Tag Archives: heart health
Posted on September 26th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Roasted Vegetables with Dates

  Dates add a delicious sweetness to these roasted vegetables. Carrots are a source of beta carotene and disease-fighting flavonoids, and the red of beets comes from specific phytochemicals, called anthocyanins, that have potential health benefits such as supporting the cardiovascular system, lowering the risk of certain types of cancer, and aiding memory function. Enjoy […]

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Posted on July 25th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Tomato-Basil Sauce

Seeing red is a good thing, if the red is on your plate. Research has found that the biological compounds that give certain fruits and vegetables their color also provide various health benefits. For example, the red of tomatoes and beets comes from specific phytochemicals—lycopene in tomatoes and anthocyanins in beets—that can help maintain heart […]

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Posted on September 2nd, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Cardiometabolic Syndrome: Are You At Risk?

I recently had the pleasure of listening to Hilary Galivaltis give a talk on Ayurvedic medicine to a gathering of nutritionists, therapists, nurses, and physicians at Kripalu’s Nutrition Intensive for Health Professionals program. As a Western-trained physician, what I appreciate about Ayurvedic medicine, and indeed, most ancient healing arts, is the coherent framework they provide […]

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Posted on August 19th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Studies, News, and Trends

For Better Heart Health: Start and Break the Daily Fast

There is much ado over a recent study released in the July edition of Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association. Entitled “Prospective Study of Breakfast Eating and Incident Coronary Heart Disease in a Cohort of Male US Health Professionals,” this study found that men who skipped their morning meal had a 27 percent […]

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Posted on October 12th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

Tea for Two and Happiness to Go

A few weeks ago, I came across an article from The Atlantic called “New Reasons to Drink More Tea.” Though I didn’t really think I needed more reasons to enjoy my daily green tea, I read on just to see how science was catching up to what us tea devotees already know: A cup or two of tea a day not only keeps the doctor away, but it also keeps us in tune with the joyous rhythms of life.

The article says that scientific studies are, in fact, starting to show all kinds of health benefits from drinking a few cups of green tea—and in some cases black tea—a day. Benefits range from weight loss to heart health to increases in bone and muscle strength. Plus, as Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science at Tufts University, points out in the article, “It’s really important to remember that tea is a plant.” He explains that the flavonoids extracted from tea leaves are similar to the beneficial phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables. So if we can’t eat the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables, he suggests, why not count tea as one or two servings?

When I read this, I instantly thought of my 16-year-old daughter. Though she eats a basically sound diet thanks to the fact that we only have quality foods in the house, I have to say that she isn’t exactly a huge fan of kale. However, she loves starting her day with a cup of green tea.

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