By Dr. Mercola
Consumption of olive oil has increased more than 10-fold in the U.S. over the past 35 years, from 29 metric tons (MT) in 1980 to 327 MT in 2015.1 The popularity of the Mediterranean diet has made olive oil a $16 billion-a-year industry. Unfortunately, this popularity has also led to fraud and corruption.2,3
In his book, "Real Food/Fake Food," Larry Olmsted, an investigative journalist and food critic, reveals the dark side of this otherwise healthy food. Olives and olive oil are well-known for their many health benefits, especially for your heart,4 but using adulterated olive oil will hardly do your health any favors.
Clean up your diet, without going crazy
By DIANA KELLY
DECEMBER 26, 2012
If you’ve been busy decking the halls with plenty of rich meals, sweet desserts, and alcohol, chances are, you're feeling ready for a major diet detox right about now—No booze! No candy! No more junk! Sound about right? But not so fast: New research shows that a sudden transition away from fatty and sugary foods can cause symptoms similar to those seen during a drug withdrawal.
To reach that conclusion, researchers from the University of Montreal fed mice a diet high in fat for six weeks, and then switched them to a healthier eating program. The mice exhibited symptoms of anxiety and depression, which investigators suspect was due to key changes in the release of brain compounds, including the feel-good chemical dopamine, triggered by the dietary switch. The findings help explain why a strict diet can make us feel low and irritable.
The good news? It's possible to minimize the withdrawal effects associated with cleaning up your meals, says Ashley Koff, RD and author of Mom Energy: A Simple Plan To Live Fully Charged. “One of the most important things to do is make sure you’re getting good sleep,” Koff says. “If you don’t sleep well, then in the morning your body is screaming out for sugar.”
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And you don’t need to take drastic steps to get your diet on-track, Koff says. She recommends a step-down program of gradual tweaks and changes. Instead of focusing on quick fixes, look at your diet as an evolution, Koff advises. “You want to make lifestyle changes, not one-month changes."
Here are Koff’s post-holiday tips to clean up your meals, while stabilizing (or even improving) your mood:
This week, upgrade the quality of your meals. Eat a balanced meal that contains carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fat every three hours. That’ll keep your energy up and prevent the drops in blood sugar that can lead to cravings.
Start each morning with a big glass of water. Also try a daily probiotic or even a green juice.
Take magnesium supplements before bed. And opt for magnesium-rich foods like pumpkin seeds or almonds—they’ll help your body cope with the stress overload from the holiday season.
Add mushrooms to your meals. In particular, opt for shiitake, maitake, and oyster mushrooms this week. All three are potent immunity enhancers.
Go alkaline. Eat more alkaline-forming foods, such as parsley, kale, pears, and lemons, which balance the body’s pH levels, reduce inflammation, and keep blood sugar levels under control.
You may have read the recent article outlining the $2.25 million settlement between GNC and the Department of Justice over the sale of illegal dietary supplements. The Al.com article shared that GNC did not properly ensure the legality of the products it sold.
News of this settlement over questionable supplements and untested ingredients may cause concern among your patients. It should, but it’s also an opportunity to begin an essential conversation with them on the differences in levels of quality and value among suppliers and the importance of quality in nutritional supplements.
While supplements purchased from a drugstore or retailer may not provide guarantees on quality, Metagenics partners directly with practitioners because you know each patient’s medical history and can ensure they get the most appropriate supplements to meet their unique needs.
At Metagenics, we are dedicated to producing only the highest quality products and take specific precautions throughout the manufacturing process to avoid the type of issues outlined in the recent settlement.
In 2016, we have:
The bottom line? We go above and beyond in all facets of production to help ensure the safety, efficacy, and purity of every product.
Why? Because we are passionate about the quality of our products, deeply value your trust as a partner in your patients’ health, and aim to always deliver safe, effective, personalized nutritional solutions you can rely upon.
** NOTE FROM DR. LEE - This post is specifically about Metagenics. They are good. So are the items we stock and carry: Vital Nutrients, Xymogen, and Orthobiotic. I carry them because they all have very high standards, do many quality checks of raw materials and finished product. They follow the standards set forth to qualify as GMP producers. The more inexpensive supplements that are temptig in retail stores do not qualify for the labels that insure quality. And differences in quality can make all of the difference. More expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes. Bottom line, we have investigated our suppliers and know that we offer a superior product which will benefit you. The old saying, "you get what you pay for", is true in this case.
Super Foods That Will Make You More Productive:
Fish Oil and Olive Oil Protect Against Air Pollution
by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 11/15/2016
Air pollution has already been shown to have a negative effect on heart health. Now a new pair of studies adds to the evidence.
According to research in Circulation Research, an American Heart Association journal, fine particulate matter air pollution may be associated with blood vessel damage and inflammation among young, healthy adults. And in a study published in the European Heart Journal, long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a greater incidence of high blood pressure.
The Oils That Offer Pollution Protection
It’s certainly disheartening to know that the air we breathe may be putting our heart health in danger, but there is also recent research that reveals how fish oil and olive oil can help protect against the negative effects of air pollution.
In a study reported at a scientific meeting of the American Heart Association, researchers monitored the effect of fish oil or olive oil supplementation on healthy middle-aged adults exposed to short-term concentrated air pollution. The 29 participants in the study were given 3 grams daily of either fish oil or olive oil for a month, after which they were exposed to two hours of polluted air for two consecutive days.
Both fish oil and olive oil helped. Fish oil protected against disturbance of the autonomic nervous system and blood fats, while olive oil blunted adverse effects to the highly sensitive endothelial lining of blood vessels.
For years I have told patients to protect their cardiovascular systems from pollution by using air filters in their homes, since they can make a big difference. So, too, can fish oil and olive oil.
We know that one potential negative effect of pollution is disturbed heart rate variability (HRV), a measurement of the cardiac beat-to-beat flexibility. A disturbed (that is, more rigid) HRV means the heart has difficulty returning to a normal beat rhythm after exertion, a result of stress and flawed autonomic nervous system regulation of heart function. This research confirms what was previously known about fish oil’s ability to protect healthy HRV.
Now it’s your turn: Do you take fish oil supplements and cook with olive oil?