Gelatin benefits our gut health, digestion, skin, and muscles but unfortunately gelatin has gotten a bad rap over the years thanks to JELL-O, which completely over-engineered a junky version of it and then added dyes and chemicals.

What is Gelatin?

Gelatin is a powdered form of collagen which is created by “isolating and dehydrating parts of animals, including skin, bones and tissue.” [Dr. Axe] This is why it is so imperative you select a brand of gelatin that is sourced by grass-fed beef. I use Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin (affiliate link) to ensure I am consuming the highest quality amino acids possible so I can enjoy the most health benefits.

Gelatin Benefits

  1. Improves gut health & symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome
  2. Aids in digestion
  3. Reduces inflammation
  4. Helps increase absorption of nutrients by helping to heal gut
  5. Reduces bloat
  6. Protects and helps lubricate joints
  7. Aids in body’s natural detoxification in the kidneys and liver
  8. Eases symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, osteoarthritis, and arthritis
  9. Slows down degenerative joint disorder
  10. Reduces joint pain from exercise
  11. Improves sleep patterns
  12. Improves mood
  13. Can reduce brain fog and increase alertness
  14. Smooths, tightens, and brightens skin
  15. Strengthens hair and nails
  16. Helps keep bones strong (particularly important for us women!)
  17. Excellent all-natural source of amino-acid—the building blocks of protein!
  18. Reduce hunger and increase feelings of fullness
  19. Great post-workout supplement (1T of gelatin is 11 g of protein)

Gelatin Uses

The great thing about gelatin is it is a tasteless powder that is packed with protein! Therefore, it will be unnoticeable in anything you add it to. I promise that it won’t solidify or “gel” unless you want it to!

  • I love to put 1T of grass-fed gelatin in my coffee (first mix with room-temp water and then pour in coffee) along with coconut oil.
  • Add to:
    • smoothies
    • shakes
    • sauces
    • soups
    • water
    • fresh squeezed juice
  • Make Clean Jigglers (the super healthy version of JELL-O Jigglers)

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