October 27, 2013

Recipe: Grass-Fed Beef Chili

Chili is a healthy, protein packed food that is perfect this time of year. It can be made with grass-fed beef or venison, and these ingredients are typically easy to find organic. 

Here is our go to recipe:
  • 2 lbs. grass-fed ground beef (or venison)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 15 ½ ounce cans red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 28 ounce can tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

Cook the beef and onion until the meat is browned, drain off excess fat. Stir in beans, tomatoes (undrained), green pepper, celery, tomato past, garlic, salt and chili powder. 

Cover and let simmer for 1 - 1 ½ hours, stir occasionally. Makes 10 - 12 servings. If you want to make in a crockpot instead, cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

(If a less thick chili is desired, substitute one 8 ounce can tomato sauce for the tomato paste and do not drain the kidney beans.) 

See more Kehres Health recipes at DrKehres.com

October 20, 2013

Is Butter Bad for You?

Simply looking at the butter from grass-fed cows it's easy to see the difference in color. Grain-fed butter is a dull white color.
It depends what kind of butter it is!  

Butter was given a bad rap in the 1950s when Americans started their fat-phobia phase. This inspired a common, but untrue, belief has been that butter causes heart disease, cancer and obesity.  

But if this were true, how would some of the world's healthiest populations have always had butter as a continuous staple in their diet? It just doesn't make sense, or does it?

There is a huge difference between grass-fed cow's butter and grain-fed cow's butter. It is like calling a golf cart and a Cadillac the same thing just because they both have a motor.

Cows are meant to eat grass. When they eat grass, they are healthy and produce healthy butter. It also means they are getting exercise and living in an environment that they should be living in. Grain-fed cows are fed an unnatural diet, typically don't have much room to move around and are at a higher risk for disease. This, in many cases, causes acidosis in the cow leading to liver problems, nutrient absorption issues, digestive problems, dehydration and many other issues that can be fatal. Grain-fed cows do not produce healthy butter.

One of the main differences between grass-fed butter and grain-fed butter is the Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio. When you have more Omega-3's compared to Omega-6's, it helps to reduce inflammation. Grains increase the amount of the unhealthy Omega-6's leading to excess inflammation. Cows that are fed grass have 50 percent of their fat in the healthy Omega-3 form, while cows fed grains have almost none. This makes grain-fed butter very inflammatory, potentially leading to many health issues from fibromyalgia to cancer.

Eating grass-fed butter on a regular basis can have many health benefits:
  • Full of Omega-3s: reduces inflammation, therefore reducing pain and disease. 
  • High in CLA: has been shown to help with weight loss and to prevent cancer.
  • Contains Vitamin A: provides positive benefits for your eye health. Vitamin A is what gives grass fed butter the bright yellow color.
The two types of grass-fed butter that I typically buy available locally: Kerrygold and Thomas Organic Creamery.

The next time someone tries to tell you butter is bad for you, you are welcome to teach them about the differences between grass-fed and grain-fed cows. And don't even get me started about margarine and other fake butter... it is even worse than butter from grain-fed cows.     

October 18, 2013

World Map of Obesity... USA leads

Go USA!!! uh...wait... this isn't a good thing to be leading the world in...

We spend way more money than any other country on our health care system yet this is where it gets us.

October 16, 2013

Kids Run the Nation - Saginaw, Dr. Kehres

I have done hundreds of health classes now, but I think Kids Run the Nation - Saginaw was my favorite group so far!

What an awesome group of kids with lots of great questions!

"Can you build a gingerbread man using ginger?"

The sooner you can teach kids about nutrition and exercise, the better. 

October 12, 2013

Kehres Health & Chiropractic intern Jeff Janis

Dr. Fritz, Jen and I had a great time at the Saginaw Valley State University football game tonight to watch previous Kehres Health & Chiropractic intern Jeff Janis play! They had a great win over Northwood and Jeff had two touchdowns!

If you haven't been to a game before, it's a lot of fun!


October 10, 2013

If people got as excited as dogs did to go for a walk...

If only people would get this excited to exercise, the world would be a much healthier place!

Can you imagine people jumping up and down and shaking their butt every time someone says "Do you want to exercise?"

Read more about health tips we can learn from dogs. 

October 9, 2013

The Prescription Drug Culture in America

Drugs, drugs, drugs! Take more drugs! We are crazy about drugs. Have an ache? Take a drug. Throat hurt? Take a drug! Low energy? Take a DRUG! Think you might, possibly, potentially have a problem? Take a drug, MAYBE it will help your potential problem! Want to get off all your drugs? Take a drug to help you get off your other drugs! Have a side effect from that drug? Here's another drug to help with your side effects!

The US is 5% of the world's population, but we take the majority of the drugs in the world!

We take:

  • 80% of the world's pain killers!
  • 99% of the world's Vicodin
We have:
  • 4 million kids on Ritalin
  • 22 million women are on anti-depressants
  • 32 million Americans are on Statins  
Learn more about true health to avoid prescription drugs. 
Watch this video by Bryant Gumbel on Alex Rodriquez and drug culture in America:

October 6, 2013

Had your tonsils, appendix or gallbladder removed? Read this.

If you have had your tonsils, appendix, gallbladder or any other organ taken out of your body that's a HUGE sign that you have an auto-immune problem. When someone has an auto-immune condition, their immune system attacks their own organs, which is obviously not a natural processed.

The foods you put into your body are the #1 cause of auto-immune conditions. Certain foods cause inflammatory reactions in people and their body attacks the food particles and tries to remove them from your system. Sometimes your organs get stuck in the cross fire and get damaged.

The way to fix it? Remove the foods that are causing the reaction! Grains are typically one of the main culprits, along with many other highly processed foods!