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Grass Fed Butter

But here’s why it won’t be…

Butter consumption at 40-year high. Could this be a good thing?

Yes, it could.

But could is the key word…First, a brief history of all that’s unnatural in the land of oils and fake butters.

In 1986, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” (Really? I can!) was launched as a healthy alternative to butter. Hundreds of millions bought the marketing for years and years – and millions still do.

Scouts honor, I told my Mom 30-years ago that was a load of crap. Stick with butter.

I was right and wrong. I didn’t know then, at 13-years old, to specify pasture raised, grass eating cows.

MOST butter is concentrated with pesticides. There’s a difference between fresh butter made from healthy, pasture raised cows and butter made from cows feeding off of pesticide grains and corn in pen full of cow dung.

If you are what you eat – then you also are what you eat eats.

So that’s one thing. Important thought right?

How about the nutrients of grass fed cow’s butter vs. grain fed cow’s butter?

This is pretty basic stuff here. I’m not a technical person. I go by what makes sense to me.

A cow that roams an open pasture eats grass, clovers, and other greens.

Can we not agree that a variety of fresh greens has a distinctly healthier makeup of nutrients than pesticide riddled grains and corn? Below I just provide a super brief look at the difference between grass fed and grain fed cow’s milk butter.

  • Vitamins

If there was no label on chunks of butter, here’s how you can tell which is grass fed, partially grass fed, and grain fed: COLOR. You’ve probably heard it’s wise to eat vegetables rich in color.

Look at this picture from the grass fed butter at the top of the post. It’s yellow. Grain fed cow’s produce a much whiter butter and milk. You can decide which looks richer, and has more vitamins.

  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

This fatty acid has been linked to better health, fat loss, and more good things. Some estimated the CLA levels to be 300-500% higher in grass fed cow’s milk butter.

  • Omega Oils

Lot’s of debating about this one, but I would side with grass fed cow’s milk and butter has greater Omega 3’s (good) vs. Omega 6’s (bad). I’m simplifying good and bad, but that’s what I do.

  • Flavor

I guess to each his own in terms of flavor, but I don’t know a chef who would choose grain fed cow’s butter over fresh grass fed cow’s butter. Heck, I’m not a chef, and to me it’s not even close.

So…Taste Great and Less Filling and Healthier

Some things in life are easy choices. Why would anyone choose to eat butter that tastes inferior, harms their health versus providing health benefits, and contributes to fat gain?

I don’t know. That’s a good question.

The only reason I can think of is they don’t know, or they don’t care.

If you’re reading this and you didn’t know, well – now you know…And I’m sure you do care.

So back to the title for this post and it’s implications.

I said butter consumption at a 40-year high could be a good thing, but it won’t be.

Here’s why…

The people who really need this information won’t read it. They’ll never see it. Others will see it, and forget about it.

I hope you share this so others can at least choose to make the wise choice.

In doing this, perhaps we can do something else that will help more people: Spur demand for more pasture raised cows.

Because the reality is, if enough people saw this and acted, there wouldn’t be enough grass fed beef, milk, or butter for everyone right now.

If we reach that point, that means we’ve done some good.


Use Small Chunks Of Time To Get Healthier

The Secret Power Of 3-5 Minute Workouts

Do any of these three scenarios apply to you?

  1. You struggle to find or make time to exercise enough
  2. You really don’t spending an hour or more at a gym
  3. You aren’t getting the results you want

If you said, “Yes” to any one of those, I highly encourage you to give a simple workout plan a go.

Simply, carve out little 3-5 minute exercise blocks. If you want to stretch it out to a full workout, give yourself 15-minutes.

The key is to go all out. Forget long cardio workouts. Warm up for 2-3 minutes, then crank it hard. You’re lungs should be gasping.

So, you could take any exercise: running, body exercises, playing a sport, etc., and warm up, then hit it hard for a few minutes until your lungs are gasping. Take a very short break, then go hard again.

Even 3-4 cycles of this kind of intensity will really charge your body up, and cut down your workout times.

And you can do something like this anywhere, anytime.

This eliminates excuses, and you’re done before you know it.

What kind of fish oil supplements did they take?

That’s the biggest problem I have with this fish oil study. And that’s a big problem.

It doesn’t talk about a specific kind of fish oil supplement taken.

That’s similar to any study that might conclude that eating beef increases your risk of colon cancer by 70 percent.

What kind of beef?

Grass fed beef from cows that lives naturally in a field most of the time, or beef from cows crammed in a dung filled pen eating juiced up, pesticide riddled corn and grains?

There are scores of supplement companies selling a mix of fish oils blended from filthy fish from polluted waters.

This researcher, correct me if I’m wrong, even mentioned it might not be good to eat fish at all.


Which fish? From where?

Ridiculous conclusions because they’re way to open ended. Again, going back to beef. I would choose NOT to eat beef at all from “conventional” corn and grain fed cattle from the beef factories. But I choose to eat grass fed beef from pastures I can see. I don’t eat meat every day, but probably once a week.

I would also choose NOT to eat any fish if came from filthy waters. Unfortunately, that means a lot of the waters in the world right now. But that doesn’t mean I won’t eat fish.

So let’s wrap this up with…

Fish Oil Pills vs. Fish Oil From Fish

First, I’m not a big believer and slamming handfuls of vitamins a day. That includes fish oils.

I aim to get the majority of my nutrients from food. Period.

My primary daily consumption of supplements comes from an organic, whole food multivitamin and mineral supplement that you can comfortably take on an empty stomach. I then take a natural COQ10 supplement. In the Winter, I take liquid Vitamin D3 to offset the lack of sunshine (more on this another time).

The common theme here is I take supplements in limited quantities that are primarily in a food base form. The other key supplement I take, if you want to call it that, is a green drink blend of some form (be it live juiced or freeze dried).

I’m also a believer in using plants, herbs, and mushrooms as “boosters” and “adoptagens” to aid the body – especially during change of seasons, added stress and overload, and for immunity boosters.

These are time tested formulas that are natural.

I take zero prescription pills. There would be no pharmaceutical company if they relied on millions of people like me. Even with a major surgery, I probably consumed 10% of the prescribed pain pills. I want to know what’s going on in my body. Pain is a signal, and there are much better natural pain relievers than what most people take.

But back to fish oil pills vs. fish oil from fish.

If you’re taking a moderate amount of fish oil supplements from a company that uses clean fish from deeper waters, and has a tested process for formulating their supplements, I would say continue to take them vs. eating dirty fish.

However, if you can swing eating some wild salmon as an example, a couple times a week, and grass fed beef – then you could probably skip the fish oil pills.

Fresh, clean food always wins over manufactured supplements.

When you do take supplements, check the ingredients. Choose organic and food based supplements.

Pure Health Performance will most likely begin to offer some of the formulas I’ve used over the years – but again, supplements are not meant to be substitutes.

I’d like to remind you that I’m not a medical doctor. I don’t get to go on lavish pharmaceutical vacations, and I’m not involved with any policies written for the health care plan act. So you should really seek the advice of your doctor and pharmaceutical company of choice before taking any advice from someone like me 😉

Yes, I was channel flicking early Sunday morning.

And there was Dr. Ho energetically showing off his back decompression belt.

The concept is this belt helps stretch and lift the lower back muscles and relieves the pressure on the discs. I don’t know how many of these he’s sold, but I imagine it’s a lot.

Why? Lots of people with back pain. And lots of people who’ve already bought other gadgets and creams to relieve their back pain.

So will it work?

Sure. For some people, it will give them some relief. But at what cost?

What do I mean by that? Simply, that – if they don’t aggressively address the root cause of their lower back pain – this belt will become a bad crutch for them.

It’s nothing more than what an ice or heat pack might mean in terms of relief to others. Or a pain pill. The appeal is obvious. You’re in pain, and you want out of pain. Maybe you’re taking pain pills and want to stop. Maybe you’re just sick and tired of being in pain.

Now without knowing every persons personal health profile – what’s wrong, why their back hurts – it’s impossible to tell them what they should or shouldn’t do.

What I can say is this:

For most people, all or virtually all back pain and discomfort can be eliminated (and pretty quickly) IF they address the root cause.

Here’s the problem:

Addressing the real root cause will mean work.

We’re talking about proper movement that works the body in a way that addresses the deficiencies causing the pain in the first place. Take care of those deficiencies and imbalances, and no pain.

You can’t get around the fact that a body that’s not in proper alignment combined with poor movement patterns will produce undue, unnecessary stress on the body. When you bend and move predominantly from the spine, herniated discs and other problems will eventually appear.

When you move and bend from the powerful fulcrum that is the pelvis – and do it properly – back pain becomes ancient history. The powerful muscles of the glutes and hamstrings (and the quads but not in the way many people think) drive the body. Think about it. Big powerful muscles doing the work or your spine?

No brainer. The problem is most people are using their spine way to much to do the big muscles work. Bad for the back, and bad for those hungry, power muscles.

Use the pelvis as your fulcrum and your body will reward you for a lifetime.

And this means no need for Dr. Ho’s Decompression Back Belt.

Hey, if you have it already, and want to use it for a little bit, that’s fine. But more importantly, make sure you go through a process like we do here at Pure Health Performance to analyze where your musculoskeletal system alignment is now. And then take the action from the specific plan of action we proscribe.

Then, when you hear someone talking about the Dr. Ho belt, or any other contraption, you’ll be able to step in and set them straight.


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