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Food As Medicine: Consider the Broccoli Stalk

When your parents told you to eat your broccoli, they were looking out for your best interests. We now know that broccoli has several disease-fighting benefits that can optimize many aspects of your health. Some of this pharmaceutical importance includes its antimicrobial, antioxidant, anticancer, immunomodulator, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, and cardioprotective roles. We will dive into science a bit, but you will leave this article wanting to crunch on more of this important vegetable. Broccoli, which originated in Italy, is a cruciferous vegetable or brassica, like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower. Its edible parts include the stem, leaves, and the flowers or head of the stalk. Nutritional Benefits Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins C, K and A, It also provides important minerals like potassium, calcium and iron when consumed. Vitamins...

Summer “Do’s” and “Don’ts

We hope you and your families enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. Check out the list of do’s and don’ts we put together below. Our summer here at Thrive is off to a busy start. We are excited for another year of growth and are looking forward to counting to serve you and your families. Don’t Put on Sunscreen… At least for the first twenty minutes, you are in the sun. Vitamin D deficiency is common, with over 80% of Americans being deficient. This is a result of our overreaction to the risk of skin cancer with sun exposure. Vitamin D is important for adequate immune function and control of inflammation, neurological and cardiovascular function, bone-building, fighting depression, and, most importantly, fighting and preventing cancer. The body...

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Whole Health Spring Cleaning

As the flowers bloom and the weather turns warmer, we come out of the winter hibernation and tackle spring cleaning. Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans practice spring cleaning regularly. While clearing up the clutter and the pollen is important this is a great time to clear up some of the unhealthy practices, we allowed in during the winter months. We must tackle these “chores” mindfully to embrace true self-care. Do not think of them as obligatory but rather empowering and liberating. Reducing clutter and unhealthy habits can be beneficial for our mental health and our physical health. Let’s try to embrace this mindset while we tackle the physical jobs. Spring cleaning, like many resets, can be referred to as a “temporal landmark”. These are the times in our...

Thrive Big Game Bowl Recipes!

The Big Game is this Sunday… whether you are pulling for San Francisco or Kansas City, we plan to eat… a lot during the spectacle!! Thrive wants you to enjoy this tradition but help you keep the calories down while enjoying flavorful, heart-healthy dishes that your loved ones will love and maybe not miss the chicken wings and pizza. Enjoy our favorite BOWLS this weekend!!! We hope you find one that makes it's way into your weekly routine! [mkdf_button size="medium" type="" text="View Our Bowl Recipies!" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="https://thrivecarolinas.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Thrive-Detox-Bowl-recipes.pdf" target="_self" color="" hover_color="" background_color="" hover_background_color="" border_color="" hover_border_color="" font_size="" font_weight="" margin=""]...

Are You Metabolically Healthy?

When Americans are asked if they are metabolically healthy, 75% of them will answer yes; however, a recent study (2022) done at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health showed that the metabolic health of Americans is “alarmingly low”. In fact, in the study of over 8700 individuals, the researchers found that only 12% of Americans were metabolically healthy. That means over 1 in 8 or 88% have some degree of cardiometabolic dysfunction. Cardiometabolic dysfunction is based on elevations of blood sugar and insulin, triglycerides, lipids, or blood pressure. The study researchers claimed several reasons for the findings, but one of the most remarkable was that less than 37% were aware of their personal findings despite having regular care. Many patients...

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Why Do a Detox??

Why Is Detoxing The Body So Important? Here is the cruel reality: our bodies are exposed to numerous toxins each day. These toxins include environmental toxins, chemical pollutants in the air we breathe, and toxins from our food and beverages.  Although your body has an amazing ability to remove these harmful toxins, they continue to accumulate and can have many negative effects on your body. Your organs can become bogged down, and toxicity can manifest in your body through a wide variety of symptoms. Many of the symptoms are vague and persistent. To see if you are experiencing some of the negative effects of your toxic load, consider completing an MSQ questionnaire ( see below ). This may provide you with the motivation to consider a detox...

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Thriving Through the Holiday’s Our Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The holiday season is marked by food, family, and, of course, gifts. Gift-giving is not only a big contributor to the stress of the season but also a big contributor to trash and waste. Americans throw out 25 percent more garbage between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and some of the trash includes new Christmas gifts. A little mindfulness during gift selection can help reduce this waste and may also please the recipients more than that last-minute holiday tie purchase. A health-oriented purchase will be the gift that keeps giving. 2023 Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas How About a Book? Books to Inspire 100 Ways to Change Your Life by Liz Moody (Amazon $22.40) The Way Forward by Yung Pueblo (Amazon $13.00) Books/Magazines to Empower One-Year Subscription to Experience Life Magazine Empowering people...

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The Science Behind an Apple a Day

The Science Behind an Apple a Day Nancy A. Palermo MD Everyone knows the saying” An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but current research into the power of food shows there are real reasons this powerful fruit might just reduce your doctor visits. Apples are nutritional power houses providing 4 gm of fiber, Vitamin C, and K but more importantly one apple can provide 22% of the phenolic antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that help to neutralize free radicals in the body which can lead to tissue damage. Getting sufficient antioxidants is associated with reduction in cancer cell proliferation, reduction in damage to our DNA, reduction of lipid oxidation and cholesterol reduction leading to reduction in cancer and heart disease. One medium size apple contains less than 100...

Summer Simplified: Optimizing Sleep

We have finally reached the dog days of summer. School is out, and the schedules are much less complicated and rigid, but it is important we do not become too relaxed. Sometimes letting down our guard completely and moving to a vacation attitude, we lose track of the lifestyle factors that can maintain health only to find we need a complete reboot in September. Eating is simple and easy, yet sometimes ease can be associated with more calories through excess alcohol, snacks, and treats. Though schedules may be relaxed, this loss of structure, along with travel, can allow unhealthy habits to creep in and persist into the fall. The goal is to keep you on your healthiest track without complicating your summer relaxation goals. Summer needs to be...

Choose Your Sunscreen Wisely

Summer has officially arrived along with more sunshine, increased outdoor activities, and anticipated trips to the beach and pool.  The extra vitamin D is loaded with health benefits, but extra summer sunshine can come with the cost of excessive UVA and UVB exposure, skin damage, and hidden dangerous chemicals in sunscreen. While adjusting your time of day outside and staying in the shade are easy solutions, selecting a quality sunscreen that is both safe and effective is a much harder task.   There is no perfect sunscreen on the market, but there are certainly better options. Now is a great time to educate yourself on the best options for protecting your skin and your long-term health.     The EWG has released its yearly guide to sunscreen (we...

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