Nutrition Counseling in Denver

Food can affect aspect of well-being. It is truly a a key cornerstone of health. An imbalance in food and nutrition is associated with: upset stomach, heartburn, headaches, weight loss or gain, heart disease and cancer risk, blood pressure, allergies, body aches and paid, congestion, fatigue, immune function, GI distress, emotional state, and stress. Our experienced dietitians will work with you to develop a personalized nutrition plan based on your individual needs, effectively addressing your symptoms and medical circumstances. Your plan will also address the connections between food, eating and emotions. We provide materials and resources to help you incorporate healthy eating seamlessly into your lifestyle including: recipes, menus, and meal plans, dietary herbs and supplement strategies, tips on label reading and dietary strategies for determining food sensitives.


Super Foods

goji

Goji Berry:

– 19 amino acids
– 21 trace minerals – germanium: anti cancer activity- rarely found in foods
– Cyperone: antioxidant shown to help with cervical cancer
– Beta-sitosterol- anti-inflammatory agent helps with lowering cholesterol
– EFA: hormones and brain
– Kidney yin: fatigue, dry mucous membranes, fertility
– Contains physalin: shown to help the spleen and the lymph fight things such as leukemia

 

coconutoil

Coconut oil

– 2004 study by Department of Biochemistry, University of Kerala showed that coconut oil reduced LDLs, TG, Total cholesterol and raising HDL’s at the same time.
– 2009 the same department as above showed that the polyphenols in coconut oil proved to be excellent free radical scavengers. — What is a free Radical
– Nervous system effects- brain / nerve coating.
– Cell to cell communication- why is this important

 

garlicGarlic

– 1999 study by Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Showed allicin the active component in garlic had antibacterial activity to strains of e coli that were multi drug resistant as well as antifungal activity, anti viral activity and anti giardia (anti-parasitic) activity… consider for cold/flu/gastro intestinal
– 2000 study from Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, University of North Carolina shows that garlic decreases the risk of stomach and colorectal cancers. This was based on 28.8 g garlic /week. There are 2-5 grams of garlic in a clove… Meaning one large clove/day.

 

greenteaGreen Tea:

– 2008 study by Human Performance Laboratory, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Shows that green tea has a positive effect on insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.. 4/ cups day or 2 caps/ day of extract
– Anti-cancer properties: 10 cups / day
– Decaf- solvents used… Also thoughts that the caffeine increases activity of the polyphenols- EGCG that are so helpful as a free radical scavenger.
– Shown to repair DNA, helps prevent metastasis in cancer

 

kaleKale:

– Vitamin K:  helps with bone formation and vitamin D absorption. Helps with blood clotting factors
– ß-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. These flavonoids have strong anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activities
– B vitamins and metabolism
– Vitamin A: for mucous membranes, skin vision,
– Lung cancer, colon and prostate cancer
– Iron- red blood cell formation, enegry
– Huge source of vitamin C- antioxidant

 

cacaoCacao:

– Magnesium: muscle relaxer, heart pumping- role in women and menstration, calcium absorption, building bones
– Arginine and vasodilation
– Cacao butter- healing bruises- cacao butter is make by pressing the beans into a paste which separates the fibrous parts from the creamy parts
– 2011 study by Yale University Prevention Research Center, Griffin Hospital, Derby,  showed that cacao can protect against nerve injury an inflammation, protect the skin from oxidative damage to UV radiation, and have beneficial effects on weight loss (via satiety) and mood.
– Raw vs chocolate bars: most studies on health benefits of chocolate are on the raw version, not the version we typically buy that has sugar.

 

broccoliBroccoli

– B2, B5, Ca, Mg, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, C
– DIM( diindolymethane) (indole-3-carbonol breaks down to DIM) and estrogen affects- estrogen breakdown- anti-breast cancer, menopause, PMS- estrogen dominance

 

waterWater

– Dehydration: headaches, nausea, fatigue, brain fog
– Nervous system- nerves conduct better
– Clean drinking water- pesticides, drug residues, fluoride
– Fluoride tears apart the collagen that helps build bones, effects thyroid function

 

oliveoilOlive Oil

– Vitamin E- antioxidant
– Has oleocanthal which reduces inflammation and has been associated with lowering breast cancer risk
– Shown to reduce strokes, and help lower inflammation especially in RA and OA
– Extra virgin- cold pressed, less heat, less rancidity, less effected oils

 

turmericTumeric

– Curcumin the active component of tumerica
– Works with NF-kb- master switch of inflammation. When NF-kb is released it turns on inflammatory genes. Tumeric inhibits this switch.
– Phase II detoxification-helps turn on .
– Apoptosis of cancer cells
– Anti-angiogenesis
– Helps get vitamin D into the cells

 

seaweedSeaweed

– 2000 study by Departments of Anatomy and Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University shows that chlorella helps with Fibromyalgia symptoms
– 2002 study by Department of Anatomy and Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, show that chlorella (10 g of chlorella plus 100 ml of chlorella extract) reduced diastolic blood pressure
– 2005 study of spirulina at Division of Rheumatology/Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of California at Davis showed that Spirulina reduced IL-4 and therefore reduces allegies
– Algaes are cyanobacterium.
– 2003 study at Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center showed that 4 weeks use of kelp increases TSH levels in euthyroid patients. (euthyroid meaning normal thyroid function)

 

lemonLemon

– Alkalinity- helps enzymes work better, lowers overall inflammation, helps bones build better and helps with yeast overgrowth
– 2008 Journal of Clinical  Biochemical Nutrition published a study that looked at feeding mice a high fat diet. It was discovered that adding the polyphenols found in lemons made the metabolism of the fats (through beta oxidation) better so that the mice fed the lemons gained less weight with the same amount of fats given as the control

 

avocadosAvocado

– 1992 study by Departamento de Investigación Clínica y Biomédica, showed that avocado reduced LDLs and total cholesterol while maintaining good HDL levels
– 2005 study by Center for Human Nutrition, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, showed that  avocados contained the highest amount of lutein among the fruit family. In  addition, they showed that this lutein reduced androgen related cancers such as prostate cancer

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Get personalized nutrition advice

One-size-fits all just doesn’t work when it comes to diet and nutrition. Too often, patients are told what not to do, instead of getting good information on what they can do.  Our trained experts are here to help you discover what will work for you.  Here are just a few of the ways we can help you optimize your health: 

  • Preoperative diet optimization and post-op diet (including ostomy diets)
  • Weight gain, weight loss, and weight maintenance
  • Radiation and chemo side effects (including nausea, constipation and diarrhea)
  • Anti-inflammatory diet and cancer risk reduction
  • Snack and meal ideas
  • Low-fiber diet
  • Neutropenic diet
  • Mindful eating and mindfulness
  • Supplements

 

Call today for an appointment!  (303) 788-3991

 


 

Resource Links

EWG.org

https://dug.org/

https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

http://www.localharvest.org/englewood-co

https://www.cornucopia.org/

http://www.eatright.org/