This slideshow has some truly cutting edge information on Obesogens, Endocrine Disruptors, Inflammation Fighters, top categories of Anti-Oxidants and which ones to focus on and lots more Cool Nutrition info.
FREE RADICALSWe as humans don’t actually age, we do not getsick and we don’t get diseases - our cells do.Cells are made up of many atoms. What makesan atom healthy is that it has “paired electrons”.This gives the atom a stable orbit. A n t i oAtoms missing an electrons are not just “bad” - x i dThey actually destroy surrounding atoms by a n t sstealing their electrons. An atom missing anelectron is called a Free Radical and FreeRadicals alter or destroy cells. Cells thatdie, and cells that replicate in a damaged stateare the cause or contribute to prematureaging, sickness and disease.
Super Anti-Oxidants Lycopene Carotenoids Found in foods like Tomatoes. Powerful compounds thatPowerful preventer of prostate support liver function and cancer reduce risk of chronic diseases Some Types of Antioxidants Flavonoids Catechins Powerful natural chemicals found in Dark Chocolate and Plant based Anti Inflammatory other foods and antioxidant found in many different fruits and vegetables
Anti-Inflammatory Foods Anti- Inflammatory All Berries have Anthocyanins- A potent anti inflammatory
Strengthen our “Internal” Filtration system Empower the Liver!Green leafy vegetables are powerful Liver tonicsDrink plenty of waterDrink Green Tea—full of Carotenoids, special anti oxidants that help liver functionMilk Thistle is an herb that helps strengthen liver functionVitamin C and Vitamin D3 give a big boost to immune systems and the Liver
SUPERFOODS Spinach Antioxidant – Vitamins A & C, Folate – protects against heart disease, cancer and stroke, offers memory protection Romaine Lettuce Excellent source of vitamin A and lutein, vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, manganese, and chromium Very good source of dietary fiber and 6 vitamins and minerals Broccoli High in Fiber, Antioxidant, memory protector
SUPER BIG FOOD! Salads: Antioxidants, many Phyto-nutrients and Vitamins as well as Enzymes
"Slow-digesting" Carbs are High-Fiber Benefits of Fiber: • Slows the digestive process • Helps stabilize blood sugar levels • Helps cleanse digestive tract The amount of fiber in a product generally indicates how healthy it is – a good “Whole Grain” Bread should have at least 3 grams of fiber per slice Slow carb foods also have Vitamins and powerful Phytonutrients that have significant Anti-Oxidant properties that help protect our cells from damage and disease
ORAC Defined Anti OxidantsThere’s a way to test how well a food ornutrient protects against cell damage. It’scalled ORAC – Oxygen Radical AbsorbanceCapacity. The higher than ORAC value, thegreater the antioxidant power.The USDA recommends we consume 3,000to 6,000 ORAC units daily. 80% of thepopulation is consuming less than 1,000ORAC units a day. The USDA recommended"5-a-day" fruit and vegetable servings will giveyou an ORAC score of about 1,750 units.
Powerful Produce Anti Oxidants Fruits – “Nature’s Candy” Blueberries (1/2 cup) 3,210 Blackberries (1/2 cup) 2,685 Raspberries (1/2 cup) 2,236 Fuji Apple (1/2 cup) 2,156 Strawberries (1/2 cup) 1,784 Raisins (1/4 cup) 1,426ORAC: OxygenRadical Absorbance Oranges (1/2 cup) 675Capacity Red grapes (1/2 cup) 663 Cherries (1/2 cup) 516 Source: Tufts University Center for Aging
Powerful Vegetables Anti OxidantsVegetables ORAC Content Broccoli (1/2 cup) 1193 Beets (1/2 cup) 850 Red bell peppers (1/2 cup) 894 Brussels sprouts (1/2 cup) 866 Yellow corn (1/2 cup) 855 Spinach (1 cup) 840 ORAC: Onions (1/2 cup) 783 Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity Source: Tufts University Center for Aging
The Fight against “Obesogens”One of the big issues with Xenoestrogens/ Obesogens is they triggerabdominal fat accumulationCruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale,cabbage, etc. contain very specific and unique phytonutrients such asindole-3-carbinol (I3C) that help to fight against these estrogeniccompounds. 13
Obesogens Defined Obesegons is a name recently given to chemicals that can inappropriately stimulate either the development of fat cells or the storage of more fat in pre-existing fat cells. This is a finding first published in 2006, and it is starting to catch attention. We show that a class of chemicals called organotins are Obesogens. Other labs have shown that Bisphenol-A ( BPA--a chemical present in many plastics and packaging materials) are Obesogens. We encounter Obesogens in a lot of different ways. They leach out of plastic food and beverage containers (things like plastic bottles that contain bottled water). So they enter our food supply. —Gary Robbins, "Scientists explore whether plastics can make us fatter," Orange County Register, November 8, 2009 In 2006 he fed pregnant mice Estrogen-like compounds (Xenoestrogens) "The offspring were born with more fat already stored, more fat cells, and became 5 to 20 percent fatter by adulthood," Blumberg says. The tributyltin activated a receptor called PPAR gamma, which acts like a switch for cells fate: in one position it allows cells to remain fibroblasts, in another it guides them to become fat cells... The effect was so strong and so reliable that Blumberg thought compounds that reprogram cells fate like this deserved a name of their own: Obesogens. —Sharon Begley, "Born to be Big," Newsweek, September 21, 2009 14
Categories of Endocrine Disruptors/Xenoestrogens Obesogens are chemicals that disrupt the function of hormonal systems; many researchers believe they lead to weight gain and, in turn, numerous diseases that curse the American populace. Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides Plastics (Water bottles, food containers, plastic wrap, disposable items Water contaminants Household cleaners and products Food Additives HFC MSG Preservatives Synthetic hormones (Growth hormones for cattle and food production i.e. BVG) HRT—Synthetic Estrogen-- opt for paraben-free progesterone cream 15
lammatory The body’s basic emergency- response system – ―Friendly Fire‖ Immune system sends infection- fighting cells to attack an invader Short-term inflammation can be lifesaving
Now believed to be a central factor in: Cardiovascular Disease Cancer Stroke Diabetes Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease
Inflammation Chronic, low-grade inflammation is a silent predator. You can’t usually see or feel the damage, but chronic inflammation significantly increases the risk of Heart disease, Cancer and Alzheimer’s. Your doctor can measure it with the ―high-sensitivity C-reactive protein,‖ or CRP, test. Dr. William Meggs puts it this way in his book The Inflammation Cure, ―Inflammation may well turn out to be the elusive Holy Grail of medicine–the single phenomenon that holds the key to sickness and health.‖ Processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches increase inflammation, just as they raise blood sugar, according to an article in the March 2002 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and many other drugs reduce inflammation, but they pose a risk of side effects and no doctor’s going to suggest taking these drugs on a regular basis because your CRP is elevated. However, many foods have anti-inflammatory benefits, and the only side effects are excellent health benefits.
WHAT CAUSESCHRONIC INFLAMMATION?Our Immune System trying to protect us from many ―LIFESTYLE‖assaults:―Bad‖ Fats (Too many Omega 6’s too few Omega 3’s-We consume 1/6th the amount of Omega 3’s that we did in 1850)Too many Calories (Sugar) Free RadicalsSmokingLack of ExerciseStress
Anti- Anti-Inflammatory Foods InflammatoryOlive oil. Olive oil is a great source of oleic acid, an anti-inflammatory oil. In addition, researchers wrote in the October2007 Journal of the American College of Nutrition that those whoconsume more oleic acid have better insulin function and lowerblood sugar. Tip: Opt for extra-virgin olive oil, which is the leastprocessed, and use it instead of other cooking oils. Other ―cold-pressed‖ or―expeller-pressed‖ oils can be good sources, too.Salads. Dark-green lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and other saladveggies are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, nutrients thatdampen inflammation. Tip: Opt for olive oil-and-vinegar saladdressing (vinegar helps moderate blood sugar).Cruciferous vegetables. These veggies, which include broccoli,cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale, are also loaded withantioxidants. But they provide one other ingredient — sulfur —that the body needs to make its own high-powered antioxidants,such as glutathione.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods Anti- Inflammatory Cherries. A study in the April 2006 Journal of Nutrition showed that eating cherries regularly can significantly reduce inflammation. Cherries are also packed with antioxidants and relatively low on the Glycemic index Tip: Frozen cherries are available all year long and make a tasty dessert with a little yogurt or cheese. Blueberries. These tasty fruits are chocked full of natural compounds that reduce inflammation. Blueberries may also protect the brain from many of the effects of aging. Frozen are usually less expensive than fresh—and just as good. Turmeric. This spice is a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory compound. Turmeric has long been part of curry spice blends, used in southern Asian cuisines. Tip: Buy powdered curry spice (which contains turmeric and other spices) and use it as a seasoning when pan-frying chicken breasts in olive oil.
Anti-Anti-Inflammatory Foods InflammatoryGinger. This relative of tumeric is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and some research suggests that it might alsohelp control blood sugar.Garlic. Garlic may have some anti-inflammatory and glucose-regulating benefits and it may also help your body fight infections. Atthe very least, it won’t hurt and makes for a tasty addition to food.Kitchen tip: Dice garlic 15 minutes before using to allow the Allicin tobe more bio available.Green tea. Like fruits and vegetables, green tea contains naturalanti-inflammatory compounds. It may even reduce the risk of heartdisease and cancer. Tip: Drink a cup a day — or brew it like sun tea,refrigerate, and serve.
AntiAntioxidants help put out Inflammation Oxidants
FREE RADICALS EFFECTS React withEnvironmental sourcesof Free Radicals: FREE RADICALS • Processed Foods (especially fried foods body cells and “charred” foods) • Trans Fatty Acids • Ozone • Radiation • Microwave Immune • Cell Phones System DNA Cell’s Cholesterol • Chemical Additives Energy • Food Preservatives System • Pesticides PLAQUE Degenerative • Hg (Mercury) fillings CANCER Diseases AGING CANCER
It’s Easy to Add Vegetables!Frozen: As healthy asfresh . . . Fresh
SUPERFOODSOnions: Powerful antioxidants called flavonoids (Quercetin) plus other amazing health benefits Lower Blood Sugar Improve Cholesterol People consuming the most Onions, Broccoli, Tea and Apples lowered their heart disease risk by 20%Garlic: Antioxidant and natural anti-biotic, blood cleanserTomatoes: Excellent source of Lycopene which has been shown to protect against cancer, esp. prostate cancer Best when cooked, especially with olive oil
Some “new” Super foodsACAI Berries GOJI Berries Very high antioxidant levels and possibly multiple health benefits