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Diabetes and Phthalates

18 Apr

Phthalates are a chemical found in water bottles, packaging, detergents, cosmetics, perfumes, pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements and many, many more.

A recent study published that phthalates have been found to increase the risk for diabetes. Researchers found phthalates to affect glucose stability and alter insulin secretion and insulin resistance. 

Phthalates have also been linked to other diseases like endocrine problems, ADHD, infertility, obesity and cancer.

To avoid phthalates read the labels! Avoid any products that contains “fragrance,” avoid anything vinyl, candles (unless soy, organic and with essential oils) and air fresheners, avoid buying plastic packed food, water bottles, look for earth friendly products.

Remember… Eat healthy, Be Happy!

Eat More: Antioxidants

13 Apr

To understand what antioxidants are, first, we have to understand free radicals.

Free radicals are molecules, with unpaired electrons, which attack cell walls through a chemical reaction (oxidation). It makes cells unstable, which in turn, make other cells unstable, and so on.

Antioxidants are molecules which bind to the free radicals stabilizing them so they can cause no harm to cells.

This is important because free radicals have been found to be a part of:

  • Premature aging
  • Chronic disease
  • Cancer

Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables. We have to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts everyday. No need to take antioxidant supplements, just add a few of these to your diet everyday:

  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Artichokes
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Pecans
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Carrots
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Whole grains

Remember… Eat Healthy, be Happy!

Clean Plates: Must have!

4 Apr

Clean Plates by Jared Koch, is a must read, not only for health foodies, but for anyone thinking of eating healthier.

Jared tells you every single thing you need to know about a healthier diet, simplified and straight to the point. He breaks it down to The Five Precepts – five easy to follow steps to a healthier you!

Apart from the great nutritional advice, Clean Plates is also a restaurant guide to healthy and sustainable restaurants in LA (Manhattan and Brooklyn versions available as well).

The restaurants featured in the book have to serve delicious and nutritious food. They have been carefully selected for their tasty plates, the use of healthy ingredients, like meats from animals raised in farms, without the use of hormones, or the type of sweeteners used for their desserts. Also important are food preparation and cooking methods.

This is a book you can take with you everywhere. Plus, there is now a free app for you iphone.

Remember… Eat Healthy, be Happy!

Food of The Week: Broccoli

27 Mar

Broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable, is known for it’s anticancer properties. It is very high in vitamins C, K and A, fiber and folate. Other nutrients present are calcium, potassium, magnesium and protein.

Broccoli contains many antioxidants and phytochemicals. Three of the most important are:

  • Isothiocyanates: Inhibit tumor growth and neutralize carcinogens
  • Indoles: Stimulate detoxification, protect DNA and increase “good” estrogen metabolites- protecting against breast cancer
  • Sulforaphane: Help fight carcinogens, reduce risk of prostate cancer.

The best way to eat broccoli is raw or by lightly sautéing. Steaming or thoroughly cooking reduces the nutrients present.

Fiber = Healthy Digestive System and More!

19 Mar

Fiber is a great supplement, specially now that so many people are  consuming the SAD diet (Standard American Diet), a diet that lacks fiber and many other nutrients.

Fiber is great for stabilizing blood sugar, it helps lower cholesterol, it prevents colon cancer, hemorrhoids, constipation, alleviates irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and studies show it may even help people lose weight!

In addition to taking a supplement make sure you include foods to your diet, which are high in fiber:

  • Whole grains
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Brown rice
  • Seeds
  • Lentils
  • Beans

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Goji Berries

16 Mar

Goji Berries have been used in China and Tibet for hundreds of years. Outside of these countries they are only available in their dried state. They are rich in vitamins B, C, E, beta carotene, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, fiber and omega 3 and 6.

Goji berries have phytochemicals that enhance immunity, have antileukemia and anticancer properties as well as protection from atherosclerosis and diabetes.

I love to eat them by mixing them with cashew nuts or almonds.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Probiotics: The Friendly Bacteria

13 Mar

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help our digestive system work optimally. They prevent yeast and harmful bacteria growth, treat various forms of gastroenteritis, can lower serum cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, have anticancer effects on colon cancer, stimulate the immune system and help with irritable bowel symptoms.

Not having enough lactobacilli (good bacteria) in the intestinal flora usually leads to gas, bloating, constipation and malabsorption.

This is a great natural supplement. I recommend taking one daily.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!