Need Some Help With Digestion? We’ve Got It!

There are many things you can eat to help with digestion! You can also Incorporate a pharmaceutical grade probiotic into your routine of vitamins and supplements, such as the Optimal GI from East West Essentials. Here are some foods to help you along the way…

Yogurt: You have trillions of bacteria in your gut that help you digest food, and yogurt contains some types of these healthy bacteria. (Although not all yogurts have them—check for “live and active cultures” on the label.)

Kimchi: Kimchi is a Korean favorite usually made with cabbage, radish, or onion, along with lots of spices. The main ingredient is usually cabbage, which promotes the growth Read More »

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7 Easy Ways To Add Raw Food To Your Diet – Without Having To Become A “Raw Foodie!”

lasagnaCooking foods over 118 degrees fahrenheit destroys most of the nutrients. But I get it… a raw food diet isn’t for everyone. So what can you do if you like the idea of adding more raw food to your diet without switching over completely? Plenty! Here are 7 easy tips for adding raw foods to your current diet:

1. Drink a green smoothie for breakfast (or anytime). You know what a smoothie is-fresh and frozen fruit blended together to make a sweet, tasty drink. A green smoothie is the same, only with a handful of raw greens added to it. Start by trying spinach or leaf lettuce, as they are the more mild-tasting greens (spinach will actually make your smoothie sweeter). The more bitter greens such as romaine lettuce and kale require either more sweet fruit added to the smoothie, or an acquired taste.

2. Snack on celery sticks or cucumber slices with Read More »

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Homemade Almond Milk

I love almond milk, and it is a great alternative to dairy or soy milk. The best part? You can easily make your own. It is a simple recipe, and will guarantee you fresh and healthy almond milk! And it saves a ton of $!

Ingredients:

* 50 almonds

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Dr. Wilson’s Quinoa Superstar!

Winter-Harvest-Quinoa-Oatmeal-008aI know I’ve talked about Quinoa before (many times!) but with good reason! So with that said, here we go go again… Enjoy! -Dr. W
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Environmental Toxins and Food-Borne Illnesses: What They Are and How To STOP Them!

article-2427938-182584F100000578-211_634x653For anyone who has had food poisoning you can agree with me that it is just plain horrible. And can be terribly dangerous! I speak with clients all the time about diet and nutrition, and it never fails that food concerns arise also. So I decided to gather some of the top concerns and address them for you today!

•       What are some of the most serious risks to our health from environmental toxins?

•       What are some ways to overcome or counteract exposure to these?

•       What are the key things everyone needs to know about food-borne illnesses?

•       What are some ways to overcome or counteract exposure to these?

avoiding-food-poisoning1Some things we can do to counteract environmental toxins are to be sure to eat organic as often as possible.  Access your cleaning supplies.  Get rid of the ones that are highly toxic.   Our bodies accumulate toxins through indoor air and through our skin.

Toxins are responsible for some serious health problems like pregnancy complications, breast cancer, birth defects, asthma and allergic reactions.  Some of the most common household culprits of toxins are cleaners, laundry detergents, dry sheets, air fresheners, disinfectant sprays, and furniture products.  Some products have reproductive toxins like toluene and phthalates, carcinogens, chloroform and hormone disrupting synthetic musk.  Making our own cleaning supplies or finding a brand that is safe would be the best way to stop contaminating our bodies.

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Super Spices

Have you checked your spice rack lately? Spices and herbs can do a lot more than add pizzazz to your cooking — they can also promote heart health, fight cancer, reduce inflammation and more. Here are nine super spices and herbs that are good for you and taste good, too.

Cinnamon is a nutritional powerhouse, with antioxidant properties that keep cells safe from oxidative stress and dangerous free radicals. Antioxidants help fight such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and Parkinson’s.

  • What’s more, cinnamon is a powerful weapon against cardiovascular problems. Cinnamon helps the hormone insulin work better, which reduces blood sugar levels. That’s great news for the one in ten North Americans with type 2 diabetes and the millions more with prediabetes. Keeping blood sugar low can help treat diabetes or even stop it before it starts.
  • Cinnamon may also help prevent Alzheimer’s. A study in 2011 found that an extract from cinnamon bark inhibited the formation of amyloid plaques in mice with Alzheimer’s. It even helped restore cognitive levels and correct movement problems in the animals.
  • How much: Cinnamon’s health benefits make it worth adding to your daily diet — and cinnamon’s sweet, warming flavor makes it easy. Aim for a quarter to half a teaspoon most days of the week.
  • Serving suggestions: Sprinkle a little on fresh fruit, a steaming bowl of oatmeal, or a scoop of peanut butter, or add to fish, chicken, or lamb dishes — especially with cumin and chili powder — for a Middle Eastern slant on your normal fare. No time to cook? Sprinkle some cinnamon on your morning coffee or tea for a nice antioxidant boost.
  • Tip: You know that stuff in your cinnamon jar? It’s probably cassia, not cinnamon. True cinnamon, often labeled “Ceylon cinnamon,” has higher levels of antioxidants, so seek it out if you can.

 

Sage: If you associate “sage” with wisdom, you’re not far off — the spice has been shown to Read More »

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Organic “Must-Haves”

If I had my way I would by everything organic. Alas my budget can’t stretch that far, so I checked in with East West Essentials‘ co-founderDr. Jeanne Wilson to find out when organic foods are a must!

Q: Given tightened budgets, I can’t afford to shop entirely organic. What organic products are “must-haves”? 

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We Are Loving: Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad

 

We love food, and have a slew of recipes that we share on our website. And we are always on the lookout for great recipes everywhere and we found one recently that we just had to share!

Dr. Jeanne Wilson discovered this delicious salad in Roots: The Definitive Compendium With More Than 225 Recipes by Diane Morgan, and when she made it and brought it to the office we all fell in love. So on this Recipe Friday we are sharing it with you and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Note one fun ingredient: an exotic fruit called a “pluot,” which is a cross between a plum and an apricot. Whole Foods sometimes carries dried pulots. Otherwise, you can substitute dried plums or apricots.

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 large carrots, shredded on a box grater or sliced whisper-thin on a mandolin
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15 ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  • 2/3 cup dried pluots (you may find these at Whole Foods Market) or alternately plums or dried apricots, cut into chickpea-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint, torn

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, Read More »
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Fight Spring Colds With Food

You probably know that washing your hands regularly and getting enough sleep is important when it comes to warding off bugs, but did you know that what you eat can also play a key role in boosting your immunity?

Red Bell Pepper: You probably think of citrus fruits when it comes to getting more immune-boosting vitamin C, and it’s true they’re a good source of the nutrient. But surprise–red bell peppers have almost three times the C of an orange! In fact, just half of one pepper will deliver the recommended 75 milligrams per day for women ages 19 and up (guys, take an extra bite or two—you need 90 mg a day). Dip pepper slices in hummus for an afternoon snack or toss it in a stir-fry for dinner.

Tea: Wake up to a steaming mug of tea to ramp up your body’s defenses against infection: A study Read More »

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Nutritional Yeast – Have You Ever?

Are you familiar with nutritional yeast?  Our East West Essentials‘ team recommends we all look into this! It is a deactivated yeast available in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is popular with vegans and vegetarians and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment.

It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete

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