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bcmike wrote:I have a smoothie just about every day added to my brekfast. I always pour it over my oatmeal, or nuts and fruit, etc. (instead of soy or any other milk--so i chew instead of drink)My smoothie has little fruit, maybe 1/2 banana and some berries. My usual suspects to include are-
1-T fresh flaxseeds--1 clove garlic--1-2 handfulls of greens (kale-spinach-collards-etc)1T vitamineral green-drop b12 (few times a week)
drop vit. D (2000iu's) piece fresh ginger. Whirl it up in my vitamix--is it "delicious"--nope, but pretty good to me. More fruit would make it taste better but i trade that off.
A question, on the xtend-life site Warren Matthews believes that kale, collards,(maybe others--spinach, broccoli, o.k.) should not be eaten raw (reasons why escape me)"Always" cook. Anyone have any thoughts on that ? What i do is heat up some water to boil when i use those veggies and pour it in just to be safe. He doesn't know if that is o.k. but could be.
cbs wrote:I'm wondering, if I were to take a banana, with some water and a bit of spinach blended and put that over some GF oats, would that be ok? Its kinda a small green smoothie but it would be a milk sub. I was just thinking this might be a better option then almond milk on oats. I havent had oats in a long time but I used to put mylk on top of them.
bettina wrote:Jeff, I have one more question about your statement "More isn't always better".
I agree with that but am wondering if there is a benefit to "more" in order to improve immune function. In that case is there any benefit to green smoothies or juices ?
cyd wrote:Hi Jeff,
My 31-year-old daughter had cancer, and ever since all the radiation treatments, she gets sick all the time. She's getting anything and everything from frequent colds and flus to Fifth's Disease, measles and a host of others. Each time she gets miserably sick and it takes her much longer than it should to recover.
In the interest of trying to improve her immune response she started drinking green smoothies--composed largely of kale and parsley. Her doctor keeps her hyperthyroid to prevent the return of the cancer and about three weeks after starting the smoothies, her tsh shot way up, resulting in significant hypothryoidism. It is slowly coming back down, and now she is considering trying cooked kale every night for improved immune response. I am trying to talk her out of it and to go for variety instead because I am concerned that she really doesn't know if the problem was the raw kale or the kale itself but I don't have any evidence to support my position--just my motherly anxiety meter.
Is there any evidence out there that certain greens or any greens (raw or cooked) adversely affect tsh?
Concerned wrote:Is it true that the single food most strongly associated with longevity is leafy greens? I thought that means that the more you eat of them, the longer you live. What is the optimal amount of leafy greens?
Concerned wrote:By the way, congratulations, Jeff. Mazal Tov!
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