Does Your Heart Need a Tune-Up?, where Dr. Ritamarie will interview Dr. Steven Masley, author of the soon to be released book The 30-Day Heart Tune-up: A Breakthrough Medical Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.
The first month of the year is just about over, and with all I've been doing, it sure feels like it's been longer.
I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend a couple of hours on the beach in Florida last Monday before having to catch a flight bound for home.
While the water and air made it too cool for swimming, I did enjoy the hot sand and walked with my feet in the water for a few miles. Ah! As I lay on the warm sand, I filled with tears of joy and found as if I had just found my way home.
2014 certainly needs a lot more beach time for me!
So, on Monday while I was in Florida, it was 81 degrees at home!
A few days later we had a “blizzard” of 6/10th inch of snow and the schools shut down. 2 days later I was out running in 75 degree weather. Tuesday we were back to winter with an ice storm, that closed the schools again, and on Friday it's supposed to be 79 degrees.
One of my energy recharge health strategies is flexibility.
Here in Austin we have to be flexible and keep several seasons worth of clothing around all the time.
However odd it may seem to have such erratic weather, when I think of the alternative, I cringe. I don't envy you if you live in the North where it's cold for 3-6 months of the year. We always know that the cold is just “intermittent winter”, as I have come to call it. And like intermittent fasting, it keeps our bodies resilient and flexible.
This week we have a lot of great free resources to promote, and I encourage you to take advantage of the generosity of my colleagues:
And I am looking forward to introducing you to something new very soon.
Talk to you soon.
With love and appreciation,
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
The Top Ten Foods that Reduce Inflammation
Study after study is now coming to light that inflammation in the body is a major cause for nearly every health issue–or at least contributes to making it worse.
Heart disease, cancer, auto-immune, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain are all closely tied to inflammation. The good news is that inflammation can be significantly reduced and even eliminated using food and nutrition to help the body heal itself.
What is Going on When Eating More Greens Backfires!
Have you ever had a client who you thought would respond to adding greens to their diets and it backfired? It's rare, but I thought I would give you a few clues as to what might be going on.
As health practitioners, we strive to get our clients to eat more greens —leafies, brassicas, sprouts, sea vegetables — they are all brimming with nutrition and antioxidant protection.
But sometimes, due to biochemical individuality, your client might get worse when you increase their greens.
Here are a few possible reasons. We'll explore each of them in a post over the next few weeks.
1- Oxalate sensitivity: oxalic acid is found in many green vegetables. While most people excrete it very nicely, those with leaky gut and a genetic predisposition have difficulty getting rid of it, and it causes a myriad of symptoms. For some folks with oxalate sensitivity, taking calcium citrate with high oxalate foods can be helpful.
2- A genetic polymorphism that makes it hard to excrete sulfur or to utilize it in beneficial ways.
3- Sensitivity to isothiocyanate, found in cruciferous vegetables. For some people, they can't properly break it down due to impaired detoxification pathways, and the buildup of isothiocyanate can impair thyroid function. By the way, supplementing with iodine and/or sea vegetables rich in iodine can counteract this.
4- Leaky gut and inflammation in the intestines. The fiber in raw greens can be like sandpaper to an inflamed gut, and a month on lightly cooked blended greens and green juices can help heal and repair while providing lots of nutrients.
5- Low stomach acid makes it hard to break down the cell walls of greens. Blending and juicing can be very helpful.
These are the most common causes of greens intolerance. If your client tells you that their green smoothie hurts their tummy, then take a look at possible causes, and one by one, like a good detective, you can narrow down and intervene.
If you have a passion for solving even the toughest health cases, I have a solution. I have some seats in my recently announced Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training. There are 3 levels to choose from and 2 of them lead to certification as a functional endocrinology nutritionist.
Jan is one of my star practitioner certification candidates from my first Functional Nutrition Practitioner Training Program and she will be able to help you get started, and get the skills you need to be a superstar health and nutrition practitioner.
2. Put everything in food processor with “S” blade and process until relatively smooth but still a bit chunky
3. Season to taste if you prefer it saltier or spicier.
This was one of the delicious recipes shared on Dr. Ritamarie's January VITAL Healing Kitchen Show. To get the video of this and all the other recipes, plus the recipe guide, an hour and a half presentation on the benefits and sources of Vitamin C, access to Dr. Ritamarie for Q&A and a resource library to skyrocket your health, check out our VITAL Community here: http://www.VitalHealthCommunity.com
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN, has been an integrative health care practitioner for over two decades, empowering her patients and students to overcome health challenges and lead a joyful and healthy life.
She's a Doctor of Chiropractic with Certifications in Acupuncture, Clinical Nutrition, HeartMath® and Herbal Medicine as well as a certified raw and living foods instructor, chef, and coach.
She's the author and co-author of several gluten-free vegan and raw foods recipe books including: Power Breakfast Ideas, Deliciously Quick Lunch and Dinner, Healthy Halloween Treats, Dessert: Making it Rich Without Oil and Dried and Gone to Heaven. She's also the creator of many successful online courses designed to restore people to the health, energy, and vitality they need to live full and vibrant lives.
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