11A. YOU ARE WHAT YOU ATE POWER Issue 2014 JPG

 

 

And I’ll bet the sweeps on that! 

 

 

 

Q:  As a busy mom I try to eat breakfast on the run.  Is it better to make a smoothie or fresh juice for my kids and me?  HélèneBruges, Belgium

 

AB:   Hélène, the fact that you’re getting breakfast into you and your children is fantastic.  Both smoothies and fresh juices have their place in a healthy diet.  Smoothies are wonderful because you are able to get the whole food, including the fiber.  Juicing, on the other hand, concentrates on the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and delivers them to your blood stream without having to digest the fiber.  If you are in good health I would suggest switching it up so you get the benefits of each.

 

 

Q:  I recently saw organic gelatin in the supplement section of my health food store.  Can you tell me why I would take this product?  Luis – Virginia Beach, Virginia

 

AB: Gelatin is a natural compound found in the bones and connective tissue of animals, all of which have fallen out of favor with the North American diet.  Most of us eat a diet heavy in the muscle of the animal (think boneless skinless chicken breast) and we miss out on all the other nutrients that the bones and connective tissue have to offer.  Luis, gelatin supplement is an easy way to get these nutrients back into the diet.  Gelatin helps to support skin health, digestive health and joint health. 

 

 

Q:  Above herbal supplements and remedies are there any must have foods that help boost immunity during the cold and flu season?   Zachary – Toronto, Canada

 

AB:  Food, Zachary, is without a doubt the best medicine as it helps lay the foundation for a strong and resilient immune system.  Some of my favorite foods to keep on hand include garlic, ginger, hot peppers and lemon.  I like to take an organic clove of garlic, mince it and let it sit for 10 minutes and swallow it with a glass of water.  Garlic, ginger and hot peppers can easily be added to chicken or vegetable soups.  Try adding a slice of ginger and a Tbsp. of fresh lemon juice to hot water for a cup of soothing tea.

 

 

Q:     What is a kombucha drink?    Taina – Espoo, Finland

 

AB: Taina, kombucha is an ancient Chinese beverage that is made from a sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.  Although an ancient remedy, research has shown that it is beneficial in detoxification, boosting immune function, repairing and protecting joints, improving digestions and cancer prevention.  Taina, you should be able to buy pre-made kombucha in a health food store or, make your own at home.

 

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