Section: Nutrition
Reality Check: Healthy Food Is Rarely the Enemy
Recently, I met a patient who was eating the most limited diet I had ever encountered. Over the course of several years, she had decided to cut out a variety of foods in a piecemeal fashion in an effort to improve her health. Her "off limits" list included wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, citrus and most other fruits, certain crucial types of fat, and all animal protein. This left her with a lifestyle that was unhealthy and very difficult to sustain. Unfortunately, this is a scenario I see all too often: patients getting caught in the cross-fire of medical information overload. When making choices about what to eat, it is time to take fear out of the equation.
The Dirt on Supplements
An intriguing gardening article recently suggested that the supposedly "unhealthy" soil many of us have around our houses may just be an urban myth. In fact, amending the soil to "improve" it may damage root systems and leave lawns inches below the grade of existing surfaces. What, you may ask, does this discussion about dirt have to do with supplements?
Drink alcohol? Read this.
A large part of my time as a naturopathic physician is spent teaching patients about foundational lifestyle choices which will bring them closer to sustainably optimal health: individualized diet, improved sleep, exercise, stress reduction etc. When the topic of alcohol consumption comes up, though, there’s generally a wide range of emotional attachment to the activity itself. Nearly everyone knows that “drinking isn’t good for you” (though research does show that moderate consumption of some types of alcohol may be beneficial for some people), but human nature is such that some vices are often readily justified by those in the pursuit of their own version of a happy life. As doctors our job is not to judge people’s choices, but rather to better inform those choices by educating our patients.
Do Toxins Really Make You Fat?
One of the several pivotal pieces to my work is genomic reprogramming. What?! That is where you can take the DNA (genes) you were born with and adjust the way they do or do not express health or disease for you. Wow! Even 20 years ago, no one knew that was possible. We used to think that you get what you get and your fate is sealed. Not so.
Mushroom Update
Green Tea Update
Tea is the most widely consumed beverage worldwide, second to water. The incredible health benefits of green tea are not news to most people. Green tea benefits your health as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-carcinogenic, antihypertensive, brain protector as well as lowers cholesterol. (Some of the downsides may be less well known.) Let’s review of some of the most well-studied benefits of green tea.
How Super Is Your Superfood?
So-called superfoods have garnered a good deal of attention over the years, but it seems that they all come and go. Green drinks are fairly popular now. These are generally a combination of fruits and vegetables, fillers like fiber, and often spirulina and/or chlorella are added. But, spirulina could easily stand on its own for the base of your green drink of the day. Don’t want spirulina as the base for your daily green drink, you could add it to your smoothies or even take it as a tablet if that is your preference.
Why You Should Maintain Kidney Health
The kidney is a vital organ of the urinary system. It is the job of the two kidneys to regulate electrolytes, blood pressure, and maintain acid-base balance. They also play an essential role when it comes to detoxification, acting as a natural filter for blood. In addition, the kidneys help to control the levels of sulfur, sodium, and phosphate in the body and excess minerals are excreted via urine to control the build-up of toxins. As the kidneys hold a huge responsibility in its regulatory roles, it is equally important to maintain a nutritional and balanced diet to keep the kidneys healthy.
New book offers wellness solutions for fibromyalgia patients
Patients suffering from fibromyalgia now have a new resource to help improve the quality of their life. The Complete Fibromyalgia Healthy, Diet Guide and Cookbook was recently published and includes tools and recipes designed to help patients on the road to improvement and recovery.
Pumpkin or Squash Soup
The key to a good squash soup is to bake the squash and sweet potatoes and white potatoes and to not rush them along.
Honey Research Update 2013
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is near upon us. This year the holiday starts Wednesday evening, September 4. One tradition we take part in as we celebrate this holiday is to eat slices of apple dipped in honey. It has over the last few years also become customary for me to take a few moments at this time and review new studies of interest that have been published in the scientific literature over the past twelve months.
How to Live Healthy in a Toxic Environment
All of us are living with environmental toxins in our bodies and, for many of us, these toxins are what is causing us to be ill and to seek medical care. If the cause of your health problems is due to a buildup of environmental toxins rather than a deficiency of nutrients, you will need to reduce your toxic load in order to regain your health.
The Magnificent 7: How You Can Protect Yourself from Radiation
While experts believe that radiation from the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors does not present a serious health risk, you can further protect your health from radiation with a simple regimen of antioxidants.
A Healthy Balance: Food vs. Supplements
I'm taking a multivitamin and a couple of other supplements, so I can eat whatever I want, right? Well, not exactly.
What to Look for in a Vitamin
As a naturopathic physician, I have had patients come to me on their first visit with great concern over why their nutritional supplements don't seem to be working. Once we start emptying out the big bag of supplements that they've brought to the office, the answer quickly becomes apparent.