Eat Well, Avoid Toxins, Be Happy

Spring is almost here.  January and February have flown by this year.  Well perhaps they haven't flown by, but now looking forward to a bright, beautiful spring, it seemed a good time to share some articles.   Exciting break throughs in acknowledging that toxic chemicals increase risk of breast cancer; Europe banning animal testing, and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.   Wouldn't it be nice to go test that last one out on the Greek Isles?

In all seriousness there is increasing evidence about the toxins we put on our skin and the foods that we eat increasing our risk of all sorts of disease including cancer.   It seems reasonable that eating healthy, nutritious foods that do not have toxic chemicals on them; using products that are not toxic; exercising regularly; AND reducing stress will reduce our risk of cancer.   This newsletter and my practice are committed to this principle. 
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Eat Well!
Food Focus: Greens

Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.
How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their color is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy. In traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.
Food Recommendation:
Eat more organic Kale!

Recipe:    Jumped Greens
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
1 bunch kale
1 medium-size yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of sea salt
1. Wash kale, cut stems off, chop into small pieces and put aside. Cut or tear leaves into small pieces.
2. Warm oil in pan, add ginger, garlic, and salt to taste. Sauté for one minute.
3. Add onion, sauté for a few more minutes.
4. Add kale, stir well and then add a splash of water. Cover and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
5. Check for desired tenderness and serve.
Product Recommendation:
Before you buy, look up your products on the cosmetics database
Be an informed consumer!
Avoid Toxins!
Product Focus: Phthalates

Phthalates are legally hidden in the ingredient Fragrance.  The much-loved "new car smell" is partly due to phthalates used in car manufacturing.What are phthalates? Hormones are the chemical messengers of the endocrine system in humans, and they exert powerful control over many of the body’s functions, including brain development. Phthalates are a class of man-made chemicals that interfere with hormonal messaging and are therefore called endocrine disruptors (EDs). When these messages are blocked or disrupted, the consequences can be serious and long-lasting." - Dr Philp Landrigan, Mt Sinai.  The chemicals may cause a variety of problems, including reproductive and developmental harm, organ damage, immune suppression, endocrine disruption and cancer. The scary part is that they will not always be listed on the ingredients on your product bottle!
Be Happy
Heart Focus:
  When you are experiencing a negative emotion

"Step 1: Notice and admit what you are feeling.
Step 2: Try to name the feeling.
Step 3: Tell yourself to e-a-s-e …

As you gently focus in your heart, relax as you breathe and e-a-s-e the stress out. As you tell yourself to ease in your heart, relax and ease the stressful emotion out, feel as if the unwanted emotion is leaving your system. Don’t force it out; ease it out. Befriend the reaction by holding it in your heart, then let the feeling ease out of your system. If you try to fight your feelings or push them away, they will gain energy. Befriending your feelings will help you clear."  Institute of HeatMath

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