A typical side dish to any barbecue, coleslaw is a nutrition packed and even a cleansing food. Studies have shown that cruciferous vegetables help with the body’s toxic waste disposal system. Plant chemicals, such as sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol, trigger the release of a protein that causes the release of a dozen or more toxin-fighting enzymes that either neutralize cancer-causing chemicals or help the body excrete them. Cruciferous foods include broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and watercress.
This recipe combines green and red cabbage, adding more antioxidant power than just green alone. It also uses kefir instead of traditional mayo, adding vitamins B12 and K2, calcium, magnesium, biotin, folate, enzymes and probiotics to this tasty dish. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Coleslaw”
The parties have come and gone and 2017 is here. The liver can take a beating with all the overindulgence that happens over the holidays. Now is a good time to consider giving this vital organ a bit of support.
As a major organ of detoxification in the body, the liver must be able to process thousands of chemicals from food, your body, the environment, medications, and chemicals released from infectious organisms. Poor diet, overeating, excessive intake of fats, sugars, alcohol and environmental agents can all negatively affect liver health. Your life depends on the liver’s role in protecting your body from toxin build-up. Continue reading “Resolution Series: Liver Support and Health”
Although I am not usually one to make resolutions (see here), I also know that more than half of you do. Weight loss, getting fit and practicing good health are three of the top goals people set for themselves. Over the next few weeks we are going to provide information to help you achieve and maintain your health goals. This week I will focus on cleansing your body, or detoxification.
Knowing where to start can be challenging. Before jumping into any diet or exercise regime, I recommend a cleanse. Though the body naturally detoxifies itself, with subtle diet changes and some nutritional supplements, we can help aid the process. Continue reading “Resolution Series: Cleansing Your Body From the Inside Out”
A toxic substance is any compound that has an unhealthy effect on cellular structure or function. We encounter toxic chemicals on a daily basis, often without even knowing it. Exposure may come from the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, or how we clean our homes and care for our yards. Toxins are everywhere. Even our own bodies produce toxic substances that need disposal. It is important to become aware of common toxins in your environment, take steps to limit exposure, and to increase your body’s natural defenses.
Examples of common toxins include mercury from silver fillings, chemicals used to make non-stick cookware, Continue reading “Reduce Your Toxic Load”
Have you started our 30 Day Self Guided Whole Body Detox? If not, think about giving it a try. Sugar is everywhere, and it has harmful implications for our health. More and more research is showing that sugar is a lot more than just empty calories. Some truths about sugar include the following.
1. Sugar is everywhere. From yogurt to spaghetti sauce, sugar is put in just about anything processed. Be label savvy. Look at the ingredients. As ingredients are listed by weight, the higher up sugar is on the ingredient list, the more sugar that product contains. Sugar should not account for more than 5% (25 grams) of our daily caloric intake. Here is an example. Store-bought spaghetti sauce has about 1.5 tsp of sugar per serving! Picture sprinkling that over your spaghetti next time!
2. We are addicted to sugar. Americans, on average, consume almost 80 grams of added sugar per day (about 19 tsps). That is far above the goal of 25 grams or less! If you are curious to see what that looks like, get out your teaspoons and start scooping. Studies have also shown that sweet flavors can produce addictive-like behaviors, promoting changes in the reward system of the brain that help to drive over-consumption. So we end up eating more sugar!
3. Sugar is harmful to our health. Some of the health consequences of too much sugar aren’t overly surprising, such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. However, you may not know that too much sugar can also lead to fatty liver disease (no matter your weight) and even damaged memory. Recent studies have also shown that sugar may have more of an impact on blood pressure than salt! Continue reading “5 Truths About Sugar”