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“Plant-based protein powders are more
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says, “They can help balance the pH,
encouraging detoxification and limiting
inflammation.”
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Pea Protein
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Rice Protein
A clinical trial, published in Nutrition
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resistance exercise, qualities previously
believed to be unique to whey protein.
Although the two proteins contain
different amounts of individual amino
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Other Plant Proteins
Some products combine proteins from a variety of sources, including
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manufacturers are utilizing this approach to create a comprehensive blend
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As an example, spirulina consists of up to 70 percent protein and is one of
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blood pressure.” In addition to protein, sprouted seeds and grains contain
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healing botanicals
By Vera Tweed
adrenal health
Healthy adrenals boost energy and endurance
A
drenal glands don’t make
headlines, but they deserve some
attention. Sitting on top of the
kidneys, these little glands each weigh
less than one-fifth of an ounce, but when
they malfunction, the human body can’t
muster the energy it requires.
“The adrenal glands are essential for life
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challenge that comes up in the environment,” says clinical herbalist Guido Masé,
author of The Wild Medicine Solution.
Such challenges can be physical, such as
running a marathon, or stressful life
situations, such as an exam or a traffic jam.
“In all of those situations,” says Masé,
“The adrenal glands play a really vital and
important role.”
How They Work
Adrenal glands secrete two important
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“fight or flight” response, which can be
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between. It kicks in almost instantly, and
can disappear in seconds or minutes.
Cortisol works more slowly, causes no
discernible physical symptoms when it
initially rises, and can remain elevated for
anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or
even longer. When there are repeated
stressors in the environment, cortisol can
remain chronically elevated.
Chronic Cortisol Problems
Cortisol boosts the body’s energy by
raising blood sugar levels. It also
suppresses the immune and inflammatory responses, so physical exertion
produces less pain. For example, cortisol
enhances runners’ ability to complete
marathons, but afterwards, studies show
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respiratory infections.
“Chronic repeated stress may be
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diabetes,” says Masé. Eventually, the
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anxiety and stress,” he says. Any type of
low-intensity physical activity lowers
blood sugar and cortisol levels.
Herbal Relief
FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF: Drink a tea
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Adaptogenic herbs such as
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TO CONTROL CORTISOL: Masé
recommends trying these herbs one at a
time, to see how you react. Take ½ tsp. of a
tincture in a glass of water or juice, twice
daily. In capsules of whole root or berry,
take 1 gm of rhodiola root, twice daily, or 2
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Rhodiola root: The fastest-acting herb
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Schisandra berry: Also helps to
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A nutrition and supplement plan that can help to keep prediabetes
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THE CAUSE: In the vast majority of
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particularly soluble fiber, slows the
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lowers and stabilizes blood sugar. Some
foods, such as vinegar and cinnamon, can
help lower blood sugar.
SUPPLEMENTS: If you take more than
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Vitamin D can help maintain normal
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blood sugar, along with decreases in
insulin, post-meal blood sugar, and
HbA1C. Take: 200 mg three times daily.
Chromium is needed to help insulin
work efficiently. A study found that taking
500 mcg twice daily demonstrated benefits
in people with type 2 diabetes after just
four months. Take: Start at 400 mcg daily,
and go up to 1,000 mcg daily if necessary.
Biotin. This B vitamin is needed for the
activity of glucokinase, an enzyme that
monitors the body’s glucose levels. It’s safe
even in large amounts. Take: 1,000–10,000
mcg daily.
Curcumin. Taking 1,500 mg of
curcumin daily over the course of several
months has shown promise in preventing
the development of type 2 diabetes. Take:
750–1,500 mg of curcumin.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid has been used in
Europe as a medical treatment for diabetic
nerve disease. Studies have found that it
improves insulin function, and in some
people might lower blood sugar. Take:
200–400 mg daily.
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alpha-glucosidase, a carb-digesting
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and Bifidobacterium longum—trigger a
beneficial shift in the bacterial composition of the gut. This helps to enhance
immunity, bolstering the body’s defenses
against colds, flu, stomach bugs, and
other germs.
– Emily Kane, ND, LAc
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2015
By Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc
lemon, orange, and strawberry flavors, which makes it more
palatable for kids. Vitamin C is also important. Children should get
about 500 mg daily and adults should get 1,000 to 2,000 mg. You can
hardly overdose on vitamin C—it will give you loose stools if you are
taking too much, so just cut back to a comfortable level.
Most common colds are viral, so there is no reason to take
antibiotics unless there is proven evidence of a secondary
bacterial infection. Two of my favorite antivirals are zinc (50 mg
daily for adults, 15 mg for children) and vitamin A (25,000 IU daily;
avoid if you are pregnant or nursing). These can be used preventively, or at the start of symptoms. Vitamin D is also important for
staying healthy. Have your vitamin D levels checked, as most
people are low. Vitamin D has emerged as a critical nutrient not
just for bones, but also for mood, cell integrity, cancer prevention,
and possible prevention of flu viruses. Optimal levels range
between 60 and 90 ng/mL.
If you are mostly suffering from a sore throat, try an antiviral
liquid containing either eucalyptus or some other mentholated
substance (such as Olbas sprays or pastilles). Listerine (the caramelcolored type—not the stuff with blue-green food dye) has eucalyptus
as the active ingredient and works well to prevent and treat viral
sore throats. Solutions featuring oil of bitter orange also help to heal
a throat infection.
If your cold starts with a cough, hot lemon-honey tea can work
wonders. Don’t ever give honey to a child younger than age 1 (it can
cause botulism), but older children can benefit greatly from the
anti-infective and soothing effects of honey. If the cough is deep, a
Dijon mustard poultice, applied to the chest, can effectively loosen
mucus, making it easier to cough up.
There are a few tried-and-true homeopathic remedies for viruses.
All the remedies should be taken in 6X potency, three to four pellets
three to four times daily for a few days, as follows:
Allium cepa (onion) especially for a runny nose.
Ferrum phosphoricum (iron phosphate) especially for kids feeling
weak or in the first stage of inflammation
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know aromatherapy
By Sherrie Strausfogel
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Both flower essences and aromatherapy’s essential oils can help calm
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“Every element, every organ, every system in the body has electric circuits,” says
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Essential oils concentrate on stimulating the part of the brain that affects
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“The shape of an essential oil molecule is like a key that unlocks the olfactory
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HEALTH
Family PRIMER
IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL, AND BACK
TO HECTIC SCHEDULES. TIPS
TO KEEP THE WHOLE FAMILY
HEALTHY AND EATING RIGHT—
EVEN WHEN TIME IS TIGHT
By Claire Sykes
YOU SLAP SOME COLD CEREAL IN FRONT OF THE KIDS,
and frantically search for your car keys. A wave to the school bus
and you dash off to work, calling a quick coffee “breakfast.” It’s
another lunch at your desk, and who knows what you’ll do for
dinner. Suddenly the day’s over and, once again, you barely got
outside, let alone got any exercise.
From overscheduling to multitasking, a busy lifestyle may
leave little room for a healthy life. Instead, it’s fast-food meals and
fitful nights, weight gain and weak muscles. But when you make
wise decisions for yourself and your children about nutrition,
sleep, and exercise, your family will be healthier and happier.
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Family Health Primer, cont.
“Stop and be in the present moment,
even if that means just looking
down at the lines in your hand.”
The Stress of Stress
Rushing around ruins our mood and wrecks our energy, negatively
affecting our work performance and parenting. A constant fight-orflight mode also races the heart and constricts the blood vessels, inhibits
digestion, and hinders breathing. The stress hormones you release also
can make you store fat and burn fewer calories. “Insulin production is
compromised, which shifts glucose levels and strains the adrenal glands,”
says Ellen Lewis, ND, resident naturopathic physician at the National
College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore. “All this can drive inflammation throughout our body and play out as high blood pressure,
cardiovascular disease, and immune system disorders.”
The first step to quiet the stress response is to simply take a moment
and breathe. “Stop and be in the present moment, even if that means just
looking down at the lines in your hand,” says Mary Bove, ND, a naturopath in Brattleboro, Vt. “Then, take a few deep belly breaths. This will
halt the brain’s release of anxiety neurotransmitters and relax you
enough so you can become aware that you have choices.”
A healthy, low-stress lifestyle also includes ample sleep. “Adequate
sleep is necessary for children’s growth and development, and strengthening their immune systems,” says Bove. She suggests seven to nine
hours a night for older children and parents.
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Smart Starts
Begin with breakfast, not skipping it. Says Lewis,
“Breakfast gets your metabolism going and produces
energy, which we need at the start of the day.” This
is especially true for kids. And fueling up throughout
the day is also important for tiny stomachs. “To get
enough energy, most children need to have food every
two to three hours, and babies even more frequently,”
says Lewis.
Quick-Fix Breakfast Tip:
Wake up to Crock Pot oatmeal. You can literally make it in your
sleep! Before bed, add oats, water, and other ingredients of
your choice (additions such as apples and cinnamon will make
your house smell great, too) to a Crock Pot and set to low. In
the morning, breakfast is ready. Try healthful toppers such as
honey, stevia, almonds, and fresh or dried fruit.
Toddlers to Teens
Introduce kids to healthful food early in life. By age nine
– 12 months, fruits and vegetables can be added into the
diet. Lewis recommends starting with the latter. “If you
start with puréed veggies, your child can develop a
preference for them, instead of the sweetness from fruit,”
she says. And stick to organic for those, as well as fish,
chicken, and other meats. “Once your child starts eating
solid foods, introduce one new food per week, so you’ll
know which might give them a reaction, such as gas,
rashes, and constipation,” says Lewis, who recommends
introducing whole grains after age 4, when children’s
immune systems can better handle them. Opt for complex
ones, found in quinoa, millet, rice, and amaranth instead
of white, refined flour. Be aware of food allergies. “Wheat
is a typical intolerance for kids, as are dairy, peanuts,
citrus fruits, corn, and sometimes eggs,” says Lewis.
Naturalize Your Medicine Chest
Want to ditch over-the-counter drugs for pain, heartburn, and other mishaps? Dave Forman, RPh, ND, known as the Herbal Pharmacist, started out
as a traditional pharmacist and now educates both consumers and health professionals about natural healing. Here are his favorite remedies:
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For all-around pain relief: Solaray
IbuActin, which contains a
proprietary form of hops called
Perluxan, as well as other herbs.
Pain, such
as ibuprofen
For spot pain, such as sore
muscles or joints after being a
weekend warrior, or sprains or
strains: Celadrin or arnica topical
cream
Cake (don’t rub) cayenne powder on cut
before bandaging; cayenne helps stop
bleeding.
Tea tree oil to prevent infection
Cuts and scrapes
Calendula for antibacterial and antiviral
properties, and to help soothe skin
Colloidal Silver cream
For muscle pain: anti-inflammatory enzymes (e.g., bromelain,
papain, serrapeptase)
Turmeric or curcumin capsules
Heartburn, upset
stomach,
or indigestion
Chewable DGL (deglycyrrhizinated
licorice) tablets
Drink ½–1 ounce of apple cider
vinegar
Aloe gel (100%) to soothe
Bruises
Burns
Arnica and comfrey cream—each one
works differently to heal.
Aloe gel (100%) to soothe
Apple cider vinegar (mixed with water and
applied topically with a cotton swab)
Chewable papaya enzymes
Chia seeds with as little water as
possible, to help absorb excess
water in the digestive tract
Diarrhea
Cold sores
Lemon balm, in tube or stick form, has
been shown to kill the herpes virus
Oregano oil cream
Lysine cream
Chamomile tea to calm muscle
spasms
Aloe juice to soothe
If caused by food poisoning:
activated charcoal capsules
Colds, flu,
and fever
Homeopathic formulas (such as Boiron
Oscillococcinum for flu symptoms)
Herbs (such as Echinacea, astragalus, and
elderberry)
Zinc lozenges
Constipation
Medicinal mushroom capsules
Magnesium citrate (1,000 mg or
more at night) to hydrate bowels
without irritation
Aloe juice to soothe
For ongoing constipation: take
probiotics and eat plenty of fiber.
Slippery elm lozenges
Sore throat
Throat Coat tea by Traditional Medicinals
B vitamins and plenty of fluids.
Hangovers
PartySmart by Himalaya Herbal
Healthcare (a combination of
liver-supportive, cleansing herbs)
Singer’s Saving Grace spray by Herbs Etc.
Stuffy nose
Use a Neti pot with contaminant-free,
sterilized, or purified salt.
Xlear Xylitol Nasal Spray
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Family Health Primer, cont.
Meanwhile, make sure your children
drink plenty of water every day, from a
dropperful for infants to several glassfuls
(try flavoring water with a lemon wedge
or mint leaves) for older children.
Time Saving Tips
Choose a day to shop. Prepare a meal plan or list of foods your family likes, and don’t go the
grocery store hungry.
Stock your cupboards. Stack the shelves with staples such as whole grains, nut and seeds,
nut butters, and healthful oils.
Fill your refrigerator. Cut up fruits and vegetables, wash all the salad greens, and have
sandwiches on hand.
Quick-Fix Snack Idea:
Have easy-to-grab after-school snack
options on hand like raw cut-up fruit and
vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, string cheese,
and yogurt. Try healthier, refreshing alternatives to soda, such as sparkling drinks
flavored with fruit or stevia, cold or hot
herbal teas, and coconut water, an exceptionally hydrating drink that is rich in
heart-healthy potassium. The most popular
source of overabundant, added sugars is
conventional soda—don’t make it a habit.
Set an Example
Let your kids help you, in the grocery
store or the garden, by washing vegetables and assisting with preparing and
cooking food. Talk to them about those
apples and artichokes, where they come
from, and how they help us stay healthy.
Make time for sit-down family meals
around a dinner table, at least a few days a
week. This can be a challenge after a long
day at work, school, sports practice, or
music lessons, when it’s so tempting to eat
microwaved meals in front of the TV. One
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Make meals the night before. Use a rice cooker and Crock Pot, soak grains to cook twice as
fast, and mix up muffin batter so it’s ready to bake.
Prepare meals in bulk and freeze. For example, make extra chili and store in meal-sized
containers, and purée vegetables for baby food and freeze in ice cube trays.
family mealtime: “I used to come home
from work and look at the messy house
and kitchen, and find myself getting
frustrated and angry,” she says. “One day, I
came home, put the groceries on the
counter, made myself a cup of tea, and put
my feet up. I then very sweetly told my
kids, ‘As soon as the groceries are put away
and the kitchen is cleaned up, I’ll make
dinner.’ This became our new routine.”
Most important, be a role model for
your children by maintaining your own
excellent health. When they see you
eating well, going off to the gym, or
waking up refreshed from a good night’s
sleep, they’ll be more apt to do the same.
Cover Your Bases
No matter how well you and your
family eat, the depleted soils in which
our produce is grown can result in
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deficiencies; studies show fruits and
vegetables have lower levels of
important minerals and trace elements
today than they did when measured in
the 50s and 60s. “Magnesium is one we
don’t get enough of,” says Bove. She also
recommends a multivitamin, B complex
for stress, vitamin D (a blood test can
determine deficiency) and vitamin C
with mixed bioflavonoids. A good multi
will cover most of the basics. Also
essential, says Lewis, are omega-3 fatty
acids, found in fish oil and flaxseed oil
(there are many flavored varieties
available, including gummies, which are
great for kids); and probiotics for the
beneficial bacteria that populate the
gut. Lewis recommends 3 billion colony
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babies, 7 – 10 billion for children, and 20
billion for adults.
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—or something more?
Are you chronically late, always forgetting the grocery list,
losing the car keys, or routinely disorganized? If so, you
could be showing signs of adult ADHD
By Lisa Turner
I
t’s estimated that adult ADHD
(attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder) affects almost 5 percent of
the population, with symptoms that include
difficulty concentrating, lack of organization,
inability to complete work, and memory
problems. Left untreated, it can result in stress,
depression, obesity, and addictive behaviors
such as smoking and drug use.
ADHD is sometimes referred to as ADD
(attention deficit disorder). Both terms describe
the same thing: a neurobiological condition
characterized by a persistent pattern of
inattention and/or hyperactivity. The term
ADD has been dropped in medical literature in
favor of the term ADHD, which is now seen as
having three main subtypes:
1. ADHD, predominantly inattentive
2.ADHD, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive
3.ADHD, combined
The condition is usually diagnosed by a set of
inattention and hyperactivity symptoms and
other criteria listed in the Diagnostic &
Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders Fifth
Edition (DSM-V). Adult ADHD symptoms are
markedly different from childhood symptoms.
Inattention symptoms include lack of attention
to detail, being easily distracted or forgetful,
losing things, and difficulty paying attention or
staying on task. Hyperactivity-impulsivity
signs include a general feeling of restlessness, a
tendency to be easily bored (which shows up as
switching jobs or leaving projects uncompleted), taking risks, or spending money
impulsively.
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Misdiagnoses Are Common
The symptoms of adult ADHD vary
widely, are often subtle, and can mimic
other conditions. Not surprisingly, the
condition is often misdiagnosed as
depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar
disorder. Some psychiatrists believe brain
scans—which measure blood flow and
highlight activity in brain regions related
to attention—are necessary for an
accurate diagnosis.
Based on information from brain scans,
psychiatrist Daniel Amen, MD, has
developed a spectrum of classifications.
See the brief overview at right, or visit
amenclinics.com for more information.
Natural Therapies to Try
Because adults with ADHD are more
likely to suffer from stress, depression,
or other emotional problems, treatment
is important. Pharmaceuticals such as
Adderall, Ritalin, and Strattera can be
effective, but often have significant side
effects, including nausea, insomnia,
headaches, dizziness, and mood changes.
A number of recent studies have
pointed to specific herbs, supplements,
and other holistic treatments that can
help. If you suspect you or someone you
know has ADHD, consult with your
health care provider, and try some of
these natural alternatives:
Mind Your Zinc Intake Several studies have found that people
with ADHD have lower levels of zinc.
Because zinc regulates brain chemical
activity and improves cognitive
function, zinc supplements may help
improve symptoms of ADHD. A number
of studies have found that zinc reduces
signs of hyperactivity and impulsivity,
and can increase attentiveness. Other
studies suggest that 30 mg of zinc
sulfate daily can reduce the need for
medications and help control symptoms
of ADHD.
In addition to supplements, foods that
are high in zinc include oysters, red meat,
turkey, chicken, beans, and nuts.
Type 1—CLASSIC ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms (short attention
span, distractibility, disorganization) plus hyperactivity, restlessness,
and impulsivity.
Type 2—INATTENTIVE ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms combined with
low energy and motivation. Type 2 tends to be diagnosed later than Type 1, if
at all. It is more common in girls. These are quiet adults, often labeled as “lazy,”
“unmotivated,” or “not all that smart.”
Type 3—OVER-FOCUSED ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms plus inflexibility, trouble shifting attention, clinging to negative thoughts or behaviors,
excessive worrying, holding grudges, argumentative, and saddled with a need
for routines.
Type 4—TEMPORAL LOBE ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms plus a
short fuse, periods of anxiety, headaches or abdominal pain, history of head
injury, family history of rage, dark thoughts, memory problems, and difficulty
reading.
Type 5—LIMBIC ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms plus chronic mild
sadness, negativity, low energy, low self-esteem, irritability, social isolation, poor
appetite, and disrupted sleep patterns.
Type 6—RING OF FIRE ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms plus moodiness, anger outbursts, inflexibility, rapid thoughts, excessive talking, and extreme
sensitivity to sound and light.
Type 7—ANXIOUS ADD/ADHD. Inattentiveness, distractibility, disorganization, anxiety, tension, nervousness, excessive pessimism, and social anxiety.
People with this type are prone to physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches and gastrointestinal problems.
Feed Your Head Some Fat
The effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the
brain has been well documented, and
studies suggest that omega-3 fats can
improve ADHD symptoms as well—in
some cases, better than drugs.
Other essential fatty acids also have
benefits: In one study, children who were
treated with a mix of omega-3s, omega6s, and evening primrose oil showed
improvements in attention and behavior.
In another study, 2,400 mg of fish oil plus
600 mg of evening primrose oil reduced
hyperactivity and inattention.
The best dietary sources of omega-3s
are fatty fish such as salmon, tuna,
herring, mackerel, and sardines. Flax
seeds and walnuts also contain omega-3
fats, but in a form that must be converted
by the body into useful forms.
Healthy sources of omega-6 fats include
evening primrose oil, borage oil, and black
currant seed oil, all of which contain GLA
(gamma linolenic acid), an omega-6 fat
that also helps reduce inflammation.
“B” Brainy
Like omega-3s, B vitamins are associated
with overall brain health and cognitive
function. They can improve symptoms of
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ADHD, cont.
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ADHD by increasing the brain’s levels of dopamine, which enhances
alertness and focus. In some studies, B vitamins also reduced aggression
and antisocial behavior, and improved other symptoms of ADHD.
Other studies suggest that B vitamins are especially effective when
used with magnesium, a mineral that has a calming effect on the brain.
Several studies have shown that B vitamins and magnesium can relieve
ADHD symptoms, including hyperactivity, aggression, and inattention. In
one study, after subjects stopped taking B vitamins and magnesium, their
symptoms returned. And in another interesting study, researchers found
that pregnant women who lacked folate in their diets were more likely to
give birth to children with hyperactivity disorders.
The best dietary sources of B vitamins include chicken, turkey,
salmon and other fish, egg yolks, leafy greens, peanuts, and fortified
grain products (try organic, sprouted versions). Also take a B-vitamin
complex supplement—sublingual and liquid forms tend to be more
easily absorbed.
Iron: Why You Might Need More
Several studies suggest that people with ADHD may be iron deficient. In
one study using MRI scans, patients with ADHD showed abnormally low
levels of iron in the area of the brain that controls alertness. In another
study, 84 percent of children with ADHD had significantly reduced iron
levels, compared with 18 percent of a control group.
Studies have found that 80 mg of iron, in the form of ferrous sulfate,
treated symptoms of ADHD as effectively as drugs. Dietary sources
include red meat, organ meats, oysters or clams, beans, and egg yolks.
The Best Herbs for ADHD
The research on botanicals as possible treatments for adult ADHD is
mixed and inconclusive, but a few popular herbs do show promise.
Ginkgo biloba appears to improve ADHD symptoms, including antisocial behavior and hyperactivity. Red ginseng can calm ADHD symptoms—
in one study, 1,000 mg of ginseng reduced anxiety and improved social
functioning. And ginseng in combination with ginkgo helped improve
social problems, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Bacopa (also known as Brahmi) is an Indian herb that’s been shown to
improve the ability to retain information, and may be helpful in ADHD.
Calming herbs, such as valerian, passionflower, and lemon balm, can
soothe irritability and restlessness, and may help promote sleep—important
for people with ADHD who suffer from insomnia.
Pycnogenol, the antioxidant-rich extract from French maritime pine
trees, can lower stress hormones and has been shown to decrease neurostimulant activity in people who have ADHD.
Brain Foods: Eat More of These
Studies are limited, but most anecdotal evidence suggests that a high-protein, lower-carb diet with a good mix of healthy fats can help reduce
symptoms of ADHD. Cutting back on white sugars and carbohydrates helps
keep blood sugar levels—and mood—stable, and some research suggests
that chronic excessive sugar intake leads to alterations in brain signaling.
High-protein foods such as beans, eggs, fish, meat, and nuts quickly boost
dopamine and norepinephrine levels, leading to increased alertness. And
healthy fats such as omega-3s promote overall brain health.
Foods & Preservatives to Avoid
Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives may exacerbate symptoms of
ADHD. Studies found increased hyperactivity in children after eating foods
containing artificial coloring and additives.
Another study suggested preservatives, especially sodium benzoate, can
cause hyperactivity even in kids without ADHD.
Other studies suggest that salicylates—naturally occurring chemicals in
apples, dates, avocados, peanuts, peaches, cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli,
and certain other foods—may also increase hyperactivity in children. Visit
salicylatesensitivity.com to learn more.
In some cases, food allergies can be part of the problem. If you suspect a
hidden allergy, ask your health care provider about food allergy testing.
Mind-Body Healing Resource
Relaxation, meditation, massage, hypnotherapy, progressive muscle
relaxation, guided imagery, and biofeedback may benefit ADHD by calming
the nervous system. One of the top experts on mind-body medicine is James
S. Gordon, MD, founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. Visit cmbm.org for self-care resources and to hear Podcasts on a
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off the shelf
By Sherrie Strausfogel
african
black soap
Toss those synthetic white bars of
soap and revive and renew your skin
B
lack soap has been used for centuries in West Africa, and
today it’s becoming popular around the wold for its skinsupporting benefits. Women in West Africa still make it the
traditional way—from locally harvested plantain skins, cocoa pods,
palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark that they sun-dry and then burn
to ash, which is how the soap gets its black color. They add the ash to
coconut oil, palm oil, and shea butter, combine it with water, and boil
it until it dissolves. They hand-stir for 24 hours, and when the
vitamin-rich soap solidifies, they scoop it out and set it out to cure.
The extensive cooking and curing process makes authentic African
black soap mild and gentle.
The soap detoxifies and purifies the skin, but it does much more due
to its powerful constituents. It works equally well on dry, oily, sensitive, and distressed skin, thanks to its bevy of wholesome ingredients:
Plantain skins have a high concentration of vitamin A, which
increases collagen production; vitamin E, which is healing and helps
moisturize skin; and iron, which boosts the benefits of both vitamins
A and E.
Cocoa powder softens and firms skin, and its antioxidants and
anti-inflammatory properties fight free radicals, repair damaged
skin, and renew skin cells.
Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer packed with vitamins A and E
that fights the signs of aging and eases rashes, eczema, and psoriasis.
Shea butter also has vitamins A and E to strengthen skin, repair
damage, and diminish wrinkles. It can heal burns, sores, and scars,
and treat psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
Palm oil is rich in antioxidants and two forms of vitamin E—tocopherol and tocotrienol—that help heal acne and eczema.Palm kernel
oil, extracted from the fruit seeds of the African palm tree, is high in
lauric acid, giving it antibacterial and antifungal properties that can
help heal acne.
Coconut oil has fatty acids that reinforce the skin’s lipid barrier and
lock in moisture. It helps repair skin damage, dry skin, and eczema,
and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. It has cleansing and
antibacterial properties, and when combined with other ingredients,
works as a natural deodorant.
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beauty around the world
We scoured the globe to bring you the best natural beauty secrets
A
ll around the world, women
from various cultures have their
own unique tips, tricks, and
home remedies for softer hair, smoother
skin, and fewer wrinkles. Here’s a
sampling of some favorites from across
the globe:
Africa
Shea butter, from the nut of the karite
tree, is among the most prized beauty
ingredients from Africa. It’s used to
soften and nourish hair and skin, and is a
key component of black soap, legendary
for its ability to calm eczema, psoriasis,
and other skin irritations. Other healing
compounds native to Africa include
buchu, which reduces inflammation and
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prevents oxidative damage to skin.
Baobab oil, derived from the seeds of the
baobab tree, is rich in antioxidants and
essential fatty acids, and has anti-inflammatory effects to soothe irritated skin.
Rooibos, or “red tea,” is an indigenous
herb from the Southwestern Cape region
of South Africa that’s a potent antioxidant for skin.
Beauty tip: Use shea butter as a shave
cream or after-shave cream to minimize
red bumps and deeply moisturize.
India
The leaves, roots, and seeds of the neem
tree have been used medicinally in India
for thousands of years to treat various
skin diseases, infections, inflammation
and gum disease. Neem has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties
that prevent and heal acne, and it’s used
in hair products for its strengthening
effect on keratin, the chief protein found
in the hair. Neem also strengthens and
soothes irritated gum tissues. Turmeric,
taken internally, can heal inflammatory
skin conditions, and gooseberry (also
called amla) is rich in vitamin C and is
used to reduce pigmentation and lighten
dark spots.
Beauty tip: After cleansing skin, apply a
few drops of neem oil over problem
areas. Neem’s antibacterial properties
help to clear blemishes, remove blackheads, and tighten pores.
Japan
Japanese women can often be found
sipping green tea. Green tea is rich in
polyphenol antioxidants and antiinflammatory compounds that shield the
skin from sun damage, wrinkles, and
signs of aging. Green tea polyphenols
also protect against skin cancer, both
internally and when applied topically.
The traditional Japanese diet also tends
to be high in omega-3 fats, which
mitigate signs of aging from sun
exposure. Seaweed, another component
of the traditional Japanese diet, is rich in
iodine, essential for strengthening hair.
Seaweed is also rich in polysaccharides,
which help firm and tone the skin, and
other compounds that reduce blotchiness and redness.
Beauty tip: Make a green tea mask:
After brewing a cup of green tea, open
the bag and mix leaves with raw Manuka
honey to form a paste. Apply to cleansed
skin for 10–15 minutes, rub to exfoliate,
and rinse.
Neem has antibacterial, antifungal,
and antiviral properties that prevent
and heal acne.
By Lisa Turner
Philippines
Aloe vera has long been used in the Philippines to soften skin, heal irritations, and soothe sunburn. Aloe also makes hair smooth and glossy, and
helps tighten and tone skin around the eyes. Papaya, another ingredient
native to the Philippines, contains papain, an enzyme that gently exfoliates
by breaking down the proteins in dead skin cells.
Beauty tip: For added volume and shine, apply pure aloe gel from roots to tips
of shampooed hair. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse and condition as usual.
France
Taking good care of skin rather than covering flaws with cosmetics is a
priority for French women, who indulge in regular facials and hydrate by
drinking lots of water and spritzing their faces regularly with mineral water.
And while drinking alcohol is deleterious to skin, red wine, rich in the
antioxidant resveratrol, is ubiquitous in France. Taken internally as a
supplement, resveratrol may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and
protect against other diseases of aging; topically applied, resveratrol is 17
times more potent than idebenone, an antioxidant used in some antiwrinkle
creams. Fruit-based masks and peels, central to the beauty routine for French
women, contain enzymes that gently exfoliate dead, dry skin. Milk-based
products, another cornerstone of the French beauty routine, contain lactic
acid to improve skin’s texture and naturally hydrate. And sunscreen is a must:
Most French women won’t leave the house without it (and neither should
you); choose a natural brand without fragrance or phthalates.
Beauty tip: Carry a mineral water spritzer in your handbag at all times
for a dewy complexion.
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ALBA EVEN ADVANCED SEA LIPIDS DAILY CREAM Get up
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HEALTH & HAPPINESS
29
the fit foodie
By Neil Zevnik
amazing ancient grains
Those trendy “new” grains at the market? Most of them have been
around a lot longer than you think
T
he Aztecs were known to deliver chia seeds as tribute.
Spelt was sufficiently important to the Greeks that they
gave it as an offering to their gods. Farro was even
mentioned in the Bible. And yet, as little as 10 years ago, it was
almost impossible to find these historical grains on store shelves.
That’s changed, however, as there has been a huge resurgence of
modern interest in these ancient grains.
Chia Seeds. These gluten-free seeds were a linchpin of Aztec
civilization. Packed with omega-3s, protein, and fiber, chia seeds
are also an excellent source of calcium, manganese, and phosphorus. Their neutral flavor makes them a perfect addition to all sorts
of foods—smoothies, cereals, baked goods, salads, and more.
Spelt. A distant cousin to wheat, spelt offers a wider spectrum of nutrients than its modern relative, providing a generous
dose of protein, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and zinc. Spelt has a
robust nutty flavor and chewy texture. Breads and pasta made
from spelt flour are denser and slightly sweeter than those made
from white flour.
Farro. Similar in texture and taste to spelt, farro provides a
complete protein when paired with legumes, and its lignans offer
antioxidant benefits. Resembling a plumper barley grain, it is
excellent in pilafs, salads,
Kamut. Known as a high-energy wheat due to its complex
carbohydrates and protein content, kamut is also packed with
vitamins and minerals, and it maintains most of its nutrition
when processed thanks to its low oxidation levels.
Spelt, Sugar Snap Pea, & Peach Salad
Of course, these are just a few options for increasing your
grain intake and widening your culinary horizons. Also consider
the gluten-free grains millet, sorghum, and amaranth—and don’t
neglect the ubiquitous quinoa. So head down to your local health
food store and get your grain on!
SERVES 6
This unusual and fresh-tasting salad pairs beautifully with roasted chicken. For a gluten-free version,
swap spelt for forbidden black rice.
2/3 cup organic spelt
2 cups water
8 oz. sugar snap peas
1 large peach, peeled,
pitted, and diced
1/3 cup chopped raw pecans
11/2 Tbs. blood orange olive oil
1 Tbs. raspberry vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste
Shredded mint
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1. Bring spelt and water to a boil in small saucepan. Reduce to a simmer,
and cook until tender, about 55–60 minutes. Drain and cool.
2 Steam peas until just past hard but still crisp, about 1½ minutes. Rinse
under cold running water, and halve peas with sharp knife.
3. In medium bowl, combine spelt, peas, peaches, and pecans. Drizzle with
olive oil and vinegar, add salt & pepper, and toss lightly.
4. Mound in serving bowl, and top with shredded mint.
PER SERVING: 172 cal; 5g pro; 9g total fat (1g sat fat); 22g carb; 0mg chol;
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By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, and Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC
play it cool
Beat the summer heat—and
maybe even live longer—with
this ginger-spiked iced green tea
NOTES FROM: Chef Jeannette
You can buy ginger juice premade (we like the Ginger People),
put the root through a juicer, or simply peel and grate a chunk
of ginger root and squeeze the gratings with your hand to
produce fresh juice.
While brewed citrus green tea is delicious, if you’re in a hurry
you can whip up a cool, refreshing quencher in just minutes by
using matcha powder. Matcha is a nutrient powerhouse, containing more than 100 times the catechins (EGCG) of regular
green tea! Just blend 1 cup of water, 1 cup of ice cubes, 1 teaspoon of matcha powder (we like Aiya Matcha, cooking grade),
½-inch peeled ginger root, the juice and zest of 1 small lime,
and a tablespoon or two of raw local honey in a high-speed
blender until frothy. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy at once.
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Iced Green Tea Limeade
SERVES 4
This recipe combines the healing power of green tea with ginger, which
adds just the right amount of flavor and zing to the iced tea, making it an
absolutely perfect, refreshing drink for a summer day at the beach.
Concentrate:
4 cups water
4 lemon green tea bags
¼ cup raw local honey, or to taste
1½ Tbs. ginger juice, or to taste
Juice of 3 limes
Fresh mint leaves for garnish, optional
Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add tea bags and allow to
steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in honey until completely
dissolved, rewarming tea slightly, if necessary. Stir in lime and ginger juice.
For Full Pitcher:
Pour hot concentrate into a glass pitcher. Add 1½–2 trays of ice, stirring to
combine as it melts. Garnish with mint leaves, if using.
For Individual Servings:
Pour concentrate into a quart-sized Mason jar, and store in fridge. To
make tea, fill a glass with ice and top with concentrate to taste. Garnish
with mint leaves, if using.
PER SERVING: 80 cal; 0g pro; 0g total fat (0g sat fat); 21g carb; 0mg chol; 0mg
sod; 0g fiber; 17g sugars
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E
very time I’m asked by a magazine editor to come up
with “10 top tips” for living longer, I put this tip on the
list: Drink green tea every day! It’s loaded with
catechins and phenols, which have been found to protect the
heart and brain and extend life, not to mention to help protect
against cancer—a nice little “side effect” of this heart-healthy
drink. And if that wasn’t enough, green tea can also help you
lose weight!
Here, Chef Jeannette combines the healing power of green
tea with ginger, one of the best natural remedies for digestive
disorders on the planet—it’s great for gas, nausea, morning
sickness, and seasickness. And it adds just the right amount of
flavor and zing to the iced tea, making it an absolutely perfect,
refreshing drink for a summer day at the beach. Chef Jeannette recommends either fresh ginger or ginger juice (see
“Notes from Chef Jeannette,” below). Either works just great.
Note—you can do a really terrific and unusual variation on
this iced green tea beverage by substituting a legendary tea
powder known as matcha for the four lemon green tea bags.
Matcha is a very specific type of premium green tea grown
only in Japan. It has a unique, rich taste—full-bodied, astringent, with a lingering sweetness. But it’s also known for its
numerous health benefits—rich in nutrients, antioxidants,
blood-purifying chlorophyll, and, of course, the wonderful,
calming amino acid, L-theanine. If you use matcha, just
substitute 1 teaspoon of the powder for the tea bags. Enjoy!
—Dr. Jonny
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