Health Notes

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.

August's Health Genie: DHA

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,

Someone suggested I add a DHA supplement to my child’s multivitamin to support concentration, learning and positive mood going into a new school year.  What is DHA?

Thanks,
DHA-curious Debra

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Glycemic Intelligence: All Carbs Are Not Created Equal

White BreadBy Robert Luby, MD

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.

There are countless diets and regimens for losing weight and improving health, so it is not surprising that many conceptual gems go unnoticed. In this article, I propose a diet and lifestyle that not only helps you lose weight but also may prevent or reverse many chronic conditions.

July's Health Genie: Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

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,

What information do you have about poison ivy and rashes caused by it?

Itching for your response,
Ivy Rubor

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Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Herbs and Spices

By Robert Luby, MD

On June 6, City Market is offering a free class entitled “Anti-Inflammatory Diet.” The class filled up quickly so we’re offering a second class on June 19. Dr. Luby offers up some additional information to help you start your summer healthfully. Want additional information from the class (handouts and recipes)? Please email us at learn@citymarket.coop!

Note:While this article discusses, in part, the medicinal properties of various herbs and spices, it 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.

Inflammation in the body is a double-edged sword.  It is usually beneficial in short-term, acute conditions such as a laceration of the skin, a twisted ankle, or a response to the common cold virus.  However, if sustained over time, it can be harmful, as in the case of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions, which are all chronic inflammatory states.

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