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Healthy Eating

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Getting to know Thrive Chef Joe LaPiana

Born in Boston and having grown up in an Italian-American household, food was always a focal point for Joe and his family. At age 15, Joe began working for a caterer in downtown Boston. After graduating from college, he spent 15 years working in New York’s culinary scene.   Eager for a new challenge, he decided to pursue a career change in commercial aviation with FedEx, flying for over 25 years. In his free time, Joe enjoys skiing with his triplet boys and is the race director for a 9-11 memorial race in Charlotte with his wife, Suzanne.   As a team member, Joe strives to make cooking accessible and leverage the Thrive platform's cumulative knowledge to create easy science-based meals. His classes aim to form positive relationships with...

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar: Medical Miracle or Myth?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a useful tool in the kitchen and can be used in anything from marinades to dressings to sauces. Recently this folk remedy has been touted to fight infections, manage stomach acid and indigestion, melt off body fat and manage skin conditions. ACV has been deemed a “cure-all, “and while this may be somewhat overstated, it clearly has been shown to have some merits. Apple cider vinegar is produced with the fermentation of crushed apples. The vinegar, raw and unfiltered (as it should be used), contains trace amounts of B vitamins, Vitamin C, and minerals like potassium and magnesium. The fermented product also contains some powerful antioxidants and flavonoids like gallic acid, catechin, caffei acid, and ferulic acid. The fermentation also produces beneficial...

Farmers Market Creations

Summer is here and with it comes Farmers Markets! We love spending weekends at the market hunting for fresh produce and our meats. Below are some resources and recipes for some of the more popular items you can get fresh from the ground this time of year at your local farmers' market! Charlottes Farmers Markets Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 1801 Yorkmount Road Charlotte Atherton Mill Market 2104 South Blvd Charlotte Matthews Community Farmers Market 188 N Trade St Matthews Kings Drive Farmers Market 939 S. Kings Drive Charlotte Cotswold Farmers Market 309 S Sharon Amity Road   What to buy & eat now Availability for May, June & July Beets Greens ( Kale ) Blueberries Mushrooms Bok Choy Radishes Broccoli Snow Peas Cabbage Spinach Collards Strawberries Cucumbers Turnips   Recipes Kale Salad...

Could An Elimination Diet Cure All Your Woes?

Fifty percent of Americans believe they have some form of food sensitivity yet until recently medical specialists did not give this any consideration. Gluten sensitivity has recently received the most attention with gluten-free foods lining aisles in the grocery and gluten-free options finding their way onto restaurant menus. Many people just decide they have intolerance and remove the food from their diet.   Medical science is now recognizing that food sensitivities may be causing more than stomach aches, gas, and bloating. Some chronic conditions are now being blamed on the body’s reaction to certain “trigger” foods. Eliminating these “triggers” may help those suffering from chronic ailments including digestive problems and IBS, headaches, chronic sinus pressure and drainage, low energy, skin irritations, joint pain, and weight fluctuations...

Akkermansia Mucinophila: Your New Best Gut Friend

[caption id="attachment_4067" align="alignleft" width="251"] Dr. Nancy Palermo[/caption] In the past 15 years, there has been a great deal of attention on the gut microbiome. In fact, since 2013 there have been over 19,000 published papers on this topic. If you search PubMed you can see that numerous studies have shown associations of the microbiome with disorders like obesity, diabetes mellitus, autoimmune disorders, cancers, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and even neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Recent genetic tools like DNA sequencing have helped researchers further characterize the composition of microbes in the gut and successfully delineated their specific roles. In 2004 researchers first isolated a gram-negative anaerobe called Akkermansia mucinophila in the Netherlands. They now know a great deal more about this gut bacteria and what they have learned...

How Does Alcohol Affect Gut Health?

Overindulging in alcohol damages a variety of bodily functions from your liver to your mental health. An often overlooked area affected by alcohol is your gut. But how exactly does alcohol affect your gut and what are the signs your gut isn’t happy with how much you’re drinking?   Alcohol and the Gut   Gut health is about more than your stomach–it can impact your mind, immune system, the risk level for certain types of cancer, and more. Basically, it’s one of the major determinants of health in your body.   When you drink alcohol, it can affect your gut health in two primary ways. First, once it's metabolized, it will enter the small intestine and decrease intestinal permeability. This can lead to a leaky gut syndrome, a condition that can...

Getting to Know the ”P Vitamins”- Phytonutrients

Most of us are familiar with macronutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats and many are aware of micronutrients and vitamins. These are all listed on food labels and are components of a healthy diet. Few, however, are familiar with the phytonutrients and phytochemicals. Phytonutrients are plant-based compounds once referred to as Vitamin “P” Turns out these compounds have not been considered a vitamin and do not even have a daily recommended dose. Yet, phytonutrients have been at the forefront of nutritional research and the findings have many quite excited, but you will not find them listed anywhere on nutrition or food labels. We have been told to eat our fruits and vegetables because they are good for us, but researchers are learning the distinct properties of the phytonutrients...

Oven Roasted Balsamic Beets

These Oven-Roasted Balsamic Beets are delicious and can be simply prepared which intensifies their natural sweetness. Toss them in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction. Beets are a nutritional powerhouse – they cleanse the body, are chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and a great source of energy! Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing this recipe great for serving as side dishes, snacks, and tossing over salads.   Ingredients: (Servings: 2, Calories: 77) 1 bunch trimmed beets (about 4 beets) 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 pinches sea salt 2 pinches black pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently scrub beets, and pat dry. Wrap in foil, and roast until tender (about 1 hour). Let cool, then peel and dice. Place beets in a medium...

Simple Almond Milk Recipe

  Almond milk is delicious and entirely customizable! This simple recipe is perfect for cereal, baking, and drinking straight alongside baked goods. Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing   Ingredients: (Servings: 3, Calories: 60) ½ cup raw almonds 4 cup purified water 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional) Pinch of sea salt Directions: Soak almonds and 1 cup purified water in a blender, at room temperature, for about 6 hours. After the almonds have soaked and using a strainer, drain off water and rinse well under running water. Add almonds back to blender with 3 cups purified water, maple syrup (optional), and sea salt. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Strain with cheesecloth or strainer with fine holes, and pour into a container, squeezing...

Why Your Diet Should Include Magnesium for Your Heart Health

We often discuss how calcium makes our bones stronger or that vitamin C improves our immune system. But magnesium is just as vital and important to add to your diet. Magnesium promotes good cardiovascular health and keeps your heart beating right.   Magnesium is a mineral that is responsible for many functions in the body. It helps keep nerves and muscles working, keeps bones strong, and helps control blood sugar. It also is necessary for maintaining normal blood pressure and a steady heartbeat.   In a 2019 review in Cardiology Research and Practice, researchers found those who have low levels of magnesium in their blood have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. In particular, the researchers found low levels of magnesium were present in those with a higher risk...