Cruciferous vegetables may decrease inflammation

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An article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published online March 17, concludes that the study participants who ate the most cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower) had significantly less inflammation than those who ate the fewest.

Dr. Gong Yang from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and senior author of the study states, “In animal studies, high intake of cruciferous vegetables or certain key compounds within them has been found to lower inflammation.”  So Yang and his researchers tested the theory on humans and analyzed signs of inflammation in the blood of 1,005 middle-aged Chinese women who answered dietary questionnaires as part of the Shanghai Women’s Health Study.  The women were generally healthy, had an average age of 58, and were divided into five groups based on their daily intake of cruciferous vegetables.

The researchers measured levels of inflammatory markers in the women’s blood and found that levels were lowest among women with the highest intakes of cruciferous vegetables.  You can read more about the article from Reuters Health Information here.

High intake of cruciferous veggies, especially kale, is linked to hypothyroidism.  Remember to lightly steam your cruciferous veggies to deactivate the goitrogens.

 

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Walk this way

 

Published on Feb 28, 2014

 

“There is compelling evidence that over the past 100 years the populations of industrialized countries have drifted away from the somatic heritage of their forbearers. We have adopted postural habits which are dramatically different from those used historically and still found in non-industrialized peoples today. Modern “adaptations”, such as tucking the pelvis and S-shaping the spine have had detrimental effects on the biomechanics of our gait and structure, generating an epidemic of foot, knee and back problems. Restoration of healthy and sustainable functioning requires a return to natural alignment, our Primal Architecture. The Gokhale Method is a systematic and effective program for attaining this.

Esther Gokhale (Go-clay) has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. As a young girl growing up in India, she helped her mother, a nurse, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted. This early interest in healing led her to study biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine where she became a licensed acupuncturist.

After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Gokhale began her lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in Brazil, India, Portugal and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale Method®, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living.

Gokhale has practiced acupuncture and taught posture, dance and yoga in her Palo Alto wellness center for over twenty years. Her Gokhale Method Foundations course is now taught by qualified teachers all over the world. Their offerings, her book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, DVD, posture-friendly cushion, and chair are all available on her website at gokhalemethod.com. In May 2013, The New York Times featured Esther in an article giving her the title, “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley”.”

 

The hormone cure: Adrenal fatigue

Another informative and honest video from Sara Gottfried, MD about what’s going on with our stress hormones and how to talk to your general practitioner about getting your hormones tested.  I know so many people in Austin who have had major hormones issues and hit their heads against the proverbial brick wall while talking with their docs about getting tested and what is considered “normal”.  Some people I know have even gone out of town (to Dallas) to find someone, anyone, who can help.  Thank you Dr. Sara for this educational Normal vs. Optimal Lab Ranges Related to Adrenals pdf!

The hormone cure

My mom was right when she said everything changes after 40 and finally someone (a medical doctor) has researched how to avoid the pitfalls of female hormonal changes and fix the ones you’ve got.  This is a must for every woman!  You can take her hormone quiz here and get her hormone toolkit pdf here.

 

Going Green

The science behind Perricone’s Chloro Plasma

I’ve been eating blue-green algae for over 20 years and was excited to see it as an ingredient in Dr. Perricone’s anti-aging skincare line.  This algae is considered controversial as a food supplement as there are toxic forms of it and some consider it “pond scum”.  I can testify to it’s health benefits because I ate it when I was vegan and pregnant to increase my iron levels.  It worked so well, I went from anemic to normal range in 30 days.  I’m happy Dr. Perricone has given blue-green algae recognition as a superfood despite the bad rap.

Blue Green Algae – “The single-celled plants known as blue-green algae (BGA) are superior sources of phytonutrients, antioxidants and chlorophyll. They also possess superior antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If color is present it means there are phytochemicals present, bestowing great anti-inflammatory benefits.

BGA’s are rich in essential fatty acids, such as gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and omega-6 fatty acid with many healthful properties. GLA is essential in keeping the skin soft, supple and smooth. The right fatty acids are vital to healthy skin as they are highly skin-compatible and maintain the fluidity and stability of the cell plasma membrane–the cell’s first line of defense.”