2012-05-18 / Health & Medical

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: Asparagus is the one of the many vegetables that I associate with spring and summer. Perfect steamed, sautéed and grilled, asparagus is a nutrient dense treat.

Asparagus is a stem vegetable. Other than the tiny, flowery tip at the top, asparagus stems are the abundant, edible part of the vegetable.

Asparagus has many unique nutritional properties. It’s most valued nutrient is the anti-oxidant, glutathione. Glutathione is an extremely powerful oxidation reducer (prevents damage to the body’s cellular tissue) and has antiinfl ammatory properties. Oxidation and inflammation of the body’s cells have been strongly linked to many types of cancers. Therefore, glutathione has strong anti-cancer properties, making asparagus an ideal In addition, asparagus is high in folate, a B-vitamin that helps to prevent heart disease and birth defects. Asparagus also has diuretic properties and eating asparagus can help the body rid itself of excess water and reduce swelling, which can be beneficial to women who suffer from pre-menstrual bloating. Asparagus is also high in the hard to find vitamin K. Vitamin K has a protein component that helps to strengthen bones as well as preventing calcium from building up in the body’s arteries. This can help prevent heart disease and stroke.

Another unique nutrient found in asparagus is inulin. Inulin encourages the growth of the healthy digestive bacteria (probiotics) that are found in our intestines, helping to prevent digestive diseases and boost the body’s immune system. Recently, I was experimenting in the kitchen with asparagus. I cut the stems into small circular pieces, sort of like carrot slices. I sautéed the asparagus rounds in a ceramic frying pain with olive oil and freshly chopped garlic and a touch of ground sea salt. Once the asparagus was soft and tender, I sprinkled a little grated parmesean cheese on top. This was so tasty and delicious, my 4 year old and 7 year old asked for seconds!! Give it a try!

Thought for the Month: In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. ~Author Unknown Chiropractic Thought for the Month: Often people ask how Chiropractic helps with digestion. What does the back have to do with stomach acid? An electrician understands this faster than most people. Interfere with the current flowing through the wires and the appliances or areas of the house lose normal function or might even catch fire. If the nerve supply from the middle back (the main area that supplies the stomach) is disturbed, stomach function may suffer; maybe the stomach produces too much acid or too little. Then stomach function is out of sync, food doesn’t get digested properly and this results in symptoms like indigestion, bloating and/or heartburn. Chiropractic adjustments may restore the imbalance and allow your body to function the way it’s supposed to!

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