Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My daughter and I both have asthma but we don't let it get in the way of our exercise with proper medication and knowing what our lungs can handle

Interesting article on #asthma and #obesity .
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Natalia Holguin, our intern, is on the blog today

Check it out!

Guest Post: Kombucha

We have been so lucky at Kindred to work with Natalia Holguin who is interning with us. Natalia is a personal trainer who is earning experience to apply for the Dietetic Internship this fall. This is a great read!
What’s with Kombucha?
Recently there has been lots of talk about this wonder drink call Kombucha. But what on earth is Kombucha and why is it good for our gut? Here is a quick summary of what I’ve found.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage thought to have originated in China or Japan about 2,000 years ago. This beverage is made by adding specific strains of bacteria, yeast, and sugar to black or green tea and then allowing it to ferment for a week or so.  During fermentation, the bacteria and yeast gathers at the surface of the beverage to create something that resembles a mushroom but is actually called a “SCOBY” ( Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). The SCOBY is then taken out of the beverage and can be used to ferment other batches of kombucha.
Health benefits of drinking Kombucha
Benefits of kombucha tea are based primarily on personal reports and a few animal studies.  Many claim that kombucha boosts the immune system, helps prevent cancer, and improves digestion and liver function. However, no sound clinical trials testing the health claims of kombucha have been done yet. That does not mean that there are not any benefits from drinking the tea; it simply means that there is no strong evidence that proves the benefits of the claims out there.  The research that I have been able to find suggests (but HAS NOT proven) that there may be some beneficial factors of the drink:
  • Kombucha may be a rich source of probiotics. Due to the fermentation process of certain strains of bacterium and yeast, this beverage may have positive effects on the bacterial flora of the gut and may be protective against harmful bacteria. (4)
  • Kombucha may be a good source of antioxidants (especially when made from green tea). These tea leaves have a type of antioxidants called polyphenols which protect your body’s cells from harmful oxidative substances. Put more simply, kombucha tea will have similar benefits to that of the tea that it is made with (usually black or green tea). (5)
  • Energy booster: Kombucha’s ability to invigorate people is credited to the formation of iron that is released from the black tea during the fermentation process. It also contains some caffeine (although in very small amounts) and b-vitamins, which can energize the body.

Is Kombucha Safe?
Kombucha’s popularity is partially due to the probiotic content of the drink. To maintain these good bacteria benefits, the tea must not be pasteurized, which increases the risk of contamination. (3)
Some experts caution about the danger of home brewed and unpasteurized kombucha  prepared in non-sterile environments. The risk is that harmful bacteria could find its way into the drink. The FDA cautions that home brewed versions are at high risk of contamination.
You can purchase kombucha at the store or make it yourself at home. However be careful with home brewed Kombucha because over-fermented and contaminated Kombucha can cause severe health problems. Commercial products are considered safe and alcohol free, as they must contain less than 0.5% alcohol.
Whether you have used kombucha and have reaped the benefits or are a skeptic I would say that this tea drink could have potential for overall health based on personal experiences. I think that there is value in considering the "unscientific" claims and testimonials of thousands of people from around the world for in the last hundred years as well as value in more scientific studies.

Be well,

Kindred Nutrition is collaborating with Dr

Nicole Alberston Psy.D for an Eating Disorder patient support group. Call 301-663-3350 or email drnkalbertson@gmail.com to sign up. This starts 2/7/17 7-8PM

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Risky Resolutions

The New Year.

It's common to yearn for a return to normal structure of life after the holidays. Let's face it, the holidays are busy, stressful, and lead to more gluttony than one would like to rehash. From a nutrition and body image perspective, the negative feelings you feel January 1st are most likely directly related to the judgment you have on your eating, drinking, or lack of exercise over an extremely stressful time.  What's my advice? I'm glad you asked. First, give yourself some grace. Second, recognize what your obstacles are during the holidays and resolve how you can make a positive change in the future. Third, make a plan to build your support system to meet your resolution DURING the holidays next year.

Perhaps you've already made a resolution though. That's okay. Have you thought of the the steps it's going to take you to get to your resolution or are you just focused on the end goal?  Here's the facts. Only eight percent of people actually achieve their resolutions every year. Eight percent! That's a very low number. Businesses know this and capitalize on it. Do they really care if you get to your end goal? Be smart when making your resolutions this year. Avoid the following broken promises:

1. Purchasing a Magic Pill or Drink- There is no magic bullet. I feel like a broken record. Remember FenPhen? It killed people. Why would you have to spend hundreds of dollars on a powder that is advertised as a SUPER food. There is no such thing as a super food and once something is made into a powder it has been transformed from its orginial whole product that is much better quality. Also, most of the drinks aren't regulated and let me tell you some VERY big names are being pulled from the market because they promise something they don't provide. Last but not least, a drink should only replace a meal after surgery when your GI system isn't working efficiently. Can you really rationalize that a drink is healthier than whole food? I'm intrigued.

2. "Nutrition Coaching" that is based primarily around purchasing supplements- Your body is an amazing machine. It will attempt to digest, absorb and use every vitamin and mineral you give it. Unless you have a deficiency there is no research that proves having extra of anything proves to increase metabolic efficiency, weight loss, or body mass. Anybody who is recommending a supplement should only be doing so after he/she proves you have a deficiency (labs), otherwise you are just paying for expensive urine.

3. Any detoxification agents - Your body has a liver and kidneys and if they are working correctly there is no need for you to detoxify. Plus close your eyes and think rationally. When detoxifying your body does it really make sense to put additional things in before you take the waste out? Newsflash: a true detoxification is Dialysis and trust me you don't want to need that.

4. Exercise products or gyms that advertise spot reduction- How in the world can a gym promise you how your body will react to exercise, especially if they don't know your nutrition? Also spot reduction is not possible. Promising results sets people up for failure. Do you really want to live in that negative space?

5.  Any diet that recommends excluding an entire food group- Eating a variety of food provides you with the vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients your body desires to function properly. I know the media tries to brainwash everyone to believe that your brain has a specific sensor to tell when it's eating a white potato (bad) verse a sweet potato (good) and that white potato can put a pound of true weight on but unfortunately that is not possible. The only time you should avoid a food is when you have an intolerance or allergy.

Always remember. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is and you get what you pay for. Here's to smart resolutions!

Be well,

Amy Goldsmith RDN, LDN

#EatingDisorders are on the rise in Middle Age

Interesting article.


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