What’s New at Natural Products Expo West

Natural Products Expo WestThis past week I attended the Natural Products Expo West Show in Anaheim. For those in the natural food and health industry its akin to being a kid in a candy store.

It’s the largest natural food and product show in the country which brought over 3000 vendors.

This years show was organized around the theme of protecting a non-GMO food supply. Several key note speakers educated on the GMO impact and as many as 400 vendors had non-GMO products.

Good Gut Health Foods

I was especially thrilled to see so many new foods being launched with naturally occurring probiotics. The fermented foods market seems to have exploded in the last year. There were different kimchi’s, kombucha’s and even a probiotic chip. These are great to consume on a daily basis to bring in good bacteria.

Gut health products was a growing niche at the conference.  Never have I seen so many different bone broth’s in one place. Beef broth, chicken broth and even vegetarian broth. Great for healing a leaky gut by the way.

Dr. Ohhira’s new Reg’Activ Probiotic line was at the expo creating quite a buzz. Other products containing probiotics were packaged drinks, gummy candies, vinegars and soups.

New Products at the Expo

Most products were sustainable, non-GMO, organic, low glycemic, gluten free or paleo. The items I noticed an abundance of were everything coconut oil, collagen and bone broth infused.

I walked around grazing and snacking on delicious foods all day. It was a perfect time to connect with start up business owners, entrepreneurs and other practitioners.

At the end of the day I came home with a sampling of products from vendors who had captured my attention, some new products to try and business cards of those I really enjoyed. I wanted to share with you a few of the vendors that stood out and had products that I found both innovative and delicious.

A few things you may want to try and look for in the marketplace:

Drink3Water Water infused with caffeine, electrolytes and perfectly balanced ph.

Oriya Organics’ 100% Plant Protein and 100% Green Drink which includes organic spirulina, organic chlorella, organic wheat grass and organic barley grass.

The Dirt Paleo Personal Care Trace Mineral tooth brushing powder.

The double chocolate fudge cookie was so amazing, it’s hard to believe it’s healthy, gluten free and paleo on top of it. www.bouldercookie.com

Tosi Superbites were really convenient for grazing during the expo. They are essentially almonds with flaxseed, sesame seeds and chia seeds to provide protein, Omega 3’s and fiber all in a convenient snack pack.  https://www.tosihealth.com/shop/superbites-assorted.html

UCan protein bars have delicious flavor and are low glycemic due to monk fruit extract and stevia extract as the sweetener. www.generationucan.com

www.agropro.eu is the largest organic hemp grower, producer and supplier of organic hemp in Europe. They are active in legislation to protect the farmers and producers rights.

Plant Milk-dairy-free beverages in vanilla, banana and original flavor. Made from almonds and a touch of honey. mooala.com

Miso from non-GMO soybeans. A simple way to add flavor to your cooking and natural probiotics to your diet. www.marukomeusa.com

Paleo friendly, grain free granola.  thekitchun.com

And finally, by 5 o’clock I needed a pick me up, the perfect time to try the Mocha Latte infused protein bar with a serving of caffeine. newgroundsfood.com

If you can get a ticket to next year’s conference, try to go, it’s a fantastic event. Wear some comfy shoes, (there’s live bands and dancing at night) and come hungry.

Leaky Gut – It’s really Inflammation

Leaky Gut

How Does Inflammation in the Gut Impact You 

Leaky GutMost people think of inflammation as something that happens in the joints or when there is an external injury. The one place commonly unrecognized for inflammation is in the gut. This creates damage to the lining of the intestinal tract which can even create holes that allow undigested food into the bloodstream. This is known as leaky gut and it leaks dangerous toxins into the bloodstream that inflame internal organs such as the brain.

These toxins are seen as a physical invasion by the immune system and it reacts. When the immune system reacts to an undigested food particle it creates an acquired food allergy. This can also lead to autoimmune diseases. The immune system is left on high alert and it eventually wears out.

What Foods Contribute to Leaky Gut?

Some of the most common foods that cause inflammation in the gut are gluten, (the protein in wheat), casein, (the protein in dairy), corn, sugar, and soy. These foods should be reduced or eliminated, especially if digestion is a problem. For additional information on foods impacting the gut read Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall. She talks about using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to help reduce inflammation and heal the gut. 

How Can You Heal a Leaky Gut?

Some supplements can assist in reducing inflammation in the body. Specific enzymes and probiotics can assist in reducing the inflammation and healing the gut. One of my favorites is also omega 3 fatty acids for their multiple uses. They reduce inflammation, assist vision, and help the brain to function while also protecting it. Bone broth is also very healing to the gut.

Karen Thomas

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Vitamix Chicken Cheese Liquid Snack

How Can You Boost Your Energy in Just a Few Minutes?

Here is an easy quick energy booster for the middle of the day: Try this Vitamix Chicken Cheese Salad. Its a unique way of getting large amounts of greens in an easy, tasty and nutritious drink. This is an excellent opportunity to incorporate bone broth into your daily routine as well. Just swap out the chicken broth for bone broth and reap the benefits of an extra immune boost. Made in minutes.

To start making Vitamix Chicken Cheese Salad, make sure everything is plugged in correctly and that the dial is on #1 or lowest setting.

In your Vitamix or blender place:

Vitamix Crohns.net recipe1 cup chicken/vegetable broth
1/2 – 1 cup kale
1/2 – 1 cup spinach
1 – 2 ounce goat cheese of your choice
Braggs to taste

Vitamix Crohns.net recipeMethod:
Start blending at #1 or lowest setting and let it go until there are no chunks seen through the glass.
Blend until ‘smooth’…. your choice.

Enjoy your huge dose of vitamins and minerals, without even trying.