Monday, November 20, 2017

Anti-Alzheimer's Smoothie

Maria Shriver was a guest on the Dr. Oz show today and she's been working to combat Alzheimer's. One of the suggestions during the show was to look at diet which has more affect on the brain than most people realize.
She starts each day with a nutritious smoothie:

Update: The smoothie, although nutritious, was not pleasant to drink. I would suggest using all the ingredients different ways. Eat the spinach in a salad (or add to scrambled eggs in the morning), eat the berries either on their own or in Greek yogurt, add cinnamon to either tea or coffee, and sprinkle the turmeric on vegetables or meat for your evening meal (or you can buy turmeric in supplement form)

Nutrient Rich Smoothie
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup mixed berries
1/8 teasp. turmeric
1/4 teasp. cinnamon
3-4 drops MCT oil
1/2 cup water

Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth

More info about MCT oil at Wellness Mama

Long story short: (from Wellness
  • For fast and lasting energy, concentrated MCT oil is more beneficial
  • For Lauric acid and its immune benefits, coconut oil is the superstar

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Oregano Oil Uses

Oregano oil has a multitude of uses one of which is to treat a sore throat (some studies found it works as an antibiotic) but make sure you buy the oil that can be ingested.

Dr. Oz spoke about using oregano oil to fight bacteria on The Dr. Oz show.

It can also be used as an insect repellent.

Look for benefits and uses also who should avoid using oregano oil  here.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Food Choices

"Everything [bad] you put in your mouth, is a lost opportunity to eat something healthy"

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sore Throat Remedy

Dr.  Michelle Schoffro Cook has a wealth of information on her blog and one that I noticed today was the use of thyme or oregano to relieve a sore throat. I first found Dr, Schoffro's books when I was looking for help with arthritis pain.

Hop on over to her site for more information.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lower Salad Dressing Calories

Add vinegar to salad dressing to make it last longer and lower calories. Some places recommend equal parts, but I found that to be a little too much. Just try adding a little at a time to see what works for you.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What are in Supplements?

The health food industries and National Health Federation (NHF) stated that natural supplements should not be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and in 1994 President Clinton signed into law the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA) which categorized vitamins and supplements as food and not drugs, making them widely available but not necessarily safe. What has resulted is vitamins and supplements that not only do not always contain what they state on the label but might have additions of harmful substances. They have been known to contain mercury, lead, mold and bacteria.
Note: The FDA can remove a product from the market if it's deemed to be unsafe.

 It's always best to get nutrition from whole food, but if you prefer supplements, makes sure you do plenty of research.

Quack Watch has a plethora of information about health care and about supplements.
Another good article is Truth about Supplements
Consumer Reports - Hidden dangers of vitamins
Food and Drug Administration

What to look for:
Non Profit organization United States Pharmacopeial (USP) seal (check their list here)
USP is an independent organization that ensures the contents are as described on the label and free of contaminants.

What to avoid:
Complicated ingredient list
Percentages exceeding 100% of recommended daily allowance (RDA)
Supplements or vitamins that may interfere with medication (check with your doctor before taking anything)
Products that may harm or cause liver damage:
  Aristolochic Acid
  Bitter orange

Friday, August 25, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

There are many foods that cause arthritis pain mostly processed foods and those high in sugar.

Here are some suggestions I've found on various web sites to control pain associated with inflamed joints.

Cut down on fried and processed foods and prepared frozen meals
Don’t cook meat at high temperatures
Reduce sugar intake: Cut out candy, processed foods, white flour baked goods and soda
Reduce/cut out dairy (the type of protein they contain can irritate joints)
Reduce/cut out alcohol (can lead to gout)
Avoid preservatives and additives
Reduce salt intake
Replace omega-6 (corn oil) fatty acids with omega-3
Reduce red meat consumption and opt for grass fed meat

Protein: Spinach, nut butters (not peanut), tofu, beans, lentils and quinoa
Omega 3: Olive oil, nuts, flax seeds, pumpkins seeds
Salmon, snapper, tuna, cod, halibut bass
Nuts: Walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts
Get antioxidants from fruit: Apples, blueberries, cherries, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries
Add spices: Chili pepper, cumin, turmeric (turmeric tea reduces inflammation)
Chocolate with 70 percent pure cocoa
Green tea
Tart cherry juice
Vegetables: Spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage (colorful vegetables have the most antioxidants)
Whole grains

For more information go to the Arthritis Foundation site

Note: Great Lakes Gelatin purports to repair collagen loss and cartilage damage and I've been using that for a while along with reducing sugar and processed food and trying to stick to suggestions on the site

Always check with your doctor before making diet or exercise changes - some foods may affect medications you are taking.


Any information in this blog should not take the place of medical advice from a professional. I am simply sharing my journey.