DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging)…

   DTIDTI is proving to be more effective in determining brain abnormalities then CT or MRI scans as a result of concussions. There are over 300,000 adults and children that suffer concussions yearly and not all of them exhibit the same symptoms. Researchers are concerned why some people have no lasting effect from concussions while others exhibit signs years later. Although DTI scanning is not new, researchers have found another way of reading the information. This new approach known as functional anisotropy (FA) can reveal whether there is any swelling in the brain. Since everyone has a unique special pattern of a brain abnormality, it is possible to determine which injury will be long lasting. Hopes are that it will be especially useful in helping soldiers returning from battle with blast concussions. If an abnormality is determined early there is a better chance of helping with recovery.

Rainbow Vegetable Dish…

 Indian Eggplants, Sweet Potatoes & Red PeppersIndian eggplant

– 10 small Indian Eggplants (cut in 4-6 sections each)
– 1 medium sweet potato (cut in 1/2 inch pieces)
– 3 large cloves garlic (diced)
– 1 large red bell pepper (diced)
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 1/4 teaspoon of salt
– 1/2 can tomato sauce
– Hot pepper to taste
– Generous amount of Turmeric
– 3/4 cup low sodium veggie broth

– Saute garlic for 2 minutes in olive oil in a large skillet
– Add  all the above ingredients cover
-low to medium flame-for about 40 minutes.

Nutritional Facts:
-Red Peppers rich in Lycopene-support for our urinary tract
-Purple Eggplants provide Vit. K important for blood clotting
-Orange sweet Potatos -Vit. A necessary for eye health
-White Garlic is a strong antioxidant
-Turmeric one of the best spices for fighting inflammation

Cooked or Raw?

cooked veggiesHaving a good amount of raw foods in our diet is important to replenish digestive enzymes. Certain foods, although we have eaten them raw may be more beneficial if eaten cooked.

*Tomatoes-the phytochemical lycopene is 35% stronger when cooked-important for urinary tract health.
*Spinach is loaded with oxalic acid which blocks calcium absorption. However this barrier is broken down by heat.
*Carrots when steamed or cooked increase the potency of carotenoids by 14%- important for eye health.
*Asparagus-6 of the main nutrients were increased by 16% after cooking, one of which is a cancer-fighting antioxidant.
*Mushrooms-potassium,magnesium and zinc were increased twofold when cooked.



How to Deal with Stress…With Stress!

Stress RopeStress surrounds our lives daily. Everything from our job to relationships to financial concerns can be sources of stress. This constant bombardment can in the long term cause great bodily harm. Let’s look at the different types of stress. Here is how they would be abbreviated if they were texts. IS (immediate stress) sudden immediate danger ex. being chased by a bear. LLS (long, lasting stress) a prolonged period of stress ex. stuck in a traffic jam for hours. PS (psychological stress) a period of days or weeks thinking of an upcoming stressful situation with either a person, place or event. ICS (ingesting caffeine stress) deliberately putting the body under stress by either energy drinks, excess coffee or tea. Although all these types of stress are totally different, the body is not able to recognize this andStress runners in turn will respond in the same manner by releasing adrenaline to cope. Allostatic load is the term now being used for how the body responds to these repeated bouts of stress, especially the psychological type which can be the most damaging. What we should strive for is the state of allostatis–the point when we are able to favorably deal with stress. So how can we turn things around and make stress work for us? The answer is exercise. Pushing the body to its limits is another form of stress. The only difference is that we are in control. We can stop the stress whenever we feel it is becoming too much to handle. Just as all the other forms of stress, exercise also forces the body to release cortisol in response to the release of adrenaline. In so doing, Stress dogwhen we increase our level of activity we increase the level of cortisol our body is able to endure. This will prepare us to handle future rigors and stressful situations. In other words pushing the body to its healthy limits. Following a period of exercise we more then likely will find ourselves in an enhanced mood. Maintaining this enhanced mood will make it easier for us to handle a stressful situation when it occurs. So go ahead, stress yourself out deliberately with an intense exercise session. Just remember to fortify yourself with proper nutrition so you will have the stamina to keep up with whatever you are attempting to achieve.