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Healthy Living Store

on Sep 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

Looking for a gift to cheer someone up? Check -out the Healthy Living Stores located on right across the cafeterias at the new Kaiser Permanente hospital on Clairemont Mesa and also the old hospital at Zion Ave. They have a great selection of cards, gifts, and unique seasonal items, as well as, many health supporting items like sock aids, shoe inserts, long-handled shoe horns, a variety of compression socks and hosiery, therapy foam rollers, and a lot of great Thrive shirts and items. Open Mondays thru Fridays 9:30 to 1:30 PM and 2 to 4:30...

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Wellness and Weight Loss in your Morning Tea

on May 7, 2018 in Cancer prevention, General Wellness, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

The healing properties of green tea have long been documented and it’s possible weight loss benefits as well. The phytonutrient found in green tea called catechin is thought to be the main nutrient responsible for the benefits of green tea. A recently published study in the Nutrition Research Journal reviewed data from 6 human trials comparing the effects of catechin (antioxidant) containing beverages (Like green tea) with a placebo beverage to see if catechin beverages could lower the risk of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a medical condition characterized by a cluster of symptoms that include obesity around the mid-section, elevated blood cholesterol, elevated blood sugars, and fatty liver. Metabolic syndrome increases risk for certain cancers, and heart disease. The review  found that consuming green tea beverages for 12 weeks significantly reduced abdominal fat, body weight, BMI, and waist circumference; and improved blood pressure. Furthermore, researchers found an improvement in the metabolic syndrome group, suggesting green tea catechins as a potential to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular...

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Catch The BEET

Catch The BEET

on Feb 27, 2017 in Cancer prevention, General Wellness, Nutrition, Uncategorized

THEY JUST CAN’T BE BEET!!!!!!!!!!!! Forget the old canned beets of your Grandparents day… slowly roasted beets make culinary aficionados drool. These delicious root vegetables belong to a family of superfoods that include chard, spinach and quinoa. Like their cousins, beets pack a powerful punch for your health. Naturally high in disease-fighting phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and trace minerals.  Beets are an excellent source of phytonutrients called betalains  which function as beneficial antioxidants and anti-inflammatory molecules. Studies have shown that betalains help to protect the body from developing cancers such as lung, stomach, colon, and breast cancer, in addition to heart disease and many other illnesses too. The light or dark red, purple, crimson, or orange colors of beets is an excellent indicator of their high antioxidant content, similarly to how berries and other deeply colored fruits and vegetables provide the same disease-fighting molecules. Due to their antioxidants, beets are also very helpful in protecting eye health. Beets are a source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are two carotenoid phytonutrients -also found in other similarly colored vegetables like carrots and squash- that play a role in protecting eyes from developing conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. The highest supply of these antioxidants are actually found in the greens of the beets. Beet greens contain more leutein and zeaxanthin than the purple beet roots themselves, but even the roots provide a good source, especially golden (orange or yellow colored) beets. The Betaine and choline in beets help regulate inflammation in the cardiovascular system, bring cholesterol levels to a healthy balance, and reduce high blood pressure. Beets are known to be natural “blood cleansers”. They  cleanse the blood of toxins, heavy metals, and waste due to their compounds called glutathiones, which are essential for detoxification within the liver and other digestive organs. Additionally, the fiber in beets helps to “sweep” the digestive tract of waste and toxins while restoring healthy and regular bowel movements. Catch the Beet and Have a Healthful Day!!!!...

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The Art of Listening and Loving

The Art of Listening and Loving

on Apr 25, 2016 in Inspiration, Mindfulness, Uncategorized

There are times when we hear somebody telling us something again and again, a hundred times, but because we think we know this already, we’ve heard it already, we finish the sentence for the person, or we readily draw a conclusion and the brain immediately closes down and doesn’t process any more information, thus shutting out that person who is there with us. Our body is physically there, but our mind is already focused on another object, or it’s planning, or daydreaming. The other person feels this and knows that he or she is speaking to a wall. Sometimes the person may ask, “Are you there? Are you listening to me?” We reply, “Yeah yeah yeah, I hear you,” but we’ve already shut that person out. In the spaciousness and quiet of our mind, we may belatedly truly hear a familiar sentence for the very first time. We finally understand the message and ask, “Is this what you mean?” After all this time, five years or twenty years, we suddenly understand what our mother, father, or partner has been trying to tell us, and they may exclaim in exasperation, “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you all this time!” We suddenly see how this message is connected to everything else. We discover this aspect of the person for the first time, and this is a moment of deep communion in our relationship, with ourselves, and with each other. Sister Dang Nghiem  Mindfullness is Medicine — A story of  healing body and...

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GMO Labeling- Should You Care?

GMO Labeling- Should You Care?

on Dec 1, 2014 in Nutrition, Uncategorized

Most people hear the word genetically modified and think what’s the big deal?  Isn’t that just a fancy term for describing the manipulation of plant DNA to make a new version?  Genetically modified does mean that scientists controlled the pollination of certain plants to create new hybrids. Hopefully to create a better versions of some foods, i.e. sweeter tomatoes, more hardy plants, etc.  The acronym GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. This is different. Instead of just manipulating plant DNA, scientist inserted virus and bacteria DNA into the plant DNA.  According to federal regulations, this alters the new plant so significantly that it is reclassified as an animal and not plant form.  How safe it is to eat these foods remains unclear.  A 2013 review of 1,763 GMO studies found no clear evidence of toxic or harmful effects. But other studies have shown a transferring of the DNA from GMO foods with human DNA in the gut. The long term consequences are unknown at this time. Sixty-one countries, including most of Europe require food to be labeled for GMO content. The United States and Canada do not. You may think that you don’t eat GMO foods, but you would be wrong.  Sixty to eighty percent of packaged foods in your supermarket contain ingredients derived from genetically modified crops. Even eighty percent of foods labeled “natural” were shown to contain at least one GMO ingedient by one study.  The three largest crops that have been genetically modified with virus/bacteria DNA include soybean (oil), beet (sugar), and corn.  If you want to avoid GMO until there is a better understanding of the long-term health consequences buy certified organic as these foods are regulated to not contain...

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