Amazing Avocados

Avocados are a amazing creamy fruit (technically a berry) and one that I try to eat daily. I love them spread on toast (see my avocado toast recipe), sliced in a sandwich, diced in a salad or as a topping on chili. And let’s not forget guacamole for an delicious appetizer!

Packed with nutrients, avocados have over 20 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, potassium, folate and brain-healthy omega-6 fatty acids.  According to nutritionfacts.org avocados are anti-inflammatory, can help lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and decrease prostate cancer risk in men.

Some of the healing properties of avocados according to Medical Medium Anthony William include:

  • Helping with digestive disorders
  • Having an aspirin-like quality without thinning the blood
  • Reducing polyps in the intestinal lining
  • An anti-aging effect on the skin, reducing dryness and helping to eliminate dark circles under the eyes
  • An easily assimilable food with protein ratios that are equal to breast milk

And research from nutritionfacts.org states that eating avocados with other foods such as tomatoes, helps with absorption of nutrients such as lycopene and beta-carotene.

Avocados have a small about of Vitamin K which can interfere with the anticoagulant medication Coumadin, also known as Warfarin. So please avoid avocados if you are on that medication. Otherwise, enjoy this healthy and delicious fruit.

-July 2018

pregnancy vegan

Is a plant-based diet safe during pregnancy?

Pregnant women need to pay special attention to their diet to be sure they are eating nutritious foods and avoiding added fats, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and toxins. A 100% whole food, plant-based diet that emphasizes organic food, along with a prenatal vitamin and vitamin B12, is perfectly safe for mother and baby. In fact, this diet helps women avoid toxins from eating fish contaminated with mercury and the antibiotics, hormones and saturated fat found in meat products. It also may help prevent many of the problems pregnant women on the Standard American Diet face. This includes preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and large babies who cannot fit through their mother’s birth canal and must be delivered via Caesarian Section.

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meditation

Top 10 reasons to start meditating today – including anti-aging!

What if your doctor offered you a pill to take twice a day that has no negative side effects and is proven to:

  1. slow down your aging process
  2. improve your brain function and memory
  3. increase your productivity and creativity
  4. decrease stress
  5. reduce anxiety
  6. improve your immune system
  7. decrease inflammation
  8. reduce pain
  9. boost your happiness
  10. leave you with a sense of calmness and peace

How much would you be willing to pay for this magic pill?

Well the good news is that the pill is free! But it is not a pill to swallow, it is called meditation. In exchange for paying money and going to the pharmacy for refills, you commit to taking 15 to 20 minutes each morning and evening for some quiet time for yourself.  This small investment in your time is well worth the effort.

Read our article on meditation for the scientific evidence, types of meditation, tips and links to guided meditations to get your started. We hope you enjoy adopting a lifelong, daily meditation practice and the many benefits it has to offer.

 


soy milk tofu miso

Are you avoiding soy due to fear of hormonal cancers?

I have had several friends tell me that they avoid soy products (edamame, tofu, tempeh, miso, and soy milk) due to the plant estrogens that they fear contribute to hormone-related cancers such as breast, uterine and ovarian in women and prostate in men. However, numerous scientific studies indicate that soy products actually reduce the risk of these cancers and prevent the risk of breast cancer recurrence.

Soybeans contain a class of phytoestrogens or plant estrogens called isoflavones. This plant estrogen does not have the same effect on your body as animal estrogen. According to Dr. Michael Greger in his book “How Not To Die”, “phytoestrogens dock into the same receptors as your own estrogen but have a weaker effect, so they can act to block the effects of your more powerful estrogen.”

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Dietary Guidelines for Americans released

They’re better, but still influenced by the food industry…

On January 7, 2016, the U.S. government released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans which is jointly developed every five years by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and of Agriculture (USDA). The guidelines serve as a resource to health care professionals, policymakers and the general public by providing nutrition advice for maintaining health and preventing chronic diseases. According to the report “about half of all American adults – 117 million people – have one or more preventable, chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity.” This level of chronic illness costs billions of dollars in medical bills and lost productivity annually.

The good news for those of us who thrive on a whole food, plant-based diet is that the guidelines recommend that Americans consume more fruits and vegetables, more fiber and whole grains. The five key guidelines from the report are: Read More


Happy holidays, plant-based nutrition trends and best of 2015

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Google search results for “Veganism – Diet”

As 2015 comes to a close, I’d like to thank all of our supporters and regular readers of plant-based4health.com. My sister-in-law, Kathy Parnay, and I launched the site in January 2015 as a way to share tips, resources, blog posts and recipes with people who are inspired to learn about and try a whole food, plant-based (vegan) diet to prevent or reverse chronic disease.

Kathy knows first hand about the healing power of a low glycemic, alkalizing plant-based diet. Her husband, Stefan, cured his prostate cancer on this diet, avoiding the surgery, chemo and radiation that his doctors strongly recommended. See their story: Our Journey with Prostate Cancer – A Wife’s Perspective.  It is well documented that a whole food, plant-based diet can help people reverse Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and lose weight. Sites like Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, PCRM.org, the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Dr. Michael Greger’s NutritionFacts.org, and Dr. John McDougall’s Health and Medical Center continually publish evidence-based articles and personal stories supporting the health benefits of whole food, plant-based nutrition.

Here are some of our popular posts and articles from this year: Read More


Supter Genes

Dr. Deepak Chopra speaks about his new book, Super Genes

Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of 80 books and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Well-Being and founder of the Chopra Foundation, recently spoke in Los Altos Hills, CA about his new book, Super Genes, which he co-wrote with Rudolph Tanzi, PH.D. Here is a brief summary of his presentation embellished with information from the book, noted in quotes.

Super genes are your body’s self-regulating building blocks, which are constantly sending instructions to your body. The super genome consists of three components: genome, epigenome and microbiome.

  • Genome: you have 23,000 genes in your body and 100 trillion cells – more cells than all the stars in the Milky Way galaxy! A gene is a unit of heredity and carries memories of a cosmic nature spanning 14 billion years.
  • Epigenome: a sheath of proteins that encloses DNA. It is a switching mechanism that enables your cells to respond to your experiences. Epigenetics is the study of gene expression influenced by external factors and your environment. Examples include environmental toxins, stress, diet, relationships and even your thoughts and emotions. Every experience you have makes your genes express themselves. Negative emotions like fear, guilt, and shame cause the self-regulation to get disrupted and that can result in illness.
  • Microbiome: colonies of bacteria that line your gut and can be found on your skin. There are trillions of them in your body, over 2,000 species. Bacteria is essential to humans and makes digestion possible.

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