5 things Doctors don’t want you to know (About their knowledge of Nutrition)

As doctors keep your problems confidential, they often also keep their problems a secret to the outside world. If they let you know their every thought, you might trust them less. They are not experts for every health problem, especially when it comes to lifestyle diseases. These are chronic, food-driven conditions and can be reversed, if dealt with closely. 

Here are top 5 things your doctor does not want you to know about their Nutrition knowledge.

  1. Not specialists in Nutrition science

This fact stands true and proves that doctors have a dearth of Nutrition knowledge- Education/ training in nutrition. A doctor, throughout his course of MBBS or the other related courses, undergoes approx 2-hours training on the subject of Nutrition. Quite less as compared to a full-blown Nutrition degree program!

Nutrition and Dietetics programs typically involve either 3‐year Bachelor’s and 2‐year Master’s level training to develop competence and enable accreditation in providing dietary counselling services and medical nutrition therapy to patients. It is therefore understandable that doctors report having a lack of confidence and knowledge or indeed the complex skills required for effective, person‐centered nutrition counselling.

ThriveFNC’s is a team of qualified Functional Nutritionists who’ve excelled in their work by helping people reverse their chronic, debilitating lifestyle conditions and giving them a deep hope of living healthy.

  1. Root cause analysis 

Doctors often order medical (blood) tests and fail to address them optimally. By giving just a superficial look at  the deranged tests, they try to fix the problem primarily with medications and at best with their super-speedy-general dietary advice.

Your blood report is the way your body speaks. It reveals the overall internal health and helps you find out a lot of information and processes that might be going wrong inside the body. At ThriveFNC, a thorough blood report analysis forms the very first step of finding the root causes of all the lifestyle- related problems followed by a detailed explanation of the same.

(Click on the link to know what CBC tell you about your health: https://www.thrivefnc.com/blog/things-you-need-to-know-about-cbc/)

It sometimes also happens that your doctor might give you a mis-diagnosis or an extreme diagnosis while the problem is totally due to faulty eating and lifestyle practices. So you should really be aware of whom you put your trust when trying to deal with lifestyle problems.

  1. Time constraints

On an average a doctor does not spend more than 5 minutes with his patients. Dietary and lifestyle plans in just 5 minutes? Does not sound like a disease-healing plan! Although patients trust their doctor and hold their advice in high regard, their doctor might not have the time and skills to effectively communicate optimal diet advice that can enable their patients to make behavioral change.

  1. One-on-one healing approach

Your doctor may not really have time for diet counselling because it requires proper intervention and one-on-one connection in order to counsel people with correct dietary choices. This can only be done by expert nutrition coaches who spend time onto and have relevant experience of coaching and counseling people.

Our coaches are expert Functional Nutritionists and follow an one-on-one healing approach to reversing lifestyle problems as opposed to a 5-minute generalised advice by a doctor.

One thing that we have discovered and your doctors definitely do not want you to know is that one-on-one healing approach involves bio-individuality which is the most sustainable way of addressing and treating any health issue.

  1. Medications create a havoc, until absolutely necessary

Doctors are pundits when it comes to suppressing symptoms of a health problem. They think by waving the magic wand of prescribing various drugs, they are doing good if not the best to help the patient. This is, however, deteriorating conditions all the more because lifestyle diseases can easily be treated, or even reversed with a dietary regimen alone.

Long-term intake of certain drugs, for e.g NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) cause hormonal imbalances, massive gut health issues which further result in poor immunity.

One of the main objectives of nutrition coaches at ThriveFNC is to bring down and eventually stop the use of medications with its tailor-made protocols.

ThriveFNC is a functional nutrition based healing approach which involves a holistic and comprehensive process of dietary and lifestyle protocols, which makes it possible for us to heal all the modern day diseases efficiently. With our unique, real time response and one-on-one strategies, ThriveFNC holds and stands by the ‘disease-reversal’ claim adeptly.

About the Author

Ria Jain
Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at ThriveFNC updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on ThriveFNC’s blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.
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Avocado Salsa

PREP: 10 MINS

LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 3-4 PEOPLE

Ingredients:

-3 large, ripe Avaocados (diced)

-400 grams cherry/ regular ripe tomatoes (quartered)

-1-2 small onions (chopped)

-1/2 cup fresh coriander (finely chopped)

-1/2 tsp ground coriander seeds (optional)

-1-2 medium Jalapenos (seeded and minced)

-1 lemon

-1/2 tsp fine sea salt/ rock salt

Directions:

Step 1

In a large serving bowl, combine all of the ingredients as listed.

Step 2

Gently toss to combine. Do not over-mix or the avocados will turn everything green.

Step 3

Taste and add more salt if it does not taste quite spectacular enough.

Step 4

Serve promptly, as the avoados will turn brown over time.

To sotre leftovers, try to minimize the amount of oxygen by using a container that is just the right size. This way, it will be fresh in the refrigertor for 1-2 days.

Health Benefits:

This recipe is a easy to prepare, quick snack item to satisfy your hunger in a healthy way. Avocados are nutrient-dense fruit packed with healthy fats, fiber, Vitamin K, folate, Vitamin B6 and Potassium. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory and anioxidant properties. Use of other ingredients also add on to health benefits and improving flavour profile of the dish. 

Note: For maximum nutrition, organic ingredients should be used.



Recipe Created By Team Thrive

One of Thrive’s biggest focus to teach anyone how to harness the healing power of food. In order to this, we have been creating innovative and delicious recipes that are filling, tasty and full of healing benefits. This one is just one of those recipes. 

3 crucial steps in the process of Thrive

Thrive uses Functional Nutrition as your healing foundation to ensure that partnering with us gives you the roadmap for a sustainable health and wellness journey for life. It’s one of our core values to offer stellar disease reversal and wellness service to our clients by making their journey completely personalised, and aided by a comprehensive support system. 

With the help of these 3 crucial steps, your health journey with Thrive becomes like no other:

Thrive is an expert when it comes to reversing chronic lifestyle diseases because it starts with finding all the possible root causes of that disease. We go beyond treating your symptoms, by getting to the cause of the disease; ensuring that our treatment doesn’t stop till all the root causes are worked upon comprehensively, thus assuring you a symptom-free life.

Every client is assigned a personal health coach, who not only tracks your day to day journey, but also advises you in dealing with real time, lifestyle challenges. Our coaches become your therapists, not just for your health, but for your overall mental and emotional journey. Our focus is on becoming the support system that most people lack. We go beyond your blood work data, to create a strong relationship of trust, knowledge sharing and emotional support. Our coaches guide you, lift you up on difficult days, and ensure that you achieve your health goals.This unique, one-one-one approach of healing keeps you motivated, all day, everyday!

Thrive gives you the whole wellness package with Functional Nutrition, mental wellness guidance, lifestyle change tips, delicious and simple diet guides, community connections with other Thrive clients, and special events like free workout sessions with fitness experts. We empower you with every resource that helps you own your body in the most sustainable way. With its holistic care involving the power of FOOD and mind-body-soul healing, Thrive makes you a warrior, being able to swiftly go through any health crises in life.

About the Author

Ria Jain
Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at ThriveFNC updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on ThriveFNC’s blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.
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Egg Bhurji

PREP: 10 MINS
COOK: 10 MINS
LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 1 PEOPLE

Ingredients:

-2 Eggs

-1 Onion

-1 Tomato

-1 green chilli

-1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste

-1tsp Ghee

-1 tsp Corainder leaves

Directions:

Step 1

Heat ghee in a pan and add chopped green chilli, onion to it and sautee until they turn golden brown. Meanwhile, break the eggs and whisk them thoroughly.

Step 2

Add tomatoes, spices (turmric, red chili powder according to your taste) to the mixture and mix well. Cover the pan with a lid for the tomatoes to soften. Now add the whisked egg mixture and mix again. 

Step 3

Keep stirring the egg until they are scrambled well.

Step 4

Switch off the heat once they look mostly cooked. Do not wait until they are completely cooked or else the bhurji will become too dry.

Health Benefits:

This is an easy to prepare recipe. Eggs are a source of complete protein along with other important nutrients like Vitamin A, Slelenium, Choline and healthy fats. Addition of spices adds to the taste and improves the overall flavour profile of the recipe.



Recipe Created By Team Thrive

One of Thrive’s biggest focus to teach anyone how to harness the healing power of food. In order to this, we have been creating innovative and delicious recipes that are filling, tasty and full of healing benefits. This one is just one of those recipes. 

5 ways Thrive can help you regain your health

Thrive is a whole lot more than Functional Nutrition. It helps you improve not only your physical health, but provides you with an ultimate, life-changing experience which makes you want to love your body, for your body is a temple you should worship. Here are 5 ways Thrive can help you recreate an optimal health like no other.

  1. Root cause analysis

Treatment of any health condition requires going to the depth of what is actually causing it. Just checking the symptoms can be misleading in some cases, but your blood reports never lie. At Thrive, we dig deep into finding all the possible root causes of all your deranged parameters and fix them in a way that is sustainable. But how?? Read the next sections.

  1. Individual-specific approach

Giving out food advice without considering individual makeup is a big No-No. It’s a well known but often overlooked fact that diseases don’t happen overnight. They creep up and become the silent killers that lifestyle diseases are known to be. These diseases affect every person differently and needless to say this individual-specific approach has been working the best for the overall healing of clients at Thrive.

  1. Going beyond coaching

At Thrive, the Functional Nutritionists are beyond coaches because coaching at Thrive comes with all the necessary hand holding that is needed in order to follow the steps needed to achieve your desired health goal. Your health coaches, at some point, become your therapists during an emotional setback; Your friend when you want to share something new. They will support you with whatever that is drawing you away from your health goal.

  1. Real time response

The 3-month health journey with Thrive is a ‘No- prior appointment’ event. To put it in short, When in doubt, call Thrive. Real time response is the USP of Thrive. We believe that working towards your health should be an effortless experience and we are all in with you in this. Let’s say, a party is coming up where you are awaited eagerly and this becomes an unavoidable situation. In such cases, you can immediately contact your health coach and he/she will guide you to choose the best suited foods available without letting you compromise on your social life. Sounds cool, right!

  1. Mind, body, soul healing

This is the most significant part of signing up with Thrive for regaining your health. Everyone is made to be disease-free and it is each and every person’s sole right to lead a disease free life. It is impossible to bring changes in the physical symptoms if your mind and soul are not brought together. A holistic approach to bring about an overall healing. Meditating and reading books that would assist in calming your mind and soul forms an integral part of the comprehensive care provided at Thrive.

About the Author

Ria Jain
Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at ThriveFNC updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on ThriveFNC’s blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.
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Can I eat animal protein with CVDs, Gout and Kidney dysfunctions?

Consumption of animal protein is a hot eating trend, and many people have reported significant benefits after adopting this pattern of eating.

This may lead to some of you to wonder- Is it healthy to eat only meat in the long term? There are allegations that animal protein intake is associated with incidences of Gout, Kidney dysfunctions and also something as worse as heart diseases. Is this all true? Well, not really.

So let’s start with this absolutely fallacy that correlates increase in animal protein consumption with Gout. (A painful, inflammatory disorder in which too much uric acid in the body crystallises and forms deposits in the joints). Uric acid is basically a breakdown product of a protein- Purine, which is present in red meat and other animal-based proteins. So, according to the conventional, lazy school of thought, the best advice would be to avoid animal protein completely. There is, however, a problem with this logic (of a low purine diet) because over 90% of elevated uric acid is due to impaired clearance, and not overproduction of uric acid (1).

While it is the kidney’s function to clear out this waste material (uric acid), reduced clearance is generally a result of yet another problem which is Insulin Resistance. Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, body fat and liver start resisting or ignoring the signal that the hormone insulin is trying to send out—which is to grab glucose out of the bloodstream and put it into our cells. This further leads to ever-increasing levels of Insulin in your blood as the brain recognizes this ignorance as lack of insulin. These elevated levels of insulin impair the kidney’s ability to do its job. Hence, evidence suggests that most cases of gout are a result of this metabolic dysregulation (hyperinsulinemia) and metabolic syndrome as well (2). 

Relooking at the standard dietary recommendations for gout – A Low Purine Diet – it might be wise to question this approach because low purine foods are mostly carbohydrate-based: cereals, bread, pasta, flour, sugar, and fruit. These cause insulin spikes far greater than what animal protein does. And just as low cholesterol diets have a trivial effect on serum cholesterol, low purine diets have a negligible impact on uric acid levels.

Also,  we’d like to draw your attention to the fact that Gout is unknown in Eskimos despite their purine-rich diet (3). Definitely worth thinking about right?

What about the extra load on the kidneys then? 

The changes in kidney function as a result of a high protein diet are expected and normal. These adaptive mechanisms are well within the functional duties of the kidneys. But aren’t high levels blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and Creatinine as a consequence of increased animal protein consumption? They sure are. 

Nevertheless, people with higher muscular content, when coupled with a high protein diet, have their Creatinine levels on a little higher side too. As creatinine is a waste product produced by muscles from the breakdown of a compound called creatine.

Also high levels of BUN do not necessarily indicate kidney dysfunction. BUN levels usually increase on a high protein diet as it is a surrogate of how much protein you are eating.

If you are really concerned about a high protein diet and kidney health, instead of just looking at creatinine alone which can be “falsely elevated”, get a Cystatin-C GFR test done. 

Cystatin C is a protein produced in the body. The levels are kept just right in normal conditions. It can be a problem when the levels of cystatin C go too high, as it is indicative of your kidneys not functioning not functioning properly.

In fact, research on patients with chronic kidney disease shows that reducing relative fat intake and increasing the protein intake may be beneficial for kidney functioning rather than deriving calories from a high fat, low protein diet (4). 

Also, all of of you with normal functioning kidneys, a high protein diet would prevent you from end stage renal disease (ESRD) (4).

Another disease which people fear the most when it comes to animal protein consumption is the occurrence of a heart disease (Heart disease or diseases are a group of ailments related to compromised functioning of the heart), also known as cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).

A variety of conditions occurring as a result can be- Atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart attack and something as worse as heart failure.

Now there's good evidence and explanation that when atherosclerosis does occur, it is almost always in the setting of insulin resistance and metabolic dysfunction. Insulin resistance reduces the ability of our body to clear circulating lipids, viz., triglycerides and free fatty acids. Hypertriglyceridemia has the strongest correlation with CVDs among the five components of the metabolic syndrome (5).

Long story short, animal protein does not trigger heart issues, neither does it trigger kidney dysfunction. We hope this article has answered your questions, in case you still have lingering doubts, feel free to reach out to us! 

References:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23370375/ 
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17466656/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1831365/pdf/canmedaj00812-0101.pdf 
  4. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ajcn/nqaa379/6132001?redirectedFrom=fulltext 
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2639785/#:~:text=One%20of%20the%20most%20devastating,and%20mortality%20among%20diabetic%20patients.
  6. https://www.kevinstock.io/health/high-protein-diets/
  7. https://www.marksdailyapple.com/will-red-meat-cause-your-heart-to-explode/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3975080/
  9. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18235143/
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Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at ThriveFNC updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on ThriveFNC’s blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.
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Everything you need to know about Oats- from types and nutrients to anti-nutrients

Oats, scientifically known as Avena sativa, is a type of cereal grain present in the Poaceae grass family of plants. The grain refers specifically to the edible seeds of oat grass. Although it might be hated by some for its gooey texture upon cooking, oats are often prized for their nutritional value, health benefits and the various ways of preparation. Oats are edible seeds of the plant, of which the hulls or husks are removed and hence called as the oat groats/ kernel. The different varieties of oats start out as oat kernels and vary in the extent of processing techniques and somewhat in their nutrient profiling too. Oats can be modified and consumed in the following ways:

Oatmeal- Oatmeal is a type of coarse flour made of hulled oat groats and consequently a meal made using the same.

Overnight oats- This is a quick, easy no-cook solution of eating oats. All you have to do is Add sufficient amounts of water for oats to soak overnight without fully absorbing all of the liquid and draining the remaining liquid and rinsing the oats before eating.

Oat flour- These are oats that have been ground to a flour-like consistency.

There are different types of oats which you can see on the supermarket shelves, viz.,

Steel cut oats are somewhat similar to the unprocessed oat groats. Whole oat kernels are turned into pieces using large steel blades. These oats have a coarser, chewier texture and nuttier flavor than rolled or quick oats and also take longer to prepare (15-30 minutes).

Scottish oats are those that have been stone-ground into a meal, creating a porridge-like texture when cooked. Stoneground flour is whole grain flour produced by the traditional process of grinding grain between two millstones.

Rolled oats are formed when whole oat groats are steamed, rolled and flattened into flakes, and then dried to remove moisture. These techniques make rolled oats shelf-stable. They have a milder flavor and softer texture and take 2–5 minutes to prepare.

Quick oats or instant oats are those that are even more processed than the latter two. These are partially cooked by steaming and then rolled even thinner than rolled oats. They cook very quickly and have a mild flavor and a soft, mushy texture.

Nutritionally, oats are packed with Beta-glucan, a soluble fiber component which is generally the major contributor for its weight loss claims. Whole grain oats contain a considerable amount of valuable nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and micronutrients such as vitamin E, folate, zinc, iron, selenium, copper, manganese, carotenoids, betaine and choline. 

Whilst it has a good nutrient profile and can be considered as ‘fit for health’, it has a high glycemic index. It simply means that your blood sugar levels spike up immediately after its consumption.

Moreover, the most important factor to be considered is the antinutrient content. Oats contain phytic acid which interferes with nutrient absorption and causes gastric disturbances (bloating, gas). However, the amount of this antinutrient can be lowered by soaking oats and discarding the water before eating.

The best way to reduce phytic acid in oats is by opting for overnight oats or soaking the oats with a dash of acid- apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to the soaking liquid and you will have a delicious batch of no-cook oatmeal that is ready to eat.

Oats are also found to produce a series of phytochemicals (compounds produced by plants for their protection) which are Saponins(1). Saponins are naturally produced as foam-producing compounds by many plants. Due to the bitterness, throat-irritating and inhibitory activity of saponins, they are considered to be ‘antinutrients’. However, greatest amounts of saponins are lost during soaking in salt water followed by pressure cooking. (Read more about Saponins: https://www.thrivefnc.com/blog/plant-antinutrients-saponins/)

Flavone-C-glycosides are yet another plant defense mechanism which is present in abundant quantities in the oat plants (2). These defense mechanisms basically work to deter larger animals for which some plants have sharp spines or thorns, while others have leaves that sting or are bitter to taste.

Owing to their supposed nutritional value, oat-based food products like breads, biscuits, cookies, probiotic drinks, breakfast cereals, flakes and infant food are gaining increasing consideration. These preparations also contain additives, binders, preservatives, and other chemicals which almost destroy the various benefits associated with consuming oats.

If oats have topped your favourites’ list or you are someone who wants to give them a try then eat them in their plain and natural form, do look for gluten free oats and always soak them overnight and discard the water so that you aren’t consuming any antinutrients. 

References-

  1. https://scihub.wikicn.top/10.1021/acs.jafc.5b06071 
  2. https://digital.library.adelaide.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/2440/56814/2/02whole.pdf
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/rolled-vs-steel-cut-oats#definitions
  4. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/oats/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325078/ 
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Top 8 Benefits of Sunlight

In the past, benefits of sun exposure were thought to be limited only to vitamin D. Below are the top 5 benefits of being in sunlight, apart from getting the immunity boosting-bone protecting-anticancer agent vitamin D.

  1. Helps in decreasing high blood pressure and glucose intolerance

UV radiation from the sun induces the production of nitric oxide (NO) which is responsible for a variety of effects such as vasodilation, meaning widening of blood vessels, with a consequent decrease of blood pressure.

  1. Release of the ‘feel-good’ hormone- Endorphin

It has been found that UV rays from the sun can cause release of endorphins in the body. These are the ‘feel-good’ hormones which are released whenever there is a rewarding state. So folks, those times when you feel low or depressed you know what to do! 

  1. Acts as an analgesic- pain reliever

Noteworthy properties of sunlight exposure include its analgesic effects. In a prospective study of patients undergoing spinal surgery, when exposed to 46% higher intensity of natural sunlight during their hospital recovery period, perceived marginally less pain and required use of fewer analgesic medications (6).

  1. Helps improve sleep

Solar exposure helps in improving sleep by the effect of melatonin. It is a hormone produced in the skin through sun exposure and which helps with inducing sleep. UV rays induce the production of melatonin along with regulation of the circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is the body’s internal clock which manages the sleep-wake cycle.

  1. Helps with the autoimmune responses

It is known that both UVA and UVB have a direct immunity suppressing effect. This mechanism may explain the benefit of sun exposure in the protection from certain autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.

  1. Helps in enhancing mood

Being in sunlight triggers the release of brain hormones too, one of them is serotonin. Sunshine is thought to increase the levels of serotonin in the brian which is associated with boosting mood and helping you feel calm and focused.

  1. Improves Cognitive function

In terms of cognitive benefits, a study published in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience found that subjects who were exposed to six hours of sunlight felt significantly more alert at the beginning of the evening and less sleepy at the end of the evening compared with those who were exposed to artificial light.

  1. Great impact on human life span

A study from the journal Medical Hypotheses concluded that specific wavelengths of UVR, experienced at critical times in development as at conception or early gestation, and with specific intensity or rate of change, modulates the expression of human diseases and affect the length of our lives (7).

Lastly, in what might be one of the most phenomenal discoveries of our time, findings point to man’s ability to derive energy directly from the sun- a constant, daily, guaranteed source of energy.

Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of sunlight exposure, the main question that arises is what about skin cancer? Well, for every person who dies of skin cancer, more than 100 die from cardiovascular diseases. Melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers, accounts for only 1-3 percent of diagnosed cases; and curiously, Jacobsen reports (8), people who work outdoors have half the melanoma rate of indoor workers. Is skin cancer something to be afraid of? Or is it an unnecessary fear-mongering campaign vilifying sunlight exposure created by the sunscreen industry?

Sunlight reduces the risk of prostate, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers. It improves circadian rhythms. It reduces inflammation and dampens autoimmune responses. It improves virtually every mental condition you can think of. And it’s free.

Skeptical? Just think how our ancestors lived in bygone centuries. They were outside all the time in hot and cold climates, relying on melanin as a natural protector for the skin. Jacobsen writes, "Our dark-skinned African ancestors produced so much melanin that they never had to worry about the sun." Melanin, the central pigment within our skin, and distributed throughout our bodies, is one of the most interesting biomolecules identified thus far.

Melanin’s proposed ability to convert sunlight into metabolic energy—akin to the way chlorophyll harvests sunlight in plants—means that our species should be reclassified from heterotrophic to photoheterotrophic, and, even more significantly, may raise the prospect that melanin offers protection against ionizing radiation while transforming it into metabolically useful energy.

It turns out that getting a bit of sunlight on your bare skin, without a protective layer of sunscreen, offers numerous health benefits. 

References:

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2018/02/28/why-sunlight-is-actually-good-for-you/?sh=167442e95cd9
  2. https://www.treehugger.com/great-sunscreen-fallacy-lack-sun-exposure-might-be-killing-us-4856325
  3. https://www.karger.com/Article/Fulltext/441266
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6830553/#:~:text=The%20most%2Drecognized%20benefits%20of,treatment%20of%20seasonal%20affective%20disorder.
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27876126/
  6. https://scihub.wikicn.top/10.1097/01.psy.0000149258.42508.70 
  7. https://scihub.wikicn.top/10.1016/j.mehy.2010.01.015 
  8. https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/richard-weller%28b59ff560-1756-497d-81d8-ab17082a4f5b%29.html
  9. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0026702
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4 Reasons why Bone Broth is the real 'Superfood'

Bone broth is a clear liquid made out of animal bones and other parts attached to bones (marrow, joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, knuckles, trotters, etc) that are simmered in water for extended time periods. It can be recognized differently from stock due to its prolonged cooking time. It is viewed as a part of ‘nose-to-tail’ eating philosophy, wherein every part of the animal is used in food preparation, letting nothing go to waste. Consumption of bone broth has become super trendy as it has extensive healing properties and it can now be considered as a ‘Superfood’. 

Here are the major benefits of drinking bone broth on a daily basis which can be mainly attributed to the rich mix of nutrients it contains. Bone broth contains dense amounts of amino acids like Collagen, Glycine, Gelatin, Proline, Glutamine and Arginine which support and improve the following functions of your body.

  1. Great for skin, hair, bones

Along with amino acids, bone broth also contains other nutrients like Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc.

  1. Magical ability to heal the gut

Bone broth (or stock) is fabulous for healing intestinal permeability. It contains collagen, which nourishes the intestinal lining and reduces inflammation.

  1. It aids in sleep
  1. It may aid in weight loss

Bone broth is loaded with important nutrients and is low in calories. It can satisfy your hunger, makes you full and most importantly can help in appetite control.

Ready to try it? Here’s a easy bone broth recipe

Ingredients

Method:

You could add vegetables, herbs, or spices to the broth to enhance the flavor. Common additions include garlic, ginger, onion, celery, carrot, parsley, thyme, clove, cinnamon, coriander seeds, star anise. You could simply add them with the bones along with water.  But remember Tribe, the meat which you procure should be organic, that is, you should look for free range animals raised without injected hormones, antibiotics or other chemicals.

References:

  1. https://chriskresser.com/the-bountiful-benefits-of-bone-broth-a-comprehensive-guide/
  2. https://fearlesseating.net/bone-broth-benefits/
  3. https://draxe.com/nutrition/bone-broth-benefits/
  4. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/the-health-benefits-of-bone-broth
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Ria Jain
Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at ThriveFNC updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on ThriveFNC’s blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.
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