Wednesday, July 17, 2019

BIG NEWS: Truvani launches new supplement line to support your sleep, mood, and immune system

If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll know I’ve been teasing you about our new Truvani products coming out. Well, I’m proud to announce… They’re HERE!

But before I get to the details, here’s a short story to help you understand why we created them:

A few years ago, I had a full medical workup done and discovered there were a few vitamins that my body wasn’t getting enough of. I eat an incredibly balanced and nutritious diet, so it really took me by surprise.

First off, I eat SO many plants… and I always pay close attention to all the ingredients I put into my body. I also try extremely hard to buy the best organic food available. And yet, there I was. Lacking.

This experience worried me, so I did some research.

Watch the video below to see what I found out (and be the first to see what Truvani has in store to help!)

 

All of these new products make me seriously HAPPY. I’m happy when I get a good night’s sleep. I’m happy when I’m not sick. And, I’m happy when I get a dose of the “sunshine vitamin” every day.

Let me tell you more…

Truvani Bottled Sunshine: 100% vegan vitamin D3, created using algae-like plants called lichens. These lichens accumulate D3 as they grow, and gets extracted at the source to ensure maximum freshness and potency. Vitamin D can help to support enhanced energy, focus, and mood. Couldn’t we all use a little more sunshine? See the benefits of taking Vitamin D here.

Truvani Immuno-C: Created with organic amla berries because they’re the only fruit that retain their potency through the drying process to deliver the highest concentration of vitamin C. Vitamin C is key to giving yourself a fighting chance against the immune compromising condition known as “daily life”. See the benefits of taking Vitamin C here.

Truvani organic vitamin C from amla berries

Truvani Mineral Magic: Sourced straight from the nutrient dense Dead Sea. Magnesium compounds from the waters of the Dead Sea are of superior quality with significantly low levels of heavy metals lead, arsenic, aluminum, and mercury. Truvani’s Mineral Magic Magnesium can help ease anxiousness and quiet all of the swirling thoughts in your head so you can get a good night’s rest. Imagine being able to erase the extensive to-do list that pops up as soon as you close your eyes. See the benefits of taking Magnesium here.

Truvani mineral magic magnesium supplement

To try any (or all three) of Truvani’s brand-new supplements at a launch special pricing: Click this link.

You can snag each of our new products today at remarkable LAUNCH SPECIAL PRICING. If you want a healthy routine that’s designed to help you feel your best from dawn till dusk…

Now’s the time to place your order.

You can save EVEN more too by bundling our three new products together. Here’s how.

And don’t forget… All of our products come with our “Love The Taste” guarantee. You get 30 days to try anything out, and if you aren’t completely in love, you get a full refund, no questions asked.

I know you’ll love our newest supplements, and hopefully, you’ll let us know what you think 😀

Xo,

Vani

P.S. Let me know in the comments below what other supplements you’d love to see Truvani create. Your support and ideas have helped shape Truvani which is why I can’t wait to hear more from you!

 

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Collagen vs. Whey: Which Protein is Best For Your Needs?

Collagen or whey. Which should you choose?

For years, collagen/gelatin was maligned by bodybuilding enthusiasts as an “incomplete protein” because it doesn’t contain all the essential amino acids, nor does it contribute directly to muscle protein synthesis.  There’s definitely truth to this. If you ate nothing but gelatin for your protein, you’d get sick real quick. That’s exactly what happened to dozens of people who tried the infamous “liquid protein diet” fad of the 70s and 80s, which relied heavily on a gelatin-based protein drink. Man—or woman—shall not live by collagen alone.

As for whey, it’s an extremely complete protein. It’s one of the most bioavailable protein sources around, a potent stimulator of anabolic processes and muscle protein synthesis. I consider it essential for people, especially older ones in whom protein metabolism has degraded, and for anyone who wants to boost their protein intake and get the most bang for their buck.

This said, which is best for your needs today? Let’s take a look….

Collagen and whey are two completely different foods. Whether you take one or the other depends on a number of factors.

The first thing to do is explore the different benefits and applications of whey and collagen.

Whey Protein: Uses and Benefits

Whey is one of two primary dairy proteins, the other one being casein. It gained its reputation in the fitness world as a proven muscle-builder, but it actually has some interesting health effects that have little to do with hypertrophy.

In fact, whey is more than just protein. It also includes bioactive components such as lactoferrin (which improves bone health), beta-lactoglobulin (which can promote glutathione synthesis and protect against allergy), alpha-lactoalbumin (which can improve resistance to the cognition-depleting effects of stress), and immunoglobulins (which have antimicrobial effects). Whey also turns into some interesting peptide metabolites upon digestion which, according to a review, can improve blood lipids and lower blood pressure.

What Are Some Good Applications Of Whey?

Obesity: Whey tends to reduce fasting insulin levels in the obese and overweight (but not healthy prepubertal boys, who could use the growth promotion), increase satietyreduce food intake, and improve resting energy expenditure. If you’re trying to lose weight or prevent obesity, you can’t ask for a better trifecta than increased energy burning, increased satiety, and reduced intake.

Diabetes: Eaten before a meal, whey reduces the glucose spike from the subsequent meal in non-diabetics and type 2 diabetics alike. It achieves this by “spiking” insulin, but transiently; the insulin area under the curve improves even as the immediate insulin response increases. Plus, as seen above, fasting insulin tends to lower in people consuming whey protein. Spikes are not persistent elevations.

Fatty liver: In obese women, a whey supplement reduces liver fat (and as a nice side effect increases lean mass a bit). Fatty liver patients also benefit from whey, enjoying improvements in glutathione status, liver steatosis, and antioxidant capacity. Rats who supplement with whey see reduced fat synthesis in the liver and increased fatty acid oxidation in the skeletal muscle.

Stress: In “high-stress” subjects, a whey protein shake improved cognitive function and performance by increasing serotonin levels. The same shake had no effect on “low-stress” subjects. And dietary whey also lowers oxidative brain stress, at least in mice.

Cancer: Both the lactoferrin found in whey and the glutathione synthesis whey promotes may have anti-cancer effects. Lactoferrin shows potential to prevent cancer that has yet to occur and induce cell death in existing cancer cells. In a recent human study, oral lactoferrin suppressed the formation of colonic polyps. And in animal cancer studies and human cancer case studies, whey protein has been shown to increase glutathione (“foremost among the cellular protective mechanisms”) and have anti-tumor effects.

HIV: People with HIV experience a drastic reduction in glutathione levels. As the master antioxidant, getting glutathione higher is pretty important. Whey won’t cure anything, but it does improve CD4 (a type of white blood cell) countlower the number of co-infections, and persistently increase glutathione status.

Cardiovascular disease: Last year, a review of the effect of whey on major cardiometabolic risk factors found that whey protein improves the lipid profile, reduces hypertension, improves vascular function, and increases insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. Whey peptides that form during digestion actually act as ACE-inhibitors, reducing blood pressure similarly to pharmaceuticals without the side effects.

Sarcopenia: Muscle wasting, whether cancer-related or a product of age and inactivity, is a huge threat to one’s health and happiness. Studies show that whey protein is the most effective protein supplement for countering sarcopenia, especially compared to soy. An anti-sarcopenia smoothie I always have people drink on bed rest is 20-30 grams of whey isolate, a couple egg yolks, milk, cream, and ice. Tastes like ice cream and works like a charm. One time a friend even gave this to his grandmother who was on bedrest in the hospital with diarrhea, mental confusion, and a total lack of appetite. She was in a bad state. After a day or two of the smoothie, she recovered quite rapidly, regaining her appetite and alertness.

Gastrointestinal disorders: Dairy gets a bad rap in some corners for its supposed effects on the gut, but a component of dairy can actually improve gut health, even in patients with gastrointestinal disorders. In Crohn’s disease patients, a whey protein supplement reduces leaky gut. In rodent models of inflammatory bowel disease, whey protein reduce gut inflammation and restore mucin (the stuff used to build up the gut barrier) synthesis.

Oh, and whey is great for hypertrophy.

When To Choose Whey

So…

  • If you lift and want some extra protein, whey’s a great choice.
  • If you’re older and worry about your ability to metabolize and utilize protein, some extra protein via whey can help.
  • If you have any of the conditions listed above, whey’s a great choice. Do note that some of the benefits may stem from simply eating more protein than before. Whey itself may not be the whole cause; an extra slab of steak or a few more eggs could possibly have the same effect.

Along with foods like organ meats, egg yolks, and shellfish, I consider whey to be an important “supplemental food”—a food that acts like a high-density nutrition supplement, powerful in small doses and worth including in almost every diet.

Collagen Protein: Uses and Benefits

I advocate collagen protein as a fourth macronutrient. It’s different enough from whey and other “regular” proteins, serving a totally different function in the body.

If whey has been the gold standard for the muscle building amino acid profile for 30 years, collagen is the gold standard for supporting collagen-based structures in the body (fascia, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, skin, hair, nails). We don’t get much collagenous material in a normal diet these days, and meat proteins and/or plant proteins and/or milk, eggs, etc. don’t have the collagen peptides nor the ideal ratio of glycine, hydroxyproline, and other amino acids found abundantly in collagen. Furthermore, metabolism of the amino acids present in muscle meat deplete our reserves of glycine, thereby increasing the requirement even further. The more meat you eat, the more collagen you need.

Why We Need Collagen So Much These Days

This (non)relationship with collagen is extremely novel for our species. For millions of years up until very recently we ate nose to tail. We ate the entire animal. To give you an idea of how much collagen we’d have eaten, the average cow is about half muscle meat and half “other stuff,” which includes bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and other bits extremely rich in collagen. That’s a ton of glycine and a far cry from eating nothing but ground beef and ribeyes. And more recently, even when we moved toward shrink-wrapped select cuts of meat and away from bones and skin, we still had jello. Then, when jello got maligned, we had nothing. So for the past 20-30 years or so, most Americans have had no appreciable source of collagen peptides in their diet.

Just based on what we know about human biochemistry, this is a disaster. The human body requires at least 16 grams of glycine per day for basic metabolic processes, yet we can only synthesize 3 grams, and the typical omnivorous diet provides just 2-3 grams per day, so we’re looking at an average daily deficit of 10 grams that we need to make up for through diet. Collagen is roughly 1/3 glycine, so that means we need to be eating about 30 grams of collagen per day to hit our 10 gram dosage. And in disease states that disrupt glycine synthesis, like rheumatoid arthritis, or on plant-based diets that provide little to no dietary glycine, we need even more.

I suspect a lot of pro athletes who have connective tissue issues could use even more collagen, especially since they’re exposing their tissues to such incredible stress. I know I did back during my competition days.

What Does Collagen Do For Our Bodies?

It supports our connective tissue and collagen-based structures: fascia, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails.

It improves sleep quality. Human studies show that 3 grams of glycine taken before bed increases the quality of your sleep and reduces daytime sleepiness following sleep restriction. Now that’s isolated glycine rather than collagen, but collagen is the best source of glycine. I can say that a big mug of bone broth or a couple scoops of collagen peptides before bed knock me out and give me great sleep.

It balances your muscle meat intake. I mentioned this earlier, and we see both observational and interventional evidence for it.

  • Observational: In one recent observational study, the relationship between red meat and diabetes was abolished after controlling for low-glycine status. People with low glycine levels and high meat intakes were more likely to have diabetes; people with higher glycine levels could have higher meat intakes without any issues. In another study, low circulating levels of glycine predicted diabetes risk.
  • Interventional: In both worms and rodents, excessive intake of methionine (the amino acid most abundantly found in muscle meat) reduced longevity, while adding in glycine restored it.

It improves gut health. When I gave up grains and stopped endurance training at age 47 my gut health improved immensely. Like, world-changing for me. But I was still at 90-95%. When I started supplementing with collagen, my gut finally had that last 5% of repair/support/healing it needed to get to 100%.

It’s a great pre-workout. Though maybe not for the reasons most people take “pre-workouts.” I’ve also experienced rapid healing of tendinitis through using pre-workout collagen with vitamin C. I’m not just imagining it because I’ve dealt with a ton of tendon issues over the years, and they never healed that quickly until I introduced pre-workout collagen.

I’ve noticed that my hair and nails grow much faster than before.

Final Answer: Which One?

So, should you use whey or collagen? Let’s get to the bottom line, Sisson.

I made Primal Fuel because I wanted a high quality, low-sugar, moderate-fat meal replacement whey protein.

I made Collagen Fuel and Collagen Peptides because I wanted an easier way to get more collagen into my diet.

Personally, I had a need for both.

If I had to choose one, collagen is a better choice for the vast majority of you.

Essential amino acids aren’t a big problem on most ancestral diets, like paleo, Primal, or Primal-keto, and if you’re eating enough animal protein you don’t really need whey. Now, can you benefit from whey despite eating meat? Sure. Necessary does not mean optimal; whey has been shown to improve hypertrophy and muscle recovery from resistance training, plus all the other benefits I already detailed earlier. Almost anyone who does anything in the gym will see benefits from adding 20 grams of whey per day.

But almost no one is getting enough collagen, even the ancestrally-minded eaters who are aware of its importance. And that is a historical aberration on a massive scale. It hasn’t been done before. I wouldn’t recommend testing those waters.

And of course, powders aren’t the only way to get collagen and whey. They both appear in plenty of foods. The powders are just convenient to have on hand when you forget to make the bone broth (chicken, beef, turkey) or throw the oxtails in the crockpot. (Check out those linked recipes if you prefer broth or stew sources.)

Which do you prefer—whey or collagen? What benefits have you noticed from each?

Thanks for reading, everyone. Let me know your thoughts, and take care.

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References:

Wodarski KH, Galus R, Brodzikowska A, Wodarski PK, Wojtowicz A. [The importance of lactoferrin in bone regeneration]. Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2014;37(217):65-7.

Markus CR, Olivier B, De haan EH. Whey protein rich in alpha-lactalbumin increases the ratio of plasma tryptophan to the sum of the other large neutral amino acids and improves cognitive performance in stress-vulnerable subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 2002;75(6):1051-6.

Pal S, Ellis V, Dhaliwal S. Effects of whey protein isolate on body composition, lipids, insulin and glucose in overweight and obese individuals. Br J Nutr. 2010;104(5):716-23.

Hall WL, Millward DJ, Long SJ, Morgan LM. Casein and whey exert different effects on plasma amino acid profiles, gastrointestinal hormone secretion and appetite. Br J Nutr. 2003;89(2):239-48.

Shertzer HG, Krishan M, Genter MB. Dietary whey protein stimulates mitochondrial activity and decreases oxidative stress in mouse female brain. Neurosci Lett. 2013;548:159-64.

Bounous G. Whey protein concentrate (WPC) and glutathione modulation in cancer treatment. Anticancer Res. 2000;20(6C):4785-92.

Meléndez-hevia E, De paz-lugo P, Cornish-bowden A, Cárdenas ML. A weak link in metabolism: the metabolic capacity for glycine biosynthesis does not satisfy the need for collagen synthesis. J Biosci. 2009;34(6):853-72.

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Summery Things

New Bathing Suits

I ordered THREE suits from Albion Fit intending to return 1-2 and kept them all! They have the CUTEST suits. I don’t know what is harder to fit on me: jeans or bathing suits. Rarely can I judge from just a look if they will work or not. But I got really lucky on these three.

  1. Hang Ten Crop Top – This suit top fits like a sports bra – I am totally obsessed. I can literally run on the beach in this. And the back is SO cute. Pair with any black bottoms you already own.
  2. Icon Wave Crop – A one-shoulder top with the matching green high-waisted bottom. The top is supportive and snug in all the right places so it doesn’t move around. These are my first high-waisted bottoms. I do think a bikini-style bottom looks better on my figure, but I’m digging the vintage look.
  3. The Maria One Piece – I’m totally obsessed with this suit. It’s perfection. I’ve gotten so many complements on it having only worn it twice. I love that I can pair it with some Athleta shorts and don’t need a cover up.

Birch Can Crawl (And Has A Tooth!)

Just in the past week, Birch has learned to sit up in his crib, crawl across a room (!), popped his first little tooth, AND can wave bye bye when waved to! ‘Twas the week of milestones.

Here comes trouble

3x Soccer

It’s our last week of summer soccer (at least the co-ed team) and I’m so sad! We have 2 co-ed games this week, and I have women’s indoor on Thursday. Summer is my favorite season because the fields are small (8v8) and it’s nice and warm. I’m joining Thomas’s team this fall, and I’m not sure if I’m going to play women’s league again. I wish they weren’t on the same day so I could spread out the love.

Water + Soccer-friendly Sandals

I got these Shade + Shore Sandals at Target earlier this summer because I needed some thong-less flip flops to wear with my socks to games. (Remember the blue stripe ADIDAS sandals everyone had in high school?) These are like Birks but cost me almost nothing on sale. They’re so comfortable that I’ve been wearing them beyond only soccer games (which is why I bought them). I didn’t know until recently that Birkenstock makes the Gizahs that I love in the lightweight waterproof material as well. Much more pool + beach friendly than leather.

Usborne Books

KERF reader Morgan was kind enough to send both of my boys an Usborne book from her shop. Where’s Will is a Shakespeare themed Waldo-style book, and Woodland Sounds is going to be a hit for Birch. He LOVES reading books! Morgan offered to reimburse shipping on any $40+ order you guys place. Find her on Insta and FB.

Buttercream Dream Cream

If I could design an ice cream flavor…oh wait I did! I ordered this from Wonderment and it’s just the best of the best. Sprinkles and chucks of buttercream frosting swirled in. Locals: you can special order pints from Stephanie.

Hello Bello

Moms: I researched Honest diapers and my sister told me about Hello Bello, which is similar to Honest with “conscious” diapers in cute pattens sold by subscription or a la carte (I think at Wal-mart). Plus other things like bubble bath. Founded by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard! I’m trying out a bundle and the diapers are super cute and sooooo soft – like fabric! I will report back.

Noodle Doodle

Just sharing this chilled noodle salad from Plenty with salmon on top. TOTALLY hit the spot last week as a great alternative to leafy green salads.

Happy Hump Day!

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