Jeffrey Smith on How to Avoid GMO Foods

 

Jeffrey Smith is THE world expert on GMOs and GMO awareness. He takes us on a tour of the food served at a buffet in a restaurant to teach us what to avoid when we eat out. Many of us often wonder about the quality of the ingredients used in our favorite restaurants. Are things really 100% organic? How can we tell what is what? Please stay tuned if you want to learn how to distinguish between organic or GMO foods.

We are what we eat. The central notion of making sure what goes into our bodies is seen as fuel and not as toxic foe is critical. In this day and age of GMOs and pesticides everywhere, we’ve got to really be careful and seek out clean sources of foods- especially fruits and vegetables.

Either buy organic or at least use a non-toxic vegetable wash that will clean some of the toxic chemicals off of your food. The problem is that many foods get toxins in systemically and, therefore, we take them in when we eat them. Here’s a list of the basic foods you MUST get organic.

 

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DIRTY DOZEN FOODS

1) Meat
2) Milk
3) Coffee
4) Peaches
5) Apples
6) Sweet Bell Peppers
7) Celery
8) Strawberries
9) Lettuces
10) Grapes
11) Potatoes
12) Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

The Health Bridge – The Paleo Diet

 

In this episode  of The Health Bridge, Sara and Pedram talk about the Paleo diet.

 

Is it sensible to try to eat like our distant ancestors did over ten-thousand years ago? How is this diet different from all the other diet programs out there? Pedram and Sara address various concerns and misconceptions about the Paleo diet which has become very popular in recent years.

So what is Paleolithic nutrition really about? In a nutshell, the Paleo diet is based on what our prehistoric ancestors ate back in the day. By eliminating diary products, separated fats, and refined carbohydrates, we’ll be leaner and less likely to develop cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other dangerous health problems. Those who are Paleo follow an eating plan that is high-protein and high-fiber. They consume lots of lean meats, fish, leafy/green vegetables, and fresh fruits. Processed foods are definitely not allowed. Since our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, dairy and wheat products are also not allowed. No refined sugar, refined vegetable oils, and legumes.

Sounds like a lot of rules. Does this diet work?

Increasing evidence indicates that the inclusion of processed foods in the human diet can have adverse effects on health. To learn more, tune into The Health Bridge!

Paleo Diet

Are you Well-Rested and Ready for 2014? Why the Winter Solstice is Important.

Winter SolsticeHappy Winter Solstice!

For years I’ve been preaching to patients and students that they need to chill out and relax around this time of year. The ones that listen, really thrive.

Why is that?

The holidays were traditionally about pulling people out of a funk. In the Western tradition, peoples of the Northern hemisphere would hunker down after the fall harvest and dig their heels in for a long, cold winter. There wasn’t much to do (except make babies) so people would feel cooped up with cabin fever by late November or so. The holidays were a way to get people out of their depression and out with others- some stimulation please…

Today we live in an overstimulated world. There is no lack of information, connections, phone calls, texts, or work for us in the Winter. In traditional agrarian societies, when the harvest was over, you’d have to chop some wood and fetch some water here and there, but by and large, you were chilling out most of the winter. When’s the last time you chilled out?

We stumble through our years and keep fighting on and then have to drag ourselves to one holiday party after another- fighting lines and crowds at the mall trying to buy gifts for our loved ones. Does it sound exhausting? Well it should. How can we thrive through 2014 when we have not let ourselves properly close out 2013? We do this every year- losing Vitality, enthusiasm, and sleep each go-around.

So here’s the fix-

TODAY is the Winter Solstice. Today is the shortest day of the year…the darkest day. This is when the days start getting longer into the next cycle and giving us more light to carry us into a solid 2014. What are your goals for next year? Lose weight? Make more money? Start a family? Retire? You can’t do it without energy.

It is time to catch your breath. Hunker down and count your blessings today. Maybe take a salt bath. A nap? Sure- maybe a couple. Make this winter solstice weekend about being lazy and giving your body what it needs. I promise you, the health benefits are great but the psychological ones are even better.

Share this with the people in your life that NEED to hear this today and please…take some down time. We’re all so crazy busy nowadays that we forget to breath, check in, relax, and restore our energy when we’re supposed to. The bears hibernate. We can learn a lot from nature. Listen to your own inner nature and see what you feel like doing right now…I’m going for a nap :)

What Makes Functional Medicine So Effective At Curing Illnesses? Interview with Dr. Mark Hyman

Unlike conventional medicine, functional medicine uses a systems-oriented approach to address the underlying causes of disease.

Functional medicine is medicine by cause, not by symptom. We need to reframe how we view disease and realize that everything is integrated in the body. By shifting away from the traditional disease-centered focus of healthcare to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine is more effective in finding a true cure. Traditional approaches tend to isolate sets of symptoms, but functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients to discover the overlooked factors that contribute to disease. [Read more...]

3 Not-So-Secret Lifestyle Changes That Can Turn Back The Clock

 

Let’s face it, we don’t really think about aging when we’re young. When we are in our prime, we put our bodies through a lot and usually without considering the consequences. Remember those college days filled with all-nighters and greasy cafeteria food? Now that we’re older and wiser, we wish we treated our bodies better. Until someone brilliant invents a time machine to take us back to our golden days, there are three not-so-secret lifestyle changes that can turn back the biological clock. [Read more...]

Is Sugar Really Like A Drug To Your Brain?

 
Before we move forward with our topic of sugar addiction, let’s step back for a second and think about the role of sugar in our everyday diets. How many times have you opened a fresh pack of cookies with the intention of eating only a few but end up eating everything? One cookie seems to lead to the next and then the entire pack disappears. We’ve all been there before. This sort of thing happens all the time, but have you ever wondered why? Recent research studies show that humans are programmed from an early age to crave sugar. Scientists even go as far as to say that sugar is a drug to our brains. [Read more...]

Flush Out Toxic Heavy Metals

Heavy Metals

In today’s world, we are plagued by toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even the foods we eat. New chemicals are being produced every year and are entering our environment faster than we can react. Heavy metal pollutants such as lead and mercury can damage our cells, which then leads to altered or decreased cell function. So what can we do to minimize our exposure to toxic heavy metals? [Read more...]

No Way! Can Massaging Your Ears Help With Weight Loss?

 

When I mention an ideal weight loss program, you probably immediately think about skipping the crème brulee, avoiding second helpings at your friend’s birthday dinner, and consistently hitting that Tuesday night spin class. But do you know you can also control your appetite and boost your metabolism via your ears?

 
Auriculotherapy, or ear acupuncture, is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that evolved about 2,000 years ago when acupuncturists discovered meridians in your ears that help control pain management, detoxification, anesthesia, calm your nervous system, and increase your energy levels. And yes, ear acupuncture can also help with weight loss. [Read more...]

Real Health Care Reform Starts In Our Kitchens

According to Emory University, Americans eat fewer than 70% of their meals at home and less than a third of American families eat meals together more than twice a week. Many busy families opt for convenience and often times rely on factory-processed foods to get through the week without having to make multiple grocery trips. Combined with our nation’s history of support for fast food chains, it’s no wonder that obesity is an epidemic. [Read more...]

Fighting the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis Starts Today


The idea of antibiotics failing us has been looming in the back of our minds for some time now. Remember the movie where Will Smith famously finds a cure for the man-made virus that wiped out the entire fictional U.S.? How about “World War Z” where Brad Pitt stops a zombie-like pandemic? Although these situations are of the sci-fi nature and meant to entertain us, there’s some reality to these fantasies. Most people are aware of the risks of antibiotic overuse, yet not a lot has been done to combat this crisis… until now. [Read more...]