Saturday, September 20, 2008

3:00 AM, College wellness on the brain

It's 3:00 am. I can't sleep, I think, because I'm so excited about this upcoming week.

This week, I will be on the road at Berry College, my alma mater. We are launching an amazing initiative that coordinates all aspects of campus life, from Food Service and Academic Affairs to the classroom and the gym!

Our Mediterranean curricilum will be taught in the classroom, and on I'll be training Trainers to deliver it.

But, Berry is really going above and beyond. They are also training staff members, student leaders, and faculty to have a complete presence across campus.

We have the opportunity to make a huge impact to improve the culture of health.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

ProBiotic Buyers

We spend over 1 billion dollars each year on products that have probiotics in them. But 85% of us don't even know what they are, and 67% saying that had never heard the term “probiotics”!!

Get the whole article here.

Just this year, the World Gastroenterology Organization said that probiotics were one of 10 key recommendations to improving digestive health.

This is so important, because half of all Americans report that uncomfortable digestive problems that affect their day-to-day lives, according to a recent survey by the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition.

Maybe this is because we eat sterile foods without healthy bacteria in them. A prime source of sterile foods are processed food products. But, thankfully, there is growing awareness for them and you can bet that we'll hear more and more about them in the next few years.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gut Bugs

We are symbiants with our food. Sorry. We just are.

And we need to recognize our biology, and the synergy it has with other living organisms, in order to have optimal health.

In fact, research has shown that adding "friendly" bacteria to your diet improves the health of your gut microflora. This can help protect both the lining of your intestinal tract and your immune system.

These bacteria are called probiotics, and similar to bacteria already present in your body. We've known about their health benefits for years, but now we are starting to become more aware of their importance.
Be careful, though, because many products will advertise probiotics in a pill. Your best source of nutrition will come when they come in the form of ... food.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sweet on Sweet Potatoes!

It’s the perfect side dish of health!

And we’ve been eating sweet potatoes since prehistoric times (there are “sweet potato relics” dating back 10,000 years, discovered in Peruvian caves), but only in the Americas. It took Christopher Columbus to bring them to back to Europe. 100 years later, sweet potatoes were put down in the southern United States, where they’re still a staple food in the traditional cuisine.

Sweet potatoes are a whopping source of vitamin A and vitamin C. These two are great alone, but are even better in combination.

Vitamin A and vitamin C are very powerful antioxidants that work in the body to eliminate the free radicals that damage your cells and are associated with the development of atherosclerosis, diabetic heart disease, and colon cancer. This is the most delicious health food on the planet.

The anti-inflammatory properties of this orange tuber can help reduce the severity of conditions where inflammation plays a role, like asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

On top of the anti-inflammation properties, sweet potatoes also have lots of vitamin B6 to help reduce homocysteine levels. Homocysteine? The more of this you have, they greater your likelihood of heart attack and stroke.

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