October 26, 2015

5 Foods to add to your families diet today!

1) Asian Mushrooms - shitakae, maitake, and enoki are excellent food sources of cancer fighting and anti inflammatory chemicals like eritadenine, which encourages body tissues to absorb cholesterol and lower the amount circulating in the blood. Mushrooms also have increased amounts of copper, a necessary mineral for cell function that is hard to get in the SAD diet.

Avoid the common button mushroom like the white button, cremini or portabello when raw because they contain natural carcinogens. Cooking them on high heat will break down most of these problem chemicals if you wish to consume them.

2) Fermented foods - The topic of our upcoming lecture and cooking class. Your gut flora is important for a balanced immune system to reduce chronic inflammation. An abnormal micro biome is the root of most disease. Fermented foods are a great way to provide your gut with microbes that are beneficial for your health. Foods such as kefir, natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, olives, and other fermented vegetables, will help 'reseed' your gut with these beneficial friends. I personally love kimchee and sauerkraut.

3) Green tea - drinking true (camellia sinensis) green tea daily is a powerful punch of the chemicals like EGCG that are antioxidants that sop up cell damaging oxygen radicals that are produced by our bodies during stress. Green tea also contains L thianine, an amino acid responsible for relaxation and focus. See this link for the many benefits of tea. Avoid drinking tea with milk as it binds to the health enhancing chemicals and makes them unavailable for us.

4) Organic blueberries - huge on the ORAC scale of anti oxidation! Just like green tea, blueberries are a powerhouse of xenobiotic removing chemicals that clean up our cells from danger. The Wahl's protocol for improving Multiple Sclerosis is in part based on high volumes of berries to clean out foreign toxic chemicals!!!

5) Red grapes - loaded with resveratrol. This chemical is crucial for delaying the aging of our DNA and is one of the reasons behind the French paradox of health. Eating red grapes or drinking red wine (not more than 2 glasses per day) increases resveratrol in our blood which then prevents the ends of our DNA tails called telomeres from shortening and exposing our book of life to radical chemical damage. Good way to stay young. I personally prefer a nice glass of red wine over any medicine available on the market. It is also usually much cheaper.

Live long and well,

Dr. M