Food as Medicine Day 3 Recap

Yesterday was a super-full day with incredible lectures, another delicious meal by Chef Rebecca Katz, and information that will take me months to process!

I’m  bit short on time right now (extra glass of wine last night is slowing me down!), so here’s the recap for yesterday:

Simplifying Supplements by Kathie Swift, MS, RD

-Supplements are a $25 billion dollaar industry with over 29,000 supplement products on the market. This number is growing.

-A supplement is a product intended to supplement the diet (foods first!). It could take the form of a vitamin, mineral, herb, amino acid, etc.

-Most popular supplements (based on survey of 6000 people by Consumerlabs.com): Fish oils (75%), multi-vitamin (70%), vitamin D, Calcium, and CoQ10 (due to statin use). 60% of people in the US use a supplement

-Should everyone take a multi-vitamin? The jury is still out! However, you should strive to get all essential and necessary nutrients from food first!

Herbal Remedies by Dr Joe Pizzorno, ND

-Top 10 commercial botanicals: cranberry, garlic, saw palmetto, ginko biloba, echinacea, milk thistle, St. John’s wort.

-The difference between drugs and nutrients: a nutrient is a building material for the body and functions as co-enzymes in reactuons. A drug is something that poisons enzymes.  Botanicals blur the boundaries, as they activate enzyme systems (like nutrients) and also inhibit others (like drugs)

-Green tea remains the champion to combat oxidative stress. Just don’t take with iron as it blocks the absorption of iron in the body.

-Gingko biloba has been shown to be effective in longevity studies, acting as an antioxidant in many tissue types. It increases blood supply to the brain and helps to eliminate toxins.

-For inflammation, the top botanicals are ginger, onion, and cherries. This is cool: if you have inflammation from a sprain, simply cut an onion in half and wrap the cut side down on the sprain. It will help to decrease the swelling.

Moderating Oncometabolic Syndrome: Integrative Diet & Nutrition to Complement Cancer Care–Dr Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC

-Food is like a pharmacy–you dose yourself 3 times a day, monday – sunday. Food affects gene expression, and food changes gene expression.

-Top foods to modify gene expression: spices, broccoli sprouts, brassica vegetables, dark leafy greens, garlic, onion, leek, chives, shallots, parsley, celery, and red pepper.

-Anti-cancer diet: low glycemic, high nutrient density foods, ample spices, omega-3s, watch high copper foods (organ meats/shellfish)

Changing the Menu for Children, Neal Barnard, MD

-Childrens’ diets reflect the culture in which they live. They eat as their parents do.

-Americans eat more than 1 million chickens per HOUR. That’s 10 billion chickens each year.

-Risk of young kids getting diabetes in their lifetime now is 1/3

-1 in 5 kids today will abnormal cholesterol by the time they get their high school diploma

-Brussel sprouts have better calcium absorption than milk

-You need exercise so your bones have a reason to live.

-Calcium has little effect on bone development after a certain amount…exercise has more effect.

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