Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Five Foods That May Make You Look Younger
At least, I am giving up my secrets to how I stay so young. Actually, it’s really quite simple – I merely follow my own advice and hardly ever deviate. It’s not that hard once you’ve gotten it down. Just don’t let anything stand in your way of achieving your goals. Enough of the pep talk.
Part of looking young involves having a glowing skin and the key to that lies in your stomach.
The wrong food choices cause inflammation right down to the cellular level. Unfortunately, you can’t immediately see the damages those foods inflict upon your appearance so many don’t consider this aspect. But, that inflammation leads directly to wrinkling, sagging and premature aging.
As if I didn’t rail against sugar enough, here is yet another scientific reason to avoid white foods such as bread, pasta, rice and other refined grain products. As these foods get quickly turned into sugar in your bloodstream, that sugar will bond with protein and create advanced glycation end products, appropriately abbreviated AGE’s. These cause collagen to become inflamed and stiff leading to amongst many other things, wrinkles.
- Wild Salmon – the fish must be wild because the pigment that makes the fish pink, astaxanthin is a powerful foe of free radicals – those rogue molecules that damage cell membranes and DNA and cause skin to age. If you purchase, pretty pink farmed salmon, the color is determined not naturally, but by carefully chosen pigments – in fact, salmon farmers have a palette wheel similar to the one that you get when you are shopping for paint colors so they can have their fish have any hue the end buyer wants. (Frankenfood strikes again). In fact, one study found that eating one serving every five days can prevent actinic keratoses – those ugly brown patches that are precancerous.
- Leafy Greens – these include spinach, kale and other greens which contain lutein, which protects the skin from sun-induced inflammation and wrinkles.
- Sweet Potatoes – yes, for those not trying to lose weight, these are a much healthier option than white potatoes. These contain beta-carotene which helps to balance your skins pH, helps combat dryness and promotes cell turnover all resulting in smoother skin.
- Vitamin C containing Foods – These include red and green peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and of course, berries, cantaloupe and citrus fruits. We are essentially the only mammal that does not produce any vitamin C and it is essential to building collagen, the key component to younger-looking skin. Collagen starts to break down in your twenties. These foods also contain bioflavanoids which protect skin from UV rays and help prevent cell death.
- Lycopene containing Foods – Yes, we all know about the tomato but there are other foods such as pink grapefruit, watermelon and red peppers. The peppers and tomatoes will need to be cooked in order to get the most lycopene from them. Lycopene is a potent anti-oxidant that shields skin from sun damage but from the inside, not like sunscreen which works from the outside.
- Pycnogeneol – although not a food, I thought it would be best to mention it here because this supplement, made from the French maritime pine tree bark, has multiple research studies showing how it supports collagen and elastin.
While collagen may be important for the skin as I have just told you, it is also important in the lining of our blood vessels and helps them to expand and contract. Therefore, all of these things I just mentioned above can aid in cardiovascular disease and its prevention, including stroke and high blood pressure.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
DHEA to the Rescue
by Dr. Brownstein
Question: I've heard that DHEA is critical in helping the body when it's under stress. Can you explain what DHEA is and its role in overall health?
Dr. Brownstein's Answer:
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is one of a number of muscle-building, libido-stimulating hormones called androgens. In times of stress (including injury), the adrenal glands produce more DHEA to help the body cope and repair.
This hormone also helps rebuild injured tissue. If the adrenal glands malfunction and decrease production of tissue-rebuilding hormones such as DHEA, the body’s capacity to withstand disease and promote health becomes compromised.
DHEA also is helpful for treating a variety of conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, allergies, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disorders. Optimal DHEA levels range from 200 to 400 mcg/dl for men, and 120 to 300 mcg/dl for women. Average supplemental dosages for men range from 5 to 10 mg/day, and for women 2 to 5 mg/day.
The side effects of DHEA are minor — occasional acne or moodiness can occur. Maintaining the low doses minimizes the chance of adverse effects. However, if side effects do occur, simply lower the dose.
Of all the bioidentical hormones I have used in my practice, the one that gives the biggest bang for the buck is DHEA. It is inexpensive and has proven to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. If I only had one adrenal hormone to use, it would be DHEA.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
For urinary tract infections: d-Mannose or Xylitol
I recommend using d-mannose, like ClearTract (10 – 50 times stronger than cranberry), or xylitol instead of cranberry juice. Cranberry works but not as well as xylitol or d-mannose. Cranberry juice has fructose sugar present, even in the unsweetened juice.
The xylitol or d-mannose adhere to receptor sites causing the e. coli (bad bacteria) to slide off and out as you urinate.
Your best opportunity to stop a urinary tract infection is in the first 24 hours. At the first hint of something wrong, get to work with the strategies listed below.
Sugar depresses your immune system. Starve the bacteria by cutting the sugar, grains, corn and flour from your diet.
· No sugar, sweets, breads, cereals, pasta, chips, popcorn
· No soda, juice, flavored water, carbonated beverages, alcohol
· No dried fruits
· No starchy vegetables like white potatoes
· No mushrooms, cheese, tomato paste
· No vinegar, soy sauce, tamari sauce
Because of biochemical individuality you may be able to tolerate some whole fruit. Eat no more than 1-3 pieces per day of low-glycemic fruits.
Enjoy fresh meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, water, herbal tea, organic butter or ghee, raw unrefined coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil
At the first hint of an infection, increase your water consumption and start hitting the infection hard with natural medicine. Drink 8 oz. of water every hour.
Eat 3 meals every day that contain animal protein, healthy fat (butter, raw coconut oil, olives, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, nuts), and vegetables (6-9 servings a day). Limited whole fruit is acceptable.
Drink herbal tea like Echinacea, goldenseal or Pau d’arco tea several times a day. Add 1 – 2 tsp. of coconut oil to your tea. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties due to the lauric acid.
- A good probiotic like Garden of Life Primal Defense (provide friendly bacteria to fight the invading bad bacteria). 1 per day normally or 2 per day during infection.
- Vitamin D3 (for a healthy immune system) 2,000 - 4,000 IU per day. Try to find a gel cap instead of a dry capsule or tablet. NSI Mini Gels from www.Vitacost.com, 4,000 IU are good.
- Carlson’s cod liver oil (fight inflammation)
- Essential fatty acids – healing, preventing fungus from destroying cells
- 2 -3 tsp/day
- Nutiva unrefined organic coconut oil (antibacterial and antimicrobial properties)
- Vitamin C, buffered (fights infections and needed for repair)
- A quality multi vitamin like Wellness Resources Energy Multi or Garden of Life
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Recipe from The Barefoot Cook
Strawberry Cream Pie with Date-Pecan Crust
- 1 pint fresh organic strawberries
- 2 cups heavy cream – preferably raw and organic
- 1 cup – dates
- 1 cup – pecans
- 4 Tablespoons 100% Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon – Vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon – Real salt
- 1 sprig of fresh mint (optional)
- Make the crust: Place dates in food processor and grind till chopped up into small pieces. Then add pecans and grind for a few seconds more until chopped together. Press this mixture into a tart pan or a pie dish. Place in freezer and let chill for 30 minutes of more.
- Wash and slice strawberries lengthwise. Toss with 2 Tablespoons of Maple syrup. Place berries in refrigerator and let cool for 30 minutes.
- Whip the cream and add vanilla and remaining maple syrup.
- Once chilled, layer berries onto crust and spread whip cream on top. It may fall apart a bit when you cut into it and serve it. Serve with a sprig of mint on top. Enjoy!!!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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