Chocolate and Sweat
What do Chocolate and Sweat Have in Common? Answer: Cadmium Key Points: Chocolate can have high amounts of cadmium (and lead). Cocoa can be very high. Variations depend on where it was grown and how it was processed. Cocoa from Latin America has been found to have higher amounts of cadmium than those from West Africa. Cadmium is a toxic metal that accumulates in…
Did you know that broccoli sprouts are a potent natural detoxifier? We are all exposed to environment toxins on a daily basis. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the products we use in our home and on our bodies all contain potentially harmful toxins. From heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and arsenic and chemicals such as…
In a previous newsletter I posted a soaked buckwheat pancake recipe that we love in our house. It can be seen here on Dr. Kira’s website. Sometimes we like to mix it up with a “Paleo Pancake” recipe. Try this one for a hearty delicious breakfast. Here is a tasty blueberry sauce to drench them in
What’s in Your Honey and Olive Oil?
We all rely on the quality of our food to keep us healthy. As a consumer, it’s important for us to be able to trust that the foods we buy are what they say they are. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for some things on the shelf. Honey and olive oil are two foods that are notorious for being diluted or cut with other inferior…
Are You Missing Micronutrients?
Before you reach for the supplement bottle, make sure you have your bases covered with these powerhouse foods to cover your most important nutrients. They contain significant amounts of the most common nutrients that people are deficient in as well as a spectrum of other nutrients such as potassium, sulphur, and fiber. There are many other foods that also contain these nutrients, but the ones…
The Quality of Your Butter
Researchers studied the fatty acid profile of butter produced in North America compared to butter from European countries and found that the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats in North American butter was twice that of European butter. A high ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats contributes to inflammation in the body and has been associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer and other…
Gluten Free Diets and Arsenic
With more and more people eating gluten free diets, some concern has been raised as to what is being eaten in its place. When you take gluten grains out of your diet—wheat, spelt, barley, kamut, rye, and oats (technically oats do not contain gluten but are often contaminated with wheat during processing)—your grain options become limited. Your remaining options are rice, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, sorghum,…
How Many Servings of Vegetables Do You Really Need?
When people come to see me in the clinic I always inquire about their diet as a part of my assessment. More often than not, I find that most are not eating enough vegetables. The Canada Food Guide’s recommendations for servings of vegetables and fruit per day for adults is the following: Men Ages 19 – 50: 8 – 10 Servings Women Ages 19 –…
Chocolate Quinoa Cake
Chocolate quinoa cake. That’s what I’m baking right now. And not just one, but three double layered organic chocolate quinoa cakes with coconut cream chocolate ganash and a side of fresh local strawberries! I’m in charge of baking for a birthday party this weekend and I can’t wait to taste this delicious creation. If you have a sweet tooth, check out the recipe below. My…
Stinging Nettle – A Powerhouse Herb
This is one of my favorite medicinal herbs and superfoods. Nettles are not only tasty but are chock-full with a load of nutrients. In fact nettles are the most nutrient dense plant in the world—packed with minerals, vitamins, chlorophyll, phytonutrients and protein. I enjoy picking fresh nettles every spring and steaming them as a side dish. (Just picked some yesterday!) You could think of nettles…