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Healthy Eating

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The Next Blockbuster Drug for Alzheimer’s Disease is Prevention

[caption id="attachment_4832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Nancy A. Palermo[/caption] Earlier this month the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Aduhelm (scientific name aducanumab, pronounced add-you-can-you-mab) through its accelerated drug approval program. This is the first Alzheimer’s drug to pass through the FDA in over 18 years which should be a cause for celebration, but many researchers disagree. The drug, aducanumab, produced by the company Biogen, is an IV-infused antibody developed to reduce amyloid plaques in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. Amyloid plaques are collections of the abnormal inflammatory amyloid protein known to be the hallmark of the disease. While the data from the clinical trials have still not been released, early indications suggest the drug appears to address just the symptoms and not the disease itself … sound familiar? Additionally,...

Cruciferous Vegetables

One of the best things you can do to improve your overall health is to start making small changes in your diet. 2021 brings a new year and an increased motivation to participate in cleaner eating, detox programs, and new exercise plans.   We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is a foundation aspect of a healthy diet and lifestyle.  Unfortunately, only about 1 in 10 Americans consume the recommended 5-9 servings of these foods a day.   Despite the mounting evidence of the health benefits of including these in your diet, the vast majority of us are falling short. Making a small change in just this area of your health can have big results!   One easy place to start is to expand the variety...

Spice Up Your Life…and Your Health

Most good cooks know that using herbs and spices in food preparation helps flavor food without adding extra sodium, calories sugar, and fat. Modern science has given us more reasons to flavor our foods with these seasonings. Many herbs and spices have shown medicinal benefits and are believed to be weapons against illnesses and chronic diseases. Spices and herbal therapies have been used for thousands of years in non-Western cultures as accepted remedies and cures for disease. A common saying in India cautions that “A house without ginger is a sick house”. In the past, these “therapies” were considered unorthodox by Western doctors, yet recent studies suggest there is a basis for their longevity. In cultures where herbs and spices are used in large quantities, the incidence of...

Your Top 10 Kitchen Prescription from Thrive

Below is your new prescription from Thrive The top 10 nutritional recommendations from our Let Food Be Thy Medicine series. Americans are over-medicated. We have drifted far from where we need to be to sustain our long-term health. Think of your kitchen as your best pharmacy and arsenal for disease prevention. Make small changes as you work toward the bigger goal of health and vitality. Your Top 10 Kitchen Prescription from Thrive: Aim to eat 8-12 servings of fruits and vegetables every day! Fill up your plate with seasonal variety. Choose wisely and locally; Reference the “Clean Fifteen” and “Dirty Dozen” regarding best organic options. Incorporate a variety of colors to provide a vast array of phytonutrients and antioxidant activity. Always choose color over white! Know how to best...

Why Eat Artichokes?

While intimidating to many there are many reasons to include artichokes into your diet. Artichokes are low-fat vegetables high in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. In fact, for less than 70 calories, artichokes are packed with 7 grams of fiber, and almost 4 gms of protein. We know fiber is good for our gut, but artichokes have a unique form of fiber called inulin which works as a powerful probiotic to our good gut bacteria. In a study in the journal, Gut, inulin was found to drive the production of a compound called propionate, a short-chain fatty acid produced by gut bacteria. In the study, the researchers found that propionate increased the production of two hormones PYY and GLP-1. While you may not be familiar with these...

Forbidden Rice and Edamame Salad

Nancy brought this homegrown recipe in for Thrive to try and we could not be more pleased with how it turned out! Sadly, Dr. Palermo didn't bring enough for seconds! The black rice is packed with nutrients that you do not get when using white or whole-grain rice. The shitake mushrooms pack a meaty punch that replicates a texture you often find in a stir fry dish and the dressing is a perfect combination of salty and sweet that is sure to make you come back for seconds. We cannot recommend this recipe enough. Give it a try this weekend and impress your family with this protein and nutrient-packed dish! Forbidden Rice and Edamame Salad 2 c. black rice ¼ t Himalayan salt Water per package directions 2 garlic...

Monday Motivation: The Importance of Food Diversity

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Food Diversity can Help Optimize Health

Nancy A. Palermo MD As we begin to learn more about the impact of our gut health, we realize we may only be as healthy as our gut. Our gut microbiome, the microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa living in our digestive tract, appears to play a significant role in our metabolism, immune and neuroendocrine responses. Roles of the microbiome include nutrient and mineral absorption, synthesis of important enzymes, vitamins, and amino acids, and production of 70% of our neurotransmitters, like serotonin and melatonin. Our gut bacteria are also responsible for producing compounds called short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Science shows SCFAs are the drivers of gut health. They appear to improve the gut environment by helping commensal or good bacteria grow. SCFAs repair intestinal permeability, referred to as “leaky...

Asian Inspired Super Seven Salad

This crunchy, savory salad contains complete proteins with edamame, almonds, seeds, and quinoa plus the benefits of the fermented miso and vinegar. Add in the cruciferous powerhouses and the phytonutrients of the colorful carrots and red cabbage and you have good medicine in a bowl. The salad gets better with time so make ahead if possible so the flavors can combine. Make sure to pack a bowl in your lunch box too!! Ingredients ½ cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup water 1 cup shelled edamame 1 ½ cup shredded white cabbage ½ cup shredded red cabbage 1 cup of shredded carrots 3 green onions sliced thin, green, and white parts. ½ cup slivered almonds ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves Dressing 2 T toasted sesame oil 3 tsp rice...