CSA, Detoxification, Farming, Gardening, Health, Health Food, Holistic, Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy, Organic, Soup, Vegetables, Wellness

Carrot Soup

Healthy vegetarian soup puree

By Cynthia Hill, NTP

“March” into Spring with a quick and easy velvety smooth carrot soup!  Just a handful of fresh ingredients makes this soup the perfect warm up for Spring.  Aside from tasting delicious, carrot soup is packed full of nutrients too.  Carrots are high in vitamin A and a very good source of biotin, vitamin K, fiber, molybdenum, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Collagen rich chicken stock/bone broth promotes healthy digestion, healthy hair and nail growth, and reduces joint pain and inflammation.  Onions and garlic are  rich in sulphur compounds and flavonoids.  Full fat yogurt provides calcium and good bacteria (probiotics).  Butter of course adds flavor (everything tastes better with butter!) and has a long list of health benefits including promoting  the absorption of minerals, high in vitamin A, E, K, selenium, CLA and antioxidants. And lastly, herbs contain antibacterial/anti-inflammatory/antioxidant properties.

Carrot Soup

Ingredients:

2 lbs. organic carrots, scrubbed and quartered lengthwise

4 cups chicken stock or bone broth (homemade, organic, free range is best)

1 cup finely chopped organic yellow onion

2 small cloves organic garlic

1 cup full fat yogurt (grass-fed or organic is best)

3-4 tbsp. butter (grass-fed or organic is best)

Fresh or dried thyme, dill or parsley

To make:

Salt chicken stock to taste. (a good quality sea salt is best)

Parboil carrots in chicken stock about 12 to 15 minutes until just tender.   Let cool.

While carrots are cooling, sauté the onion and garlic in butter until soft.

Purée  carrots, stock, sautéed onions & garlic and yogurt using a stick blender (or regular blender) until smooth.

Add some fresh thyme, dill or parsley  (or about  1 tsp. dried),  additional salt and pepper to taste.

Heat slowly over low heat until warmed through, or chill and serve cold.

For another pretty presentation, swirl a dollop of sour cream and add a thyme, dill or parsley sprig to individual bowls (optional).

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Recipe adapted from Jennifer Dillman, NTP

 

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CSA, Detoxification, Farming, Gardening, Health, Health Food, Holistic, Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy, Organic, Vegetables, Wellness

Get Your Veggies On!

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We all know how good vegetables and fruits are for us.   From anti-aging, disease preventing antioxidants, to vitamins, minerals and fiber, fruits & vegetables are nutritional  powerhouses and the foundation of a healthy diet.  Antidote Wellness Therapies is super excited to be hosting a Summer and Fall CSA with Turtle Creek Gardens.  Turtle Creek Gardens is located just North of Delavan and is USDA/MOSA Certified Organic. Click here to learn more about Turtle Creek Gardens Farm.

Not familiar with a CSA?  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  A CSA is a great way to purchase local seasonal produce right from the farmer.  Purchasing a CSA allows you to know your farmer and how and where your food is grown, putting your dollars back into the community.

So how does a CSA work?  The farmer offers a certain number of shares to the public.  Shares typically include a box of vegetables but other farm products may be offered as well such as fruits, herbs, eggs, cheese, honey, meats and so on.  Buyers purchase a share or subscription/membership.  In return, the member receives a box of seasonal produce weekly or bi-weekly throughout the growing season delivered to a designated drop off site.

This arrangement is beneficial to both the farmer and the consumer.  The farmer can market during the off-season, receive payment early helping with cash flow, and get an idea on how much and what to plant, and has an opportunity to get to know his/her customers.  The consumer benefits by getting the freshest foods possible direct from the farmer, exposure to new vegetables and ways of cooking them and developing a relationship with the farmer who grows their food.

Turtle Creek Gardens CSA will be delivering right here to Antidote for easy pick up every other Wednesday from 4-6 pm. Wondering what you will receive in your Turtle Creek Gardens CSA box?  View a slide show here.

*The deadline is fast approaching and shares are limited.  Sign up today and enjoy fresh local produce from June to November!  Contact Antidote Wellness Therapies at 262.298.5055 for a sign up form or directly with Turtle Creek Gardens here. (Make a note on the application that Antidote Wellness Therapies is your pick up location).  Please join Antidote as we get our veggies on!

1446167307_d8acf70ad403By Cynthia Hill, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner at Antidote Wellness Therapies

 

Detoxification, Health, Health Food, Holistic, Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy, Wellness

Put a Little Love in Your Heart This Valentines Day

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By Cynthia Hill, NTP

Did you know that the health of the heart reflects the health of the entire body?    This is why it is so important to address and balance what we as Nutritional Therapists call the foundations of optimal health including diet, digestion, blood sugar balance, fatty acid balance, mineral balance, and hydration.

Each of these foundations contribute to heart health and together achieve optimal health. So what can you do to support these foundations?

Diet – Fuel your heart!  Choosing a properly prepared whole foods nutrient dense diet rich in vitamins and minerals is the single most important thing you can do for your heart and your health.  Ditch the processed and convenience foods (heart disease is a processed food disease!) and opt for fresh organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, and full fat organic and grass fed unprocessed dairy products (if you tolerate dairy).

Digestion –  Improve digestion!  Good digestion of proteins is essential to make amino acids like taurine (aids in heart rhythm) and carnitine (lowers blood pressure and cholesterol).  Proper stomach PH ensures digestion and absorption of calcium and B vitamins.  Good liver/gallbladder function is important to digest healthy fats and fat soluble vitamins.  Appropriate bowel flora is required to make vitamins B1, B2, B12, and K2  which help convert our food into fuel and reduce elevated homocysteine levels – a cardiovascular risk.  Dietary changes along with addressing food sensitivities and detoxing can heal the gut and promote optimal digestion.

Blood Sugar Balance – Balance blood sugar!  High blood glucose levels can make it more difficult for blood and oxygen to move in and out of the heart.  Blood sugar imbalances can lead to an overproduction of cortisol leading to insulin resistance which compromises mineral uptake by the cells.  High Insulin blocks the PG-1 pathway for prostaglandin  anti-inflammatory pathway production (hormone involved in the healing process). Inflammation is a common factor in heart disease.  Reduce consumption of processed high carbohydrate and sugar laden foods to help balance blood sugar.  B vitamins are especially important in the conversion of glucose into energy for cell utilization and blood sugar regulation.  Some good sources of B vitamins include liver, turkey, tuna legumes, and whole grains.

Fatty Acid Balance – Eat heart healthy fats!   Did you know that good healthy fats are the preferred fuel of the heart?  It’s true!  Fatty acids in the right proportion are critical to managing inflammation in the body. Fatty acids are a fundamental part of the cell membranes that make up the tissues of the heart and the coronary arteries.  Cold water fatty fish, & small amounts of raw sprouted nuts and seeds are good sources of fatty acids.  If you are eating processed food, you are most likely consuming considerable amounts of highly processed (rancid & free radical prone) omega 6 vegetable oils (throwing off the critical omega 3 omega 6 fatty acid proportion/ratio) and artery clogging artificial trans fats (margarines, hydrogenated fats).  Choose healthy  oils like coconut, avocado and olive oils and animal fats (lard, tallow, poultry fat) from healthy, antibiotic free, grass-fed, free range animals.

Mineral Balance – Increase mineral intake and absorption!  Calcium and magnesium are imperative for a healthy heart.  Both minerals work together to regulate contracting and relaxing of the heart and muscles. Calcium prompts the contraction and relaxation of the heart.  Magnesium is needed  for absorption of  calcium along with Vitamin D and K2.  An appropriate calcium-magnesium ratio is critical or the calcium will not work.  Low sodium levels can increase insulin resistance raising heart disease risk.  Eat the rainbow for plenty of mineral rich vegetables.

Hydration – Drink plenty of water!  Staying hydrated is key to good lymphatic flow and proper blood viscosity. (The thinner the blood, the less it resists flow, moving smoothly throughout the body). Dehydration causes the vascular system to selectively close some of its vessels, leading to hypertension and heart disease.  Proteins and enzymes depend on hydration to function properly in the body.  Reduce diuretics (coffee, tea, soda, juice) and increase pure water intake.

Maintaining  normal weight, cholesterol and blood pressure levels are also paramount in supporting the health of the heart and finally – exercise!  The heart muscle loves and benefits from regular movement!

So put a little love in your heart this Valentines Day.  Fuel your heart with the nutrients and love it desires and needs to be truly heart healthy!

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Detoxification, Health, Holistic, Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy, Wellness

Top Five Reasons to Detox

 

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By Cynthia Hill, NTP

Have you ever thought about doing a detox or cleanse?  Have you ever wondered if you really need to do a detox and if you did, would you benefit from it?  Here are our top five reasons to consider a detox cleanse:

  1. Improve quality of life.  Our bodies do not function well when they are loaded with toxins.  We may experience headaches, lack of energy, joint pain, brain fog, digestive issues, allergies and are just not feeling our best.   These are all symptoms of a toxic body.  A detoxification cleanse can reduce your toxic overload quickly and help alleviate these symptoms.
  2. Lose weight.  The body stores toxins (substances it does not recognize) in adipose tissue.  Detoxing correctly releases and eliminates toxins stored in fat cells and boosts your metabolism by restoring balance to the body.
  3. Slow premature aging.  Detoxing can help rid the body of heavy metals and free radicals which contribute to the aging process.  Enhanced digestion, nutrient, vitamin and antioxidant absorption help fight oxidative stress.
  4. Strengthen the immune system.  An immune system that isn’t functioning properly makes us susceptible to colds and the flu.  Detoxing strengthens immune function which enhances our ability to fight off infections.
  5. Prevent chronic disease. Our bodies own detoxification function is overburdened from environmental toxins which are linked to many diseases.  A detoxification cleanse assists and improves what our overloaded system is naturally designed to do.

We are exposed to toxins (chemicals, pollution, pesticides, medications, etc…) day in day out 24/7.  Our overwhelmed and exhausted systems will benefit from a proper detoxification program that optimizes digestion, reduces inflammation, balances blood sugar and supports the organs of elimination giving your body a chance to heal and thrive!

Learn more:  Make Me Vibrant Cleanse Antidote Wellness Therapies

 

Detoxification, Health, Holistic, Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy, Wellness

Why This Detox Works

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By Cynthia Hill, NTP

Wednesday, January 11th at 10am kicks off our 21 day detox cleanse at Antidote Wellness Therapies. To achieve a successful cleanse your detoxification pathways must be open! Our easy detoxification program sets us apart by supporting detoxification pathways and digestion so you may achieve a successful cleanse and then reap the benefits.  Let’s take a look at the critical role digestion and the elimination pathways play in detoxification:

Detoxification is the way the body heals and repairs itself.  The systems involved in detoxification include the cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, urinary and the skin.  Toxins have to actually be eliminated from the body, they don’t just magically disappear from your tissues when you do a cleanse. These detoxification systems pathways must be open to enable toxins to leave the body.

Detoxification will be severely impaired with poor digestion and elimination.  During digestion detoxification depends on two things – the integrity of the GI membrane and the precise bacterial and chemical environment.  An imbalance in the flora can injure the intestinal walls allowing undigested food and contaminants (toxins) to leak into the bloodstream.  If toxins break free in the large intestine, they will go back into circulation and will not be eliminated from the body.  

One of the many functions of the liver is to filter toxins from the blood and neutralize them for elimination. These toxins then pass through the gallbladder in bile.  If the bile is thick, viscous, and not free flowing the toxins will not be released and excreted from the body.

If food isn’t digested, even a good diet can clog detoxification pathways.   Some amino acids play important roles in the functioning of detoxification pathways in the liver.  Poor fat digestion can also clog the lymph, affecting the liver function.   Improper digestion can lead to vitamin/mineral deficiencies.  Toxins deplete minerals like magnesium which can lead to insufficiency of enzymes necessary for phase I & phase II liver detoxification pathways.  B vitamins are also needed for production of detox enzymes.

Good digestion of the proper macro and micro nutrients is essential to the body’s ability to detoxify.  If digestion & elimination are not initially supported, a successful detoxification will not occur