It has been a few months since I last wrote a blog post. It seemed like I ran out of material to write about.
As you know, the purpose of these posts is to share only information 1) that is based on research and is not a merely hearsay, 2) that I have personal experience with, and 3) that I feel contribute towards a goal of living the longest with optimal health.
For a while I had plenty of such information that fit the scope of this blog. And, then I hit the wall.
About a year and a half ago, I found a source that has troves of nutritional information for optimal health. This information is available in videos and text form – all for FREE.
Using this information, I have been further optimizing my own lifestyle. And, it has already showing further improvements in my bio-markers.
The source is: www.NutritionFacts.org
This site is a labor of love for Michael Greger M.D. FACLM. He seems to be on a personal crusade to share this knowledge and information. He and his staff of volunteers comb through over 20,000 research papers on nutritional studies published every year. They summarize this information in few minutes long byte-sized chunks and even as annual summaries, which last about an hour.
You can even subscribe to their site and you will receive a tip every day in your email. I actually look forward to these emails. That way I can learn over time and don’t take in more than I can digest.
I got introduced to Dr. Greger’s work by reading his book: How Not to Die.
Some startling things I learned from this site:
- How you can reverse your diabetes by changing what you eat.
- How you can shrink you prostrates by adding certain fruits to your diet.
- How you can reduce blood pressure with certain plant based foods.
And, for every claim, he gives his rationale based on specific research studies and papers that you can further read up yourself, if you wish.
MY LIFE STYLE CHANGES
Here are some things I have already incorporated in my lifestyle, as a result of the research information I learned from Dr. Greger:
- I am now working on replacing, whenever possible, to get as many micro-nutrients as possible using whole foods rather than supplements.
- I started adding one tablespoon of freshly ground Flax Seeds and a quarter teaspoon of Turmeric in my shakes every morning. As you will see from the research, flax seeds and turmeric are effective for a whole bunch of issues, e.g., blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation.
- I started adding one table spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in my salads at lunch to lower my blood sugar resulting from food at lunch, which tends to be my heaviest meal.
- I have been eating 2 to 4 pieces of Brazil Nuts as snack every night to further lower my LDL Cholesterol.
- I am now more conscious of making sure that I add Cruciferous Vegetables in my salads to boost my anti-oxidants.
- I have started sprinkling pomegranates seeds on my oat meal for my prostrate health.
RESULTS SO FAR
I have been quite pleased with the results of these changes so far. Here are a few:
- My most recent blood-work on 7/7/2017 shows, an Hemoglobin A1C of 5.4%! It was 5.5% three months ago. My A1C was stuck at or above 5.8% for the last three years, ever since I have been measuring it. Ever since then, I have been working on getting it out of the pre-diabetes range, considered to be over 5.6%.
- All my inflammation markers, CRP, Homocysteine, WBC are all trending down.
- LDL and Triglycerides are 86 and 57 in the latest blood-work – without any meds. These are on the low end of where they ever been.
- My blood pressure measured on my last doctor’s visit was 108/70! As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have working on reducing my BP.
I highly recommend that you checkout www.NutrtionFacts.org. An evidence-based nutrition advice that is labor of love of Dr. Michael Greger. You can search for a specific topic, browse the site in general for useful information and/or subscribe to the daily email.
This site has become a go-to site for me for all things nutritional for Optimal Health. I have found the information is research-based, concise, well-presented and at-times with profound implications.
Most of the time, information is very actionable.
What are your thoughts on this subject?
Would love to hear from you and learn from you.
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Thanks Ashok! I’ve been waiting! I don’t have these problems yet, but good to be up on all this since I make shakes for my parents and need to get it all in one glass!