Naturopathic Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes – How to Regulate Blood Sugar Naturally

Join Chris Habib, B.Sc. (Hons), ND to learn how powerful naturopathic medicine can be for Type 2 Diabetes!

During this jam packed webinar Dr. Habib will cover:
How to improve blood sugar regulation naturally
– Common supplements for diabetes and related complications
– Diet and lifestyle approaches for Type 2 Diabetes
– A patient who was safely able to go off diabetes medication with ND supervision

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Educated at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as an evidence-based naturopathic doctor, Chris Habib, B.Sc. (Hons), ND is the Chief Financial Officer of a highly successful herb company. He is an entrepreneur and investor who has bought and sold numerous businesses. Dr. Habib also manages health clinics, teaches, works in telemedicine, and oversees an online medical publication.

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Wheatgrass 101: The Naturopathic Kitchen

Let food be thy medicine! Here at The Naturopathic Kitchen we embrace the healing power of nature by focusing on the healing power of our favorite culinary herbs and food. Today we look into wheatgrass and what it can offer our health!

Wheatgrass101

Most people know of wheatgrass as a shot at a juice bar. This practice has actually been popular for much of the last century and, with the organic movement, has experienced a resurgence in popularity. Its high concentration of chlorophyll provides a deep green color which has earned it the nickname “Green Blood.” With chlorophyll’s structural similarity to hemoglobin, it is aptly named!

Where does wheatgrass come from? Where can I find it?

Use of wheatgrass dates back to the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations over 5000 years ago. However, it only gained popularity in Western civilization in the 1930s when a chemist named Charles F. Schnabel experimented with fresh-cut wheatgrass to nurse dying chickens back to health. The hens not only recovered, but they produced eggs at a faster rate. After this discovery, Schnabel began spreading the word about the health benefits of wheatgrass to the public. Since then, it has remained firmly in the “superfood” category with additional research showing it safe in human populations.

Today, wheatgrass can be found in smoothie and juice bars. Since the benefits come from drinking juiced wheatgrass, it is best to juice or consume the wheatgrass immediately after it is harvested. This leaves only a few options for truly obtaining the benefits of wheatgrass: buying a shot from a juice bar or growing your own and juicing it yourself. Luckily, wheatgrass seeds are easy to come by online or in health food stores. They are even easier to grow. Wheatgrass is also available in the form of powders, capsules, and tablets.

How does wheatgrass help my health?

For a grass, wheatgrass is relatively high in protein and contains 19 amino acids, making it just 2 amino acids short of complete protein. It is also a great source of nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, electrolytes and antioxidants. Due to the high presence of chlorophyll which contains thylakoids, wheatgrass has been shown to help decrease feelings of hunger after a high-carb meal and lead to weight loss.1  Research has also shown that wheatgrass is a good adjunct to chemotherapy, increasing effectiveness and reducing side effects.2  

What medical conditions/symptoms is wheatgrass used for?

When should wheatgrass be avoided?

Wheatgrass can cause nausea, loss of appetite, and constipation but is otherwise very safe and has a long track record of use. Since it can lower blood sugar, it is best to monitor blood sugar levels if taking insulin for diabetes. It should also be avoided in populations allergic to wheat and gluten.

 

Let’s try out some tasty wheatgrass recipes!

Blueberry Banana Wheatgrass Smoothie

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 T Chia seeds (pre-soaked)
  • 1 c organic spinach
  • 1 c almond milk
  • ½ c organic banana
  • ½ c organic blueberries
  • 1 T wheat grass

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender jar and blend until smooth.

Thank you to Easy Healthy Smoothie for this recipe!

 

 

Easy Wheatgrass Shots

 

INGREDIENTS

• Fresh wheatgrass (enough for a couple large handfuls)
• 1/2 c coconut water

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put a couple handfuls of fresh wheatgrass and the coconut water into a blender. Blend on high until liquefied.
  2. Hold a nut milk bag over a large bowl and pour the mixture into the bag.
  3. Squeeze the bag until the pulp inside looks like a light green floss. Throw out the floss.
  4. Pour the green liquid evenly into an ice cube tray and freeze.

Enjoy by allowing a frozen cube to melt in a shot glass or add to a smoothie!

Thank you to Wild Remedies for this recipe!

 

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Shiitake 101: The Naturopathic Kitchen

Welcome back to The Naturopathic Kitchen! Each week we go back to the basics to use food as medicine in an effort to lead healthier lives. It can be intimidating to try new things especially when you don’t know what it is good for you or how to prepare/cook it. Today we’ll be talking all about shiitake mushrooms!

Shiitake 101

Shiitake are one of a few special mushroom varieties that have both a versatile flavor profile as well as an abundance of health benefits. Shiitake have been cultivated in Asia for nearly six hundred years, but only recently have they started to gain traction in Western countries. And it’s a good thing too—these mushrooms are too beneficial to pass up!

Where do shiitake come from? Where can I find them?

Shiitake are found in the mountainous forests of China, Japan, Indonesia, and Taiwan, but are now grown commercially all over the world. They can easily be found in most grocery stores next to the other varieties of mushrooms. Since shiitake are also considered a medicinal mushroom, they may be found as a powder or extract sold at specialty stores. In Japan, the most prized specimens are called donko and come with a hefty price tag. These donko have closed caps while the Koshin types have open caps and are less expensive.

How does shiitake help my health?

Shiitake mushrooms don’t have a huge list of health benefits, but the ones that they do have are very powerful. Research has shown that they are effective for weight loss, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and even cancer. 1,2,3 On top of these impressive benefits, shiitake are loaded with B vitamins. Another interesting use for these mushrooms comes from emerging research in oral health—shiitake may be better than some leading mouthwashes!4

What medical conditions/symptoms are shiitake mushrooms good for?

Let’s try it out with delicious and nutritious recipes!

 

Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

INGREDIENTS

3 c shiitake mushrooms
2 t thyme, fresh leaves
1 yellow onion
6 c organic mushroom or vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/4 c olive oil
1 c white wine
Truffle oil (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium pot, add the handful of the whole mushrooms to the broth and simmer over medium heat. In a large sauté pan over medium heat add the olive oil and the onion. Sweat, stirring often for 5 minutes until the onion is soft and tender. Add the mushrooms and cook another 2-3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat the rice with the onion and oil. Cook stirring often for 2 minutes. Add the wine to the rice and stir, scraping any bits from the bottom of the pan. As the wine cooks off, add a large ladle of hot stock and continue to cook and stir. As the stock cooks off, add another ladle of stock. Continue this process of adding stock and cooking it off, stirring continuously for about 20 minutes or until the rice is al dente. Season to taste with kosher sea salt and stir in the fresh thyme leaves. Serve hot with whole mushrooms on top for garnish and a drizzle of truffle oil. Serves 4-6.

Thank you to Heather Christo for this recipe!

 

Bok Choy Shiitake Mushroom Soup

INGREDIENTS

4 c bok choy (chopped)
2 c shiitake mushrooms (sliced)
1 c onion (chopped)
1 t olive oil
2 T low sodium organic soy sauce or organic tamari
1/2 t Szechuan pepper
1 quart organic chicken stock
6-8 drops sesame oil (use sparingly)
salt and pepper to taste
fresh chopped chives for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large pan cook onion and oil on medium-low heat.  Stir constantly until onion is opaque.  Add remaining ingredients except sesame oil, salt and pepper.  Cook until shiitakes are tender, about 15 minutes.  Add sesame oil, salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with fresh chopped chives. Serves four.

Thank you to Feral Kitchen for the recipe!

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