Tuesday, November 8, 2011
"Cornbread" Stuffing and Vitamin Deficiencies
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Too often we grab "food" in lieu of healthy options, which eventually can create undesired issues in our body. We need these vitamins for proper functioning of our bodies. If you are dealing with one or more problems of the deficiencies listed below increasing those vitamins through food will be quite difficult; I suggest using therapeutic doses of that vitamin/mineral to correct the problem ASAP!
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Vitamin A = acne, dry skin and hair, itching eyes, often making sinus noises, and prone to catching the flu. This vitamin is found in pasture fed organ meats, spinach and egg yolks. SAGE is also filled with vitamin A! Spices are hidden with vitamins and minerals!
Click HERE to find Cod Liver Oil and take 1 tsp at breakfast.
Vitamin B = memory issues, confusion, bad breath, dark tongue, dry hair, rough skin, tender muscles, irritability. This vitamin is found in animal proteins. Vegetarians often deficient in B-12 since this B-vitamin is only found in animal products.
Click HERE to find a quality B-Complex and take 1 capsule at breakfast and 1 at lunch.
Vitamin C = bruising, muscle loss, bloody gums, cavities, and nosebleeds. This vitamin is found in green chili pepper, bell peppers, parsley, kale and broccoli. Oranges are not very high in vitamin C which is why juice is fortified with vitamin C. We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another when entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn't take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl. Sage is also filled with vitamin C!
Click HERE to find a highly absorbed Vitamin C. Take 1 at breakfast and 1 at lunch. Decreasing sugar is also important because sugar competes with Vitamin C to get into the cell and sugar always wins!
Vitamin D = sensitivity to pain, Seasonal Effective Disorder, digestive issues, nervousness, pale skin.
Increase with sun exposure and high dose of Vitamin D. Click HERE to find and take 1 capsule with food containing healthy fats. For children who don't like pills, take THIS liquid.
Vitamin E = losing hair at rapid rates, cataracts, and muscle weakness. Foods high in vitamin e are sunflower seeds, almonds, olives and spinach.
Click HERE to find Vitamin E and take 1 with food that contains a healthy fat.
Vitamin K = bruising and brittle bones. Foods high in vitamin k are kale, spinach, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts.
Click HERE to find a K2 supplement and take 1 at breakfast (with calcium and D, NOT with Magnesium).
Folic Acid = fatigue, depression/anxiety, sore tongue. Foods high in folic acid are sunflower seeds, asparagus, spinach, collard greens and SAGE, (as well as fortified pre-packaged junk).
Click HERE to find an absorb-able form of Folic Acid and take 1 capsule at breakfast and one at lunch.
Calcium = brittle fingernails, eczema, tooth decay, and strange numbness and tingling in arms/legs. Foods highest in calcium are almonds, almond milk, green leafy veggies, and artichokes.
Click HERE to find an absorb-able Bone Meal Calcium. Take 1 tsp at breakfast.
Chromium = out of control blood sugar (jittery before lunch), lack of energy and excitement. Chromium is really only found in onions, romaine, and tomatoes. Click HERE to find Chromium (with Cinnamon) and take 1 capsule at each meal, up to 1000mcg/day.
Iron = brittle nails, dry hair, pale skin, dizziness.
This is a tricky one...eat more grass-fed red meat and SKIP the turkey burger. If you are still low on iron, I would detect a food allergy causing you to not absorb iron. Do not take a supplement unless diagnosed with an iron deficiency; even then iron supplements are very poorly absorbed.
Magnesium = chocolate cravings, urinary urgency, broken nails, nervousness, restless legs/twitching, sensitivity to noise. Nuts and halibut have some magnesium, but it is hard to get the recommended dose through food.
Click HERE to take an absorb-able form of Magnesium (DON'T TAKE "Oxide!") and take 400-1000mg 30 minutes before bed. OR you can use THIS Magnesium Oil for best absorption.
Potassium = bad hair and skin, water retention, edema. Foods highest in potassium salmon, avocados, artichokes, broccoli, meat and almonds.
Click HERE to find Potassium and take 1-2 capsules/day.
Sodium = confusion, dizziness, lethargy, and vomiting
Use this quality Celtic Sea Salt.
Zinc = brittle nails, poor circulation, bruising, splitting hair, salty cravings. Zinc is found in oysters, liver, pasture fed red meat, sesame seeds and tahini.
Click HERE to find the proper zinc to take and consume 1 capsule anytime during the day.
FYI: Birth control pills deplete our cells of zinc and getting pregnant too soon before having healthy zinc levels can cause birth defects, such as cleft palates. My suggestion is to take zinc for 6 months after going off birth control before trying to conceive.
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 eggs (or 3 eggs and 1/3 cup coconut milk)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl sift together the dry ingredients. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until very smooth. Grease a small bread pan and fill about 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. This can be made ahead and frozen.
1 pound ground sausage or bacon
2 cups celery, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
5 cups crumbled "cornbread" (from above)
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/4 cups chicken broth (or more if you like a mushy stuffing)
1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp sage
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place sausage, mushrooms, celery and onions in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In a large bowl combine sausage mixture with cornbread, chicken broth, poultry seasoning and sage. Mix well and transfer to a 9x12 inch baking dish. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes or until well set and cooked through. Makes 12 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Cornbread Stuffing = 441 calories, 20g fat, 15g protein, 52 carbs, 4.3g fiber
"Healthified" Stuffing = 278 calories, 22g fat, 12.4g protein, 4.4 carbs, 2.2g fiber