B well – B organic

Little healthful tidbits that go a long way

Eat Well – Feel Well – Look Well

organicMany times I come across a great article in a magazine or from another blog that I just want to share.  This is one of them.  Even though this post on eating organic foods is geared mostly towards those suffering from adult acne, it seems like it can’t hurt for keeping your skin healthy in an overall sense.

If you’re a fan of organic beauty products, then chances are you try to eat organic too at least when practical. And while that might contribute to your overall health, we can’t help but wonder-does eating organic actually improve your skin too? It turns out it can.

Eating organic food may decrease your amount of acne overtime,” says Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD. That’s because non-organic food that gets pumped with hormones like chicken, meat and dairy, can cause hormonal acne.

Charlotte, NC, dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD, says non-organic dairy products in-particular seem to contribute to breakouts among his patients. “People who have really bad acne who are drinking a lot of milk and start breaking out, we think that’s the mechanism,” he says. “Some people are reactive to the hormones so we recommend using organic dairy.” He adds that adult acne in women over 40 is always hormone-related, so cutting non-organic dairy may help in that situation too.

It also doesn’t hurt to eat organic fruits and vegetables. After all, most get covered in pesticides and wax (to keep them fresh), and while there isn’t a specific study that proves these ingredients harm the skin, their overall unhealthy affect on your body could be reflected in the form of dull skin and an overall tired look.

“Your body is not the sum of individual organs working alone. It is a complex, interconnected, marvelous machine with harmoniously functioning parts, of which your skin is one,” says Santa Ana, CA, dermatologist Tony Nakhla, MD.

“Your skin tells the story of your days in the sun, but it also reflects the general health of your internal organs and your entire body as a whole.”

Taken from http://newbeauty.com

Also: **Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.

Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health


B Well – with bread, champagne, chocolate and romance

shhh - Copyà la française – the TOP 5 Beauty Secrets of French Womenshopper - Copy

fatfrenchMireille Guilliano, author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat” has another book: “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: Ageing with Attitude.

This book covers everything from skincare secrets and fashion tips to the role of relationships and the importance of relaxation.  The path to ageing elegantly lies in lifestyle choices and attitude adjustments rather than botox and collagen fillers.  After all, while American, Brazilian and Chinese woman lead global cosmetics surgery figures, French women don’t even make the Top Ten.facelift2

Her book, French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, in which she recommends bread, champagne, chocolate and romance as key ingredients to a balanced diet and lifestyle, captured the imagination of an overweight world tired of yo-yo diets and became a runaway best seller around the world, hitting the top of the best seller charts in many countries, including the USA, where it was number 1 on The New York Times Bestseller list. It has been translated into 37 languages. She followed it up with another best-seller, French Women for all Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes and Pleasure.

Many of my friends were astonished that I disclosed the coveted gastronomy and lifestyle secrets of French women in my books. They’d probably be stunned to find out that I’m willing to share our beauty secrets as well! But here they are—the five beauty secrets that French women swear by:

Secret #1: French women know that hydration is the key to good skin and good hair. I strongly recommend drinking a glass of water before going to bed and first thing in the morning. Water is the French women’s secret weapon—for skin and beauty, for health (flushing toxins) and for weight control (don’t snack when you think you are hungry, your body is really thirsty).

Secret #2: French women appreciate that good circulation makes one glow. French women are not afraid of using cold water in the shower to get one’s circulation going. It is certainly part of my routine. The opening then closing of the pores with hot then cold water, the shock to the nervous system and wake-up call to the brain of a cold shower, and the rigorous towel wiping after a cold finish to a shower bring blood and color to one’s skin.

Secret #3: French women are taught and know grandma’s beauty rituals work. My Mother taught me, for example, to clean my face thoroughly every night before going to bed and to apply a mask periodically (her fifteen minute version included cucumber slices over the eyes and a crushed strawberry-honey mix for the face); and she taught me to rinse my hair with cold water with an added tablespoon or vinegar or lemon juice for added shine before moisturizing.

Secret #4: French women navigate the health benefits and risks of the sun
Apart from a Riviera-bronze fixation in the 1960s and 1970s, French women are not sun-worshipping lizards. *(see link for my self tanner recommendation below). Today they are much more likely to apply their tan from a tube or bottle than from a month at St. Tropez. They are careful to wear sunscreens and look for appropriate SPF in their beauty emollients. And while they are likely to sit in the shade to protect their skin, they are equally likely to be out and about in the sun, enjoying its light and benefits, by walking or doing some light sports or movement as part of their weekly routine.

Secret #5: French women know one can go far with a great haircut, a bottle of champagne and a divine perfume. Nothing more needs to be said about this one!

Internationally best-selling author Mireille Guiliano (Meer-ray Julie-ano) was a long time spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and former President and CEO of Clicquot, Inc. (LVMH). Recognized as “an ambassador of France and its art of living,” by the French daily Le Figaro, USA Today further dubbed her “the high priestess of French lady wisdom.”

(my product review on St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse): https://intrigueimports.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/the-art-of-faking-it/

We North American women are not totally outdone by the French.  We have some tricks up our sleeves too.  Check out…..

From last week:  If you missed Brad King’s interview with Kathy Hartford, the author of Fit, Fun and Fabulous at Any Age here’s the link on “Transforming Health” at Voice America.com:

fitfunClick:  http://www.livinggorgeous.com/


B well – while living it up

Finally….my kind of advice!

Eat, Drink and be Gorgeous - CopyEat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist’s Guide to Living well While Living It Up

From *Esther Blum, an expert nutritionist at Dr. Perricone’s flagship Manhattan store, comes the breakthrough news that, yes, you can eat and drink what you love and still look and feel gorgeous. Esther reveals the secrets to beautiful skin, a fantastic figure, and peace of mind all while living the good life.

It’s about knowing how to make the right choices: Which cocktails cause the least damage, is a Merlot better than a Margarita? What natural supplements combat out-of-control hormones? With a troubleshooting section on treating specific ailments, delicious recipes, and fast fixes, Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous makes it possible to have that piece of cake and eat it, too.  Sounds good to me.

*Esther Blum is a Registered Dietitian and Holistic Nutritionist practicing in Connecticut

On a similar note:

**Don’t Miss:  Brad King discusses the FIT, FUN and FABULOUS Lifestyle with Kathy Hartford, author of “Fit, Fun and Fabulous at Any Age” (along with its companion journal and cookbook) on “Transforming Health” at VoiceAmerica.comfitfun

Here’s the Link:  http://www.livinggorgeous.com/

I love these new age lifestyle programs!

B well – the Hair scare!

What good is a size 2 body if your hair ends up looking like hell?

photo credit below
photo credit below

I recently read an article about a nameless 42 year-old publicist from San Francisco who ended up losing a significant amount of  hair due to extreme dieting.  Seems sometimes we just can’t win.  This girls goal was to lose 15 pounds in the first month, then re-evaluate how much more she’d need to drop after that – all with the assistance of a nutritionist.

Her calorie intake was just 750 a day, consisting of a protein shake for breakfast, soup and a shake for lunch, then salad, steamed veggies and 6 ounces of protein (like a piece of grilled chicken the size of a bar of soap) for dinner.  She was still famished but wasn’t about to argue with the results – and lost every pound.  The follow up visit with the nutritionist consisted of being told to set her target weight even lower and stay on the plan.

The trouble started four months later.  The clothes were looser but her nice shoulder-length hair was much sparser.  At first just a bit in the shower (which can be common) but in a matter of weeks she was dropping tons of hair – she has fine hair to begin with.  She began to inspect her brushes after each stroke to see how many strands were tangled up in the bristles and had to disguise the hair sparseness by pulling it up into a bun or back in a ponytail as you could really see the difference when it was worn down.

The nutritionist would not entertain the idea that the diet had anything to do with it.  She on the other hand, was not so sure.  She eventually ditched the diet and started eating more sensibly, incorporating larger amounts of protein *(particularly red meat) into her meals.  After a few months the shedding stopped, hair started to get back to normal and finally she’s at a healthy (but not supermodel thin) weight.  *Whole grains, nuts and tofu/tempeh for vegetarians.

My brush
My brush

The Diagnosis:

Humans evolved from a feast-or-famine lifestyle: we cycled through periods when we had plenty of food to gobble up and periods when we had little to eat.  Genetically, our bodies have a long memory, and in some ways they still react as if we’re living in prehistoric times.  So if your body senses that you’re heading towards famine (hello, crash diet!), it diverts energy away from functions that are less essential, like growing hair or strong nails.  If you start to undergo dramatic shedding, see your doctor for a blood workup; sometimes the problem could be the result of a chronic health condition, like hypo-or hyperthyroidism.  Eating a healthy diet that includes all the food groups can help, as does popping a daily multivitamin, just to be sure you’re getting the nutrients that your hair needs. – Melissa Pilang, dermatologist, Clevelend Clinic.

Photo from:                                                                              http://www.besthairlossproductsreviews.com/why-women-lose-their-hair/

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B well – B active: little healthful tidbits that go a long way.

You will find that both your mood and your energy improve when you work out.

This advice feels as repetitive as the fifteenth bicep curl, but the fact remains: Exercise is, hands down, the best anti-ager.steps

Everyone has a different strength capacity & choice of what works for them.  Ideally the best strategy for me is a combo of running, yoga & weight training.  When done properly (which is not always the case) it’s a winning combination.  A lot of times I don’t really get around to using actual weights as I should so sometimes I’ll run with little wrist weights and hope that the running and some yoga moves are enough weight bearing exercise.  Do what you can – no excuses.  Also try not to beat yourself up when you can’t bust a move like the yoga instructor – pigeon anyone? It’s best not to stress.  Read on…

 John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Little, Brown), explains how a little sweat can rewire your brain.

sparkA fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer’s.  Some questions:

How does aerobic exercise help the brain:  “It improves your brain’s ability to form new neural connections.  It promotes blood flow to the brain, creating a rich environment for brain cells to grow and withstand stress.  It also appears to trigger the growth of new brain cells.”

Which exercise is best:  “Look for activities that get your heart rate up to the point where you’re sweating but also provide coordination challenges.  Activities like tennis, Zumba, kickboxing, or spinning all force you to plan your next move, which makes your brain work harder than if you were just doing a rote movement.

How can I tell if it’s working?  “You should notice an improvement in your overall feeling of well being.  If you don’t, then you’re probably doing too much – more than 90 minutes a day – or too little.  When people start an exercise program, they often overdo it, which not only increases risk of injury and burnout but also can impact brain function.  Once you work out, you should find that your  mood and energy improve for the rest of the day.

Fill in the blank – I work out because……………………….

“I work out because I feel stronger and healthier and it makes me look better”

Also, **Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.

Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health

B PURE – B RAW – B your ULTIMATE self!

ENERGIZE yourself with PROTEIN POWER.  You deserve to know what goes into a “perfect” protein powder.  One made with 100% pure plant protein.

THERE’S NO BETTER end to a good workout like drinking a perfectly healthy protein shake. It will bring your energy level right back and help to build muscle.  But with all the varieties out there in the marketplace how do we know WHICH PROTEIN POWDER TO CHOOSE? Don’t be fooled! You want the ULTIMATE PROTEIN POWDER – one that will deliver.  bradUltimate-Vegan-Energy-Protein1You want *Brad King’s Ultimate Vegan “TRUE RAW” Energy Protein *Organic Sprouted & fermented Brown Rice Protein – (that’s a real mouthful, literally).  Here’s what you need to know: 

*Brad King is a highly sought after authority on nutrition, obesity, longevity and one’s health and has been touted as one of the most influential health mentors of our time. Brad is also a Best Selling Author (having written several books including “Beer Belly Blues”), Keynote Speaker and Award Winning Nutritional Formulator.

The ULTIMATE VEGAN ENERGY PROEIN is comprised of organic sprouted brown rice proteinthe Cadillac of plant-based proteins because it is a non-GMO sprouted whole grain complete protein that is made from the whole rice grain (including the bran, germ, and endosperm). It is processed using low-temperatures (never heated past 90oF) without any chemical additives like hexane. This creates a superior raw plant-based protein with pure amino acids in their most bioavailable forms, which greatly enhances the quality, digestion-rating and bioavailability of the protein as well as ensuring high levels of naturally-occuring vitamins (especially B vitamins), minerals, antioxidants – tocopherols and tocotrienols – and other essential nutrients.

What to expect:

  • Made from fermented raw sprouted organic brown rice protein
  • Non-GMO
  • Complete hypoallergenic plant protein
  • 3 grams of 100% organic maca per serving
  • No Sweeteners
  • Natural flavors
  • Easily digested
  • Produced with low temperatures and natural enzymes
  • No chemicals and processed without acid hydrolysis

*Organic sprouted brown rice protein is the highest quality protein among all cereal grains, containing all essential and non-essential amino acids and a good ratio of the extremely important branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), which are necessary for cellular repair.

Watch your “Peas” & “Q’s”: the next paragraph will make you Question your current formula:

IMPORTANT Note: Many vegan protein supplements on the market cut their products with inexpensive proteins like pea (usually the first ingredient in the formulas, to save cost and increase profits), which causes digestive complaints and gas in numerous individuals.

Ultimate Vegan Energy Protein contains the added benefit of a full 3-gram serving (per dose) of the highest quality organic gelatinized maca available today (Ultimate Maca EnergyTM) to ensure maximum energy enhancement, hormonal support and stress adaptation. No other plant protein formula has this quantity and quality of maca in their product.

Suggested Use – Mix 2 scoops (50g) with 250 – 350mL of water or juice in a shaker cup or blender.  You can use it just on its own or add fresh or frozen blueberries, organic yogurt and a banana for more of a smoothie.

More ULTIMATE products and information can be found at – http://www.ultimatevegan.com/
The Ultimate Man himself Brad King, MS, MFS, Nutritional Expert, Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker.
The Ultimate Man himself
Brad King, MS, MFS, Nutritional Expert, Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker.

To know more about Brad King please visit http://transforminghealthinc.com/about-brad-king

Also **Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.

Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health

Oh; did I mention he’s also my brother?  Having said that I must say that I am totally unbiased when it comes to what he knows and the integrity of his products.  You can find out for yourself.  What I know to be true (I sound like Oprah now) is that Brad takes these products himself.  I figure if they’re good enough for him then I better take them too.              I’ll strive to be my Ultimate self.


B well – the Daily BUZZ

CAFFEINE: the UPS and DOWNSbodum

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 I don’t know about you, but I start all of my mornings with two cups of Bodem (French Press) coffee with 2 tsp. of organic cane sugar (I’m refined until it comes to sugar) and cream.  Not going to compromise on the cream.  For the added calories I’d rather have that than watery tasting coffee with skim milk anytime.  I’ll have to cut calories elsewhere. Maybe ½ tsp. less sugar or honey – but honey doesn’t really replace sweetness in coffee the same way sugar does.  Oh well…

 And who invented decaf?  What purpose does it serve? Decaffeinated coffee is the devil’s blend. It’s not even that the taste of coffee is so amazing it’s only to WAKE UP!  But I do like the taste and smell of freshly ground organic coffee beans…..even if it’s a morning ritual while checking mail and catching up on others’ daily blogs while drinking the stuff.  I’m not looking to replace that.  Even fresh juice or smoothies don’t replace it – it’s just an ad-on to the morning ritual.  I know it’s good to switch up the workout routine now and then but NOT my mornings.  Typical morning: roll out of bed, quick stretch & brush teeth (can’t even drink coffee without first brushing), lazily make my way downstairs to a Bodem just waiting anxiously for me to press down on.  S L O W L Y beginning to wake up.  Second cup – finally awake.  Then it’s usually off for either a run or yoga class before coming back to shower and start the day……..I’ll spare you all the other amazing details of the rest of my day.

 Okay so while drinking my morning java the other day I came across an interesting article on the health benefits of caffeine (and happy I’m so healthy as I sip and read).  DID YOU KNOW that for all the potential benefits of coffee – from decreasing your diabetes risk to protecting against Parkinson’s – research now shows that the brew isn’t without its dangers?  Luckily there are simple ways to avoid them.  So before your next cup…. Spoiler alert:

 You should use a paper filter if you have HIGH CHOLESTEROL.  Every cup of unfiltered coffee (think my French press daily habit) contains cafestol – the most potent cholesterol-elevating substance we know of in the human diet, according to researcher Marie-Louise-Ricktts, PhD, of the University of Nevada, Reno.  One study found that drinking roughly four eight-ounce cups of French press coffee every day for four weeks could increase your cholesterol by about 8 percent.  To remove most of the cafestol, brew your coffee with paper filters (single-serve options like Keurig K-Cups, already have them built in), because they’re more effective at removing the compound than permanent metal filters.  Ooops……I’ll have to go back to my “one cup” with the natural paper filters at least a couple times per week….just incase.

 If you’re at risk for developing HEART DISEASE switch to decaf.  Sorry for putting you down decaf. Caffeinated coffee may increase your odds of having a heart attack if you already have three or more heart disease factors (such as being overweight, smoking, or having high blood pressure).  Caffeine will cause your blood pressure to briefly spike, and when you already have plaque buildup in your arteries, this can loosen and block blood flow, leading to a heart attack, explains study coauthor Ana Baylin, MD, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of  Michigan School of Public Health.  Even small amounts cam be harmful.

 If you experience ACID REFLUX– brew a darker roast.  Dark coffee may taste strong but according to one study, they’re gentler on your stomach.  The roasting process produces a compound that slows the production of stomach-irritating acid according to researcher Veronika Somoza, PhD, a professor in the University of Vienna’s department of nutritional and physiological chemistry. Darker brews are roasted longer than their lighter counterparts.

 If you suffer from INSOMNIA know when to say when. Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee.  The time it takes for half of the stimulant to leave your body is between four and seven hours.  Okay now there’s even an app (surprise, surprise) called Caffeine Zone 2 so you can enter how much coffee you drink and the app will predict how long your buzz should last.  What did we do when we didn’t have apps?

 I hope you find this helpful & interesting and that I didn’t spoil your day.  What about youWhat gets you off and running to start the day?

Also: **Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.

Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health


B Well – B Motivated


Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

An Interview with David Kirsch, fitness expert and author of “The Ultimate New York Diet” (McGraw-Hill).  David owns the Madison Square Club, a private training gym in New York City, and has worked with Heidi Klum and Liv Tyler.  This is an excerpt from his interview with Courtney Balestier.

 Kirsch equates exercise with brushing his teeth or talking a shower.  It gets the day going.  If you have that attitude, it’s easy to take fitness on the road.

       Get motivated bright and early:  Here’s a universal truth – if you’re not working out in the morning, you probably won’t do it later in the day either.  You’re going to be tired from meetings, buzzed from the wine at lunch, later for your dinner reservation, and so on.  Whether you’re on a vacation or business trip, get 30 to 45 minutes of cardio out of the way first thing, and it’ll energize your day.

        Use your hotel:  Predictability is a good thing at the hotel gym.  Don’t fool with machines you’re not familiar with – stick with the treadmill or elliptical.  If you’re in a country that’s on a metric system, be less concerned with speed and more dialed into pushing yourself.

 Improvise:  But you don’t need a gym – or a vacation’s worth of free time.             My Hotel workout includes Spider-Man push-ups (feet on the bed and hands on the floor) and hand-offs with a  pillow (lie on your back with arms stretched overhead and legs in the air, hold a pillow between your shins, then pass it from legs to hands and back).  You can do lunges and step-ups using a chair or ottoman.  Do three sets of 10 reps each for the push-ups, 10 to 15 reps for the pillow hand-offs, and 10 to 15 reps per leg for the lunges and step-ups.

            Be adventurous: Travel is the perfect excuse to change your routine.  If you usually run three miles, bring a great pair of cross-trainers (I like Brooks) and power walk for an hour around a new city.  If you’re a fitness-class-person, ask the concierge about great classes nearby.  This is often entertaining too – a body-sculpting class conducted in French can be pretty funny.

 Also – **Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America

Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health

B Well – Eat Your Way Thin!

Hollywood’s unofficial new diet hinges on reducing acid and balancing your pH.

An intriguing diet craze of Acid meets Alkaline?  For those of you who dozed off during that week of high school chemistry you better listen up – this is basic science!

alkalineA 28 year old private chef in Los Angeles (who will go unnamed) was struggling with the same 10 pounds she’d put on in college despite what she thought was a healthy, well-balanced diet.  She decided to see a nutritionist, who suggested that her diet was too acidic and needed a major alkaline boost.  While the changes she made may seem drastic (easing off all dairy, caffeine, and animal-based products), she says the effects of consuming a heavily plant-based, higher pH diet were quick and dramatic – and well worth it.  She also felt tons more energy without needing the caffeine boost, hasn’t been sick and has experienced no breakouts.  And she’s also 10 pounds lighter.

Here’s a cram session for the un chem-savvy: the human body, primarily the urinary and lymphatic systems, works hard 24-7 to maintain a slightly alkaline pH level in the blood and to clear out an excess of either acid or alkali.  Everything that you consume has its own  pH, and the lower it is, the more acidic it is, and the higher it is, the more alkaline it is.  Acidic foods tend to be the least healthful: white bread, soda, processed foods, and to a lesser extent, meat and eggs.

An alkaline diet focuses on fresh fruit and vegetables along with soy products (like tofu) and certain nuts and whole grains (such as almonds and quinoa) while minimizing dairy, gluten, processed foods, and sugar.  If you’re diet is too acidic (say you’re a diet coke addict) your body may siphon off vital minerals like calcium from your bones to neutralize the acid.  It will also tend to have more toxins.  The result?  Congestion and constriction in your body, which can hamper blood flow, deplete oxygen, and speed up the aging process.

Eventually, too many acidic foods can also stymie the immune system, inhibit digestion and contribute to things like osteoarthritis, says Lindsey Duncan, a nutritionist and naturopath – Marc Jacobs as a client.

You can crowd out poor choices by including a morning green smoothie, for example, and a green salad before dinner – and keep acidic foods to a minimum.   Some are going even further, ditching acidic tap or bottled water for alkalanized Kangen Water, produced by water-ionization machines from Enagic, a Japanese company that claims its water flushes out toxins better than regular H2O.  The water is a hit among Hollywood A-listers, who attribute their renewed vigor to it.

The bottom line: Should we all go alkaline all the time? While few experts would dispute the virtues of a diet high in dark leafy greens, juicy fruit, and plenty of water, it’s hard to give all the credit to pH.  Will the pH thing sort itself out? While we’re deciding, in the meantime, a high quality diet that’s heavy on produce and scarce on processed foods is always a good idea.

Taken from an article By Liz Krieger for InStyle magazine.

**Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.

Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health

B Well – turning over a new leaf

Step aside Kale….there are some new produce powerhouses that deserve attention.

Known for their A-to-Zinc spectrum of vitamins and minerals, leafy vegetables like spinach and collards have long been rated among the healthiest foods on the planet.  But those old standbys – and their suddenly stylish cousin kale – are hardly the only greens that should be in your diet.  Shake things up with these four super nutritious choices:

1)   bok choy      Bok Choy – belongs to the cruciferous (cabbage) family, a group known for its anticancer properties (which may be due, in part, to a high concentration of the antioxidant kaempferol).mustard greens

2)      Mustard Greens – may be more effective at lowering cholesterol and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer than cabbage, broccoli and green peppers.  But the way you cook them matters: according to a recent study in Food and Nutrition Sciences, mustard greens had greater cholesterol-lowering potential when sautéed than when boiled, steamed, or served raw.

3)     beet greens Beet Greens – a good source of potassium, a mineral that can help control blood pressure.  One cup delivers nearly 60 percent more potassium than the same amount of spinach.  The leaves also contain vitamin A, which promotes good vision, and vitamin K, which may strengthen bones.

4)      Chard – just one cup of cooked chard delivers almost 50 percent of your recommended daily value of magnesium, a mineral that may have the ability to lower blood pressure and reduce  the risk of diabetes.  A scientific review of several studies found that increasing magnesium intake by 100 milligrams a day (that’s just 2/3 cup of cooked chard) can lower the risk of stroke by 8 percent.chard

Taken from Feeling Good – “O” magazine.  Article by Johannah Sakimura.

**Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.