Importance of Calcium for Any Stage of Life

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

This article was adapted from an article written by Dr. Murray Clarke on Safbaby.com.

Did you know that by the time a child reaches the age of 17, almost 90% of their adult bone mass will already have been established! Kid’s calcium intake is very important for their future bone health! Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body and accounts for approximately 1.5% of total body weight. Bones and teeth contain 99% of the calcium in the body while the remaining 1% is distributed in other areas.

It is during childhood, often referred to as the “bone-forming years,” that a child’s body is most capable of absorbing calcium. But the fact is, most children and adolescents aren’t getting the calcium they need to build peak bone mass. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 86% of teenage girls and 64% of teenage boys are “calcium deficient.” Did you know that children who don’t get enough calcium are more likely to suffer from bone fractures and may develop osteoporosis as they age? They also risk having weaker teeth and tooth decay later in life. (more…)

Glutathione: Your Body’s Best Antioxidant

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Glutathione is one of the most important molecules for protecting you against chronic diseases. Your body produces its own glutathione, but stress, poor diet, pollution and environmental toxins, medications, trauma, aging, infections, cancer, and radiation all deplete your levels. These stressors also make it harder for your body to produce adequate levels of glutathione to minimize the collateral damage from the stressors.

Glutathione is a molecule composed of three amino acids, cysteine, glycine, and glutamine. Sulfur, a component of cysteine, sticks to free radicals and toxins like heavy metals, which is then carried out of the body through the bile and stool.

With too much oxidative stress or too many toxins in our body, the glutathione becomes depleted and we can no longer protect ourselves against free radicals and infections, thus chronic illness develops. Glutathione is also critical in helping the immune system fight infections and prevent cancer. Maintaining adequate glutathione levels in your body is one of the best ways you can take care of your health. And luckily, diet and lifestyle changes boost glutathione levels significantly!

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Nutrition for Healthy Skin, Hair, and Nails

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

 

Our hair, skin, and nails deserve to be pampered and cared for! In fact the skin is the largest organ of our body and plays a critical role in our health. Our skin, nails, and hair reflect the state of health of our inner health. The functioning of the GI tract and liver are very connected to the health and appearance of your skin, hair and nails. By staying hydrated, eating fermented foods, avoiding food sensitivities, and eating a nutrient-dense whole foods diet you can have strong nails, glistening hair, and silky smooth skin.

 

While we all have different types of hair, skin and nails, we need the same basic nutritional support. If you do have concerns about what your hair, skin, or nails might be telling you about your health, consult your doctor or health professional. In addition to vitamins and minerals, hair, skin, and nail health is dependent on stress, hormone levels, medications, and hydration. The foods outlined in this article provide a nutritional guide for the foundation of your health, with an emphasis on nourishing your hair, skin, and nails. (more…)

Liver Cleansing Vinegar

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Vinegar is one of the oldest methods of herbal extraction.  Infusing herbs into raw apple cider vinegar is a fantastic way to boost your phytonutrient content in your meals – this recipe makes a great dressing, accompanied with olive oil!

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Homemade Sauerkraut

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Making your own sauerkraut is quick, easy, and cost effective. Fermented foods are one of the healthiest foods you can eat and they are so easy to prepare at home. Sauerkraut is one of the most nourishing foods for your intestine. Cabbage and the juice from cabbage is high in glutamine, an amino acid that is very important for your intestinal cells to heal and repair.  The fiber in cabbage can bind to cholesterol and help lower lipid levels in the blood.  Cabbage contains anti-cancer components and is an excellent source of vitamins K and C, vitamin B6, and antioxidants. Fermented foods contain beneficial bacteria that will protect your GI health, support your immune system, and promote wellness in all aspects of your body’s health.

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Health Benefits of Cilantro

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Cilantro as a Powerful Detoxifying Herb

Cilantro is not only a potent flavor enhancer in your meals, but also a powerful herb full of nutrients that support your body in metabolizing toxins and maintaining health!

Recent research studies have confirmed cilantro reduces cholesterol and oxidative damage, while also regulating blood pressure. Research also suggests that the volatile oils found in cilantro leaves may have antimicrobial properties.

Cilantro can help mobilize toxins (most notably heavy metals like mercury) out of storage and into the blood stream so that the body can excrete them. The chemical compounds in cilantro actually bind to the heavy metals, loosening them from the tissues, blood and organs. Cilantro’s chemical compounds then aid to transport these harmful substances out of the body through elimination. (more…)

Bone Broth for Wellness

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Nourish your gut, your bones, your energy, and your mind with this superfood!

Bone broth is a mineral-rich infusion made by boiling bones, vegetables, and spices. It is a very affordable and nutrient dense food. It strengthens the immune system, digestive system, and adrenal glands. It is high in minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron. These minerals along with the amino acids (proline and glycine) and fatty acids present in bone broth can support hair, skin, and nail health as well as bolster joint health. Glycine plays an important role in DNA synthesis and muscle repair. It helps regulate blood sugar levels, influences neurotransmitter levels to promote calmness and reduced stress, and it is involved in detoxification. Proline is another amino acid present in bone broth that is involved in connective tissue health and helps protect blood vessels from cholesterol buildup.  Homemade bone broth is not only beneficial when you’re feeling sick, but also for every day wellness.

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To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

 

Recently one of my clients asked me my thoughts on both the vegan diet (plant-only) and the GAPS diet, which is an omnivorous diet for restoring mental health, immune health, and digestive health.  It was such a great question I thought I would elucidate my comments in this article.  Here are my thoughts:

There is no diet that is right for all people, because everyone is different, with different histories, different lifestyles and exercise practices, and different environments (the holistic approach considers all of these factors).  Different life stages and health conditions call for different nutrient needs as well, so changing the diet throughout life is also key to optimal health! (more…)

Reverse Multiple Sclerosis by eating the Paleo Diet, increasing vitamin D, and avoiding artificial food additives

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, degenerative disease of the nerves in the brain and spine.  The disease causes the body to attack an insulating substance around nerve cells called myelin.  When the myelin is damaged, the function of the nerves deteriorate, resulting in symptoms such as muscle weakness, imbalance or loss of coordination, vision loss, and tremors.  Research is now showing that the disease can be reversed by adopting a paleolithic diet (primarily meat, veggies, and nuts), optimizing vitamin D levels, and avoiding artificial ingredients, especially aspartame.

While the exact cause of MS is still largely unknown, it is now understood that environmental factors play a large role in the development of this degenerative disease.  Diet is one of the most important ways for individuals with MS to control and reverse their disease.  The Paleo Diet, consisting of organic, whole foods from grass-fed meats, vegetables (sea and land), fermented foods, and nuts, is packed with nutrients that protect the nervous system and immune system. The Paleo Diet is high in B vitamins, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids (animal based EPA and DHA) that support myelin growth and repair.

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Mercury Levels in Fish: Are They Safe to Eat?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

With the ever increasing toxicity of this planet’s oceans, plus last year’s Fukushima’s radiation disaster, all fish from every ocean will soon be contaminated with radiation.  So I do not recommend consuming fish frequently, at most once or twice a week. You should also be concerned with any seaweeds, chlorella or spirulina that you consume, as these aquatic plants are also at risk of radiation and heavy metal toxicity.

Mercury is a major concerning contaminant in fish. As a general rule, larger fish contain higher levels of toxins because they eat smaller fish and assimilate those toxins in their own tissues. This process is called biomagnification and it holds true for all animals.

If you are taking fish oils, beware of the quality of your product.  Often, supplements contain high levels of mercury and other heavy metals.  Nordic Naturals is a high quality company that purifies their fish oils so well that their products contain at least 10 times less contamination than the EPA’s allowable limits.

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The Holistic Guide to Vitamin D

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Vitamin D:  Is Your Deficiency an Obstacle in Your Health?

Vitamin D is actually a prohormone that is critically important for the development, growth, and maintenance of a healthy body.  It activates hundreds of genes that promote health and reduce your risk of getting any chronic disease.

It is produced in the skin when exposed to UVB light.  UVA radiation penetrates deeper into the skin and causes wrinkles and damages DNA.  On average, getting 15 minutes of sunlight at least a couple of times a week, will keep your vitamin D levels in a normal range.

Phytoplankton, zooplankton, and algae have the capacity to produce vitamin D.  However, most animal and plant foods we consume do not contain vitamin D.  Sunlight is the natural way of getting our vitamin D.

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Ghee: a Healthier Way to Eat Butter!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Ghee is a form of butter that is an integral part of traditional Indian cuisine.  It is clarified butter, which means that the water and milk solids (mostly proteins) have been boiled off and removed, leaving just the rich, golden butterfat.

Ghee can be part of your nourishing lifestyle too!  Just make sure you choose the high-quality organic version, made from pasture-fed cows.  (more…)

Seasonal Eating: Autumn

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

What do you eat to support your body as the temperatures get cooler?

As the leaves turn, the air crisps, and we break out the heavier jackets, scarves, and boots, we realize fall is upon us. Nourishing your body with warming, building foods can help you adapt to the cooler temperatures and decreased sunlight.

Eating organic, locally grown produce that is in season is the very best way to support your health.  Do you know what foods produce fruit in the fall months?

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Get The Most Out of Your Grains

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

What is the key to maximizing the nutrient content in your whole grains? Soaking and sprouting!

If you think about what a grain is, you will realize that grains are seeds, waiting to be buried, watered, and grow into a new plant. Seeds and legumes (beans, nuts) may also develop into a full grown plant.  But why don’t the grains start growing? What is keeping them from germinating? (more…)

What’s in your ice cream?

Monday, December 12th, 2011

These days, most ice creams are full of toxic additives.  Ice cream manufacturers are not required by law to list the additives used in their products.  Independent testing has discovered some toxic chemicals in ice cream that don’t appear on the ingredient list. What else are they hiding?

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Coenzyme Q10 levels reduced with age and the use of statins

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Feeling tired all the time? Stressed? Feeling “old”?  Your body may be deficient in this major cellular antioxidant!

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