Mother Nature is sure taking us on a ride this winter. We have seen roller coaster temperatures ranging from 10 -70 degrees here in the Midwest over the last two weeks, with no end in sight. We enjoy anything over 45 this time of year, even if it is 10 degrees the next day!
While most of us are aware of the healing powers that certain foods have, and understand that a healthy diet and lifestyle can help prevent deadly diseases and ward off aging - most of the general population hasn't figured this out yet. They are still eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) and taking too many medications. That is why we were especially glad to see WebMD
report on certain foods that can help save your life. We agree wholeheartedly about the power of a healthy diet and are happy to see them spreading the word. While there are a few more foods we would add to the list of 14 Foods that Could Help Save Your Life
, it is a nice start.
We first heard about the Perfect Health Diet
at last years' Weston A. Price Conference and were intrigued. So, we visited the website to learn more, and found out that it is a unique way of eating that focuses on clean proteins, safe starches, and a variety of vegetables, herbs, sauces and soups. Much like the Paleo Diet, it excludes toxins, including legumes, grains, vegetable oils and sugar. Another reason we like it is that it includes some of our favorite foods: liver
, sweet potatoes, bone broth
, coconut oil and butter
. For more information on how this diet can improve your health, visit their website
, read Dr. Mercola's take
on it, or just buy the book
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Diet Rich in Slowly Digested Carbs Reduces Markers of Inflammation in Overweight and Obese Adults
Among overweight and obese adults, a diet rich in slowly digested carbohydrates, such as whole grains, legumes and other high-fiber foods, significantly reduces markers of inflammation associated with chronic disease, according to a new study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Such a "low-glycemic-load" diet, which does not cause blood-glucose levels to spike, also increases a hormone that helps regulate the metabolism of fat and sugar.
These findings are published online ahead of the February print issue of The Journal of Nutrition
The controlled, randomized feeding study, which involved 80 healthy Seattle-area men and women - half of normal weight and half overweight or obese - found that among overweight and obese study participants, a low-glycemic-load diet reduced a biomarker of inflammation called C-reactive protein by about 22 percent.
"This finding is important and clinically useful since C-reactive protein is associated with an increased risk for many cancers as well as cardiovascular disease," said lead author Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D., R.D., a member of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Public Health Sciences Division at the Hutchinson Center. "Lowering inflammatory factors is important for reducing a broad range of health risks. Showing that a low-glycemic-load diet can improve health is important for the millions of Americans who are overweight or obese."
Neuhouser and colleagues also found that among overweight and obese study participants, a low-glycemic-load diet modestly increased - by about 5 percent - blood levels of a protein hormone called adiponectin. This hormone plays a key role in protecting against several cancers, including breast cancer, as well as metabolic disorders such as type-2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hardening of the arteries.
"Glycemic load" refers to how the intake of carbohydrates, adjusted for total grams of carbohydrate, affects blood-sugar levels. Lentils or pinto beans have a glycemic load that is approximately three times lower than instant mashed potatoes, for example, and therefore won't cause blood-sugar levels to rise as quickly.
Study participants completed two 28-day feeding periods in random order - one featuring high-glycemic-load carbohydrates, which typically are low-fiber, highly processed carbs such as white sugar, fruit in canned syrup and white flour; and the other featuring low-glycemic-load carbohydrates, which are typically higher in fiber, such as whole-grain breads and cereals. The diets were identical in carbohydrate content, calories and macronutrients. All food was provided by the Hutchinson Center's Human Nutrition Laboratory, and study participants maintained weight and physical activity throughout.
"Because the two diets differed only by glycemic load, we can infer that the changes we observed in important biomarkers were due to diet alone," Neuhouser said.
"The bottom line is that when it comes to reducing markers of chronic-disease risk, not all carbohydrates are created equal. Quality matters," she said. "There are easy dietary changes people can make. Whenever possible, choose carbohydrates that are less likely to cause rapid spikes in blood glucose." These types of low-glycemic-load carbs include whole grains; legumes such as kidney beans, soy beans, pinto beans and lentils; milk; and fruits such as apples, oranges, grapefruit and pears. Neuhouser also recommends avoiding high-glycemic-load carbohydrates that quickly raise blood glucose. These include highly processed foods that are full of white sugar and white flour, and sugar-sweetened beverages and breakfast cereals.
The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute's Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Initiative
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. "Diet rich in slowly digested carbs reduces markers of inflammation in overweight and obese adults." ScienceDaily, 11 Jan. 2012. Web. 16 Jan. 2012.
Dr. Al Sears, M.D.|
Stay Strong All Winter Long
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
I was just reading my nutrition journal and I found something just by lucky accident that is very important this time of year.
In a new study just published this past Friday in The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, they took men with low vitamin D and gave them a daily supplement. Only 1,000 IU a day was enough extra vitamin D for the men to have consistent, significant improvements in muscle strength.(1)
Vitamin D benefits your muscles because it regulates muscle calcium, muscle cell growth, and muscle fiber size. It also prevents degeneration and protects against insulin resistance so you can have more energy in your muscles.(2)
The reason I say it's important this time of year is because we just pushed the clock back an hour and that has a drawback. Less time to get enough vitamin D - the "sunshine vitamin."
In the winter, not only is the sun farther away, but you don't get as much exposure to it. If you work during the day, you wouldn't have any sun exposure until after work. The problem is, now you're getting off work an hour later as far as daylight goes, and it's dark.
You don't get the benefit of it being light early in the morning because you don't get your sun exposure at that time of day. You're probably asleep, and even if you are up, you're not outside without any clothes on.
If you live in northern latitudes, getting enough vitamin D is already a problem, and this time of year it's worse. In effect, the time change decreases your vitamin D even more.
Why should you care about that? Because the study I mentioned shows that vitamin D makes you stronger. And it lowers your injury rate. In another study, adding a vitamin D supplement increased muscle fiber, improved muscle strength and also reduced falls by 59 percent.(3)
To make sure you have enough vitamin D so you can stay strong and healthy this winter, you need to do two things...Read More...
Editors Note: Dr. Al Sears, M.D. is a board-certified clinical nutrition specialist. His practice, Dr. Sears' Health & Wellness Center in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., specializes in alternative medicine. He is the author of seven books in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging, and nutritional supplementation, including The Doctor's Heart Cure. To get his free special report on the proven anti-aging strategies for building a vibrant, disease-free life, go here now. You'll learn how to stop Father Time without giving up the foods you love.
Seven Superfoods to Fight the Flu
By: Kelley Herring
Flu season is here and if you want to stay healthy the natural way, I have some good news. Nature's medicine cabinet provides a delicious and potent cornucopia of immune-boosting, flu-fighting foods.
And unlike the flu vaccine, which can cause a wide range of side effects (from narcolepsy and permanent neurological damage to the flu itself), the potent flu fighters found in nature don't require a jab and are side-effect free!
Here are seven superfoods that will help you sail through flu season sniffle-free.
#1 - Garlic (and Onions Too!)
Potent members of the Allium family, garlic and onions have long been regarded as healing foods and recent research shows they can help fight the flu.
Garlic helps "stink out" the sickness with the help of allicin - a natural antimicrobial and antiviral compound. One study published in Advances in Therapy found that people taking a high potency allicin supplement daily had 64% fewer colds and recovered 70% faster than people not taking allicin.
Onions are also potent flu-fighters. In a recent study, a phytonutrient in onions called quercetin was found to negate the dip in immunity that comes with physical fatigue. And that "dip" is the window of opportunity for viruses and bacteria to take root and hold you hostage until they have run their course.
When it comes to garlic and onions, fresh is best. Add alliums to soups and stews at the end of cooking, or mix in to salads, dressings and sauces.
#2 - Mushrooms
You many not think of mushrooms as a flu-fighting superfood, but they are. In fact mushrooms possess two critical immune boosters you need this flu season: selenium and beta-glucan.
Selenium helps white blood cells produce cytokines - molecules that modulate the immune system and help clear sickness. What's more, a selenium deficiency has been found to reduce the body's immune response and also cause the influenza virus to mutate into stronger strains.
Beta glucan, an type of fiber with antimicrobial properties, helps activate "superhero" T-cells that seek and destroy invaders.
While most mushrooms provide immune-boosting benefits, maitake (hen of the woods), shiitake and crimini are the most powerful flu-fighting fungi in the culinary world. Reishi and cordyceps are also potent flu-fighters, but are typically consumed in supplement form.
Toss mushrooms into stir fries and soups or sauté and serve with grass-fed steaks to get a dose of the flu-fighting duo.
Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the Founder and Editor of Healing Gourmet - the leading provider of organic, sustainable recipes and meal plans for health and weight loss. Be sure to grab Healing Gourmet's free books - Eating Clean & Saving Green: Your Guide to Organic Foods on a Budget (includes 100+ foods at the best prices) and Eat Your Way Into Shape: Flip Your Body's Fat Blasting Switch and Melt 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks (includes a delicious 7 day meal plan!). Claim your free copies here...
Dr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BC|
I receive the US Wellness newsletter, and find your advice to be quite useful. A quick question:
My father (65, lean, healthy, active, etc.) got his first kidney stone last year, and it really threw him for a loop. He's terrified of getting another one, and I am concerned about the advice he was given by his doctor. Briefly, he was told to avoid oxylates in his diet. As it turns out, oxylate-containing foods are generally healthful (dark leafy greens and other high-antioxidant containing fruits and vegetables). Additionally, he was told to limit his protein intake. He has heeded the advice of his doctor, and now eats a lot of bread, rice, and other starchy carbs that, while being low in oxylates, cannot be doing his health any good. Some general advice regarding how to eat a healthy diet while still avoiding kidney stones would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much,
Thank you for your kind words. About your father - his doctor is partially correct but not entirely, so let me give you some guidelines that should help him:
- Increase water intake
- Absolutely no soda
- Start taking Magnesium - around 1000 mgs per day
- Decrease fruit intake and stop fruit juices
- No cheese
- Stay not away from meats, but from organs like kidneys, sardines, mackerel, etc
- Vitamin B6 - 50mgs
- If overweight - lose weight by keeping a low sugar diet
Dan, if your father takes the steps above his problem might never come back.
This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Dr. Serrano question and answer series. Answers will appear in future issues of the weekly newsletter under your first name only. Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to any question involving health and wellness.
Dr. Serrano has advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness and has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background, 15 years of clinical experience, and as an award-winning professor at Ohio State Medical School. Dr. Serrano has an outstanding family practice on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio and works with a select group of professional athletes.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A|
How to Burn Off Up to 20 lbs of Fat In 60 days- Forever
So Advanced, Yet Simple Rapid Fat Loss Exercise Strategies
By: Scott Mendelson
I ate so badly from Thanksgiving through the holidays that I should have more stored energy than a bear hibernating for the winter. Now I need to get things in gear to be ready for an April Vacation with a 25-30 lb loss of body fat. Problem is, I am overwhelmed with what to do at this point to get things going. I have other plans that I have used, but they never seem to get me all the way to my goals. Help!!!
Start by asking yourself an important question - How much progress did you really make last year? If the answer is less progress than you had in mind then it is time to change the strategy or you can expect the same lackluster results. Luckily for you I know exactly what to do to help you reach your goals as your situation reflects that of numerous clients that I have helped. We will customize a comprehensive program that is so advanced- yet simple for you to follow! You do not need hours in the gym or spend time doing cardio rides to nowhere. High quality work applied to the right method is the key to success to get fat burning hormones working for you!
There is no time to waste. Do not let details slow down your action, there are two huge steps to take to stop the bleeding right now! Get active by exercising and get rid of the junk food in the diet. It is very easy for people to put off New Year goals for various excuses such as being busy with work, or cold weather. This is a huge mistake as body fat piles on faster the longer bad habits are in place due to worsening hormonal and metabolic conditions that are self inflicted.
Wake Up! Optimize Your Fat Cell Function
The poor food choices over the holidays did more than just pack on body fat to your mid section, it left a lingering trail of fat loss trouble. High intake of trans fats, sugars, etc., clog up the fat cells making it difficult for them to function properly. Garbage such as trans fats designed to extend the shelf life of packaged goods also sticks around in your fat cells. The high quality dietary fats within organic grass fed beef along with a protocol we call fat cell cleansing, helps optimize fat cell function which is one of the most important steps you can take to get fat loss moving at a rapid pace...
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Chorizo Beef Tongue
- 1 grass fed beef tongue
- 2 tablespoons chorizo spice mix (below) from Make it Paleo, add more to taste if desired:
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 tablespoon oregano
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Place beef tongue in a crock pot, pour over 1-2 cups of water, and cook on low for 8 hours.
- After 8 hours, remove from crock pot, and carefully removed the thick skin from the tongue (it helps to use a fork).
- Using two forks, shred the beef tongue.
- Place shredded tongue into a cast iron skillet and turn on to medium heat. Combine all spices in a small mixing bowl. (Save extra in a small bag or empty jar.)
- Pour chorizo spice over meat and stir until seasoned equally. Add water or left over broth from the crock pot as needed to help mobilize the spices, a little goes a long way. Start with a quarter cup of liquid and stir.
Recipe and photos compliments of Hayley & Bill at The Food Lovers' Primal Palate. For more amazing recipe ideas and mouthwatering photos, pick up a copy of their cookbook! For another unique Beef Tongue recipe check out their Tongue Taco Bites!
Tasmania Farms - January 2012|
For the last several years we have been importing beef from the gorgeous island of Tasmania, to help keep some of our most popular and hard-to-come-by cuts (think Flank, Hanger & Skirt Steaks) in stock. One of our founding members just returned from Down Under with these amazing shots of grazing cattle with a close-up of the rich clover they are enjoying! For more photos and details of the trip visit our Facebook page.
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