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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...

Mindful Holiday Health Tips

[caption id="attachment_4832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy A. Palermo MD[/caption] By: Nancy A. Palermo MD   The holiday season can be difficult for anyone trying to make healthy choices. With the added time constraints, many of us struggle with getting in exercise, maintaining healthy sleep habits, or limiting the intake of processed and sugary foods that abound at this time of the year. The added burdens of 2020-2021 - COVID, political and social stressors-have cracked our resolve and discipline even more. Many will be entering the holiday season with some extra padding. The pandemic lockdown has introduced bad habits into our everyday life. Many of us are entering the 2021 holiday season with an extra 10-20 pounds and still blaming it on COVID. Americans already gain an average of 5 -10 pounds...

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 powerhouses 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 a reduction in cancer cell proliferation, reduction in damage to our DNA, reduction of lipid oxidation, and cholesterol reduction leading to a reduction in cancer and heart disease. One medium-sized apple contains less than 100 calories and up to 4 gm...

Monday Motivation: Weight Gain & Obesity During the Pandemic

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Rainbow Nourish Bowl

Recipe Courtesy of Pharmacy in your Kitchen These colorful bowls are such an easy and fun way to eat well. All the chopping can be done ahead of time and everyone makes their own bowl according to their individual taste. Perfect for a busy day or a picky eater! Here is what was in my 🌈bowl: Rice Black Beans Avocado Cilantro Carrot Corn Scallion Beets Pineapple . Here is my simple dressing to bring everything together: 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp maple syrup 1/4 tsp salt pepper 1/4 cup olive oil [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Rainbow-Nourish-Bowl.pdf" text="Download Printable Recipe!" ] [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/functional-and-integrative-medicine/thriver-medical-membership/" text="Become A Thriver!" ]...

Turmeric and Tahini Roasted Cauliflower

  (This powerful cruciferous vegetable will get your detox system going. Adding the medicinal power of turmeric and sesame add another punch. Nutritional yeast is a great flavoring and provides B vitamins.)   INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 – 2 T tahini paste 2 t extra virgin olive oil 1 ½ t turmeric 1 t Himalayan salt 1 T nutritional yeast 2 T water 1 large cauliflower head, chopped into florets   DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl whisk together tahini, olive oil turmeric, salt, yeast, and water. Add cauliflower florets and use hands to coat with mixture. Turn florets onto a baking dish. Roast for 30 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Can drizzle with hot sauce or sriracha if you want to add...

Yellow Rice and Black Beans with Broccoli

Yellow Rice and Black Beans with Broccoli 1 large shallot, minced 1 cup long-grain brown rice 1 t minced ginger 2 ½ cups vegetable broth 2 t miso paste 3 cups broccoli florets 2 T nutritional yeast 1 ½ cups cooked black beans ( 1 15.5 oz can) 1 ¼ in turmeric root, grated or ¼ tsp ground Avocado oil ½ t coriander¼ t cumin 1/8 t cayenne pepper Heat 2 T avocado oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add miso, nutritional yeast, turmeric, coriander, cumin, cayenne and rice. Mix well. Still in 2 cups broth slowly. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 35-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add...

Cream of Mushroom Soup

This healthy take on a Cream of Mushroom Soup is a winter staple is sure to leave you wanting more. 2 t ghee or avocado oil                 1 ¼ cup chopped onion½ T minced garlic                       6 cup sliced Bella mushrooms, organic¾ c dry sherry                           2 2/3 cup vegetable broth2/3 cup cashew milk                    ½ t sea salt and 1/8 t pepper (omit) In a large saucepan add ghee or oil. Add onions and garlic and sauté until translucent. Add 5 ½ cup of the mushrooms (reserve ½ cup) and cook over medium heat until mushrooms just start to brown. Add sherry and reduce liquid by half (evaporating off the alcohol so allowed) Add vegetable broth and cook for five minutes over a low simmer. Remove from...

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Oat Milk Recipe

Oat Milk is all the rage these days since it's a tasty dairy-free alternative! Even better, it can be easily made at home with the use of a high-powered blender. Save money and avoid preservatives by making your own. Check out this easy oat milk recipe! Ingredients: 1 cup whole rolled oats (by GF oats if needed)6 cups of water4 teaspoons maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla extractPinch of salt Directions Combine ingredients and blend thoroughlyStrain liquid with a fine-mesh strainer over a bowlPour strained milk into a carafe to be stored in the fridge Download Printable Recipe Become A Thriver! ...