NCI Well Connect: January 5, 2015
Dear Steve, 

Happy New Year! As you can see, we updated the look of our eNewsletter. Please let us know if you prefer this format or the old version. Your feedback is welcome! 

Did you know that leptin,  a hormone that regulates weight control, rises when we sleep? If sleep deprived, ghrelin, the hormone that creates hunger, increases. What other practice increases our ghrelin levels: no breakfast! What foods help our leptin levels? Vegetable fiber, omega-3 rich foods, eggs, and lean protein. Liquid foods such as protein-deprived smoothies increase ghrelin.

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Have, a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve

Well Connect Feature
Supervised Detox Can Be Wonderfully Beneficial
Detoxification is the metabolic process of removing unwanted fat-soluble compounds from the body. These unwanted compounds can be foreign (such as environmental toxins) or internal (such as excess estrogen hormone).

Detoxification occurs throughout the body, with the liver being the predominant detox organ. In order for the process to function properly, three steps must occur to achieve the ultimate goal of turning the toxin into a water-soluble form for excretion.

Many of us have difficulty completing all three phases of detoxification. When this occurs, our bodies must compensate by encapsulating the toxins with, you guessed it, fat cells.

While it may seem trite, the new year is really a great time to detox. Most of us have taxed our bodies with travel, infection, partying, and more. A smart, gentle, individualized detox can be a great way to allow your body to relax, replace, regenerate, and repopulate.

As a perk for NCI Well Connect subscribers, we are offering 15 minute mini consultations to help discover the right detox for you. If you are not yet a Well Connect subscriber,subscribe today for 40% OFF to get your free mini consult and much more! Otherwise, we have several self-help detoxes available at our website

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Vit D Is Amazing, But Has Its Limits
Cannot Protect Us From Earthquake Damage
Steve:  Yes, they did a study on this! Vitamin D can do a lot of things, but it does not reduce the adverse effect of earthquakes, according to new research from BMJ. The media headlines and scientific interest in vitamin D seemingly knows no bounds. In most cases, I agree. In this case, the premise of the study was a bit of a stretch. They aimed to determine whether supplementation with vitamin D improves resilience to the adverse effects of earthquakes. Not surprisingly, they concluded that vitamin D exhibited no benefit for those who undergo the serious trauma of experiencing an earthquake compared with placebo.
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Recipe du Jour
Chickpea, Kale and Avocado Soup

2 T. extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil

1 onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

salt and pepper to taste

1 bayleaf

1 15-ounce can organic chick peas, drained and rinsed

6 cups organic chicken stock (unsalted)

1 T. San-J wheat-free tamari

2 cups finely chopped kale

3/4 cup nuts or seeds (I prefer pumpkin seeds)

1 ripe avocado, cubed

grated parmesan or sheep romano parmesan (optional)


In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion, salt, pepper, and bayleaf and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring often, until onions caramelize (about 20 minutes). If they stick to the pot, add water to loosen.


Add chickpeas and stock and turn heat to high. Once boiling, reduce to medium heat and add tamari. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add kale and nuts/seeds and cook until kale is tender (about 2 minutes). Discard bayleaf. Ladle soup into four bowls. Top with avocado and optional cheese.  SERVES: 4

Did You Know? Supplements
Turmeric: Life-Giving for Some, Poisonous for Others

Adding just one gram  (1000 mg) of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment, according to a new study from Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Turmeric is now recommended routinely for myriad maladies, especially inflammatory disorders.


Bonnie: While many benefit from the wonderful spice, there is at least one-quarter of us that do not because turmeric is high in salicylic acid. You may recognize the term salicylic acid because it is the ingredient that makes up aspirin. Turmeric is very high in salycilic acid, so it is contraindicated in those who do not tolerate aspirin.

Food Intolerance: Silent Assassin
Brand Buzz
Banza High Protein Pasta
High-protein, high-fiber pasta made of chickpeas and a few other non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan ingredients.
It cooks quickly, tastes good and, thanks to the ridiculously high 13 grams protein and 7 grams fiber per serving, won't leave you with a post-pasta blood-sugar crash.
Evolution Salt Co.
The longtime supplier of Himalayan sea salts decided it was time to launch its own line of culinary and beauty products that leverage the benefits of a mineral-rich treasure.
Evolution's Product Line
Their lotions are one component of a small but complete bath and body line filled with products that help to moisturize, exfoliate and keep the oxygen flowing!
Bee's Wrap
Made of organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, Bee's Wrap (an alternative to plastic wrap for food storage).
The warmth of your hands softens the wax, allowing it to mold to the top of a bowl or tightly cover foods. When it cools, it holds its seal.
The antibacterial properties of beeswax and jojoba oil work together to keep foods fresh and also make the Bee's Wrap itself easy to wash and reuse. One piece lasts for up to a year with proper care.


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Menu Savvy
Where Kids Learn Preferences for Food

Most health professionals identify food in the home as the key influence on children's food preferences. In contrast, parents often perceive children's food preferences to be inborn. 


In a recent study in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, genetic effects dominated for more nutrient-dense foods (vegetables, fruit, and protein), whereas parental effects dominated for snacks, dairy, and starches. This confirms that the home environment is the main determinant of children's liking for energy-dense foods implicated in excessive weight gain but suggest that parents are also correct by identifying innate differences in liking, particularly for nutrient-dense foods that children tend to eschew. 


Bonnie: Easy solution. Do not have the energy-dense foods that promote weight gain in the home!

Intelligently Active
Running At Any Age

Running as a habitual exercise at any stage in life not only DOES NOT increase a person's risk of developing knee osteoarthritis and may even help protect a person from developing the painful disease, according to new research presented at a recent American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting.


Of the 2,683 participants, 56 percent were female and averaged 64.5 years of age. Regardless of the age when they ran, runners had a lower prevalence of knee pain than non-runners.

Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
One way to thaw out from the deep freeze is to experience Far Infrared Sauna Therapy. We have had one in our office for several years and it rarely fails to disappoint.


Aside from the fact that you are taking one hour out of your busy lives to relax, Far Infrared Therapy offers numerous therapeutic benefits, most importantly enhanced detoxification. Many clients use it to relieve painful joints, rev up metabolism, and remove buildup of heavy metals.


Contact us to schedule a session.

Mental Minute
Music Matters for Children

Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart. A Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety.


The team analyzed the brain scans of children ages 6 to 18. Music playing altered the motor areas of the brain, because the activity requires control and coordination of movement. Even more important were changes in the behavior-regulating areas of the brain. For example, music practice influenced thickness in the part of the cortex that relates to executive functioning, including working memory, attentional control, as well as organization and planning for the future.

Wild Card
Common Sleep Mistakes Part Two
  1. Keeping your bedroom too warm. A sleep environment that's too warm can prevent the natural cooling that should take place in your body while you sleep. Melatonin and growth-hormone release is disrupted, which means you won't burn fat while you sleep or benefit from nighttime repair of your bones, skin, and muscles. Steve: Sleep in a cool environment, at least below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sleeping in tight-fitting clothes. Wearing tight-fitting clothing at bedtime-even a bra or underwear-appears to raise your body temperature and has been proven to reduce secretion of melatonin and growth hormone. Steve: Sleep "au natural" or make sure your clothes are light and loose fitting.
  3. Failure to open the blinds or go outside in the morning. Melatonin is supposed to be lowest first thing in the morning. If you remain in darkness, your body will not get the signal that the time has come to get up and go. Steve: Let the light in as soon as you wake.
  4. Not getting the right amount of sleep. The American Cancer Association found higher incidences of cancer in individuals who consistently slept six hours or less or more than nine hours nightly. Steve: New research recently reported that people who regularly sleep 7 hours per night live longer.
  5. Going to bed too late. Evening people are more likely than morning people to experience symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea, enjoy less sleep than they felt they needed, and take longer to fall asleep. Cortisol naturally begins to increase during the second half of your sleep-a small boost at 2 a.m., another at 4 a.m., and the peak at around 6 a.m. If you're just getting to bed immediately beforehand, you're missing out on your most restful period of sleep. Steve: Go to bed between 10 and 11 p.m.
"Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done."
-Robert Heinlen 
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Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, and all of us at Nutritional Concepts

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