Research is now backing up oriental and alternative medicine. Sixty percent of MD’s practice some form of alternative medicine, whether meditation, nutrition, acupuncture, etc. Doctors are now prescribing vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin c and other supplements and herbs for prevention or to help patients recover from chronic illnesses.
Different foods promote positive or negative reactions in your body. One such example is Sulforaphane, a compound that was identified in broccoli sprouts by scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD
This compound helps the liver metabolizes bad estrogen. Watch a short preview of Drew teaching one of his classes where he speaks about the latest research on broccoli and sulforaphane.
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Steam Your Vegetables
Zapping your veggies may deprive them of antioxidants. Recent research found that microwaving broccoli robbed it of up to 97% of certain types of anti-oxidants. Researchers also tested pressure cooking, boiling, and steaming. Steaming left the most anti-oxidants in tact.
(Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture)
This is one type of steamer: folding and collapsible metal vegetable steamer. For instructions(if you’ve never steamed before) click here. You can find this metal steamer at most home goods stores.
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With obesity at epidemic levels the use of sugar substitutes that are safe and beneficial for health is crucial. The options below meet these requirements.
Honey: The taste and color of honey is dependent upon the type of blossom it was gathered from. Honey has the highest sugar content of all natural sweeteners and because it is high in fructose, it is one of the sweetest. Natural Honey is somewhat cloudy. The crystal clear purity of honey in the supermarket is obtained by heating the honey to very high temperatures and thus destroying the natural enzymes.
Fruit Sugar (Fructose): May be derived from natural sources such as fruits and vegetables. Do not use fructose made from corn syrup. Research indicates that (1) fructose may stimulate the liver to secrete more triglycerides therefore contributing to insulin resistance. (2) may interfere with cholesterol metabolism.
Liquid fructose, as in soft drinks, is the most dangerous. When present in the solid state its action can be diminished by the presence of other substances in food.
Maple Syrup (Pure): Is a naturally occurring sweetener. The flavor is mild and unique, yet its sweetening ability is excellent. It takes 40 gallons of sap from sugar maple trees to make one gallon of maple syrup, thus making it one of the most expensive sweeteners.
Brown Rice Syrup: This is a balanced sweetener. It is primarily a complex carbohydrate which enters the bloodstream more slowly than honey or maple syrup. Brown rice syrup doesn’t contain as high a concentration of nutrients as does barley malt syrup, but it does contain some trace minerals and B-vitamins. It is less concentrated in flavor than other sweeteners and adds a mild, rather than a bold, sweetness.
Xylitol – derived from the bark of birch trees. Looks like sugar and tastes like sugar, but has 1/3 fewer carolories and a low glycemic index. Can be substituted for sugar in baking. Expensive
Date Sugar: Ground from dehydrated dates and is considered more of a food. It is high in fiber and rich in a wide range of vitamins and minerals, including iron. It does not dissolve, however when added to liquids. Date sugar is also quite expensive.
Barley Malt: Less sweet than honey, similar to brown rice syrup in consistency and sweetness. High in complex carbohydrates, it enters the blood stream slowly. The malting process increases the level of B-vitamins in this product. It also contains some trace minerals.
Stevia: This is a small wild shrub found in certain areas of South America. It is a member of the Chrysanthemum family. The sugars found in the leaf of the plant are 300 times sweeter than white sugar. These sugars are called estevian and rebaudin. One teaspoon of dried stevia equals about 8 teaspoons of sugar. It may be used to sweeten hot or cold cereals, herbal teas and in baking. It is also available in a liquid extract form. Stevia actually stabilizes blood sugar and has been found to reduce dental cavities in animal studies. It is truly a great choice for sweeteners—especially during a detox. A sweet treat is a cup of herbal tea with a drop of stevia extract. Stevia is available at most health food stores or from the The Body Ecology Diet 1-800-896-7838. Two ounces of the white powdered stevia costs around $17, and two ounces of the powder to make an extract is around $20.
Note: Aspartame (NutraSweet/ Equal) is a popular low calorie sugar substitute. Aspartame accounts for 75% of all negative reactions reported to the FDA. A list of at least 90 symptoms have been gathered relating to this product including: seizures, panic disorders, blood sugar problems, vertigo, and memory loss. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the effects and we know that teenagers consume lots of diet beverages as part of their daily diet. Avoid aspartame and try some of the other sweeteners listed above.
Do you want to Feel Healthier and Have More Energy?
Should You Detoxify ?
- Do you have trouble losing weight?
- Do you have high cholesterol?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you have blood sugar problems?
- Do you come from a family with diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity?
- Do you feel tired?
- Do you feel older than you are?
- Do you eat non-organic and packaged foods?
- Do you live near high traffic areas?
- Do you have trouble sleeping?
- Do you have environmental sensitivities or allergies?
If you answered yes to any of these questions feel free to contact Drew DiVittorio to set up a detox session where he will discuss how to detoxify gently, safely and effectively without any side effects. Use contact form above.
Most detoxification programs out there today(for example, colon cleansing or supplement packages found online or in health food stores) can cause serious side effects and are not true detoxification.
Drew DiVittorio, DIPL, CH
1133 Broadway at 26 St
Drew’s Detox, Healing with Whole Foods & Herbs is a 14 Day Rejuvenation Program helping you to transition into a healthier way of eating after a 2 week light body detox & cleanse.
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The anti inflammatory diet was created to reduce the amount of inflammatory foods you are eating on a weekly basis. Why do this? Because these foods can trigger all kinds of allergic reactions such as asthma, allergies, irritable bowl and joint pain to name a few.
Inflammatory foods can also produce free radicals which can lead to many chronic and acute diseases. Excessive free radical production has been linked to cancer, heart and parkinson’s disease.
If you want to feel your best with lots of energy and life force, try the following inflammatory diet for 30 days and please send us your feedback. We will be glad to answer any concerns and questions you might have.(use contact at top of page)
In each food category, check off how many times you are eating any food in that group weekly. Add the number in each group and get your overall total on the bottom. Your grand total should not exceed 15 if you want to maintain a healhthy life style. if you want to detox your body your total should not exceed 5.
I always get asked the question, "how do I detoxifly and what do you think about fasting". The ‘Master Cleanse always comes up in the conversation. There are many versions of this concoction which includes water, apple cider vinegar, honey and cayenne pepper. No matter which version you are using the same rule always applies to detoxification: YOU MUST EAT!
The Master Cleanse has been around since the early 1900′s. Since then, the research reports that calorie restrictive detoxification programs are harmful for the body.
Detoxification is an energy-dependent process that puts a metabolic burden on the body. Water and juice fasts are not beneficial because they deplete the body of essential nutrients required for healthy detoxification. These fasts can have many adverse effects including decreased energy production, breakdown of lean tissue rather than loss of fat, increased oxidative stress and blood sugar imbalance.
Instead of decreasing nutrients, More on Master Cleanse Safe For Detox?