Refined sugars are not only inflammatory in nature, but are linked to metabolic diseases as well. Sugar has been shown to cause tooth decay, diabetes, weight gain, and even acne. The most inflammatory sugars are those of a refined nature (white sugar and brown sugar). Their processing depletes any nutritional value while increasing inflammation.. The sugar substitutes are just as bad if not worse. They are not only inflammatory in nature but have been linked to disease in the body. Aspartame is linked to headache, nausea, dizziness, and is thought to precipitate and/or worsen conditions like multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions. Saccharin (otherwise known as Sweet'N Low®) has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. With the health risks of traditionally made sugar it’s nice to know that there are some alternatives out there that are less inflammatory and lower on the glycemic index. Here are 6 of my favorites:
If we could just have one less unhealthy food per month, by the end of the year we would increase our energy, decrease our risk for many diseases and improve our over all quality of life. What we put into our body has a direct correlation over time with how we feel both physically and emotionally.
The first sign is that you have abnormal menstrual cycles; and the most obvious sign is when you don't have your menstrual cycle at all.
Have you experienced the “coincidence” of thinking of someone that you haven’t talked to in a long time followed by the phone ringing and them being on the other end when you answer? Furthermore, they say something that you really needed to hear in the moment.
We are focusing on mindful nutrition and this week, we're starting with veggies!
Christmas is the time for family and fun, however it can also be a time of overwhelm and stress, especially if you are hosting a big family Christmas complete with dinner, dessert, and caroling. However, if you ARE hosting, there are ways to have your work in the kitchen be manageable and even fun. When you include your spouse and family in the planning and preparation (especially in the kitchen), you will find that not only will it give you an opportunity to bond, but it will also spark some creativity in the kitchen. Here are 5 ways for you to include your spouse in the cooking and preparation process.
This is a shout out to all of my men over the age of forty. Research has shown that tomatoes are a key food in the prevention and even early cure of prostate cancer. So, eat up—fresh tomatoes, tomato sauces, tomato juices, or whatever tomato-based foods you enjoy. You know, you really should have a V8. It may save your prostate and ultimately your life.
This week, we're spotlighting a guest post by the wonderful Abbey Smith. Enjoy!!
Fruit is very good for your physical and mental health. Everyday Health suggests that eating fruits (and vegetables) significantly lowers your risk of depression.
The Everyday Health article, citing recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), suggests eating a variety of fruits stating that you should eat 1½ to 2 cups worth per day.
Additionally, a Health IQ article cites a seven-year study by the American Public Health Association in which people who ate more fruits (and vegetables) reported a boost in positive emotions and life satisfaction. Notably, the reported change in happiness and satisfaction was akin to “moving from being unemployed (not by choice) to happily employed.”
While fruits in general can help improve your mood, certain fruits have proven to be better mood enhancers than the rest. Here are five fruits that will improve your mood.
Why is there such an emphasis on fruits and vegetables when talking about healthy nutrition? What is all the fuss? Research has proven many health and healing benefits of different nutrient components of fruits from beta carotene in carrots to sulphurane in broccoli and sprouts. There are many chemical compounds that work with the cells inside of the body to both regulate and stop abnormal cell growth. In addition, vegetables contain immune boosting and anti-oxidant value which help to remove damaged cells that may cause inflammation that promotes premature aging, as well as chronic disease. After looking at several resources, we have come up with our top 10 list for vegetables to help slow the aging process and prevent diseases such as hypertention, diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cancer as well.
That's a great question, and I'm sure you aren't alone on this. In fact, I've seen many patients who have come to me, who are tired all the time, no matter how much they sleep, and sometimes feel like they are even sleeping too much.
The holiday season has begun, and everyone is in the Christmas spirit. This means parties, treats, and sugary snacks will be at an all time high. It is shown that the average person gains 1-2 pounds each holiday, and after the new year most people do not work to lose those pounds. Over time this weight gain accumulates and we eventually see a 10-20lb weight gain or sometimes more. With this in mind, here are some tips for avoiding the holiday weight gain this year.
The trending topic now is how to make your body more alkaline. Another more popular topic is juicing. So I figured what we do is put the two together and make an alkaline juice for you to drink and help to cleanse your body. We have a lemon, avocado, some celery, cucumber, parsley, some garlic, and just some ice. That’s all you need. So a lot of these have great detox and cleansing element, and they will help to make your body more alkaline so you can help to fight off infections and just keep your body in a healthy state.
It is not uncommon that to get so bogged down in responsibility, that we forget to incorporate play and fun into our lives. The benefits of play in adults are similar to those in children. Incorporating regular play into daily life increases energy, decreases stress, improves memory, focus, learning, and over all brain function. In addition, play fosters connection and intimacy thereby benefiting the relationships in our lives. If there are so many benefits of play, why is regularly neglected in adults. The likely answer is that as adults we get caught up in the “busy-ness” of life, and simply forget to put the fun in along the way.
Putting play into life doesn’t always mean you have to stop what you are doing and play some silly game; it also doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to plan some extravagant activity (although you can do that once in awhile to treat yourself). You can insert play into every aspect of you life an in every moment. Here are some great ways to incorporate fun and play throughout the day.
The only thing better than a creamy wild rice and mushroom soup? A creamy wild rice and mushroom soup that’s made in the slow cooker! Dump everything in, and boom. A super tasty dinner. Enjoy!!
I cannot provide an unbiased view, however, I will provide a couple of pro's and con's for getting a flu shot.
One of the best ways to ignite or reignite relationship is to invite fun and play into your relationship on a daily basis. Sometimes when we get weighed down with the responsibility and ‘busy-ness’ of life, children, work, that we forget to put fun into our lives. Fun, uniqueness, and romance can be simple to add into the daily routine with conscious thought. Here are 5 fun ways to romance your partner whether you are a man or woman doing the romancing.
Have you ever received a compliment from someone you didn’t know? Have you ever given a compliment unexpected and noticed the joy that spread across the person’s face? Often, we get into our own little world and we forget the impact that just one "thank you" or acknowledgement or compliment can mean to someone else. We never know how someone’s day is going.