Health Notes

June's Health Genie: Treating Sunburns

Aloe

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.
 

Dear Health Genie,

I forgot to apply my sunblock before heading out on the lake this past weekend, and now I am sunburned! Can you give me any recommendations for taking the heat out of my skin and helping it to heal?

Thanks in advance,

Badly Burnt

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Wild Greens

Wild Nettles and Miner's Lettuce

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Robert Luby, MD

Mother Nature has a way of taking care of our nutritional needs year-round. After the winter root cellar is bare and before the summer vegetables abound, where can we turn to find fresh local foods brimming with vitamins, minerals, and fiber? After the citrus season has waned and before the summer fruits and berries burst onto the scene, where can we find fresh local sources of polyphenols, flavonoids, and antioxidants? The answer is greens: spring greens, bitter greens, and wild greens.

May's Health Genie: Green Tea

Green Tea

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Dear Health Genie,

I have heard that green tea is a healthy alternative to coffee. How is green tea different from black or white tea, and with so many types of tea available, how does one go about choosing which tea to buy?

Signed,
Jasmine T.

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April's Health Genie: Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

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Dear Health Genie,

I recently came across a recipe that called for chia seeds as an egg substitute. Is this the same chia that I used to make Chia Pets in my youth? What else can you tell me about chia seeds?

Sincerely,
Chia-quisitive

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Protein Primer – Protein Principles

By Robert Luby, MD

On September 25, City Market is offering a free class entitled “Protein 101.” Dr. Luby offers up some additional information to help you understand the difference between plant-based and animal-based proteins.

Note:This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before making any major changes to your diet or using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

In recent years protein has received much less emphasis in the media than fats and carbohydrates.  Together, these three categories of nutrients are known as “macronutrients”.  This is to distinguish them from vitamins and minerals (“micronutrients”).  Proteins are composed of amino acids, 22 of which are considered “standard” amino acids.  Of these 22, nine are considered “essential”.  That is, they are required in our diet because the human species is incapable of synthesizing them.  All living things contain protein, therefore every plant or animal-based item in your diet will contain some protein.  The focus of this article is the main differences between plant-based and animal-based proteins.

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