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Can Bone Broth Heal Migraines and Allergies?

Can Bone Broth Heal Migraines and Allergies?

Take a look at the picture of Elizabeth Loop. 

The 28-year-old resident of Asheville, NC looks like a picture of perfect health. Elizabeth is indeed in great shape. She's an interval training exercise instructor at the local YMCA. 

But behind the facade of an Iron Woman, Elizabeth was hurting up until recently. For years, she suffered a terrible fate that over 37 million people in the U.S. can relate to. Elizabeth would get an intense, intermittent stabbing sensation in the head.

If only Elizabeth could be like Dracula and take a nap in a coffin for a few hours until the pain and extreme light sensitivity subsided. Unfortunately, Elizabeth and millions like her don't have the luxury of riding out a migraine headache in 5-star resort-like tranquility and solitude. 

Not with a busy schedule like Elizabeth's. 

Elizabeth's migraines, she finally figured out, were caused by an environmental allergy: dust. Unless you're obsessive-compulsive about cleaning and thoroughly enjoy vacuuming a few times a day, it's annoying having to clean house religiously just to lessen the chance of developing a migraine. Sure, it's a first-world problem, but, nonetheless, an occasional painful reality.

To manage her allergy, Elizabeth, had to take a pharmaceutical medication. 

But Elizabeth, in a recent email to LonoLife, reports that she's been able to ditch her medication because of our bone broth!

How Bone Broth Helped Elizabeth Get Rid of Migraines (and save on her utility bill by not having to vacuum as much!)

Elizabeth had heard about LonoLife on a podcast hosted by best-selling New York Times author and diet/fitness/lifestyle/social media/business coaching guru, Chalene Johnson.

(We on the LonoLife staff are so grateful for Chalene recommending our bone broth to her followers. Thank you, Chalene!) 

Fascinated by how bone broth could help with leaky gut, and, by extension, the gut-brain connection, Elizabeth started incorporating our bone broth into her diet on a daily basis. 

And here's what Elizabeth claims how much our bone broth has helped her:

"I was taking the medication for over a year. But shortly after I started drinking bone broth, I was able to stop taking the medication. I also no longer need to take the nasal spray I was using every day to manage my allergy."

Pretty powerful statement. It might not be typical. And we certainly don't recommend anyone stopping their medication without first consulting with their doctor. 

Moreover, Elizabeth also says she "definitely notices a difference in my skin and nails."

Eventually, Elizabeth says she also got hooked on our Protein Coffee. Protein Coffee is infused with pure bone collagen. So she's getting many of the same benefits from it as bone broth. Plus, she says she also benefits from Protein Coffee in other ways. 

"I love the protein in it and it helps me avoid afternoon energy crashes, which I would otherwise experience because of my busy schedule."

Can Collagen Cure Migraines From Environmental Allergies?

No, we are not saying claiming that any of our products can cure anything. Again, Elizabeth's story is her own experience and it may not be typical. 

However, there are several studies (such as this one) that demonstrate the compounds in bone broth may boost the immune system. (See our recent blog post about bone broth's anti-tumor activity.)

We're not exactly sure how our bone broth seemingly transformed Elizabeth from a migraine-suffering, sniffly, sneezy mess into an asymptomatic success story. Perhaps we'll seek out a couple of Ph.D.'s in biochemistry and immunology to explain Elizabeth's miraculous and rapid results. 

And let us conclude by expressing skepticism about our own product for a second. Perhaps Elizabeth's allergy-free transformation occurred because of other factors?

We'll give Elizabeth the final word on this: she claims nothing else has changed in her life other than drinking bone broth every day. That and not having to vacuum nearly as much!

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Ways To Prevent Getting Sick

Top 5 Ways To Prevent Getting Sick

Follow these tips to increase your chances of preventing cold & flu when the weather (finally) gets cold....

Cold & Flu Prevention Tip #1: Take Vitamin D

From a western medicine perspective, colds and flus are more prevalent because cold viruses thrive in colder weather. Researchers speculate our immune system works better when our core temperature is a bit on the warmer side. 

Also, in late fall, winter and early spring, much of the U.S. population does not receive enough sunlight (that's strong enough) for vitamin D3 synthesis. (The UV index needs to be 3 or higher; check your local weather in the newspaper for daily readings.)

In the winter when it gets dark by 5:00 p.m., even if the UV index is 3 or higher, many of us simply don't spend enough time outdoors to keep our vitamin D levels up. And vitamin D, of course, is directly linked to the health of your immune system. Low serum levels have been linked to chronic diseases including cancer. In fact, one study suggests vitamin D supplementation cut down the risk of cancer by 35% in postmenopausal women. 

How important is vitamin D? D deficiency, says this study is "endemic and has been associated with many of the diseases of civilization."

In light of this, how much vitamin D should you consume? It's difficult to obtain enough of it from diet alone, so supplementation is necessary. The latter of the above two studies suggests, "Those with large amounts of melanin in their skin, the obese, those who avoid the sun, and the aged may need up to 5000 IU/day ... especially in the winter." 

The Vitamin D Council, a non-profit, also recommends 5000 IU/day for most people. 

Cold & Flu Prevention Tip #2: Mom Was Right!

Remember when your mother annoyed you when you were a kid, pleading with you to bring a sweater with you? It turns out mom was right to noodge you. Why did that common sense advice bother so many of us when we were young? And more importantly, why was mom right to pester us? To answer the first question, toddlers, kids and teens seem to have a higher threshold for cold weather. A naked toddler can blissfully play outside in near-freezing weather on the beach. When mom admonished us to wear a jacket, we got annoyed because we didn't think we needed one. We weren't cold. But at the time, we didn't realize what cold weather was doing to our immune system.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has understood for centuries why mom was right. Unlike in hot weather, when the pores of your skin open to cool you down, in the winter, your pores, which are considered in TCM theory to act like tiny windows opening into your body, close. By closing, your pores keep wind and cold from invading the body. But if you're outside playing in a t-shirt and a cold, lake-effect like wind whips up, those windows can't shut in time. The cold and wind invade your body, weakening your immune system. 

So remember mom's sage words and always bring warm clothes. Those of us on the LonoLife team have seen it many times when people get sick visiting San Diego in the winter. Thinking San Diego has the same weather as Honolulu, unknowing tourists stroll on the beach late in the afternoon with board shorts and a tank top. But once that sun gets low to the horizon, at around 3 p.m., the air gets very chilly here. What was an epic 70-degree day can quickly turn into a 45-degree bone-chilling night.

In addition to always carrying warm clothes with you, also, practice some deep breathing exercises or yoga to keep your core temperature up.

Cold & Flu Prevention Tip #3: Ditch The Sugar!

It's going to take major discipline. At all those holiday parties, always skip dessert. Sugar weakens your immune system. After you eat sugar, your body's white blood cells go MIA. It's as if your pathogen-fighting cells have a sugar crash and pass out. 

Also, when your blood sugar levels go up, this blocks your body's ability to fight certain infections. 

Limit sugar to naturally-occurring ones, which should only come from fruit. And in winter, you really don't need to eat as much fruit as in summer. If you're eating seasonally, fruit will barely factor in your diet. The good news is if you like starches, they seem to not have as dire effect on your immune system as simple sugars. However, if you're going to eat white rice and other quick-burning carbs, eat some fat (fish, avocado, walnuts, eggs, etc.) to slow down the conversion into sugar. 

If you like to drink alcohol this time of year, try to ditch beer. Opt instead for dry or semi dry wines and distilled spirits, which have very little residual sugar. 

Cold & Flu Prevention Tip #4: Drink Bone Broth Every Day!

Did you think we wouldn't mention this tip? Well, we wouldn't if we really didn't mean it. There are dozens upon dozens of studies linking the compounds, nutrients or amino acids in bone broth to enhanced immunity. Just one of the many reasons bone broth can help keep you healthy when the thermostat plunges is it contains marrow. Marrow contains fats that produce white blood cells.

We'll add to our blog more content that covers different reasons why bone broth can enhance your immune system. But suffice to say there are too many reasons for this already verbose blog post. 

Cold & Flu Prevention Tip #5: Early to Bed, Late to Rise

No other time of year is sleep more important than late fall, winter and early spring. Obviously, your immune system benefits tremendously from sleep.  Try to be sleeping by 11 p.m. every night and get at least 7 or 8 hours. Take a cat nap during the day if you can.

Cold & Flu Prevention Conclusion

There's no guarantee that even strictly adhering to all 5 tips, plus taking other supplements like probiotics and immune-enhancing herbal formulas will prevent you from getting sick. But, as Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

What do you do to prevent getting sick? Let us know. Post a comment below....

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Make No Bones About It: Bone Broth's Good Even Without Calcium

Make No Bones About It: Bone Broth's Good Even Without Calcium

Take a look at the nutrition label on our single-serve bone broth stick packs and K-Cups. Bet you think our bone broth is rich in calcium, huh? But take a look at what it says under protein. "Not a significant source of calcium." This means there's less than 2% of your recommended daily value of calcium in a serving of bone broth. 

But how can that be?...

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Can Bone Broth Heal Leaky Gut?

Can Bone Broth Heal Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut ... ew, just the sound of it sounds horrifying. Remember the 1979 sci-fi-horror blockbuster film, Aliens? Especially the infamous scene when the baby alien explodes out of the body of actor John Hurt? That's kind of what leaky gut sounds like.

However, leaky gut isn't science fiction. In fact, for the approximately 50 million people...

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Bone Broth Helps Bariatric Surgery Patients Stay Satisfied On Liquid Diets

Bone Broth Helps Bariatric Surgery Patients Stay Satisfied On Liquid Diets

"Before and after the surgery, my doctor restricted me to a diet limited to clear liquids. I had the surgery in winter and I live on the East Coast, so drinking cold protein shakes is not very satisfying."

Refika says she's so glad she came across LonoLife because having warm, nourishing cups of it every day allowed her to keep the weight off without feeling deprived...

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