I started eating raw egg smoothies because my herbalist told me this would help rebuild collagen in my gut. I had long standing leaky gut issues- this is where the gut lining is perforated and undigested food and toxins can flow freely thru the bloodstream and chronic inflammation of the digestive system then opens the body up to parasites, candida, bacterial infections and even more serious chronic illnesses that thrive in the acidic body.
The gut is very important as it is where 70% of the immune system lives and intrinsically linked to nervous system health and brain health . One critical note is that the gut microbiota can regulate not only the local intestinal immune system but also have a profound influence on the systemic immune responses (Gut Microbes, Hsin-Jung Wu , Eric Wu). (1) The raw egg is a perfect superfood to add to a sensitive gut for reasons I will explain. I personally feel very good when i eat the raw egg smoothies. I don’t know if eggs are for everyone, but this was an experiment I did for myself.
Here is what Crystal Tripp, my herbalist, says about collagen and inflammation,
“To sum up, inflammation is when the body becomes so overwhelmed that it starts to attack everything in site including collagen and structures that are made of collagen. Every part of us contains collagen, including internal structures like blood cells, tissues, and linings. Inflammation may cause holes in the lining or rather those with leaky gut”. (2.)This is how we can interpret auto-immunity and the suggestion that a porous gut will determine the overall health of the body and how to fundamentally heal . Crystal’s suggestion was to start rebuilding the tissues with her bioavailable enzymatic collagen complex and in addition add raw egg smoothies.
I make a tonic with this collagen extract, other adaptogenic herbs, like ashwagandha, and anti-fungals like berberine or olive leaf extract in 8 oz glass of filtered water. These are gut-supportive herbs. Berberine is wonderful for mitigating parasites, mold, fungus, candida…I tend to keep this on hand a lot. It is one of my favorite herbs- the brand I’ve been using for years is Energetix Core Berberine Blend. Olive leaf is also my go to, as it does not kill your friendly flora and is strong enough to effectively treat lyme and other tick-borne-illnesses, viruses, bacteria, and fungus. If I am targeting a specific pathogen I will take 3 dropperfuls a day spread out.
She goes on to say that “Oral tolerance is the ability of the immune system to recognize proteins that we eat. By oral administration of the the identical protein that our body is attacking, over time, it may systematically train our immune system to stop attacking them”. (2) By eating raw egg in your smoothies you can add a complete protein to your diet that has all nine essential amino acids.
There is also sulfur in eggs which have a detoxifying effect. Sulfur binds with heavy metals and environmental toxins carrying them out of the body- in particular aluminum, barium, and mercury. Sulfur is also essential in forming the antioxidant glutathione – which reduces inflammation systemically. To learn more about glutathione read my blog on coffee enemas.
So how do we create a leaky gut? Eating foods that are processed and grown with glyphosate (a broad spectrum systemic herbicide used in Monsanto’s Round-up), refined sugar, gluten, processed dairy, antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, and vaccinations will throw off the microbiome.
We see this when candida thrives due to overuse of antibiotics, and the accumulation of heavy metals makes matters worse. Eating whole foods that are based in traditional cultures and ancestoral ways and eating seasonally, organic, and simply will help restore the gut.
Eating raw grass-fed butter or ghee is also very beneficial for the gut lining and something to consider in addition to raw eggs. Butyric acid which is in raw butter benefits people who have inflammatory bowel diseases like crohns, IBS, and colon cancer. In fact the research has found that exposing human colon cells to butyric acid increased glutathione levels and inhibit the growth of bad bacteria (3).
This is why the raw egg smoothie is a nice option for those doing deep detox. The cashewgurt offers some friendly bacteria, you can also explore with using kefir. It is good to start slow with this working your way up if you choose to take more than one smoothie a day. Also note that this is not a quick fix healing your gut microbiome- its takes many months if not years to repair the damage that we create by choice and by not knowing better.
The medical industry has pushed pharma drugs and the FDA allows GMO food and its herbicides to be on the market even though we now know the insidious nature of glyphosate and how it destroys the functioning of the microbiome. Being diligent and avoiding the triggers, choosing organic foods, and detoxification while building the gut are all key factors. That means not over detoxing and knowing which herbs and supplements are hurting or helping. I myself am a purist and choose herb and supplement companies that are organic, free of binders and fillers, and smaller production.
Some precautions:, I use organic or pasture-raised eggs always. I always rinse off the eggs before cracking.
And If you are having hypervitaminosis A, from a diet of too much beta carotene (this is something you can test with a hair mineral analysis test https://nutritionrestored.com/ (4) or blood test ) Too much vitamin A can create a acidic tissues and gut. You may want to limit your intake of eggs. Another option could be to remove the yolks and just blend the egg white and shells.
I blend in the Vitamix 2-3 raw eggs with organic frozen strawberries, a little stevia leaf tea, and Foragers Plain Unsweetened Cashewgurt, and ½ cup of filtered water. It is recommended to take 1-3 times a day to build up oral tolerance. I crack the shells and peel off the collagen membrane from the shells and add to the blend.
I play around with which fruits to add. Blueberries are a nice option, acai berry unsweetened. I kept this a low sugar recipe. Stevia replaces the sweetener and you play around with adding a little raw honey (raw honey has medicinal benefits and has a lot of enzymes, is helpful for people who have allergies, and is protective of adrenal glands). People with leaky gut tend to have candida, so it best to really limit too much honey.
Stevia is a safe sweetener and actually has antibiotic properties when combined with certain herbs. I use Mayan Sweet Stevia. You can simply simmer a ¼ cup of filtered water with a tablespoon of stevia leaves- for about 5 min. I then strain out the leaves and store in a glass jar in fridge.
*I am not claiming to heal any condition but share my experience and how it influenced me.
Recipe (1 smoothie)
2-3 raw organic or pasture raised eggs
½ cup of frozen low sugar fruit
3 tablespoons plain unsweetened cashewgurt, kefir, coconut yogurt
1 teaspoon stevia leaf tea or raw honey
½ cup filtered water
Blend and enjoy!
Handmade Organic By Telah is a plant-based food delivery service located in Bedsty Brooklyn and servicing NYC. I provide balanced vegan, gluten-free, and organic animal protein options to support overall health, detox, and healthy immune system functioning. My mission is to help guide client’s towards cleaner and more sustainable eating and living. I carefully construct weekly meal plans for each individual client and do the shopping, cooking, and delivery. Private chef services are available too. This service is recommended for at least 3 months to meet health challenges. It is most effective as a lifestyle and regular way of eating. Meal plans are free of processed ingredients, GMOs, gluten, refined sugars, bad oils and salt, and excessive meat. As a client you will learn new ways to eat a plant-based diet which incorporates anti-inflammatory food, healing your microbiome, and empowering your body’s natural ability to heal.
Telah is a health-supportive chef and received her certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2004. She is a Holistic Health Counselor and certified with The American Association of Drugless Practitioners has a CNHP certification. She also teaches Ashtanga Yoga for beginners at New Vibe Yoga in Manhattan. And received her yoga training with Richard Freeman and many long time Ashtanga Yoga teachers in NYC. She works in the NYC area.
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2.Crystal Tripp, “Essential Solutions Product Line”, email@example.com.
3.Foundational Medical Review, “Exploring the Potential Health Benefits of Butyric Acid”, 1/18/18. https://www.foundationalmedicinereview.com/blog/exploring-potential-health-benefits-butyric-acid/
4.Hair Mineral Analysis https://nutritionrestored.com/