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Gelatin: Could It Be a Cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Could This Natural Remedy Work Even Better than Prescription Medications?
According to several sources, gelatin may help to heal the mucous membranes in the intestines and soothe the digestive tract. It is credited with improving disorders such as IBS, Crohn's disease, leaky gut syndrome, celiac disease, peptic ulcers, and heartburn. Could this be the miracle cure we have been seeking?
(c) Copyright Kathy Steinemann
Gelatin has been part of our traditional diet since man learned how to cook meat and produce broth. Meat stocks are rich in several important nutrients, including gelatin, collagen, cartilage, minerals, and electrolytes.
The ancient Chinese utilized gelatin as a therapeutic agent to stem bleeding and hemorrhage. The French fed gelatin to their armies and to the homeless to help augment meager food supplies. When combined with other nutrients, it provided Parisians with nourishment that helped them survive the Siege of Paris.
Cooked fruits and vegetables do not attract and hold liquids as well as their raw counterparts. Unfortunately, many people with IBS cannot tolerate raw vegetables. Gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid that aids digestion by attracting digestive juices to the food in the digestive tract. While performing this important function, it prevents bad bacteria from sticking to the wall of the gut, thereby preventing and mitigating bacterial infections. It also neutralizes toxins created during intestinal bugs or the flu.
Gelatin is reported to seal and heal any damage it finds by lining the gastrointestinal tract and nourishing the rapidly-growing mucous membranes. Numerous sources claim that ingesting gelatin also helps to prevent wrinkles, improve joint function, and maintain beautiful hair.
Knox isn't your only choice. Various grades of commercial gelatin are available. Some products are hydrolyzed for faster digestion and easier mixing in liquids. They may be made from beef or pork sources. Manufacturers like Great Lakes or Bernard Jensen provide gelatin that is gluten- and MSG-free, produced from top-quality animals. The best gelatin comes from grass-fed cattle or from pigs that are fed high-quality, natural diets.
Broth that is prepared at home will contain the highest concentration of healing properties. Thousands of websites offer recipes. The main ingredients are bones/discards from beef, pork, chicken, and fish. Everything is placed in a water/vinegar solution and simmered for hours to draw out the minerals and nutrients. Some cooks add vegetables and spices to produce a delicious consommé that may be served hot or jellied.
You can also purchase bone soup powder from Chinese, Japanese, or Taiwanese specialty shops, and in some health food stores.
It is easy to incorporate gelatin in your diet by mixing it into warm drinks, adding it to soups, sprinkling it over food, or by making homemade jelly desserts.
Here is a quick and easy recipe for gelatin lemonade.
• Boiling water
• 1 Tbs. gelatin powder
• Pinch of pure stevia powder
• 1 tsp. lemon juice
• Cold water
• Place gelatin and stevia powder in the bottom of a large mug or heavy glass that can tolerate boiling water.
• Add about 1/2 cup freshly-boiled water.
• Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
• Add lemon juice.
• Top up with just enough cold water to cool the mixture slightly.
• Drink while warm. If you allow the liquid to cool, it will start to set.
You can omit the stevia and sweeten to taste with honey or sugar if you are able to tolerate it.
Are you looking for more IBS information and recipes? Kathy has written two helpful books:
The IBS Compass: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Tips, Information, Fiber Charts, and Recipes. Fix your sights on better health by selecting a course that works best for you.
IBS-IBD Fiber Charts: Soluble & Insoluble Fibre Data for over 450 Items, Including Links to Internet Resources. Load a copy onto your smartphone, tablet, eReader, and computer. Keep track of your fiber intake, no matter where you are.