Diet and food safety

  1. This summer berry is a blood flow hero

    It's a sure sign that we're in the waning weeks of summer: The store shelves are crammed with back-to-school stuff!

    And as the season begins to wind down, you want to grab every chance you get to enjoy not only warm-weather relaxation… but also the delicious summer produce that's still overflowing at the market.

    Juicy berries are stars of the season -- and according to a new study, there’s one kind of sweet treat you don't want to miss at its peak.

    I’m talking about raspberries.

    As it turns out, these bright-red berries can help you "relax" in one place that really counts: your blood vessels!

    In the study published in the Archives of Biochemistry and Physics, researchers tested the blood vessel function of a group of healthy adults and then randomly assigned them to drink either a frozen raspberry beverage or a control beverage with no raspberries.

    Two hours later, when the researchers re-tested the participants' blood vessel function, they found that those who drank the raspberry beverage had IMPROVED "flow-mediated dilation" (FMD), a sign that their blood vessels had relaxed.

    Those who drank the control beverage, on the other hand, saw no FMD improvement.

    And the raspberry drinkers' blood vessel relaxation was still going strong 24 hours later!

    Now, as I've shared with you before, you want your blood vessels to be relaxed as possible -- because when they're stiff and constricted, blood can't gush freely to every nook and cranny.

    And that lack of blood flow can deprive your heart and brain of nutrient-rich blood, setting you up for cardiovascular disease... and even cognitive decline.

    The theory is that raspberries can help relax your blood vessels because they're loaded with ellagic acid, a compound that’s known to support vascular health.

    Sure enough, those who drank the raspberry beverage in the study had higher levels of ellagic acid in their blood and urine than those who didn't drink any raspberries.

    Plus, raspberries are packed with vitamin C, which has also been proven to boost blood vessel function , not to mention fortify your immune system and protect your eye health.

    And the benefits of raspberries don't stop there. Previous studies have shown that they can ease inflammation ....... slash your risk of stroke ... and even beat back cancer .

    Even though they're at their sweetest and juiciest in summer, you can find raspberries in most grocery stores year-round.

    They're delicious on their own, but you can also get the "mouth feel" of an icy dessert by stirring crushed raspberries into Greek yogurt or blending frozen raspberries into smoothies.

    Just stay away from raspberry-flavored ice cream, sorbet, and popsicles -- because these sugar bombs won't do your blood vessels a "lick" of good.

    And whenever possible, buy organic berries to keep toxic pesticides OUT of your system.

  2. Are you being attacked… by your own fat?

    Modern medicine has long preached the dangers of obesity.

    But I’m going to let you in on a little secret that most doctors don’t like to admit: For the most part, modern medicine doesn’t know WHY.

    Plenty of studies have shown that obesity can lead to everything from cardiovascular disease and diabetes to cancer… but the mechanism causing the problems?

    In most cases, your guess would’ve been as good as theirs.

    Not anymore. Thanks to a breakthrough study out of the University of Virginia, we now know that obesity’s connection to chronic disease starts with the lipids in your body.

    That’s right – your FAT is actively working to ATTACK you!

    You see, when lipids are exposed to free radicals – yes, the same free radicals that can cause cancer – they become damaged, or “oxidized.”

    And oxidized lipids cause something funny to happen. They tell any and all nearby immune cells to go into hyperdrive.

    And BOOM! You’re wracked with inflammation.

    This chronic and constant onslaught causes most -- if not all -- of the obesity-related diseases out there. (And as I’ve shared with you before, you can trace the root cause of most diseases back to inflammation in some form or another.)

    The details are a little more complex – for instance, some types of oxidized lipids are actually helpful. But in bodies that are unhealthily large, the harmful types of oxidized lipids are much more common.

    Now, naturally, mainstream medicine is excited about this discovery… because it means it might be able to develop new drugs to address obesity-related diseases.

    That’s all well and good. But there’s a much simpler way to keep yourself free of disease.

    And that’s to defeat obesity itself.

    That doesn’t mean your body has to be skinny and svelte to be healthy. Not everybody carries fat in the same way.

    But if you have more fat than you’re supposed to, you should do what you can to reduce it. And make sure you limit exposure to anything that might damage the fat you DO have. (After all, we all need SOME fat to be healthy).

    You can start by taking the following four steps:

    1. Eat healthy whole foods. As long as most of your foods are natural and unprocessed, you’re in good shape. That’s why I recommend the Paleo diet to all of my patients and readers.
    2. Exercise. You don’t even need to go to a gym! But if you can do something active for at least 30 minutes a day – whether it’s playing a game of tennis, hitting the links, or taking a stroll after lunch – you’re most of the way there.
    3. Get enough sleep. Sleep gives your body the time it needs to repair damage, clean up things like free radicals, and get you set for the next day.
    4. Reduce your toxic exposure. Some free radicals occur naturally, but others get into our bodies from the outside – through processed and non-organic foods, pesticides, pollution, and more. Avoid these toxins as much as possible and look into detoxifying therapies like sauna therapy, exercise, and – in more severe cases – chelation.

    Do those four things, and you won’t need to wait for any magic pills to come out of this latest discovery.

  3. Saving time? You could be getting socked in the gut

    On these steamy days, spending hours sweating over a hot stove is no one's idea of summer fun. Not to mention all that time you have to spend shopping for the makings... chopping and prepping them... and then washing the dishes when it’s all over. Sure, you could get back to enjoying your summer day or evening a lot sooner...
  4. Grab a handful of THESE for a balanced belly

    With Memorial Day just a couple of weeks away, we're on the verge of summer's official arrival. It’s an important occasion -- not only to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the ol’ Red, White and Blue, but also to celebrate the next few months of sunshine that are headed our way. But there’s another reason...
  5. Dehydrated? Your brain could suffer

    News flash: Exercise is as good for your brain as it is for your body. In fact, study after study has shown that staying active can get blood flowing to every corner of your gray matter... beef up your brain thickness... and even ward off dementia. It's practically a "fountain of youth" for your cognitive function! But before you lace...
  6. For a happy brain and a healthy body, get 70% of THIS

    Whether you're a mom, a grandmom, or just celebrating the women who brought you into this world… I hope that you have a very happy Mother's Day this coming weekend. No matter what you call her -- “Mom,” “Mother,” “Ma,” or “Mama” -- she wants the best for you, no doubt about that. So, when it comes to a gift...
  7. Romaine is on the chopping block... AGAIN

    After the heavy comfort foods of winter, spring is a great time to lighten up. That's right -- it's officially salad season! And all of those delicate lettuces and garden veggies that are sprouting up sure make for one tasty salad bowl. But if you're partial to romaine lettuce -- the pale green variety that's a staple of Caesar salads...
  8. Raid the spice rack to beat back bulge

    It's the time of year when every magazine on the newsstand tells you to start getting "beach-body" ready for summer. Which is pretty funny -- because the best way to have a "beach body" is simply to put your body on the beach! All of the fad diets and workouts they're trying to sell to you are ridiculous… but it’s...
  9. Does your restaurant order come with a side of... PLASTIC?

    Remember when gathering around the dinner table was the anchor of every family's day? I think we can safely say that ship has long since sailed. In fact, the number of Americans who regularly whip up supper at their own stoves declines year after year. And with everything from drive-thrus to apps that let you have food delivered to your...
  10. Good news for lovers of 'the stinking rose'

    If you spent the winter hibernating inside your "lair," eating comfort foods, and not moving around much... you may be emerging with a little extra "padding" around your middle this spring. Aren't we all! Problem is, many of us still haven't lost those extra pounds from LAST winter... and even the winter before that. And if you're carrying more weight...

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