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Protein Powder Isn’t Just for Smoothies: How to Add More Protein to Your Diet

Protein Powder Isn’t Just for Smoothies: How to Add More Protein to Your Diet

Lauren Tarr

Paleo. Keto. Vegan. Vegetarian. Mediterranean. Whole 30. DASH. AIP. SCD. Low-FODMAP. Atkins. South Beach. Weight Watchers. NutriSystem. Jennie Craig … The list of popular diets goes on and one. Each has its own benefits and all have their differences, but one constant remains: Protein is an essential part of any healthy eating lifestyle. Exactly how much protein and where it comes from (animal or plant) varies by approach, but the fact that the human body needs protein to function properly is non-debatable.

As one of the three macronutrients (along with nutritional fats and carbohydrates), protein is required for adequate growth and development. Made of amino acids, protein plays a key role in cell creation and maintenance. Among its many jobs, protein builds muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, hair and nails, repairs tissue, oxygenates red blood cells, produces digestive enzymes and regulates hormones. In terms of fitness benefits, consuming protein speeds recovery, builds lean muscle, satiates appetite and curbs hunger. Simply put, protein is essential for fueling and powering our bodies.

If you’re not getting enough protein through whole foods, supplementing with an organic powder is easy, convenient and versatile. Organisource offers four great options: Grass-fed Bone Broth Protein Powder (unflavored), Vegan Organic Soy Protein Powder (vanilla), Grass-fed Collagen Peptides Powder (unflavored) and Keto Collagen Peptides with MCT Oil Powder (chocolate) – all of which you can buy here now.

[Quick refresher: Collagen is a source of protein that makes up 30% of all protein in the body and helps to reduce inflammation and joint pain as well as increase muscle growth and skin elasticity, among other things.]

If you think protein powder is just for weightlifting bros who slam protein shakes post-gym, think again! Here are some alternative ways to use protein and collagen powder on the regular – no weightlifting required (unless, of course, you want to):

Drinks: Add a generous scoop of either protein or collagen powder (or both!) to your post-workout shakes and smoothies. Then stir a spoonful of superfine collagen powder to milk, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other beverages.

Baked Goods: Blend a serving into the dry ingredients of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cakes, muffins, quick breads and dough for biscuits, rolls, pie crusts and pizza crusts. Both protein powder and collagen powder work well with either homemade or boxed mix recipes.

Breakfast Foods: Mix a scoop of collagen or protein powder into oatmeal, yogurt and pancake/waffle mix to create nutrient-dense, high-protein breakfast options.

(Unbaked) Snack Foods: Get creative with homemade protein balls and bars, granola, pudding, mousse, juice pops and ice cream. Stir collagen peptides into hummus, yogurt and your favorite nut butter, too.

Hot Foods: Thicken soup, stew, chili and sauce with a scoop of collagen powder, and add protein powder to meatballs, meatloaf and burgers. You can even replace flour and breadcrumbs with collagen peptides and flaxseed meal when breading foods such as chicken cutlets for a wholesome switch.

The possibilities are vast: From drinks and snacks to baked goods and hot meals, including protein powder and/or collagen peptides to your meal plan is a simple way to increase your food’s nutritional value and receive extra health perks to boot. So what are you waiting for? Get creative in the kitchen and start reaping the benefits today!

Author’s disclaimer: I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. The purpose of this article is to educate and motivate readers to make their own health and wellness decisions after consulting with their health care provider. It should not be taken as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician to insure tips given are appropriate for your individual circumstances.

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Low Carb v.s. Keto: What’s the Difference?

Low Carb v.s. Keto: What’s the Difference?

Lauren Tarr

Actresses Halle Berry and Megan Fox swear by it. MTV’s Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Gaudagnino renamed himself for it (@ketoguido). Even NBA star LeBron James has tried it. It seems like everyone is embracing the keto (short for ketogenic) diet — cutting out virtually all carbs and living high on the (bacon) hog and avocado tree. So is keto just a trendy name for a low carb diet? Not exactly. A ketogenic diet is a low carb diet, but a low carb diet isn’t necessarily a ketogenic diet. They differ in origin, philosophy and execution.

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ORIGIN

Low carb diets, such as Atkins, South Beach and the like, have been around since the 1970s as a way to lose weight. Carbs were the enemy for each of these fad diets du jour. The ketogenic diet was created in the 1920s as a medical treatment for childhood epilepsy and only in the past few years has become a popular method for weight loss. People are going cuckoo for cocoa puffs coconuts.

PHILOSOPHY

One key difference between low carb diets and keto diets is the macro split (the percentage of calories allocated to each of the three macronutrients: fats, proteins and carbohydrates). A standard keto diet allows for 75% of daily caloric intake to come from fat, 20% from protein and no more than 5% from carbs. On a basic low carb diet, there are no specific rules about macro splits. As long as a person’s carbohydrate intake is less than the 45-65% USDA’s Recommended Dietary Allowance, it can be considered low, thus making “low carb” a subjective term.

Quick science lesson: Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel. When consumed, carbs are broken down by the liver into glucose, which is then combined with insulin in the bloodstream and converted to energy. Extra glucose is stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen for later use. Once glycogen stores are full, extra glucose is stored by the body as fat. If the body cannot find sufficient carbohydrates to use as energy, it enters ketosis – burning fat as fuel.

The goal of a ketogenic diet is to virtually starve the body of carbohydrates in order to force a state of ketosis — the metabolic condition by which the body uses fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. The point of a low carb diet is to reduce or eliminate high glycemic “bad” carbs (such as bread, pasta, sugary drinks and processed foods) in exchange for lower glycemic “good” carbs (e.g., whole grains, low sugar fruits and non-starchy vegetables). Ketosis is not the objective and does not occur.

EXECUTION

The trick with a ketogenic diet is to keep carb intake low enough to induce that fat-burning state, which means even high-nutrient, good-for-you complex carbs, such as fruit, beans and starchy vegetables, are off-limits. But the body is smart. In order to keep blood sugar levels stable, the liver can also convert protein to glucose through a process called gluconeogenesis. Eating too much protein can kick the body out of ketosis, so it’s not just about eliminating simple carbs, like bread and soda. The amount of protein digested must remain in a 4:1 protein-to-carb ratio (thus the 20% cap on protein) in order to remain in a ketogenic state. On a low carb diet, however, ketosis is not the goal. The goal is simply to reduce the amount of simple carbs consumed on a daily basis. There are no hard and fast rules about how to replace those calories. If both carbohydrates and fats are too low, the body will not be in ketosis and it will still be searching for carbs to use as energy. When not found, both the brain (concentration, mood, focus) and the body (energy levels, strength, endurance) will suffer.

While the approaches vary, both a keto diet and a low carb diet can result in weight loss, but each can also produce moodiness, fatigue, hormonal imbalances and nutrient deficiencies when entire food groups are eliminated. The “keto flu” is also common during the first week or two, as the body detoxes from carbohydrates. Once it has passed, keto followers report increased energy levels and improved cognitive functions.

As with any diet, weight loss, health improvements, energy levels and satiety vary. What works for one person may not work for another. Whether you decide to go low carb, keto or follow something else entirely, always consult a doctor or medical professional to ensure its appropriateness for your own personal health goals and condition. And if he/she says it’s okay, then go ahead and add some grass-fed butter or Organisource Chocolate Keto Collagen Peptides Powder to your next Starbucks order. You can thank us later!

Author’s disclaimer: I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. The purpose of this article is to educate and motivate readers to make their own health and wellness decisions after consulting with their health care provider. It should not be taken as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician to insure tips given are appropriate for your individual circumstances.

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Collagen for Autoimmune Warriors

Collagen for Autoimmune Warriors

Lauren Tarr

Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis … These are just a few of the more than 80 recognized autoimmune diseases affecting over 23.5 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health (the research division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

Our bodies are pretty amazing, but sometimes they go rogue. Our immune system is designed to protect us from foreign invaders, like viruses, bacteria, parasites and germs by creating inflammation to block and antibodies to fight the trespassing organisms. But sometimes the system gets confused and mistakenly attacks the very cells and tissue it’s meant to protect. This often leads to autoimmune disease.

Modern research indicates that 80% of our immune system is found in our gut, and the majority of it in the small and large intestines. Without a healthy gut, we cannot have a healthy immune system. While each autoimmune disease is different from the next, the one thing they all share in common is an out-of-whack immune system caused by systemic inflammation. Integrative medicine practitioners believe that a genetic predisposition combined with lifestyle and environmental factors, such as an inflammatory diet and food intolerances, exposure to chemicals and toxins, increased antibiotic use, infections, chronic stress, an unbalanced microbiome (i.e., gut dysbiosis) and gut permeability, produce the chronic inflammation and immune system failure that leads to autoimmune disease.

So how do autoimmune warriors manage their disease(s)? Medication, for one (as prescribed by doctors), along with lifestyle and dietary changes. Integrative and functional medicine doctors suggest focusing on reducing inflammation, the root cause of many autoimmune diseases, in order to calm the immune response, rather than suppress it. This can be achieved, in part, with regular use of a collagen peptides supplement.

Collagen peptides powder is a convenient, more bioavailable form of protein-rich collagen. Meaning, the shorter chains of amino acids found in collagen peptides are more easily digested and more readily used by the body to repair and rebuild skin, bones, connective tissue, organs, blood vessels and the digestive tract, among other things.

Gut permeability, or leaky gut, goes hand-in-hand with many autoimmune diseases – including celiac disease, Hashimoto’s disease and especially the irritable bowel diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Collagen has been shown to prevent inflammation associated with the opening of junctions in the connective tissue of the intestinal wall. In layman’s terms: It seals gut lining leaks with new cell production, like a patch system. The amino acids in collagen also ease IBD and IBS symptoms through improved mucous lining and intestinal wall conditions, regulated stomach acid levels and a healthier liver environment for better detoxification.

Joint pain is another common complaint among autoimmune gladiators, especially those with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The root cause of arthritis is inflammation and it is believed that inflammation triggers a more rapid breakdown of collagen in joint cells. Supplementation helps to repair and rebuild bone, cartilage and connective tissue throughout the body, thereby improving strength, supporting movement and increasing flexibility. With revitalized ligaments, padding between joints is elevated, mobility amended and distress may be eased.

Additionally, collagen peptide supplements aid in wound healing, skin hydration and hair growth – all typical problems for those living with type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, alopecia and a host of other autoimmune diseases.

Collagen peptides powder is, by no means, a magic elixir or panacea for autoimmune diseases. But as far as natural supplements go, it has an abundance of promise and is even a recommended part of the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet. Add a scoop of the protein-rich, tasteless powder to your overnight oats, morning java, post-workout smoothie or favorite recipe. Who couldn’t benefit from a healthier gut, stronger bones, more flexible joints and better-looking skin – autoimmune warrior or not?

Grab a bottle of our Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides today and start taking advantage of it’s amazing benefits.

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Author’s disclaimer: I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. The purpose of this article is to educate and motivate readers to make their own health and wellness decisions after consulting with their health care provider. It should not be taken as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician to insure tips given are appropriate for your individual circumstances.

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Protein Powder Isn’t Just for Smoothies: How to Add More Protein to Your Diet

Who Needs Collagen Anyway?

Lauren Tarr

Are you over the age of 25? Do you have hair? Skin and nails? Bones and muscles? Do you move around? Are you exposed to environmental toxins like the sun, chemicals and free radicals? Then you, my friend, probably need a collagen supplement.

Collagen — consisting of the four essential amino acids glycine, proline, arginine and hydroxyproline — makes up 30% of all protein found in our bodies. It is the main component of our bones and connective tissue (i.e., the tendons that connect muscles to bone and the ligaments that attach bones to joints), supporting movement and providing padding between joints so bones don’t grind against each other. It is also part of the connective tissue in our skin that provides firmness, suppleness and elasticity.

While most abundantly located in our skin, bones, tendons and ligaments, collagen is actually everywhere – from our hair and nail to our blood vessels and digestive tract to our cornea, gums, cartilage and major organs. Its main function is to provide strength, integrity, firmness and elasticity to the various bodily structures as a means of support and protection. Derived from the Greek, “kolla,” (meaning, glue), collagen is essentially the glue that holds our bodies together.

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Without going into a full science lesson about osteoblasts, osteoclasts and the like, suffice it to say that our bodies are constantly building (-blasts) and breaking down (-clasts) collagen. But some time in our mid-20s, collagen production slows down, while collagen destruction speeds up. The results: cell structures weaken, hair thins, skin sags and wrinkles, joints stiffen and tendons and ligaments become less flexible. Oh, the joys of aging!

And time and age aren’t the only destroyers of collagen. Environmental factors like excessive sun exposure, consumption and/or use of chemical toxins and pollutants (everything from tobacco and processed food to some cosmetics and household cleaners) and free radicals can exasperate the process. Even exercising dismantles collagen, as microscopic tears occur in muscles.

Before you throw away your sneakers and stay inside forever, there’s an easier solution: collagen peptides powder. Collagen peptides are made of the same amino acids as collagen, but are hydrolyzed and broken down into shorter chains of amino acids, making them more digestible and bioavailable (i.e., better absorbed into the bloodstream). Once digested, cells construct the peptides back into full-length collagen chains used to repair and rebuild skin, bones and connective tissue – thereby improving skin hydration and elasticity, bone, tendon and ligament strength and reducing joint inflammation. As a source of protein (averaging 10g per serving), collagen peptides also aid in muscle repair and growth, and can even be used directly by cells as a source of energy.

Stronger bones, bigger muscles, more flexible joints and less wrinkles … What are you waiting for? Go ahead and add a scoop of collagen peptides powder to your pre-workout morning coffee, your post-workout smoothie or any of your favorite recipes. Your body will thank you.

Organisource Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides is an organic supplement sourced from farm-raised, grass-fed beef with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Our non-GMO powder is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free, nut-free and compliant with most diets, including Whole 30, Paleo and Keto.

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