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Thyroid Wellness Suggestions from Dr. Jason Bradley

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(Source: Dr. Jason Bradley of the Washington Street Wellness Center)

Simple Steps To Start TODAY To Fix Your Thyroid And Metabolism

I encourage you to take the following steps to rebalance your thyroid:

1. Make a thorough inventory of any of the symptoms that I mentioned in many previous posts to see if you might suffer from hypothyroidism.

2. Get the right thyroid tests including TSH, free T3, free T4, TPO, and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.

3. Check for celiac disease with a celiac panel.

4. Consider heavy metal toxicity.

5. Check your vitamin D level.

Once you have confirmed that a sluggish thyroid is contributing to your symptoms, the good news is that there are many, many, many things you can do to help correct thyroid problems.

The following is a simple seven-step plan to address hypothyroidism that virtualy anyone can begin to implement today:

1. Treat the Underlying Causes — Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress. THESE TESTS ARE AVAILABLE AT 319-466-0026 or email altamedea@gmail.com;

2. Optimize Your Nutrition — Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium, and more;

3. Minimize Stress — Eliminate adrenal exhaustion and minimize stress by engaging in a comprehensive stress management program;

4. Exercise — Engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which boosts thyroid function;

5. Supplement — Use supplements to help enhance thyroid function, including all the nutrients needed for proper thyroid metabolism and function;

6.Heat Therapy — Use saunas and heat to eliminate stored toxins, which interfere with thyroid function;

7. Thyroid Hormones — Use thyroid hormone replacement therapy to help support your thyroid gland when determined necessary.

If you’d like more information, please join us WEDNESDAY EVENING at 7 PM at Washington Street Wellness Center, 113 Wright Street, Iowa City for a short lecture on thyroid health.

And, as always, Be Well!

Black Bean Dip

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The Black Bean Dip shown above is an excellent snacking food. (Source: OMCFood.com)

The ingredients are fairly simple: Black Bean, Water, Lemon Juice, Fresh Garlic, Sea Salt, Cumin.

An entire 10 ounce container has only 110 calories, and because it’s made of entirely raw ingredients, the body processes it well.

This dip is delicious with celery and other veggies, but can also be eaten by itself.

Jalapeño Hummus

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The Jalapeño Hummus (Hommus) shown above is an excellent snacking food. (Source: OMCFood.com)

The ingredients are fairly simple: Chickpeas, Water, Sesame Tahini, Jalapeno, Lemon Juice, Fresh Garlic, Sea Salt.

An entire 10 ounce container has only 330 calories, and because it’s made of entirely raw ingredients, the body processes it well.

Hummus is delicious with celery and other veggies, but can also be eaten by itself.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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The Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (Hommus) shown above is an excellent snacking food. (Source: OMCFood.com)

The ingredients are fairly simple: Chickpeas, Water, Roasted Red Pepper, Sesame Tahini, Lemon Juice, Fresh Garlic, Sea Salt, Black Pepper.

An entire 10 ounce container has only 280 calories, and because it’s made of entirely raw ingredients, the body processes it well.

Hummus is delicious with celery and other veggies, but can also be eaten by itself.

Cold Pressed Juices at the Bread Garden Market in Iowa City

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Cold-Pressed and Locally Made

The Bread Garden Market in Iowa City has fresh cold-pressed veggie and fruit juices that are made on location in the coffee juice bar kitchen.

Time and Money Savings

Anyone who has spent the time and money on juicing knows how much time and money goes into making just a small quantity of juice. Even if you own a juicer, you might choose to purchase juice from the Bread Garden Market just to save time and money. Here’s what goes into making a glass of cold-pressed juice:

  • Time and money spent shopping for many different fruits and veggies.
  • Space required for storing the fruits and veggies.
  • Time required to do the juicing, and skill to combine the ingredients properly for a delicious result.
  • Time required to properly clean the juicing system.
  • Proper storage for fresh juice.

Bread Garden Market Juice Recipes

Below are two of the more popular juice recipes available. You can make these at home with a high quality juicer, but it will cost less money and require less time to purchase the juice already made.

Rise & Shine Juice

The perfect blend of fruits and leafy green spinach along with ginger for an extra kick. This juice contains the following ingredients:

  • Apple
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Spinach

Momo Juice

This juice cures whatever ails you. The combination of pear and cucumber make it smooth, sweet, and refreshing but not overbearing with sweetness. Ginger, mint, and basil provide cleansing and other benefits. Ingredients include:

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Basil

Starbucks Now Selling Evolution Fresh Cold Pressed Vegetable and Fruit Juices With 50 Calories per Serving

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Anyone wanting to grab a quick flavorful refreshing beverage can now get fresh cold pressed vegetable and fruit juices at select Starbucks locations (see map). It’s lower in calories because it contains veggies and other minimally processed plant-derived ingredients.

Evolution Fresh juices are made from 100% natural fruit and vegetable ingredients.

Evolution Fresh isn’t the first company to put vegetable and fruits into a bottle.  Other products like Naked Juices, V8 Juices, and Odwalla Juices are smiler in appearance.

However, Evolution Fresh juices are cold pressed to avoid heat that can reduce beneficial enzymes and nutrients.

Then, additional pressure is applied to eliminate bad bacteria and other influences that might cause spoilage.

Also, you’ll find additional ingredients in Evolution Fresh juices that aren’t in most juices. The Sweet Greens and Lemon ingredients are shown below as an example.

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Evolution Fresh Launches a Cold Pressed Juice Revolution

20140211tu-evolution-fresh-nationa-juicing-revolution-640x300Evolution Fresh has launched a nation-wide campaign to deliver fresh wholesome cold-pressed juices from coast to coast through numerous Starbucks locations (including Iowa City).

Cold pressed juices are produced with a slower process that retains more enzymes and nutrients in the resulting juice.

Of course, juicing is nothing new. However, those wishing to get started with juicing will need to spend a few hundred dollars or more on a high quality masticating juicer.

By delivering low-cost, high-quality, fresh cold-pressed juices to millions of consumers, it gives people the opportunity to try juicing without the initial investment.

A few dollars spent on a fresh bottled juice can save you the time and money you would spend shopping for many veggies and then juicing them.

People who have already purchased a juicer are always looking for new recipes. Because the recipe is on each bottle, avid juicers can learn a new recipe and even see how it tastes just for a few dollars.

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When you consider the time, money, and refrigerator space required to create a juice with apple, celery, clover sprouts, cucumber, kale, lemon, lime, parsley, romaine, spinach, and wheat grass, you may decide it’s actually less expensive to just purchase it in a bottle.

Juicing Recipe: Apple, Celery, Kale, Red Sweet Pepper, Spinach, and Tomato

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Summary

A mix of Apple, Celery, Kale, Red Sweet Pepper, Spinach, and Tomato can be a refreshing and energizing drink any time of day. Using a cold pressed masticating style juicer like the Omega J8006, it’s possible to retain the nutritional benefits of all ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Celery – 4 medium stalks
  • Kale – two handfuls
  • Red Sweet Pepper – 1 large
  • Spinach – one handful
  • Tomato – 5 cherry tomatoes

Directions

With the Omega J8006 juicer, and many other masticating cold press juicers, the opening is fairly small where food is inserted. This requires that food pieces be relatively small. You can prepare your food before you start, or as you go.

Once you start the juicing process, it’s a good idea to alternate between ingredients to facilitate the process. Some fruits and vegetables have more fluid than others. So, this helps keep flushing out the system. Carrots, for example, are good for cleansing the juicer.

For this particular recipe, the resulting juice may have fiber and clumping. Some people will filter this out. However, you can stir the juice to reduce this clumping. This will result in the greatest nutritional value.

Red sweet peppers are best sliced lengthwise and then fed in individual slices into the juicer.

Appearance

The appearance of this juice will be dark green.

Flavor

The most noticeable flavors in this juice will be the apple and celery.

Function

This juice is energizing, cleansing, and refreshing.

Essential Elements of an Effective Nutritionally Supportive Diet

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Introduction

There are many effective diet programs available. Many require that you purchase a “kit” that includes the meal replacements, vitamins, and other supplements you’ll need.  The specific ingredients may change, but the general functions and outcomes should be the same.

Monetization & Message

Most diet and weight loss programs have some profit making mechanism. Typically the participant pays for food, supplements, meetings, and/or exercise videos. Usually there’s greater emphasis placed on the aspect of the program that is merchandised. So, the message you may hear is… “You must eat our pre-packaged foods to be successful, but any exercise program is sufficient.” Or, “Eat any nutritious foods from the grocery store that you want, as long as you follow our exercise videos.” Or, “Take our pills, then do whatever you want for exercise and sensible meals.” In part, this approach makes it easier for the participant. However, those who are able to incorporate an array of proven effective components will see greatest success.

Essential Dieting Components

The most effective programs will include the following essential elements either as something recommended or being sold as part of a kit:

  • Cleansing. Cleansing is very important for ensuring that nutrients consumed are fully absorbed into the body. However, diets consisting only of a cleanse don’t offer a long-term solution for total wellness. Cleansing should be a part of an overall program.
  • Exercise. Fitness isn’t something that can be sold in a pill-form, but it’s essential for successful weight loss. So, most programs include an exercise component. In fact, exercise may be largely responsible for the success of any program. Even a placebo would have a high rate of effectiveness if exercise were part of the overall program.
  • Guidebook & Journal. Most diet programs offer a guidebook to help the participant know when to eat what foods and supplements. A journal also helps people document their progress and stay on track.
  • Hydration. As with exercise, water is an essential part of an effective weight loss plan, so most plans emphasize hydration.
  • Meal Replacement (optional). Some diet programs will encourage skipping a meal, and compensating by drinking a shake or eating a food bar. This is a guaranteed way to make sure that at least one meal per day is low in caloric intake.
  • Protein. A weight loss program that focuses on loosing overall body mass may be depleting the body of muscle tone that’s essential over time. A diet low in protein may result in depleting existing muscle stores by converting muscle to fat. Sufficient protein will help curb the appetite and give strength.
  • Sleep. During sleep, our bodies repair, process, and restore. Without getting the right quantity and quality of sleep, a weight loss program might not be effective.
  • Stimulant. Having extra energy helps reduce fatigue related eating. So, most weight loss programs include a stimulant energy drink.
  • Support & Community. It’s helpful to have access to support specialists as well as a community to exchange ideas and questions.
  • Vitamins. Without an adequate nutrient intake, the human body will perceive that its starving and continue to produce feelings of hunger. In addition, lack of proper nutrition  causes various body functions to stop working properly which can lead to poor metabolic processing.

Successful Attitude

It may take some trial and error to find the system that works for you. Whatever program you embrace, you should be able to comfortably say, “I’m not on a diet. This IS my diet.” The diet isn’t something you’re trying or doing short-term, it’s a new lifestyle you feel you could stick with for the long-run.

Word of Caution

Some diet programs provide you with nutritious low calorie health foods and supplements that have delicious and familiar flavors like sweet vanilla and chocolate shakes. These are to replace your current food cravings with a product that provides better nutrition and lower calories. That works for a while, but it doesn’t change your eating habits and desires. It actually continues to feed your habits and addictions to sweet candy-like foods. If you’re really looking for a substantial life-long change, it’s best to seriously alter your desires from sweet, salty, fattening foods over to fresh raw foods. Then you won’t need expensive products to keep the weight off.

Juicing Recipe: Apple, Blueberry, Carrot, Cucumber, Kale, Melon, Orange, and Tomato

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Summary

A mix of Apple, Blueberry, Carrot, Cucumber, Kale, Melon, Orange, and Tomato can be a refreshing and energizing drink any time of day. Using a cold pressed masticating style juicer like the Omega J8006, it’s possible to retain the nutritional benefits of all ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Apples – 1 medium
  • Blueberries – 1/2 cup
  • Carrot – 2 cups peeled baby carrots
  • Cucumber – 1 large
  • Kale – two handfuls
  • Melon – 1/2 medium muskmelon or cantaloupe
  • Orange – one large orange (juiced separately with a hand juicer)
  • Tomatos – 5 cherry tomatoes

Directions

With the Omega J8006 juicer, and many other masticating cold press juicers, the opening is fairly small where food is inserted. This requires that food pieces be relatively small. You can prepare your food before you start, or as you go.

Once you start the juicing process, it’s a good idea to alternate between ingredients to facilitate the process. Some fruits and vegetables have more fluid than others. So, this helps keep flushing out the system. Carrots are good for cleansing the juicer.

The oranges should be juiced with a hand juicer separately. The resulting orange juice can be poured into the juicing machine’s juice receptacle.

For this particular recipe, the resulting juice may have fiber and clumping. Some people will filter this out. However, you can stir the juice to reduce this clumping. This will result in the greatest nutritional value.

Appearance

The appearance of this juice will be dark green.

Flavor

The most noticeable flavors in this juice will be the melon and apple.

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