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We’re Ba-a-a-c-k-k-k…

sleeping-bear_5Dear Friends of Stony Creek Wellness:

Sorry for the long time since the last post. I was hibernating!

Actually, I was really missing my daughter Mariella’s help pushing me to get my blogs done! She has moved to the other coast to pursue graduate school in Speech Pathology, and hopes eventually to work with children and adults with autism. I am very proud of her and I will  just have to push myself harder to get my blogs done!

Well, though we’re still having night temperatures in the 40s in CT, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and we finally all can at least start thinking about fun, fun, fun in the sun.

 

We All Scream For Sunscreen

1 oz sunscreen

Unless you have a history of melanoma, vitiligo, or other contraindication, you should try to get at least 15 minutes of sun without protection between 11 and 3, to help raise your vitamin D level. Here is a link to more detailed information about vitamin D and sun exposure (important for vegans!):

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400732/How-Much-Sun-Exposure-for-Vitamin-D.html

If you stay in the sun longer than that, you need to protect your skin not just from UVB rays that cause sunburn in the outermost layer of the skin, but from UVA rays, which penetrate deeper into the skin and increase WRINKLES AND PHOTO AGING as well as promoting increased skin cancer risk.

Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen, don’t apply it often enough, or use the wrong kind!You need to apply a shot-glass sized portion (1 ounce),  every 2 hours.

Use a 15 to 30 SPF sunscreen. Most sunscreens with ratings higher than 45 and above do NOT provide additional protection against UVA rays and may actually PROMOTE skin cancer if you think you can stay in the sun longer than 2 hours without another shot! Also remember many of the claims “waterproof” and sweat-proof” are unreliable. Just reapply!

As you know, I believe it’s prudent to avoid unnecessary toxins. Here are two ingredients in sunscreen you may choose to avoid:

  • Oxybenzone: It’s a hormone imitator. It acts like estrogen. Men, need I say more? You don’t need it and you can find many sunscreens without it.
  • Retinyl palmitate: A vitamin A analog. OK to use at night for wrinkles, but in a sunscreen it could ACCELERATE the development of skin cancer ! It has no proven additional benefit for skin cancer protection, so save it for your night cream.

Safe for you and for Jaws too!

baby shark

Human use of sunscreens may be damaging the delicate and vital ecology of our coral reefs.

http://www.ioseaturtles.org/headline_detail.php?id=871

In Mexico if you go snorkeling you can only use biodegradable sunscreens, such as those with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Here are some coral- and human-safe types:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dbeauty&field-keywords=coral%20reef%20safe%20sunscreens

Here is my go-to site for sunscreen info. While some might find the EWG too alarmist, you will get accurate information about the ingredients and you can make your choice.

http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/ 

Have a ton of fun in the sun!!

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Dr. Nolfo

A Persimmon A Day………

Are you tired of the seasonal "Pumpkin everything" craze during the holidays? Check out all the incredible health benefits and yummy culinary treats that can be made with a different kind of orange fruit: Persimmons!

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Summer Grilling: How To Be a Carcinogen-Free Carnivore!

Credit: Gary Larson, Far Side Comics

Ahhhh…..summer grilling! Cooking outdoors during the warm months is certainly one of the finer things in life. In my last post, I spoke about the importance of experiencing nature and spending time relaxing outside of our stressful, busy lives. Grilling meals is a simple and easy way to break out of your “indoor shell” – so today I’d like to talk to you about how to enjoy your outdoor meat cookouts while avoiding the many nasty carcinogens that we expose ourselves to during the grilling process. Thank you to the people at Cure Magazine for this very helpful information!

How does grilling meat expose us to cancerous toxins? 

– Grilling meat can produce two different types of carcinogens:  heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

– (HCAs) form when any animal flesh / muscle (as opposed to organ meat) is cooked at high temperatures.

– (PAHs) form when fat drips from the meat into the open flame on your grill. The chemicals from this process rise in the smoke and fire and contaminate the meat.

How can I prevent my meat from becoming contaminated with carcinogens? 

–  Choose lean meats and light, rather than dark, poultry.  Be sure to remove any skin and excess fat to reduce drippings into your grill.

–  Research has shown that steaming your meat for between 60-90 seconds immediately before grilling can completely eliminate the presence of (PAHs) in both beef and chicken.

–  Marinate your meats in lemon or vinegar-based marinades. Studies have shown that doing so can reduce formation of (HCAs) by up to 88 percent! Thick, sugary marinades tend to increase the level of char on your meat, thus increasing the odds of HCA formation.

–  Avoid charring your meat. Due to the high temperatures required to really “sizzle” your meat, the charring process increases the chances of (HCAs) and (PAHs) latching on to your meal.

–  Purchase a meat thermometer and grill your cut of meat to about 160º F. You don’t want to char the meat, but you need to ensure it is thoroughly cooked!

Other Cancer-Fighting Steps You Can Take This Summer:

– Grill your food on cedar planks or aluminum foil. Be sure to poke holes into the foil to allow the fat to drip – the foil will prevent the rise of fat content from the flame back onto the meat.

– Do not press your meat while it cooks or place your meat directly over the flame. Doing so will increase fat drippings and charring during the grilling process.

– Clean your grill and always replace your charcoal after every use to avoid rehashing any carcinogens that may have formed during your last grilling session.

Important Health Considerations for “Meatheads”

– To avoid a higher risk of colon cancer, limit your consumption of meat to 11-18 ounces per week. Keep your portion sizes to a maximum of 4 oz per serving.

– Avoid processed meats, especially products made with sodium nitrates. Nitrates are chemical preservatives added to processed meat that become carcinogenic during digestion. They also increase the sodium content of your food unnecessarily!

–  Look for organic or grass-fed meats on sale at your local market. Many supermarkets have daily deals on these items, so take advantage if you can and have piece of mind while you cook out!

Hope this had some insightful, summer information! Have a fabulous weekend and start practicing these healthy habits in the beautiful summer weather! Get Cookin’!

Don’t worry Vegan friends…next week something good for your grill!

Dr. Emily Nolfo

sources: Cure Magazine

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