anything to worry about, including her weight and mental well-being. A recent Master's degree recipient in occupational therapy, Courtney looks lean, fit and happy, right? Take a look:

Only six months ago, though, Courtney was feeling the worst she has ever felt, both physically and mentally. And she's not afraid of letting everybody know about it, judging by her Instagram feed.

Courtney isn't your average 25 year old posting about everyday minutiae. Courtney's Facebook and Instagram pages are indicative of a budding online motivational speaker and health coach phenomenon, one who empowers others, especially millennials, to cultivate "greatness from the inside out."

Courtney also describes herself on her Facebook profile as a mental health advocate. In an interview with LonoLife, Courtney confided that she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder a few years ago and as recently as a few months ago was taking medication for the disorder. 

So how did Courtney, a social media motivational health coach, show her followers that she practices what she preaches? What did Courtney do to undergo this total health transformation?:

 

Bone Broth Helps Alleviate Courtney's Anxiety Disorder

Let's start with Courtney's mental well-being. She credits LonoLife bone broth for helping her being able to stop taking medication for anxiety. Here's Courtney in her own words:

"I first heard about bone broth on my favorite podcast called FITz & Healthy, [hosted by Dr. Lauren Fitz]. I learned about bone broth’s health benefits and became intrigued, especially how it can help with the relationship with the gut brain connection, including mental health. As someone who is diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and was reliant on medication, I decided I wanted to dig deeper into this connection. I realized after doing the research that the connection in fact is real, so I decided to take measures into my own hands because I wanted to be back in control with my mental health!"

Courtney continues:

"I tried LonoLife bone broth first and loved it! When I ran out, I decided I would try another brand just to get a feel for what’s on the market. Let’s just say I had to plug my nose to consume it … it was that bad! ... Next, I tried making my own. My homemade bone broth turned out awesome and I loved it! Only thing was I was a full-time student who had no time for making bone broth and I did not always have access to grass-fed and grass-finished marrow bones! So I went back to the LonoLife Beef Bone Broth Stick Packs and have never turned away.

After having previously been on anti-anxiety medication for four years, Courtney says, "I  have been completely OFF my medication for three months and continue to improve my gut health each day. I plan on NEVER taking medication again!"

Courtney Core Fitness: Health From The Inside Out

What led to Courtney's epiphany that she needed to do something about her health?

"As an adult, I reached my heaviest six months ago, because of the stress of grad school. When you're in grad school, you’re poor, in debt, and have no time to eat healthy."

Ultimately, Courtney realized these were just excuses; a story she painted for herself, and one that could change with determination.

"I decided to change my life and recognized that I didn't have to study every second of the day ... I wasn’t completely disgusted with how I looked but internally and physiologically I knew I could make improvements."

And by sharing every step of the way with her social media followers, Courtney's goal was to reinforce that health starts from the inside out. 

"I haven't always treated my body with the love and respect that it deserves, but I'm thankful everyday that I decided to change that," says Courtney.

Inspirational Health Quotes from Courtney Lindblom

Here's just one example of dozens of inspiring and motivational messages that Courtney shares with her followers:

I know how it feels to look in the mirror and want to cry because you hate what you see. I know how it feels to want to stay inside & be a hermit because you're embarrassed to go out with friends since you've gained so much weight. I know how it feels to not like the person you've become. 

If you don't like where you are, I hope you know that you don't have to stay stuck. Sure, it's easier & comfortable to stay where you are, but your health & your happiness are worth fighting for❤️

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Social Media

 

In a perfect world, Courtney, who credits her weight loss success on being part of a group low-carb diet, would like to be a part-time pediatric occupational therapist and part-time accountability/motivational health coach. 

It looks like Courtney is well on her way. Judging by her dogged determination, there's nothing that will ever stand in her way of accomplishing her professional goals. But let's give Courtney the last word:

"I share all aspects of my life on social media: the good, the bad and the ugly. I want to impart onto others, 'hey, I'm just like you ... I have tons of student debt, yet I travel and move around a lot, and I'm still able to stay on track with my health plan." Adds Courtney, "I’m not some superwoman that’s miraculously getting it done; I’m actually a hot mess!"

Well, Courtney, actually, if you'll allow us the last word, what a beautiful hot mess you are!

 

 

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Lorena Cates: From 60 LBS Overweight & Medicated To This....

Lorena Cates: From 60 LBS Overweight & Medicated To This....

Lorena Cates is a health transformation coach. A mother of two teens living in Yukon, Oklahoma, Lorena experienced a radical health transformation of her own. Even though judging by Lorena's Instagram, it looks like she's super fit, that wasn't always the case. (That's her above holding a stick pack of LonoLife Protein Coffee.)

In fact, Lorena once weighed 200 pounds. And that was just 5 years ago. Take a look at this inspiring before/after pic of Lorena:

So how did Lorena lose all that weight? And what was her motivation to get healthy?

In the spring of 2011, Lorena says that her clothes no longer fit. She had no energy, not even to play with her kids. "My husband was always the one playing with the kids. All I could do was watch. I became depressed and didn't like what I saw in the mirror. I eventually had to go on meds for the depression," says Lorena in a phone interview. 

Fast forward to just a few days ago. Lorena says that on her Facebook page, her timeline reminded her of a post from 2008 that said she was going to lose weight once and for all. Unfortunately, Lorena thought she could reward herself for exercising by having a Sonic burrito for breakfast and an enchilada for lunch. Consequently, from 2008-2010, Lorena gained about 50 pounds. In 2010, Lorena and her family moved from Kansas to Oklahoma. Her clothes no longer fit and she was tired of feeling tired, depressed and lethargic. 

Unfortunately, Lorena was so out of shape, she says she couldn’t even work out. "I started by walking for 30 minutes during my lunch break. Those 30 minute walks would kill me. But I stuck with the walks. What really got me through it was having an accountability partner. She was a coworker. We did these walks for a couple months. And then the walks expanded to a full hour jog/walk," says Lorena.

Eventually, Lorena ditched her unhealthy eating habits. She started having shakes for lunch and worked out religiously with home fitness DVDs (she now does on demand fitness streaming videos). In just over a year (from 2011 to 2012), Lorena lost 60 pounds. But her story doesn't end there. 

She says that in the last two years she has put on some fat and for the life of her couldn't figure out why. "I was exercising and eating healthy but nonetheless feeling bloated and inflamed. I was so aggravated. Food I thought was healthy food was making me feel miserable. So I started doing more research. I found out about leaky gut and eventually went to a holistic doctor back in January of this year. The blood work revealed my white blood cell count was low. I wasn't absorbing vitamins and nutrients well. I would often feel lethargic."

Two things dramatically helped Lorena overcome her health problems. First was learning what foods she was allergic or sensitive to (she took a blood test). Second was learning about leaky gut and how bone broth can heal it. Lorena learned about leaky gut and bone broth from Chalene Johnson, a New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker, health expert, lifestyle transformation guru and LonoLife advocate. 

With the help of Chalene Johnson, along with a steely will and unyielding determination and faith, and daily cups of bone broth, Lorena is in the clear now. "I'm also feeling great most of the time because I’ve taken inflammatory foods out, including beans, legumes, corn, and processed food," she adds.

Furthermore, Lorena says she's only been drinking bone broth for a few months but definitely can tell the difference it has made. "I can't really point exactly to what it's done for me other than I feel just overall much better."

(We'll take that as a compliment, Lorena!)

Also, Lorena drinks LonoLife Protein Coffee. For a while, Lorena had to ditch regular coffee because it caused inflammation in her body. However, Lorena says Protein Coffee doesn't cause her problems. 

And we're happy to report that Lorena has long ago stopped taking medication for depression. And we feel blessed to play at least a small part in Lorena's amazing transformation.

Got a transformation of your own? Contact us. If we publish your story, you'll get some samples on us. 

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Bone Broth Boosts Brain-Gut Communication

Bone Broth Boosts Brain-Gut Communication

(image courtesy of Annals of Gastroenterology)

Bone broth has become a booming beacon of health, in part, because of its ability to repair “leaky gut.” And while leaky gut has become a trending topic in natural health circles, what’s less talked about is the connection between the gut and the brain.

It turns out your gut and brain talk to each other frequently. The so-called gut-brain axis is a two-way communication apparatus, linking your emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with your intestines.

It’s only relatively recently that science has established a link between your gut and brain. More specifically, it’s the link between the bacteria in your gut and mood/brain function that’s been corroborated. In other words, your gut functions like a second brain. Microscopic bacteria play an important part not only in our physical well-being, but equally so in our mental and emotional well-being. 

So how exactly does the bacteria in your gut, which outnumber your own body’s cells by approximately 10 trillion, affect your mood and cognitive health? (There are approximately 40 trillion critters in your gut compared to 30 trillion human cells; the popular 10:1 ratio, as of last year, was debunked.)

How the gut and brain communicate

The bacteria in your gut communicate with your brain and vice versa by means of neural, endocrine, immune, and humoral links, according to this research. Humoral immunity is immunity provided by body fluids. You have antibody molecules in the plasma of your blood and lymph as well as in extracellular tissue fluid.

Most people who are into natural health understand the importance of taking probiotic supplements or eating fermented foods to encourage beneficial bacterial colonization. But bone broth isn’t necessarily a probiotic rich food. Nor is bone broth fermented. So how is bone broth good for your gut-brain communication?

Bone broth helps repair the endothelial lining of your GI tract. When your GI tract has tighter junctions, less undigested food particles will travel into the bloodstream. Having looser junctions and larger spaces in the endothelial lining potentially leads to chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Thus, bone broth, by helping preserve the integrity of the gut lining, and even repairing it when necessary, helps facilitate effective communication between the brain and the belly.

Evidence of gut-brain communication (or lack thereof)

If you ever need convincing that bone broth should be part of your daily diet, consider the following….

Evidence of less than optimal gut-brain communication include central nervous system disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, as well as gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In fact, according to this study and this one, people with autism have very specific gut bacteria alterations that vary according to how far on the spectrum they are. In other words, the farther along on the spectrum (the more severe the condition), the more altered the microbiome is.

Researchers speculate that if more focus were to be placed on better understanding the complex relationship of the gut and brain, new targeted therapies could be developed for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders as well as GI disorders like IBS, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, etc.  

This research study says that the crosstalk between the gut and brain reveal a complex communication system. This system not only ensures homeostasis in the GI tract, it likely affects your motivation and “higher cognitive functions.” Moreover, this crosstalk also plays an important role in immune system activation, intestinal permeability (again, bone broth is one of the best foods for maintaining and repairing the gut lining), and endocrine (hormonal) signaling.

Mood disorders: is it the gut or the brain that’s to blame?

A 12-year study examined the directionality of the brain-gut axis in digestive disorders. Certain digestive disorders present with correlating psychological factors. For example, anxiety and depression may be more frequent in people with IBS than the general population. But why is this? Is it the gut that’s driving the anxiety? Or the brain, which is responsible for emotions, that’s driving the gut symptoms? In other words, with mood disorders, is it the chicken or the egg? The study concluded that communication from brain to gut are more prevalent in those with IBS.

The dysfunctions of the gut-brain axis cause changes in intestinal motility (how well your food can move along the GI tract) and secretion. Furthermore, poor communication between the gut and brain causes visceral hypersensitivity. Visceral hypersensitivity is pain within the inner organs that’s more intense than normal. This is a common trait of IBS. Moreover, disruption of the gut-brain crosstalk leads to cellular changes in the immune system.

Can Probiotics and Bone Broth Help You Chill Out?

In addition to bone broth, taking a very high-quality probiotic may help those with poor gut brain communication. In fact, supplementing with the probiotic strain, Bifidobacterium longum, was shown to reduce anxiety in mice.

In addition to bone broth, fermented foods and probiotic supplements, one last piece of advice when it comes to improving the gut-brain connection. And that is: take it easy. Studies show that negative gut alterations occur with stress. So much so, in fact, that stress has the ability to facilitate the expression of virulent bacteria. For example, too much norepinephrine (one of the your stress hormones) has been shown to lead to the proliferation of E. coli bacteria.

A healthy gut can handle a certain level of E. coli. But a gut that’s bombarded with harmful bacteria because of stress as well as compromised communication with the brain is going to need a lot of bone broth to heal. Thus, learn and practice daily stress management techniques to make sure your GI tract won’t become hijacked by E. coli and other pathogenic freeloaders.

Sipping a warm, hearty, savory cuppa bone broth every morning is relaxing and will help keep the gut-brain axis communicating more effectively.




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Top 5 Easiest & Most Pleasurable Ways to Detox After the Holidays (or anytime)

Top 5 Easiest & Most Pleasurable Ways to Detox After the Holidays (or anytime)

Whether it's in the form of juice, tea, pills or hot yoga classes, detoxes and cleanses are, along with bone broth, health trends du jour. Actually, both the booming detox/cleanse and bone broth market will likely expand for the forseeable future (gulp--no pun intended--we hope, in the case of bone broth) as more people are conscious of becoming healthier through nutritional therapy.

One of the health claims that some health bloggers make is that bone broth and/or collagen can help you detox. (The simple difference between bone broth and collagen: all true bone broth contains collagen, but collagen isn't necessarily from bone broth.) 

While we never make any health claims about the health benefits of bone broth and collagen protein products, we do pay attention to the research. And there is some research that supports collagen protein assisting in the detox process. 

Which makes drinking bone broth or sipping Protein Coffee or adding our Grass-Fed Collagen Peptide powder one of the top 5 easiest and most pleasurable ways to detox after the holidays (or anytime for that matter). 

We'll share our favorite other ways to detox. But first, let's take a look at what the research has to say about collagen and detoxification....

Glycine in Collagen Clinically-Proven to Aid in Detoxification

The collagen in LonoLife bone broth, Protein Coffee and protein powder consists of nearly all the amino acids, both essential and non-essential. However, a few of them are the main building blocks of protein. These are proline, hydroxyproline, gluatamic acid and glycine. 

This study in Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry says that glycine is the smallest non-essential, neutral and metabolically inert amino acid. So far, that's not a huge selling point for collagen. However, consider that the researchers of the study also say that glycine is nonetheless essential for the synthesis of several biologically important biomolecules and compounds. It participates in the synthesis of proteins, of the tripeptide glutathione (which is called by many in natural health, "the master antioxidant") and in detoxification reactions.

Moreover, glycine has a broad spectrum of anti-inflammatory, cellular-protective and immunomodulatory properties, says the study.

Now those are some strong selling points for glycine and collagen protein products. However, try to buy organic product as much as possible. That's because the researchers conclude the study by saying that the popular pesticide, glyphosate (better known by Monsanto's brand name, Roundup) may disrupt glycine homeostasis.

Collagen: The Cure for Cellulite? 

Cellulite affects approximately 85% of women over the age of 20. It occurs mainly on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Although the root causes of cellulite may be more complex than what so-called natural health experts believe, perhaps there is some truth to the simplicity of its underlying problem. And that underlying problem is toxicity. In other words, cellulite might be a manifestation of your body accumulating and being unable to eliminate toxins.

The good news is that if you drink bone broth (or protein coffee, or a smoothie with LonoLife Grass Fed Beef Collagen Peptides) for the long term, your cellulite might disappear. The evidence of this comes from a 2015 study in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

The study showed that regular supplementation with collagen for at least six months significantly reduced the appearance of cellulite. 

In total, 105 women aged 24–50 years with moderate cellulite received a daily dosage of 2.5 g of collagen peptides over 6 months. 

The researchers concluded, "Based on the current data, it can be concluded that a long-term therapy with orally administered [collagen peptides] leads to an improvement of cellulite and has a positive impact on skin health."

So, if your Thanksgiving or other holiday celebration was a precipitous fall off the wagon, start making bone broth or collagen protein products a daily habit--regardless if you have cellulite or not. 

Other Top Ways To Detox From The Holidays

  • Massage: what's not to love about getting a massage? This luxurious spa treatment releases metabolic waste products from knotted muscle tissue, helping you detoxify.
  • Sauna: Another way to get rid of metabolic waste is to sweat it out. Taking a sauna is far easier than going for a long run. Just sit and let the toxins seep out your pores. Toxins below the skin's surface moves to the epidermis and escape out your skin.
  • Steam room: another lazy way to detox, sitting in a steam room will open your mucous membranes, which is great if you frequently suffer from nasal congestion and other forms of respiratory inflammation. 
  • Facials: your skin's appearance is a mirror of your gut health. If you have skin problems such as acne or blackheads, that's an indication that bad bacteria has burrowed its way out of your facial pores. Facials can help expel the bad bacteria. 

Got any other favorite easy ways to detox? Let us know below. If your digestion is sluggish and you don't go #2 everyday, consider also getting colon hydrotherapy (aka, colonic). It's not as enjoyable as a massage, but it might just help you detox while you're just sitting there....

 

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