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Kelley’s Kitchen: April 25, 2017

Over the past couple of years, we have amassed hundreds of articles addressing food and nutrition for a wide range of our health needs. About once a week we are going to offer a series of headlines and brief synopsis of a number of these columns. Welcome to Dr. Kelley’s Kitchen. ~ J.B.

Time to slap on the BROCCOLI?
Before heading out in the sun, most people apply a bit of sunscreen to their exposed skin. However, a new study suggests that broccoli could be just as effective. When rubbed directly into the skin, broccoli could also reduce the chance of a person developing skin cancer, the researchers believe… (Continue to full article)

They’re berry good for you! Berries to boost your memory
Have you embraced the newest super-berry on the block? The Scandinavian lingonberry — a dark red soft fruit. Research shows drinking the juice can dramatically lower your blood pressure. Long a feature of Nordic diets, you can find lingonberry products in Ikea, Lidl and health food stores. But when it comes to a health boost, all berries pack a powerful punch — and have some rather surprising benefits… (Continue to full article)

Watercress, spinach and chicory are the most nutritious vegetables you can eat
We all know that fruit and vegetables are good for us – but just how good? A new league table, showing the nutrient density of different fruits and vegetables, has been drawn up by diet experts – and watercress has come out on top. The researchers, from the William Paterson University of New Jersey, aimed to define ‘powerhouse fruit and vegetables’… (Continue to full article)

7 Foods We Should Be Eating But Aren’t
The standard American diet needs to be revamped. Aside from eating more fruits and vegetables and less sugar, there are many less mainstream (and often misunderstood) foods that we should be eating — either for health, environmental, or economic reasons — but are not. Here’s a short list… (Continue to full article)

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Peppermint
Peppermint is a common garden herb known for its primary active ingredient, menthol — which provides a cooling sensation and is used to relieve pain and irritation, while also preventing infection. (It’s found in cigarettes and cigars, too.)… (Continue to full article)

Thyme: A Powerful Natural Antiseptic
For ancient Rome, thyme was believed to “promote vigor” and was used in their baths or spas. In Europe, singers even today, follow the tradition of gargling with thyme, marjoram and honey tea to preserve their voices. Thyme along with sage and marjoram are recommended to use as a gargle; to relieve laryngitis, tonsillitis, clogged sinus and lung congestion…. (Continue to full article)

Here’s what happened when I drank a green smoothie instead of coffee every morning for a week
when my editor recently asked our team to try a popular morning-productivity hack for a week and report on the results, the thought of changing anything about my routine gave me the chills. I didn’t particularly want to sacrifice my luxurious 7:30 a.m. wake-up call or make room for intense exercise, so I chose to hack my mornings by eating superfoods. Specifically, I decided to drink those obnoxiously green smoothies you see health nuts walking around with after their workout… (Continue to full article)

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Chamomile: The Tension-Relieving Herb You Can Easily Grow Indoors

Chamomile, a common herb used in teas, can calm muscle spasms, relieve menstrual cramps, ease nerves, soothe an upset stomach, promote healthy skin and even help you sleep.

Even better: It is a beautiful, flowering herb that can easily be grown outdoors and indoors.

There are two kinds of chamomile: Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and German chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Both kinds have similar health properties and produce white and yellow daisy-like flowers. The steps for growing either variety of chamomile are the same, and the only difference is how the plants grow. Roman chamomile is a perineal and a low-growing plant, flowering close to the ground and can act as a ground cover. Continue reading

8 Reasons Why Nuts and Seeds are True “Superfoods”

More Americans are eating a healthy diet, experts say, after noting an increase in consumption of wholegrains, nuts and seeds and fish and shellfish, combined with a decrease in consumption of sugary drinks

What does it take for a food source to be a “superfood?” According to American Heart Association, there is no set criteria, but the general consensus is that superfoods usually

a.) are nutrient-rich,

b.) are beneficial for health on several fronts and

c.) help promote overall well-being in mind and body. Based on those three factors, there is no doubt that nuts and seeds are true superfoods that can help you on your Healthy Breast journey. Here’s why!
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Vitamin C could halt the growth of cancer

High doses of the substance found in ORANGES is 10 times more effective than some trial drugs

Found in high levels in oranges, scientists discovered vitamin C starves tumours in laboratory tests. But experts warn patients could not get enough through eating the fruit

Vitamin C could help stop cancer from spreading throughout the body, controversial research suggests. Found in high levels in oranges, kale and peppers, British scientists discovered the nutrient starves tumours in laboratory tests.

Giving patients high doses is 10 times more effective than some drugs being trialled in the battle against cancer, the study claims. Continue reading

What Is Gluten Intolerance?

Gluten intolerance occurs when the body, specifically the digestive tract, responds to the presence of gluten in food. The response can range from mild discomfort to serious medical complications. Awareness is continuing to rise regarding the problems caused by gluten, even for people who do not suffer from a gluten allergy.

Why Does Gluten Affect People?
There are many potential reasons for an increase in gluten intolerance. Many researchers have focused their efforts on examining the role of diet and changes to one’s diet. Continue reading

Want to keep your memory as you grow older?

Revealed, the 6 foods to boost your brain power

Are you doing what you can to nourish your brain?

Making sure you get as many nutrients as possible helps to optimise your focus, concentration, memory and even intelligence.

But you don’t need to go and buy any specialist supplements – all the necessary one’s can be found in your local supermarket.

Here, Cassandra Barns, a London-based nutritionist reveals the six best foods to boost your brain power. Continue reading

Three year study finds Mediterranean diet could prevent loss of brain volume as you age

A new study has provided evidence that the so-called “Mediterranean diet” can help prevent the loss of brain volume in older people.

The three-year study, published January 4 in the journal Neurology, found that a diet heavy on olive oil, fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, with moderate amounts of fish, wine and dairy, and small amounts of red meat and poultry, helped those around the age of 70 to retain more brain volume compared to those who did not strictly adhere to the Mediterranean diet. Continue reading

10 Foods Made in China That Are Filled with Plastic, Pesticides, and Cancer-Causing Chemicals

I make rot’s o’ monee!

Recently I was reading an article on AltHealthWorks.com about a fake rice being produced in China. The rice is being made out of plastic believe it or not and no one is doing anything about it. Naturally, as a health advocate and researcher of food and how food is processed I thought to myself, this is going WAY too far.

Plastic rice? Ingesting even small amounts of plastic is horrible for the digestive system and hormones. The BPA (chemical) in plastic mimics estrogen and this hormone skyrockets in the body when BPA is ingested. Ingest plastic rice and you’re basically asking to die young of breast cancer. Continue reading

Are walnuts the key to fighting prostate cancer?

Researchers think so

Next to non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer among men in America, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2013, 176,450 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed, and about 27,681 American men died from this largely preventable disease.

The prostate is a walnut-sized organ located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Since it produces fluid that makes up a part of semen, it’s crucial to human reproduction. Similar to the prostate gland in shape, walnuts provide a host of health-boosting chemicals that can slow prostate cancer growth, research has found. Continue reading

Compound In Hot Peppers Found To Halt Growth Of Breast Cancer Cells

Capsaicin, an active ingredient that gives chilies and peppers their pungent taste, was shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, a study found. To assess this, German researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and their colleagues used the SUM149PT cell culture, which serves as a model for highly aggressive forms of breast cancer such as the triple-negative type. The researchers then identified a transient receptor potential channel and named it TRPV1. The receptor, which appeared to be activated by the spicy compound, was found in tumor cells in various samples from breast cancer patients. Continue reading

Over 14 Bioactive Compounds in Ginger Destroy Most Cancers

Have you ever wondered how ginger helps fight diseases. Research shows that it has bioactive compounds that fight leukemia, ovarian, prostate, colon cancer and more. Ginger has also been proven to prevent blood clotting, reduce arthritis symptoms and lower risk of heart disease.

The most bioactive compound in ginger is the gingerols. It is responsible for most of the medicinal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in ginger. Other bioactive compounds include shogaol, gingerenone A, paradol, dehydro, hexahydrocurcumin, methoxy, and tetrahydrocurcumin. Continue reading

Gluten-free diets may cause serious health problems including CANCER

Scientists find those who eat specialist diet have twice as much arsenic in their urine

Evidence suggests that many gluten-free diet adherents are risking cancer and other chronic illnesses due to the high levels of toxic metals found in those foods

Gluten-free diets have surged in popularity, finding favour with celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as millions of ordinary people.

But now alarming evidence suggests that many adherents are risking cancer and other chronic illnesses due to the high levels of toxic metals found in gluten-free foods. Continue reading

Dr. V.: Welcome Spring with a NEW Commitment to Eating for YOUR Health!

March is National Nutrition Month!

As we move out of those cozy winter months, the turning of the season is a perfect time to renew our commitment to eating right for our preventive or healing journey. There is no cookie-cutter diet that applies to all since we are all such unique individuals! However, there ARE some basic guidelines—and firm research to back them up—which we can ALL benefit from.

But first, the science…
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Eat to Beat Dementia

How purple food, turmeric and even coffee could help boost your memory

Research into the links between what we eat and our risk of developing dementia is still new, but some foods do have the potential to reduce our risk of developing the condition

Ten years ago, I was contacted by a family whose elderly mum was fading away before their eyes. This wonderful lady had dementia, which was causing her difficulties with swallowing that made it hard for her to eat.

The family had been advised to puree her dinners in a blender, but, understandably, their mum didn’t want to eat the grey mush this produced.

I’ve been a dietitian for 25 years (and a trained Cordon Bleu chef), with a client list that includes top sports people, actors and singers, so I knew there was a better way to give her the nourishment she needed. Continue reading

The Connection Between Metabolic Health and Colon Cancer

… and how to increase your metabolic health

There’s now yet another reason to pay attention to your metabolic health. According to a study published by the American Association for Cancer Research, post-menopausal women of a normal weight, but who are metabolically unhealthy, are at a “significantly higher risk for colorectal cancer” than those who are metabolically healthy.

This is a big deal because, according to the study’s authors, 30 percent of normal-weight adults worldwide are “metabolically unhealthy.” This is surprising, given metabolic health is normally associated with obesity. Science Daily explains a person’s metabolism is considered unhealthy when he or she suffers from at least three of the following symptoms: “elevated waist circumference, elevated blood pressure, elevated levels of triglycerides, elevated levels of glucose, and lower levels of HDL-C.” Continue reading

‘What I was meant to do’

Litchfield Park, Arizona Food Service director named Nutrition Hero

DAVID SCHWAKE, left, Food Services director for the Litchfield Elementary School District, checks on cabbage growth Feb. 7 with the help of kindergartners Kaylee Arthur and Colton Carter at Litchfield Elementary in Litchfield Park. Schwake has been with the district for 19 years and was recently recognized as a School Nutrition Hero. View photo by Jordan Christopher

When you imagine a hero, most likely capes and laser vision come to mind, but you probably don’t picture someone who feeds pupils in public schools.

David Schwake, Litchfield Elementary School District’s Food Service director since 1994, was named a 2017 School Nutrition Hero by the national nonprofit School Nutrition Foundation.

“I didn’t cry. I didn’t get real emotional, but my wife did,” Schwake said. “I was pleasantly shocked. I don’t think what I do is anything special; I just think I do what every food service director should do.”

Schwake was nominated by the school district and chosen by SNF for providing healthy menus and environments for pupils, volunteering at local organizations and food banks, creating effective school initiatives that teach children nutrition and helping the community at large. Continue Reading…

Women diagnosed with breast cancer should not eat soy products

The active ingredient LIMITS the effectiveness of the treatment to tackle the disease

It is considered a healthy alternative to dairy milk – and is famously popular among the yummy mummy crowd.

But experts warn that women shouldn’t start consuming soya milk after a breast cancer diagnosis – because it may limit the effectiveness of treatment. Continue reading

Are mushrooms the anti-Alzheimer’s superfood?

Scientists think so!

The bioactive compounds found in mushrooms could play a role in reducing or delaying the development of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, a new study claims

Mushrooms could be the food that protects you from Alzheimer’s disease, a new study claims.

Scientists have found that mushrooms contain contain bioactive compounds that could play a role in reducing or delaying the development of neurodegeneration. Continue reading

Kelley’s Kitchen: 01.30.17

Coffee and egg lovers will be happy with a massive new report on what’s actually healthy
Stay away from the sugar, America. And please start eating some vegetables! if you’d like to eat a couple of eggs every day, don’t worry about the fact that each comes with about 300 milligrams of cholesterol, which was the recommended daily limit in 2010. (They used to tell people not to have more than two eggs a week!)… (Continue to full article)

Garlic oil compound found to offer heart protection
Researchers from the Emory University (EU) School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., have discovered a natural compound derived from garlic oil, known as diallyl trisulfide, that protects against heart damage. When taken after a heart attack, during cardiac surgery, or as a treatment for heart failure, this powerful compound was found to reduce tissue damage by 61 percent… (Continue to full article)

Can Replacing One Meal A Day With Mushrooms Help You Lose Weight?
A new diet fad claims that replacing one meal a day with mushrooms will help women shed fat, but only in certain parts of the body — the waist, hips and thighs — but not the bust… (Continue to full article)

Does bread REALLY make you fat?
The answer may surprise you! Once seen as a relatively healthy part of our diets, bread these days is getting a bad wrap, touted as the reason why we gain weight, blamed for putting on the bloat, while the gluten used in bread is being seen as the all round bad guy… (Continue to full article)

An apple a day could keep obesity away
Granny Smiths promote friendly bacteria helping us feel fuller for longer. The bright green, crisp variety helps people feel full, inhibiting the urge to eat. They were found to promote friendly bacteria, which invokes the feeling of being full ~ and frankly – they jsut taste good!!! (Continue to full article)

A daily wine or beer is good for your memory
A daily pint of beer or glass of wine can ward off dementia, according to a new study. Researchers found pensioners who enjoy a daily drop of their favourite alcoholic beverage have better memories than teetotallers. The study showed those over 60 who drank sensibly were better at recalling events, and had more grey matter in the hippocampus, the area of the brain which controls memory… (Continue to full article)

From arthritis to thyroid problems, even weight gain…why superfoods could be BAD for you
From goji berries to acai, chia seeds to quinoa, every day there seems to be a new ‘superfood’ hitting the supermarket shelves. Each has huge health claims — promising to protect against everything from cancer to weight gain — and often a price tag to match. Not to mention a celebrity following, but… (Continue to full article)

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‘Round-up’ these little gems: Companion Plants To Use Against Pests

Are you tired of beaking your back to plant a healthy home garden – and finding out that you may have wasted your time, money and water – becuase you have fertilized or treated “pesks” with mere poison?

Are you looking for better ways to deter garden pests? There are many Natural ways to combat pests in your garden – and none of them include Monsanto and Dow Chemical products… and if you follow these suggestions – you can be eating healthier for the rest of your life. Continue reading

Kelley’s Kitchen: 01.26.17

The single best diet for your overall health
The way we think about diets is undergoing an important shift. We thinking less about diets as being for rapid weight loss and more about for creating lifestyle changes that stick. To help people sift through the noise and find science-backed plans that work for years rather than weeks… (Continue to full article)

Majority of Children Eat Over Half of Their Daily Sugar Allowance Before School Begins
Health officials … have stated that many children in the country eat over half of their daily allowance of sugar before they even get to school. Although the warning to parents was only given in the United Kingdom, it can be reasonably assumed that children in the majority of first world countries are also eating high portions of sugar with their daily breakfast… (Continue to full article)

A handful of nuts a day could slash the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and more by up to 30%

Foods containing ‘good’ fats, such as nuts, are key to helping reduce inflammation in the body

The researchers analyzed the results of 29 prior, worldwide studies conducted on a total of 819,000 participants. They found that people who ate an ounce of nuts daily had a 15 percent lower risk of cancer, a 22 percent lower risk of premature death and a 30 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease… (Continue to full article)

Apple cider vinegar can help regulate blood sugar, body fat and more
Apple cider vinegar (ACV), the kitchen staple made from fermented apples, has a long history as a folk remedy for numerous conditions ranging from curing hiccups and alleviating cold symptoms to making your hair shine, whitening your teeth, and freshening your breath. Some people even turn to ACV to treat more severe health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart problems, high cholesterol, and obesity… (Continue to full article)

Oh my, what to eat???
Official recommendations on what you should be eating have changed again — and in some ways are a sharp departure from what we were told in past decades… (Continue to full article)

What to eat to beat prostate cancer
Eating vegetables like broccoli, kale and cabbage can cut spread of disease by more than half… (Continue to full article)

More Than Half of The American Diet is Ultra-Processed Junk Food
Basically, half of what the average American eats in any given day are convenience foods that can be bought at your local gas station. Moreover, those ultra-processed foods account for 90 percent of the added sugar consumption in the U.S… (Continue to full article)

Over 7,000 studies confirm turmeric’s health-protective effects

Turmeric is known for its rich, yellow color and its myriad of culinary uses. The old-world spice has been coveted for centuries, with evidence indicating that it may have even been part of ancient Chinese medicine a thousand years ago.

Recently, however, this traditional culinary staple is gaining recognition for its amazing health benefits. Some 7,000 studies have been conducted, and much of the research shows that turmeric is a powerful healing agent with a wide variety of applications. Continue reading

Dr. V.: Why I Enjoy Two Cups of Raw Cacao in the Morning

This winter I have really enjoyed the flavor and texture of a cup or two of creamy hot cacao every morning. Don’t worry—this version of the drink is packed with substances that give the body a boost, not deplete it with unhealthy sugars. This version of the popular drink is yummy and satisfying– and I REALLY enjoy how this hearty version, using raw organic cacao powder, MCT oil and organic ghee, helps my brain and body start the day with energy and clarity.
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Mediterranean diet could prevent loss of brain volume as you age

A three-year study, published January 4 in the journal Neurology, found that a diet heavy on olive oil, fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, with moderate amounts of fish, wine and dairy, and small amounts of red meat and poultry, helped those around the age of 70 to retain more brain volume compared to those who did not strictly adhere to the Mediterranean diet. Continue reading