Leaky Gut

Jarrow's Bone Broth Powder: It's Amazing for Joints, Digestive Issues, and More

We have been searching for a good bone broth powder to carry in the store and have finally found one!  We now have Jarrow Bone Broth Powder for sale in the store, in both beef and chicken varieties. Powdered bone broth is much more economical than buying bone broth liquid (which we do also have at the store), and still makes a delicious, steamy mug.

Bone broth is an incredibly nutrient dense whole food. It is a natural source of type I and II collagen, which is amazing for skin and joint health. The collagen found in bone broth also contains natural forms of glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid- all nutrients which are well known for supporting the cartilage in our joints and helping arthritis-related joint pain.
Interestingly, bone broth is also incredibly healing to the digestive tract, and is something that would be particularly helpful for people with Celiac or any other digestive issues. Drinking bone broth is very comforting to the intestines, and actually helps to supply the body with specific amino acids and other natural compounds which can help to heal and repair the intestinal lining (nutrients not easily found in sufficient quantities in other foods). 

I actually went to a seminar many years ago about natural ways to help people with Celiac, and the speaker recommended simmering a variety of bones and even chicken feet for days, saying that it made a broth which he said was, “The best thing for people with Celiac disease and other digestive issues” due to the types of collagen found in such a broth. I think most of us there thought that sounded a little weird, so it’s funny how that seemingly strange advice is now becoming so well known, and now we’re hearing more and more testimonials of people who have used bone broth with impressive results for their digestive problems. 

In addition to joint, skin, and digestive health, research has even shown that bone broth can help with boosting the immune system, something we could all use as the weather turns colder.

Jarrow’s bone broth is unique in that it also has additional natural calcium and silicon, two other nutrients crucial for bone health. The type of silicon in Jarrow’s bone broth has also been clinically shown to help with reducing wrinkle depth and improving skin elasticity.

When choosing a bone broth, it’s important to use a brand you trust, since I’ve been reading more and more reports about how many bone broths on the market are not much different from regular beef or chicken broth. I trust Jarrow as a company (they make some of my favorite products) and love that they list the actual amounts of nutrients per serving (including the amounts of collagen) right on the label, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Bone broth powder is great mixed by itself with hot water in a mug, but it can even be added to soups or other foods for an added nutrient boost. One naturopath I read an article from recommended swapping a hot cup of bone broth for one’s afternoon coffee or tea- something I think is a great idea!

Jarrow’s bone broth powder is available in both chicken and beef varieties and will be on sale for 25% off for the entire month of November.



Healthy Q & A: Leaky Gut and Probiotics

Q: I think I have leaky gut syndrome.  I’ve been reading a lot about it lately, and it seems to explain the digestive issues I’ve experienced for a long time (gas, bloating, cramping) along with my eczema.  I’d be interested to hear what you think about leaky gut, and what kind of natural things could help.

A:  Leaky gut can be difficult to diagnose, since it usually encompasses a variety of symptoms.  It is defined by the intestines having increased permeability which can be damaging to the body.  The intestines naturally have very small holes, which allow nutrients from the foods we eat to enter the bloodstream, while keeping undigested food in.  The trouble happens when the intestinal lining is compromised, and it begins to allow small food particles to leak out.  
These tiny, undigested food particles are then transported through the body, causing the immune system to react to those “foreign invaders”.  This immune response leads to inflammation throughout the body, and can manifest with digestive symptoms like bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and gas, but also with non digestive issues, like food sensitivities, fatigue, joint pain, headaches, and skin issues like acne and rosacea.

Thankfully, there are supplements which can be helpful for healing this damage and reversing intestinal permeability.  The first and best thing I would recommend are probiotics.  One of the leading causes of leaky gut is an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, too much bad bacteria and not enough of the good bacteria, or probiotics.

There are many, many different strains of probiotics, but one that has been researched with very positive results is the strain Lactobacillus plantarum LP229v.  That specific strain has been shown in scientific research to survive stomach acid and colonize in the intestines.  It has been demonstrated in clinical studies to help with reducing over permeability of the intestines and well as gas and bloating.   That specific strain is also helpful for a number of other digestive issues, including IBS, Crohn’s disease, colitis, as well as other chronic digestive problems.
The company Solgar has two new high potency probiotics with Lactobacillus plantarum LP229v, Probi 20 Billion and Probi 30 Billion.  We have both on sale this month for 25% off.

If you have any digestive issues, I would really recommend giving them a try.  One recent study found an improvement in 95% of IBS patients who took the specific probiotic strain found in Solgar’s Probi 20 and Probi 30.  Every participant who took the LP229v strain of probiotics had a reduction in abdominal pain.  Another study found that the LP229v strain of probiotics reduced intestinal inflammation.

There is a fantastic overview of Lactobacillus plantarum LP229v on the website probiotic.org, linked here.