Mediterranean Diet and Digestive Health Specialist: Stella Metsovas » Health News http://stellametsovas.com Top Nutritionist Stella Metsovas Shares Mediterranean Diet Recipes and Lifestyle Programs for Optimal Digestive Health and Longevity Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:12:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Why Should Everyone Eat Healthy? (Video)http://stellametsovas.com/why-should-everyone-eat-healthy-video/ http://stellametsovas.com/why-should-everyone-eat-healthy-video/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:20:18 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/?p=3011 Hi, my name is Stella Metsovas, and today we’re going to talk about why you should eat healthy. Make sure you understand that your health depends on the food you feed it so what you select to feed your body with, to refuel it is going to make a huge difference in your life from […]

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Hi, my name is Stella Metsovas, and today we’re going to talk about why you should eat healthy. Make sure you understand that your health depends on the food you feed it so what you select to feed your body with, to refuel it is going to make a huge difference in your life from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. You have to understand that also the digestive system, the key component in my opinion to overall health is the way you digest your foods. So the better digestion, the more you’re going to absorb the nutrients from your food. So next time you ask yourself, should I really be eating healthy, yes, you should be eating healthy because you want to live healthfully, you definitely want to live a long time and of course you want to be happy.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/video/1007317-should-everyone-eat-healthy/#ixzz2kMVojn5N

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Hi. My name is Stella Metsovas, and I make a career out of studying, cooking and eating food. And, today, we’re going to talk about the healthiest way to eat food. Now, first and foremost, you need to understand one important thing about eating healthy and that is, it’s the most preventable measure you can take for your health. That is conclusive, there’s research backing that up and you need to know that for longevity and optimal health. Now, with eating healthy, it’s important that you understand how your plate should look. Now, I have a dinner-size plate here. You want to always use your palm as a serving size, assuming you live a typical, day-to-day lifestyle. So you want more than half of it to be vegetables, yes, I said vegetables. You can have legumes, you can have whole grains like this sprouted bread, I absolutely love. But, you want to make sure that vegetables are a large part of your diet. Reason being there’s a lot of phytonutrients in there and it’s just so, so beneficial to your digestive system. You want to have quality fats like coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed butter, avocados, some fruit. Don’t overdo the fruit, you don’t want too much of a good thing because it’s still sugar. You have this bounty of vegetables right here. Always try to aim for seasonal produce, definitely want to try to do that because, if you consume foods that are out of season, it’s a little more difficult to break down in your digestive system. You want to make sure that you’re also consuming lean proteins. Having a little bit of fat in your animal-based protein is okay but try to aim for the lean, organic, pasture-raised, like this beautiful chicken right here. Fish is also really optimal to have. And, then, of course, grass-fed beef, eggs, dairy is good, like a Greek yogurt. My name is Stella Metsovas, and today we talked about the healthiest way to eat food.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/video/1004359-information-eat-healthy-food/#ixzz2kM2RRPu4

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Finding Gut Health in Fermented Foodshttp://stellametsovas.com/finding-gut-health-in-fermented-foods/ http://stellametsovas.com/finding-gut-health-in-fermented-foods/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:02:55 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/blog/?p=1910 For the better part of human history, man ate fermented foods ridden with bacteria. It wasn’t until the discovery of microorganisms that the process of pasteurization began commonplace. Nowadays, almost all food is pasteurized to sterilize and make the food ready for consumption. While pasteurization does keep some very harmful microorganisms away, a bit of […]

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For the better part of human history, man ate fermented foods ridden with bacteria. It wasn’t until the discovery of microorganisms that the process of pasteurization began commonplace. Nowadays, almost all food is pasteurized to sterilize and make the food ready for consumption. While pasteurization does keep some very harmful microorganisms away, a bit of bacteria can do the body some good. Where can we find sources of beneficial bacteria? The answer lies in fermented foods.

 

Have our foods and environment become too sterile?

 Cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods throughout their history, from sauerkraut in Germany to kimchee in Korea to the pickles you probably have inside your fridge. Even with today’s heavily used pasteurization process, sauerkraut, kimchee, and pickles are three very common fermented foods still eaten on the regular. Sauerkraut is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria. Just like the lacto-fermentation process used to make sauerkraut, pickles and kimchee are made the same way. Kimchee is a traditional dish in Korea made up of vegetables such as cabbage, cucumbers, radish, or scallions. The dish has been a staple in Korea for thousands of years and is so important to the Korean people that it is the country’s national dish. The pickles you might love atop one of your favorite sandwiches are also fermented in an acidic solution.

 Sandor Ellix Katz’s The Art of Fermentation

 If you’re interested in adding fermented foods to your diet, Sandor Ellix Katz provides a do-it-yourself guide to at home fermentation in his book, The Art of Fermentation. After a forward by Michael Pollan, a famous journalist known as a “foodie intellectual,“ Katz explains the processes and concepts behind fermentation and helps readers dive into the art fermenting foods, with recipes including sauerkraut and yogurt. The book comes with illustrations and is helpful for cooks, food lovers, practitioners, and those with all different levels of fermentation knowledge and experience.

 Benefits of Fermented Foods

 You may be wondering why fermented foods are recommended when probiotics supplements are readily accessible. Eating fermented foods in addition to taking a probiotic supplement is a good idea because fermented foods retain more bacterial strains than probiotics alone. Also, pasteurized yogurt, for example, is less beneficial than fermented yogurt because the bacteria are less likely to survive. In other words, fermented yogurt has more live bacterial strains.

Fermented foods provide the gut with healthy intestinal bacteria that aid in digestion and support immune function. Having the proper balance of gut bacteria and digestive enzymes can better help you absorb the nutrients from food. Beneficial bacteria within the digestive system have also been shown to slow and reverse diseases, improve bowel health, and lead to better overall wellbeing. Even better, fermented foods have a long shelf life and are budget friendly!

To incorporate more fermented foods in your diet, you can look into Katz’s book for recipes and start eating foods such as sauerkraut and including fermented drinks such as kefir. Adding fermented foods can be an easy process to enhance overall gut health.

Top 5 Ways to Get Fermented Foods Into Your Diet

  1. Make your own sauerkraut.  See my recipe here.
  2. Use these Top 10 Gut Cleansing Foods for optimal digestive health.
  3. If you’re okay with dairy, try making your own Greek yogurt.
  4. I’m in love with Black Garlic.  Check it out here.
  5. Try my favorite Miso paste for broths and salad dressings.

 

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