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Your Life as a Series of Experiments What experiments are you trying out right now? It’s the beginning of a new year, so I suspect some of you are exploring new diets and exercise programs to improve your health. You’ve come to the right place! Improving how you feel does not need to be a somber affair. You can have some fun with it. For example, Scandinavian countries consistently rank among the happiest places in the world. Does their traditional diet have anything to do with that? Try the recipes in “Foods of the North” on page 42 for Nordic-inspired recipes and find out! Are you considering going keto? There’s no doubt that the diet can help you shed weight relatively quickly. But there’s more to consider than just weight-loss when you’re eliminating whole categories of foods. Learn more by reading “Understanding Ketosis” on page 25. Have you been watching your weight crawl slowly up over the years? We explain why this phenomenon happens and what you can do about it in “Prevent Weight Gain Creep” on page 16. February is American Heart Month, and we suggest many ways to take care of your ticker in “Protect Your Heart” on page 19. You might think that if you’re not overweight, you don’t need to worry about heart health. But there’s so much more to it than your waist size. If you go by other indicators of metabolic health, such as blood sugar, blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol, only 12 percent of Americans are in optimal metabolic health. That means 88 percent of us have room for improvement! If high cholesterol is your challenge, learn about useful supplements in “Get a Handle on Your Cholesterol” on page 28. I know one thing for certain after reading both articles—I’ll be upping my intake of blue-redpurple superfoods! To your health,
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These foods promote a healthy gut A recent study identified foods that are particularly beneficial for digestive health, and some that are not. n Plant-based diets were linked to better energy for cells that line the colon. n Plant protein was found to enhance the synthesis of vitamins and amino acids. n Legumes, fish, nuts, and bread were linked to decreases in potentially harmful bacteria. Higher intake of these foods led to lower levels of markers that are linked to intestinal inflammation. n Meat, fast foods, and refined sugar were associated with a decrease in beneficial bacteria and an increase in inflammation. n Red wine, legumes, vegetables, fruit, cereals, fish, and nuts were linked to a higher abundance of bacteria with anti-inflammatory functions. SOURCE “Plant-based foods and Mediterranean diet associated with healthy gut microbiome,” Spink Health, 10/20/19
Coffee substances may ease inflammation Extracts from coffee plants have potential to reduce inflammation in the body, according to a new study. Researchers isolated compounds from the silverskin (a thin sheath) and husk of coffee beans and found that they lowered obesity-related inflammation in fat cells. Glucose absorption and insulin resistance also improved. The scientists see potential for using the compounds to help prevent obesity and related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. SELECTED SOURCES “Phenolic compounds from coffee by-products modulate adipogenesis-related inflammation . . .” by M. Rebollo-Hernanz et al., Food and Chemical Toxicology, 10/19 n “Study: Coffee bean extracts alleviate inflammation” by Danielle Masterson, www.NutraIngredients-USA.com, 10/28/19 www.tas teforl i fe.com
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Yoga eases back, sleep troubles Yoga and physical therapy were shown to be effective treatments for co-occurring sleep problems and back pain. The study found that the program also reduced the need for medication. Participants showed significant relief lasting a full year following 12 weeks of yoga classes or physical therapy. Sleep disturbance and insomnia are common in people who have chronic lower back pain. Medications for sleep and back pain can have serious side effects. “Identifying holistic ways to treat these conditions could help decrease the reliance on these medications as well as keep patients safer and more comfortable,” said researcher Eric Roseen, DC. SOURCE “Yoga and physical therapy as treatment for chronic lower back pain also improves sleep,” Boston Medical Center, 11/19/19
Exercise may improve memory Exercise sessions appear to provide a brain boost for older adults. Researchers conducted experiments that included physical activity, brain scans, and working memory tests. They found that participants gained the same cognitive benefits and improved memory from a single exercise session as they did from longer, regular exercise. “You could think of the benefits day by day,” said researcher Michelle Voss, PhD. 10 tasteforlife
“In terms of behavioral change and cognitive benefits from physical activity, you can say, ‘I’m just going to be active today. I’ll get a benefit.’ So you don’t need to think of it like you’re going to train for a marathon to get some sort of optimal peak of performance.” Participants ranged in age from 60 to 80 and were healthy but not regularly active. Brain scans after 20-minute cycling sessions showed bursts of activity in regions involved in the collection and sharing of memories. Working memory tests confirmed the gains, which were mostly short-term. SELECTED SOURCES “Exercise boost for your aging brain” by Susan McQuillan, www.PsychologyToday.com, 8/27/19 n “New study suggests exercise is good for the aging brain,” University of Iowa, 8/26/19
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Consider herbs for hot flashes Taking two herbal supplements led to a significant reduction in hot flashes among postmenopausal women. The supplements were taken in tandem with an antidepressant. Participants—who ranged in age from 40 to 60—received a placebo or 500 milligrams (mg) of powdered nigella (Nigella sativa) seed and 1,000 mg of chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) fruit per day. All reported having bothersome or severe hot flashes more than four times per week prior to the study period. All participants also took 20 mg per day of the antidepressant citalopram for the duration of the eight-week study. Those who took the supplements and the medication reported substantial improvements compared to those who received the placebo and the medication. No serious side effects were reported. SELECTED SOURCES “Effects of a combination of Nigella sativa and Vitex agnus-castus with citalopram on healthy menopausal women with hot flashes . . .” by M. Molaie et al., Gynecol Endocrinol, 1/19 n “Re: Adjunct nigella and chasteberry reduces hot flashes in menopausal women,” by Shari Henson, HerbClip, 6/15/19
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HEALING HERBS BY LESLEY HOBBS
THE BENEFITS OF MINT SOOTHING TEA & MORE THE BRACING SCENT OF MINT IS INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE AND EVOKES WARMER, SUNNIER MEMORIES. ADD THIS DELIGHTFUL PERK TO THE HEALTH BENEFITS AND DELICIOUS FLAVOR, AND YOU WILL WANT TO ENJOY THIS VERSATILE HERB IN EVERY SEASON.
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Fresh mint has been used for thousands of years for its powerful healing qualities. Two easy-to-find varieties are spearmint (Mentha spicata) with its less pungent, sweeter flavor, and peppermint (Mentha piperita), which packs a more powerful punch.
“As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits. . . .” – Pliny the Elder
■ Mints provide vitamin A, iron, and antioxidants. Adding chopped fresh leaves and tender stalks to salads, smoothies, and juices is a simple and delicious way to increase your intake of these nutrients. ■ Mint is often used to soothe indigestion and nausea thanks to its oil, which relaxes the smooth muscles surrounding the intestine. A warming mug of peppermint tea aids digestion, relieves an upset stomach, and soothes nerves. ■ Who doesn’t love the cooling taste and smell of minty breath? Simply chew on one or two tender leaves. ■ Simultaneously invigorating and relaxing, mint is perfect as a morning wake-me-up or an evening calm-me-down cuppa. ■ Fresh or dried, in balms or oils, mint offers effective relief for headaches, including migraines. It also serves as a gentle treatment for acne (thanks to its salicylic acid), and a natural way to ease stress and anxiety. Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow indoors and will thrive from
October to April in a warm sunny window. Choose a healthy seedling from your local nursery, plant it in well-draining potting soil. Water thoroughly whenever the soil is dry and enjoy delicious mint all through the cold dark months of winter.
Simple uses: ■ Chop or tear a generous handful of mint leaves and add to fresh fruit salads (strawberry and watermelon pair well with mint). Or toss mint leaves with fresh greens, tomatoes, and your favorite light dressing. ■ Add six to eight torn mint leaves along with several slices of cucumber to iced water. ■ Fancy a cup of afternoon delight tea? Steep 4 to 6 bruised mint leaves and a 1-inch sprig of lavender in hot (not boiling) water for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy. ■ Refreshing face mask: Blend or mash together 8 to 12 mint leaves, 1 tablespoon plain yogurt, 2 to 3 slices cucumber, and 1 teaspoon honey (a mortar and pestle is perfect). Apply to the face for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing with cool water. TFL SELECTED SOURCES “Cutaneous application of menthol 10% solution as an abortive treatment of migraine without aura: A randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled, crossed-over study” by A. Borhani Haghighi et al., Int J Clin Pract, 3/10 n The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray ND ($39.95, Atria Books, 2005) n “Is mint good for you?” www.MedicalNewsToday.com n “The only thing that cured my cystic acne was (yes) spearmint tea” by Crystal Martin, www.NYMag.com, 2/21/18
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WEIGHING IN BY NAN FORNAL
PREVENT WEIGHT-GAIN CREEP YOU CAN KEEP THE POUNDS OFF A YOUNG MAN IN MY FAMILY ONCE MADE US ALL LAUGH WHEN HE SAID, “I DON’T WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT. I JUST WANT TO CUT DOWN THE RATE OF GAIN.” You may echo his sentiments—and may even feel resigned to adding a few pounds every decade. But take heart: Those excess pounds don’t have to take hold.
How It Happens There are two main reasons people gain weight as they age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The amount of muscle in the body decreases, which means a comparable increase in the amount of fat. This shift in proportion slows down the metabolism, and weight starts creeping up. Just as important, aging may also bring a lessening of physical activity, which makes it easier to gain weight. Think back over the years, and you may discover some vigorous activities you used to enjoy that you just don’t do anymore.
Why It Matters Being overweight or obese saps energy; it may cause aches, pains, and a lower level of physical functioning, according to the CDC. Unhealthy weight increases the risk of serious health problems, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol (leading to heart and vascular disease), sleep apnea, clinical depression, and some cancers (colon, breast,
endometrial, kidney, gallbladder, and liver).
What You Can Do Fad diets and weight-loss programs come and go, but they don’t generally provide long-term solutions. In order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, the CDC recommends three things: 1. Regular physical activity. 2. Healthy foods. 3. Balancing food intake with energy expenditure. It may be helpful to weigh yourself regularly and act right away if you see some new pounds. Have you been eating more or exercising less? Hold yourself accountable by keeping a food diary for a few days to see if you need to make healthier food choices. Once you’ve committed to eating well, the CDC suggests a little advance planning to help you through vacations, holidays, and other breaks with routine. And heed the adage, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Eating a nutritious breakfast may keep you from overeating, or reaching for empty calories, later in the day. TFL SELECTED SOURCES “The health effects of overweight and obesity”; “Healthy weight”; “Keeping it off”; “Preventing weight gain,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.CDC.gov
How Much Do You Need to Move? People who have successfully lost and kept off weight tend to exercise 60 to 90 minutes most days. This doesn’t mean you need to exercise that much all at once. You could break it into 20- to 30-minute exercise sessions three times a day, for example.
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February is American Heart Month and a good opportunity to assess and take care of your ticker. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial groups in the United States. Major risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and excessive alcohol consumption. www.tas teforl i fe.com
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Looking at blood sugar, blood pressure, waist circumference, triglycerides, and cholesterol, a mere 12 percent of Americans have optimal metabolic health, which means most of us have room to improve. The primary pillars of cardiovascular health are no surprise: A healthy diet (rich in plants and fiber), regular exercise (especially cardiovascular exercise), and stress management (including sleep, yoga, and meditation). Herbs and dietary supplements can’t compensate for gaps in these areas. That said, supplements and specific superfoods can be of great value enhancing overall cardiovascular vitality. healthy fats: Omega-3 fatty acids from wild-caught fatty fish (including sardines, salmon, trout, herring, and kippers) or fish oil, olive oil, and avocados show the greatest promise for heart health by encouraging healthy cholesterol levels and discouraging inflammation of the blood vessels. Alongside fish oil, flax, chia, and hemp oils also have beneficial fat profiles, but they all go rancid rapidly— which makes them harmful—and are best kept refrigerated, used quickly, and not heated. Fishy and off/bitter flavors and burps suggest rancidity. fiber: Soluble fiber, which gets gelatinous in water, helps reduce blood sugar and cholesterol while enhancing detoxification of metabolic waste. Our best dietary and supplemental sources include beans, whole grains/bran, ground flax or chia seeds (kept frozen to avoid rancidity), apple pectin, pears, prickly pear cactus nopal pads, and citrus pectin, which are best consumed daily with most or all meals. Start in low but regular doses and gradually increase to give your microbiome a chance to adjust, which limits gas and bloating. bitters: Bitter-tasting herbs and foods stimulate digestive function including enzymes, stomach acid, peristalsis, and bile excretion while also regulating appetite, cravings, and blood sugar if consumed before meals. Food sources include bitter salads, endive, artichoke, grapefruit, black coffee, and tea made from dandelion root, roasted chicory, burdock, or chamomile. The intensely bitter artichoke leaf extract (in pill or liquid) also works well, 20 tasteforlife
and many herbal bitters blends are available. Following up bitters with dietary fiber enhances their effects because fiber helps bind to and remove bile (the liver’s waste) via the feces. blue-red-purple polyphenols: Polyphenols and related compounds associated with blue-purplered pigments (anthocyanidins, anthocyanins) and their precursors (oligomeric proanthocyanidins, also called OPCs and PCOs) decrease cardiovascular inflammation and oxidation while encouraging smooth, healthy, less fragile blood vessel lining. You’ll find them in highly pigmented superfoods including berries, tart cherries, pomegranate, aronia berries, dark purple grapes, and hibiscus flower tea as well as related green tea, dark chocolate, pure cacao, and hawthorn berries, leaves, and flowers. My favorite supplemental form is the highly concentrated hawthorn and mixed berry solid extracts, but pure juice (read the ingredient label!), frozen fruit, hibiscus and green tea, and powders also work well. These are slow but building and profound cardiovascular tonics best consumed multiple times a day every day. Several cups of hibiscus tea daily may manage blood pressure as well as common medications including lisinopril (watch for herb-drug interactions and always work with a doctor on adjusting or removing medications). Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) offers various additional heart tonic actions including mild blood pressure and heart-strengthening effects. get the blood moving: Spicy and pungent herbs and foods help boost circulation and decrease inflammation, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease and death when they’re part of your daily routine. This group includes ginger, turmeric, garlic, onion, mustard, horseradish, rosemary, and a pinch of cayenne pepper and other hot peppers. Many of our tea herbs including holy basil, lemon balm, and even nettle leaf also provide cardiometabolic support. Salud! TFL SELECTED SOURCES “Effects of an aqueous extract of Hibiscus sabdariffa on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system of Nigerians with mild to moderate essential hypertension: A comparative study with lisinopril” by D.C. Nwachukwu et al., Indian J Pharmacol, 9-10/15 n “Heart disease facts,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.CDC.gov, 12/2/19 n “Prevalence of optimal metabolic health in American adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2016” by J. Araújo et al., Metabolic Syndrome and Disorders, 2/19
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UNDERSTANDING KETOSIS A LOOK AT A TRENDING WEIGHT-LOSS PLAN
THE LATEST IN HIGH-PROFILE LOW-CARB EATING, THE KETO OR KETOGENIC DIET HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY CELEBRITIES AND TOUTED AS A TREATMENT FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES. BUT BEYOND THE HYPE, WHAT’S THE DIET ALL ABOUT?
What is ketosis? “Keto” is short for ketosis, a metabolic process that occurs naturally in the body. It works like this: If you don’t consume enough glucose to create energy, your body burns stored fats instead, a process that creates ketones, built-up acids that it can use for fuel. The keto diet deliberately brings on ketosis in an effort to burn those stored fats instead of carbohydrates—hence the diet’s serious restriction of carbs. People on a keto diet generally get just 10 percent of their calories from carbs, no more than 20 percent from protein, and the rest from fat.
WHAT TO EAT What’s on the menu in the keto diet? You won’t be eating grains, candy, or soft drinks, and you’ll need to cut back on potatoes, yams, fruits, and legumes. Approved foods include • Fish, shrimp, crabs • Non-starchy vegetables (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, avocados) • Cheese, plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, butter, cream • Fresh meat and poultry
A little history
The keto diet may be newly popular, but it’s not a recent phenomenon. Carbohydrate restriction has been used since the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy, and until insulin was discovered a century ago, people with diabetes avoided carbs. Keto as a weight-loss plan harkens back to the Atkins, South Beach, and Paleo diets, all of which give a thumbs-down to carbs and thumbs up to fats.
• Coconut oil, olive oil, olives • Nuts and seeds • Berries • Coffee, tea • Dark chocolate, minimum 70 percent cocoa solids
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The science behind keto While the weight-loss benefits of the keto diet have been widely touted, researchers are still weighing its risks and benefits. Authors of a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine wrote that “The ketogenic diet has recently received much attention for its promise of treating obesity and Type 2 diabetes. However, the enthusiasm for its potential benefits exceeds the current evidence supporting its use for these conditions.” Others note that foods off-limits in keto eating, including beans, whole grains, fruits, and starchy veggies, are important to a well-rounded diet, and that the saturated fats that are keto-approved can contribute to heart disease. On the plus side, proponents point to studies indicating that people on low-carb diets burn more calories and lose more weight than those on lower- fat diets. The American Diabetes Association has noted that reducing carb intake is the most proven method of controlling blood sugar. Several dozen studies of the diet’s effect on the brain, heart, and metabolism are currently under way, so stay tuned!
A caveat The diet has side effects that include headache, nausea, muscle cramps, dizziness, and more. Over the long run, the diet can cause kidney stones and deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. For people with unchecked diabetes, it can bring on ketoacidosis, a condition caused by high levels of ketones in the body. So if you’re planning to embark on the keto diet for more than a quick weight-loss boost, be sure to check in with a healthcare practitioner. TFL
SELECTED SOURCES “The keto diet is popular, but is it good for you?” by Anahad O’Connor, 8/20/19; What’s the skinny on the keto diet?” by Alex Williams, 3/15/19, New York Times n “The ketogenic diet for obesity and diabetes— Enthusiasm outpaces evidence” by Shivam Joshi et al., JAMA Intern Med, 7/15/19 n “Ketosis and the keto diet,” www.WebMD.com n “Ketosis: Symptoms, diet, side effects, health information, and ketoacidosis” by James McIntosh, www.MedicalNewsToday.com, 3/21/17
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CHOLESTEROL HAS BEEN THE BOGEYMAN OF HEART HEALTH SINCE IT FIRST GAINED PUBLIC RECOGNITION AS A RISK FACTOR FOR HEART DISEASE IN THE 1980S AND SPURRED A CHOLESTEROL-BUSTING BRAN MUFFIN CRAZE. SINCE THEN, EXPERTS HAVE RECRUITED BETTER TOOLS TO CONTROL CHOLESTEROL LEVELS THAN THOSE DRY PASTRIES OF YESTERYEAR.
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• Lower intake of saturated fat and cholesterol
Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream on carriers called lipoproteins. There are two main types of these cholesterol carriers: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). LDLs are the bad guys, since this type of cholesterol builds up as a fatty deposit along artery walls, interfering with the flow of blood and leading to heart disease. The good guys, HDLs, protect against heart disease because this type collects cholesterol from the blood and takes it to the liver, where it can be shuttled away. The goal is to lower levels of both total and “bad” LDL cholesterol while raising “good” HDL cholesterol. People who have the healthiest cholesterol numbers tend to share these characteristics:
• Higher intake of soluble fiber • Normal body weight (not overweight) • Regular exercise • Normal blood pressure • Non-smoker
Get More Control with Supplements There are many dietary supplements with documented benefits for helping reduce high cholesterol. Plant sterols, which are a compound found naturally in many plants, have been researched since the 1950s. Sterols lower cholesterol when included in the diet or as a supplement. Plant sterols convey heart-healthy benefits because they block gut absorption of cholesterol, which then lowers LDL cholesterol by
up to 10 percent. Stanols, another plant compound, offer similar heart benefits and are also available as supplements. People should aim for 1.5–3 grams of plant sterols/sterol esters each day, with many health experts recommending 2 grams daily. This amount reduces LDL cholesterol by 6–12 percent, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease. In another development, plant sterols can be combined with prescription statin medications to work even better than either alone. continued on page 31
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According to the European Atherosclerosis Society Consensus Panel on Phytosterols, for people on statins, adding sterol-enriched foods to their diet can lower cholesterol as much as doubling the statin dosage. Another supplement to consider is a compound called beta glucan, which is found in the cell walls of yeast, many medicinal mushrooms, and oats. This supplement binds with cholesterol in your body and gets rid of it. Since it takes 1.5 cups of oatmeal to get the necessary dosage of 3–5
grams of beta glucan, many people prefer to rely on dietary supplements. Another supplement that deserves mention is red yeast rice. This supplement has been shown to significantly lower LDL levels, as well as total cholesterol, and works similarly to statin medications. With good diet and lifestyle choices, along with select supplements, you should be able to keep your ticker ticking along for just that much longer. TFL
SELECTED SOURCES “The effect of oat beta-glucan on LDL-cholesterol, non-HDL-cholesterol, and apoB for CVD risk reduction: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials” by H.V. Ho et al., 10/16 n “LDL-cholesterol-lowering effect of plant sterols and stanols across different dose ranges: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies” by R.T. Ras et al., 7/28/14, Br J Nutr n “LDL-cholesterol lowering of plant sterols and stanols . . .” by E.A. Trautwein et al., Nutrients, 9/18 n “Plant sterols and plant stanols in the management of dyslipidaemia and prevention of cardiovascular disease” by H. Gylling et al., Atherosclerosis, 2/14 n “Red yeast rice for hypercholesterolemia” by A.F.G. Cicero et al., Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J, 7–9/19
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Benefits This great berry has an overall balancing effect on the endocrine system. We tend to get sick when experiencing a particularly stressful time, and schisandra helps support this part of the immune system! The berries are also a great source of vitamin C—another important nutrient for immunity. It’s seen as a blood nourisher and is found to have a stabilizing effect on blood pressure, too. It will either help raise or lower it, depending on what’s needed in each person. Schisandra is generally calming and can help relieve anxiety while boosting work performance.
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More Tips for Oral Health ■ Avoid eating a diet high in processed carbs and sugar. ■ D e-stress whenever possible. Too much stress causes saliva production to decrease. ■ Eat folate-rich greens and leafy veggies to fight plaque. rink enough water to keep ■ D saliva from becoming too acidic and sticky, a condition that feeds bacteria. ■ Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D3. Deficiency is linked to gum disease. ■ Certain probiotics have been shown to fight bleeding gums, tooth decay, bad breath, and plaque.
While some bacteria species contribute to gum disease and tooth decay, they will remain harmless in a balanced oral microbiome, explains Gerry Curatola, DDS, a New York City-based biologic dentist who wrote The Mouth-Body Connection ($27, Center Street, 2017). But when the oral environment gets imbalanced, the problems start, he says.
Oral Microbial Dysbiosis How can you tell if your mouth microbiome is out of whack? Inflamed, receding, and bleeding gums, tooth decay, bad breath, mouth ulcers, and sensitive teeth are some of the indicators. Saliva, or more accurately, the lack of it, plays a major role in oral—and overall—health. Saliva does much more than begin the process of breaking down food for digestion. It covers teeth with a thin, antimicrobial film that protects against tooth decay and gum disease. When your mouth is deprived of saliva, it causes a proliferation of bacteria, yeast, and othr fungi. The resulting imbalance of microbial flora contributes to poor dental health. Poor dental health, in turn, has been linked to Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cirrhosis, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, various cancers, and heart disease. In fact, people with
periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease. A lack of saliva can be caused by stress, medical conditions, and by certain medications, including those for depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and asthma. If gums are inflamed and bleeding, bacteria can travel from the mouth through the bloodstream to other parts of the body, including the heart. If Streptococcus gordonii, a type of mouth bacteria that contributes to plaque, enters the bloodstream via bleeding gums, it can lead to endocarditis and also cause blood vessel inflammation that can block the supply of blood to the heart or brain. Once periodontitis (gum inflammation) develops from poor oral health, saliva can play a different role. When people with periodontitis eat or drink or simply swallow saliva, they introduce Porphyromonas gingivalis, the primary contributor to chronic periodontitis, into their stomach. According to a recent article by researchers Ingar Olsen and Kazuhisa Yamazaki, if the “oral bacteria can tolerate the harsh pH of the stomach, they may reside and proliferate in the gastrointestinal tract,” changing the gut “microbiota and possibly immune defense. . . . P. gingivalis is thought to have a role in orodigestive cancers.” www.tas teforl i fe.com
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Good Oral Health Habits What can be done to help keep the oral microbiome in balance and serious diseases at bay? Brushing and flossing twice daily is a good start. Various studies have shown that natural toothpaste brands perform well against commercial versions that use fluoride or the antimicrobial agent triclosan. Triclosan exposure is linked to a decrease in certain thyroid hormones, according to the FDA. Some effective ingredients to look for in natural pastes include tea tree oil, neem, tulsi, clove oil, manuka honey, propolis, and myrrh. Some personal care manufacturers now offer lines of prebiotic and probiotic oral care. Desert Essence is one company that offers prebiotic mouth rinses and toothpastes.
“The prebiotics enhance the growth of the beneficial bacteria and suppress and control the activity of the harmful bacteria,” explains company spokesperson Christine Allmer. With the Desert Essence system, consumers are encouraged to rinse their mouth with a Prebiotic Plant Based Brushing Rinse first thing in the morning to rid the mouth of the bacteria that accumulated overnight when the production of saliva naturally decreases. The rinse and the toothpaste formula both contain Australian tea tree oil and perilla seed, botanicals with proven antimicrobial activity effects against pathogenic oral bacteria. “Good health starts in your mouth,” says Allmer. “Why start the day off swallowing bad bacteria? Neutralize it first, then start the day.” TFL
SELECTED SOURCES “Anti-biofilm and anti-inflammatory effect of an herbal nanoparticle mouthwash . . .” by M. Casarin et al., Braz Oral Res, 12/20/19 n “Antimicrobial activity of perilla seed polyphenols against oral pathogenic bacteria” by H. Yamamoto and T. Ogawa, Biosci Biotechnol Biochem n “Bacteria from mouth can lead to heart inflammation: Study” by Robert Preidt, HealthDay News, 3/26/12 n “Can oral bacteria affect the microbiome of the gut?” by I. Olsen and K. Yamazaki, J Oral Microbiol, 2019 n “Comparison of the effectiveness of probiotic, chlorhexidine-based mouthwashes . . . on plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation . . .” by S.K. Kandaswamy et al., Int J Clin Pediatr Dent, 3-4/18 n “Effect of commercial herbal toothpastes and mouth rinses on the prevention of enamel demineralization . . .” by A.S. Braga et al., Biofouling, 8/19 n “Gum disease and men”; “Gum disease symptoms,” American Academy of Periodontology, www.Perio.org n “Oral microbiomes: More and more importance in oral cavity and whole body” by L. Gao et al., Protein Cell, 5/18 n Personal communication: Christine Allmer, Desert Essence, 1/20 n Probiotics for Health by Jo A. Panyko, BS, MNT ($12.99, Adams Media, 2017) n “The surprising link between periodontal disease and heart health . . .” by Robert H. Gregg II, DDS, DentistryIQ.com, 1/30/17 n “Susceptibility of oral bacteria to Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil in vitro” by K.A. Hammer et al., Oral Microbiol Immunol
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citizens enjoy traditional foods that are fresh and natural. Ingredients come from the surrounding seas and forests. Potatoes, fish, berries, and herbs and spices like dill and cardamom are popular and included in many meals. Enjoy the following recipes, which are inspired by the clean flavors of Scandinavia and the Nordic region’s cuisine. TFL SELECTED SOURCES: “Effects of whole grain rye crisp bread for breakfast on appetite and energy intake in a subsequent meal . . .” by T. Forsberg et al., Nutrition Journal, 2014 n “Swedes catch it in the rye” by Arild S. Foss, www.ScienceNordic.com, 4/14
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Lox 8 oz lox or smoked salmon N small red onion, thinly sliced (about L c) 2 Tbsp capers 2 Tbsp roughly chopped fresh dill K lemon, cut into wedges 1. The night before serving, add cottage cheese, yogurt, and salt to a blender. Turn to low and slowly increase speed to ensure mixture blends evenly. Blend until completely smooth. Over a medium bowl, line a fine sieve with cheesecloth or two layers of paper towels and add “cream cheese.” Let it strain in refrigerator overnight. 2. The following morning, preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 3. Lightly grease both sides of lavash with oil spray. Bake until lavash is crisped to your liking, 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside to cool. 4. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, add poppy seeds, white and black sesame seeds, garlic, onion, and salt. Close lid and shake to combine. (Seasoning mix will last up to 6 months in a cool, dry place.) 5. Spread Lighter Cream Cheese over lavash. Layer on lox, red onion, and capers. Sprinkle dill and some Everything Seasoning over top. Slice in half lengthwise and then cut into skinny triangles. Serve with lemon wedges and extra Everything Seasoning. Per serving: 259 Calories, 21 g Protein, 23 g Carbohydrates, 3 g Fiber, 9 g Total fat (3 g sat), 741 mg Sodium, HHHHH Vitamin B12, D, HHH Phosphorus, HH Vitamin B3 (niacin), B6, Calcium, H Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), Iron, Magnesium, Zinc
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Finnish Oven Pancake with Berry Sauce nV From the Taste for Life test kitchen
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1 c all-purpose flour, sifted N tsp ground cardamom 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled, divided 2 Tbsp honey 2 large eggs, beaten 1N c low-fat milk K tsp vanilla extract
Berry Sauce 8 oz fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced into quarters 8 oz fresh blueberries K c orange juice V c honey 1 tsp vanilla extract 1. In a large bowl, add flour, cardamom, 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, the honey, eggs, and milk. Using a hand mixer, mix ingredients together until batter is smooth. Let batter sit for 1 hour for better rising. 2. Put an 8-inch cast-iron pan in the oven to heat up. Preheat oven to 425°. 3. Carefully remove hot pan from oven. With a pastry brush, add remaining tablespoon of melted butter to pan. Make sure to brush butter up sides of pan as well as bottom. Pour batter into pan. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until pancake has risen, is golden brown at edges, and looks just set in middle. 4. While pancake is cooking, make Berry Sauce. Place strawberries, blueberries, orange juice, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until fruit is soft. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. 5. Serve pancake immediately from oven with sauce. Kitchen Note: A Finnish oven pancake, known as pannukakku, is baked in the oven and puffs up with an almost soufflé-like interior and a delicate, crisp crust. Though it’s usually served with a rhubarb and strawberry compote, we use blueberries for their year-round availability. Per serving: 392 Calories, 10 g Protein, 61 g Carbohydrates, 3 g Fiber, 12 g Total fat (7 g sat), 73 mg Sodium, HHHHH Vitamin C, D, HH Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B12, Phosphorus, H Vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B6, K, Calcium, Folate, Zinc
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