The short answer is yes, but for some interesting reasons.
When most of us think of malnutrition we are reminded of impoverished nations where individuals live in a perpetual state of hunger because they do not have access to enough food. However, in developed countries, malnutrition is something quite different. It’s a condition sparked by being overfed and undernourished.
This modern day dilemma is caused by the chronic consumption of processed foods, often referred to as “naked calories.” According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “Obesity is deceptive. Although obese people may appear well fed, they are often deficient in essential nutrients, leading to poor health and disease.
The underweight and overweight share high levels of sickness and disability, shortened life spans, and reduced productivity.” In his book, In Defense of Food, author Michael Pollan states, “A diet based on quantity rather than quality has ushered a new creature onto the world stage; the human being who manages to be both overfed and undernourished, two characteristics seldom found in the same body in the long natural history of our species.” Simply put, when highly processed foods are ingested on a regular basis, the body becomes micronutrient deficient. That deficiency can spark a series of some very serious health problems.
When it comes to disease, many start in the gut. Scientists refer to that part of your anatomy as your microbiome. And, like any other ecosystem on Earth, our microbiome is home to trillions of microbes which can be beneficial or detrimental to our health and wellbeing. If your microbiome is in balance, your gut is host to a wide diversity of beneficial microbes and a few bad ones. If it’s out of balance, the detrimental microbes can multiply rapidly churning out toxic chemicals which can trigger small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Should the imbalance be left unchecked, the damage to the wall of your intestine can be considerable. Referred to as intestinal permeability, or a “leaky gut syndrome” the perforations in the intestinal wall allow bacteria, toxins and waste to escape into the bloodstream. Your immune system then jumps to attention to identify the aliens releasing a flood of inflammatory chemicals to protect the internal workings of the body. When your immune system keeps encountering these escaped toxins day after day, it eventually gets stuck in the “on” position, even when there’s no war to fight. That’s chronic inflammation. It underlies every disease of aging, from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and cancer.
So, how do infused consommés help when weight loss is your goal? In a couple of ways. When prepared correctly, the bone broth from which we make our infused consommés contain gelatin, one of the most potent gut healers on the planet. Gelatin is loaded with glycine, a powerful anti-inflammatory amino acid. Plus, infused consommés are rich in other nutrients like magnesium, proline, and arginine. These nutrients help heal the gut and keep the intestinal wall strong.
Whether you prefer infused consommé in a cup or a bowl, both provide a nutrient-rich and satisfying culinary event, even if you don’t suffer from digestive issues. Further, the addition of functional mushroom extracts selected based on your personal requirements makes sipping infused consommés a powerful nutritional experience.
When sipped, you feel like you’ve eaten a full meal, without the calorie load. You can use infused consommés as a meal replacement or sip a cup before a meal to reduce serving size. They also work wonders as a base for your own homemade soup or stews.
Some helpful tips:
1. Define what works and what doesn’t for your state of health and level of activity. That includes examining the triggers that may end up in you reaching for an unhealthy processed sugary snack instead of a healthy alternative.
2. Recognize if you’re feeling hungry you may be thirsty. When dehydrated, the body signals you to eat so it can get hydrating fluid in the form of food.
3. If you are craving sweets, your blood sugar is at play. Keep it regulated by sipping infused consommés SLOWLY. Wait for 15 minutes and you’ll find the craving has disappeared.
4. Lower stress. Stress is a physiological state triggered by a symphony of hormones which signal the body to hold on to fat stores and to increase comfort foods to build up energy reserves. Ingesting a low-calorie cup of infused consommé will help ease the stress and help reduce the cravings.