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The Rise of Kale
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5 Ways to Reduce Salt Intake.
 While limiting salt intake may seem elementary to some, we all need to be reminded how easy it is to exceed what is considered maximum daily sodium intake: 2300 mg. (one teaspoon of salt). Researchers say the average American consumes 3400 mg. daily. I think that this assumption is very conservative.

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Food Focus
A form of wild cabbage and member of the Brassica vegetable family, kale has been much maligned in the past for being identified as the poster-child for tasteless health food. Quietly, it is being embraced once again.

Kale is a highly nutritious vegetable, rich in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and calcium. As with other brassica veggies such as broccoli, it contains the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which has been vigorously studied for its anti-cancer potential.

While kale is often cast-off as a complementary or decorative vegetable, it is a staple of numerous cuisines, including Asian, Irish, East African, Portuguese, and German. Whole Foods now offers shredded kale in their salad bar.

Kale is a wonderful replacement for those who are lettuce-intolerant or cross-react with the lettuce family during allergy season.

Several clients have shared their homemade kale chip recipes with us. Use as a replacement for grain-based chips.
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Did You Know?
Vitamin D3
It is hard to go a few days, much less a few weeks without sharing the most recent data supporting vitamin D3. The research comes so fast and furious that frequent updates are now a necessity.
  • German government officials announced that addressing vitamin D deficiency could save them 40 billion in health care costs.
  • Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that asthma is higher in vitamin D deficient individuals.
  • An article in U.S. Pharmacist details the link between vitamin D deficiency and cardiovascular disease. In doing so, they suggest that daily intake of vitamin D should now be 800IU - 2000IU, depending on individual needs.
  • Vitamin D's role in diabetes prevention has to do with the expression of calbindin, a vitamin D-dependent, calcium-binding protein that inhibits inflammatory-related cell death.
  • An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study showed that schoolchildren receiving vitamin D3 supplements (1200IU) reduced the influence of seasonal flu by 40 percent.
For those living in cold weather climates, if you are able to get at least 15 minutes of unencumbered sun exposure five times per week during spring and summer, and you have not been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency, you can lower your supplemental dosage until early fall.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kombucha (pictured above), in some circles it has been touted as the next magic elixir, taking the mantel from Acai. However, as with Acai, this drink is pure hype and anything but a magic elixir. In fact, it can be downright dangerous. had a special report on the fungus drink that has had a meteoric rise in popularity recently. You can read the article in its entirety.

In our opinion, routinely drinking Kombucha is an awful choice. We have seen many clients exhibiting myriad side effects after consistent consumption. It is especially awful for those with mold intolerance or allergy, yeast overgrowth, candidiasis, or other fungal issues. If you must drink it, do so only once in a while.

Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts Inc.