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!

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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...]

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...]

Coconut Oil: Friend or Foe? How to Maximize Nutrition in Your Diet

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When it comes to cooking oils, there’s no doubt that olive oil flies off the shelves the quickest…

Olive oil has been well studied and proven to bring heart-healthy benefits. The Mediterranean diet’s frequent use of olive oil has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. So we know all about olive oil- but what about coconut oil? The long demonized coconut oil was banished from our pantries due to its high levels of saturated fat. Saturated fat is linked to a higher risk of heart disease which is why we failed to give it a chance. [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Detox

Did you know that broccoli has chemicals that are phenomenal at detoxifying a lot of substances? To read more about the amazing benefits of broccoli, check out this article. If you don’t like broccoli, then there are easier ways to get the nutrients you need. Tom Malterre joins us for a quick discussion on easy ways to detox.


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Detoxification is Vital

Detox is all the rage these days, but what is the best way to do it without harming our bodies? Tom Malterre talks about detoxification and how to work on a step by step basis to improve your health.


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The “Healthy” Label Gives License to Overeat

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These days when we walk down the aisles of our local grocery store, we are bombarded with diet this and diet that.

You name it and there are low-fat versions of it. The truth is- any smart food company will create “healthy” alternatives to their original products to keep selling to us. But what they’re selling to us is an illusion that we’re eating healthier. Whether “healthy” is actually healthy is up for debate.  [Read more...]

Probiotics: Germs That Are Good For Your Health

These days we see “anti-bacterial” thrown on everything and we buy into this bacteria-free frenzy. But do all bacteria deserve a bad reputation?

A growing body of studies tells us that the answer to this question is NO. Bacteria are essential to the design of the body and basic human nutrition. Our gut is home to over 500 bacterial species. These beneficial microorganisms help prevent and alleviate many conditions, especially issues related to the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system. When we use antibiotics, we kill the bad along with the good. It is important to replace the destroyed good bacteria for a number of reasons. If our bacteria balance gets out of whack, we have a harder time suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria. People lacking certain beneficial bacteria in their digestive tracks will suffer from irritable bowels, bloating, and gas. Probiotics are living microorganisms that are similar to the beneficial ones that are naturally present in our gut. We can get probiotic microorganisms from consuming traditional foods, such as kefir, sauerkraut, miso and kimchi.
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The Unbelievable Benefits of Broccoli

A serving of broccoli a day keeps the doctor away.

We’ve all heard of the “an apple a day” idiom and there is truth to this saying. But what’s this whole broccoli business? Well, it turns out that broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables out there. Paul Talalay, director of the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins, was the first to discover the cancer-fighting property of broccoli. Broccoli contains a special chemical, sulforaphane glucosinolate, which works as a catalyst to boost detoxification enzymes in the body. The enzymes then trigger a process of detoxification that lasts for at least 72 hours. This is significantly longer than the antioxidant actions of vitamin C, E, and beta carotene! Broccoli is also rich in indole-3-carbinol, which is another powerful antioxidant. And it doesn’t end here – broccoli can also help maintain a healthier nervous system, regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and boost weight-loss. Since the discovery of sulforaphane’s prevention powers in 1992, U.S. sales of broccoli have doubled. For those of us who want the benefits of this vegetable, but can’t stand the taste… try eating broccoli sprouts. Just one ounce of broccoli sprouts contains more sulforaphane than two pounds of broccoli. [Read more...]

Obesity as a Disease- let’s look at both sides of this debate

Recently the American Medical Association classified OBESITY as a disease. This has send ripples into our culture as the AMA has thrown the gauntlet and is forcing us to look at this issue.
We all know that obesity is a huge medical problem and leads to many life-threatening diseases which are costing us a fortune in healthcare expenses…but…is it a disease per se?
Let’s look at some arguments on both sides of this debate- [Read more...]