Foods and Habits to Avoid to Eliminate Body Inflammation

Foods and Habits to Avoid to Eliminate Body InflammationFoods and Habits to Avoid to Eliminate Body Inflammation

Growing up in an Asian household we were taught many things. One of lessons was the importance of conscious eating. What does that mean? Eating the right balance of foods that would not upset the body’s “chi.” The list went on and on (in a good way).

Eating lessons have been imprinted into the back of my brain through my entire adulthood, such as eating too much can cause the digestive system to overwork and be in distress. Don’t eat food that is too alkaline or acidic. Don’t eat overly hot or cold food or drinks which can increase or lower body temperature. Avoid fried and processed foods if you can.

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White Bean and Ham Soup Recipe

White Bean and Ham Soup RecipeWhite Bean and Ham Soup Recipe

From the Healing Place’s kitchen, warm soup from our heart to yours.

Prep Time: 20 minutes to cut up vegetables
Bean Soaking Time: 12 hours or overnight
Cooking Time: 2 hour or more
Serves 16

Recipe can be cut in half or doubled.

In a large stock pot (16 qt) add the following ingredients –

2 lbs soaked overnight white navy beans
1 large chopped onion
3 large sliced celery

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HOW TO DETOX YOUR BODY NATURALLY

HOW TO DETOX YOUR BODY NATURALLYHOW TO DETOX YOUR BODY NATURALLY

Have you been searching for ways to aid your body’s natural detoxification process? Well, here are four simple tips that you can incorporate into your diet to help cleanse your body.

If you combine these simple steps with eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, you will reap the rewards. You’ll feel healthier, younger and have more energy almost instantaneously! The best part is that you’ll feel so wonderful that this will quickly become daily practice, and these tips will become lifelong habits. To learn more.

To learn how to incorporate healthy eating practices, schedule a FREE consultation to discuss lifestyle changes 508 359-6463

For the Healing Place Medfield’s free report “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healingclick here.

 

How Fermented Foods Can Quiet Digestive Problems?

How Fermented Foods Can Quiet Digestive Problems?How Fermented Foods Can Quiet Digestive Problems?

Fermented foods have long been a staple in many traditional diets, but are now enjoying an increase in popularity. Why? Because eating fermented foods could be a wonderful way to naturally enhance the health of your digestive and immune systems. Fermented foods are filled with probiotics, and there is a growing awareness of the benefits of these “friendly” bacteria in maintaining optimal health.

They may sound too exotic for you, but don’t be put off. Here you will learn more about fermented foods and why they should become a regular part of your diet.

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Why are You Constipated?

Why are You Constipated?Why are You Constipated?

Nobody likes to talk  about constipation, yet the health of our bowels is pivotal to our overall health status. Anyone who has experienced constipation knows how uncomfortable it is…but could constipation be just the tip of the iceberg?

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Are You Addicted to Artificial Sugars?

Are You Addicted to Artificial Sugars?Are You Addicted to Artificial Sugars?

What It Is: Sucralose is an artificial, sugar-like substance made from chemicals. It is a calorie-free alternative to sugars such as cane sugar and honey, but just like other artificial sweeteners, it may pose serious health risks. Sucralose is found in tens of thousands of processed food products sold in 90 different countries under various brand names, and has become one of the most common fake sugars utilized. Continue reading →

Dietary Fat and the Human Brain: Redefining Food for Thought

Dietary Fat and the Human Brain: Redefining Food for ThoughtDietary Fat and the Human Brain: Redefining Food for Thought

The Labor Day weekend brings into sharp juxtaposition two irrepressible, seasonal forces: one is the culturally-sanctioned indulgence in an end-of-summer barbecue blitzkrieg, and the other is the return of our kids to the daily disciplines of a school day.

We might add a return to more generally frenetic demands on ourselves as well, as the relative lassitude of another summer recedes into memory. Taken all together, then, we have license to stuff our faces for the holiday, and then launch directly into escalating demands on our brains.

That might not necessarily compel you to think about the relationship between the two — how what we eat affects how we think — but this year, it is having just that effect on me. I spent a full day this past week with colleagues at a scientific advisory council meeting where this topic was among those on the agenda.

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Best Late Summer Produce to Pick

Best Late Summer Produce to PickBest Late Summer Produce to Pick

Despite the fact that some kids are back in school and it’s getting dark earlier, summer is not over. And while the sun’s still shining, remember: Summertime is synonymous with delicious and abundant fresh produce.

Though you can get most of these fruits and vegetables year-round, now is the time to take advantage of the peak flavor, freshness and nutrition you’ll get by eating in season. Since they’re so abundant in your local area right now, these fruits and vegetables will likely be less expensive, too.

Okra. Technically a fruit, this little green pod is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of magnesium, folate and soluble fiber to help keep your heart healthy. With a unique grassy flavor, okra can be used to thicken soups and stews, and it stands well on it’s own simply roasted. Combine okra with tomatoes and corn for a flavorful end-of-summer succotash.

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How Some Healthy Foods Can Hurt You

How Some Healthy Foods Can Hurt YouHow Some Healthy Foods Can Hurt You

When patients first visit my office, I always make it my business to find out not only about their health histories and lifestyle habits, but also what they eat. Fortunately, these days patients are more knowledgeable about nutrition than they were even five or 10 years ago, so that makes the job of turning their health around a bit easier.

However, many people still have some rather retro ideas about what’s a health food and what’s not, so my team and I often have to engage in some re-education, to guide patients on their journey to sustainable and optimal health.

What follows is my list of 10 foods most often mistaken for health foods — and the truly healthy, nutrition options to trade them in for:

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5 Facts That Will Make You Think Twice Before Eating Chicken

5 Facts That Will Make You Think Twice Before Eating Chicken5 Facts That Will Make You Think Twice Before Eating Chicken

Though America still eats more meat than any virtually other country in the world, consumption at home has been on a downward slide for the past several years. Concerns about factory farming methods and its environmental impact; animal welfare; potential health risks as well as the Meatless Monday movement, all have helped fuel the slide.

And while some people have cut out meat altogether, many people have simply swapped cows for chicken, thinking it a healthier or earth-friendlier option. Not surprisingly, the switchover to chicken has increased demand and the poultry industry has answered the call, in a way that’s anything but healthy for man or bird. In short, chicken’s got problems — and if you’re a poultry-eater, so do you.

Let’s break it down:

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The Many Benefits of the Lonely Cucumber

The Many Benefits of the Lonely CucumberThe Many Benefits of the Lonely Cucumber

We take the cucumber for granted, but do you know about the many benefits?

1. Helps Hydrate You

When you meet your specific water needs you’ll enjoy the benefits of staying hydrated, like maintaining the right body temperature, helping your cardiovascular system, and assisting in the cleansing of toxins.

You’ll have more energy and help each of your organs do its job better when they’re getting enough water. Cucumber water adds that little something extra to regular water that makes you more likely to drink it more often, helping you stay hydrated each day. For the best results make sure you are using purified or spring water to avoid the intake of contaminants.

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Start Today: First Steps to Getting Healthy

Start Today: First Steps to Getting HealthyStart Today: First Steps to Getting Healthy

It’s never too early or too late to be healthy, but not everyone knows where to start. A combination of diet, exercise and healthy supplements can go a long way toward improving the quality of your life. And the prevalence of social media means that you’re never alone in your efforts.

Follow these steps to help get you started on a road to better health:

Eat Wisely and Well
A healthy diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. In particular, starting the day with a healthy breakfast has many benefits. Data from multiple studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat and snack later in the day.

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Are You Taking Your Food Too Seriously?

Are You Taking Your Food Too Seriously?Are You Taking Your Food Too Seriously?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to feel fit and healthy so you can live a long life. Eating nutrient dense foods that fuel your daily life is very important and you’ve got to take care of yourself.

Though sometimes diets can go too far. With constant bombardment of diet trends, magazines with extreme promises (“Lose 15 Pounds in 7 Days!”) and the flood of health and fitness gurus on social media it is almost impossible not to have the urge to be on a diet.

You can’t enjoy your life if you’re constantly worried about your diet

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The Difference Between Cravings & Hunger (And Why It Matters)

The Difference Between Cravings & Hunger (And Why It Matters)The Difference Between Cravings & Hunger (And Why It Matters)

It sounds so simple: eat only when you’re hungry and drink only when you’re thirsty, but it’s so much easier said than done. Our bodies have become so accustomed to bad eating and lifestyle habits that they can no longer accurately read their own cues.

Growing up in South Africa, a game ranger on safari once told me, “A deer will walk calmly in front of a pack of lions that has already made its kill. The deer instinctively knows that a lion will not eat more than it needs.” Yet if a piece of chocolate could walk, it would never venture close to a person, even after that person has finished a five-course meal.

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USA Forced to Import Corn as Shoppers Demand Organic Food

USA Forced to Import Corn as Shoppers Demand Organic FoodUSA Forced to Import Corn as Shoppers Demand Organic Food

WASHINGTON • A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering.

Imports such as corn from Romania and soybeans from India are booming, according to an analysis of U.S. trade data released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association and Penn State University.

That shows a potential market for U.S. growers willing to avoid the use of artificial chemicals and genetically modified (GMO) seeds, said Laura Batcha, chief executive officer of the association, which includes Whole Foods Market Inc., Whitewave Foods Co. and Earthbound Farm.

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The infant gut microbiome: New studies on its origins and how it’s knocked out of balance

The infant gut microbiome: New studies on its origins and how it’s knocked out of balanceThe infant gut microbiome: New studies on its origins and how it’s knocked out of balance

A fecal sample analysis of 98 Swedish infants over the first year of life found a connection between the development of a child’s gut microbiome and the way he or she is delivered. Babies born via C-section had gut bacteria that showed significantly less resemblance to their mothers compared to those that were delivered vaginally.

The study, which appears May 11 in Cell Host & Microbe’s special issue on “The Host-Microbiota Balance,” also found nutrition to be a main driver of infant gut microbiome development–specifically the decision to breast-feed or bottle-feed.

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Pesticide Free Farming and Gardening

Pesticide Free Farming and GardeningPesticide Free Farming and Gardening

One of the most effective ways to reduce the health and environmental risks from pesticides is to replace them with non-chemical methods.

Organic growing is not a system of neglect. It negates the need for synthetic pesticides by using cultural and ecological management systems as the primary control for pests, weeds, and disease, with a limited use of natural biocides of mineral, plant, and biological origin as the tools of last resort.

The pesticides used in organic systems are from natural sources and are only permitted to be used only if they rapidly biodegrade, which means that there are no residues on the products that people consume.

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Many Benefits of Sea Vegetables and Seaweed Recipe

Many Benefits of Sea Vegetables and Seaweed RecipeMany Benefits of Sea Vegetables and Seaweed Recipe

One of the best ways to remove this overdose of fluoride from the cells is through the supplementation of iodine. A simple way to do this is by eating iodine rich food, particularly sea vegetables.

Dulse flakes can be sprinkled on your food, as you would table salt. Kombu can be added to soups, as it is similar in taste to a rich tasting MSG but extremely healthy. Wakame can be made into a delicious seaweed salad.

These sea vegetables are easily found in most health food stores. Considering how nutritious they are, it is worth taking the time to experiment with them.

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