All Posts for August 2006

Brain Aging

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

This Health Flash is from Dr. Betty Kamen, PhD & Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, MD—Nutrition Hint #2239 from Betty’s website: With the celebration of my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday and her amazing ability to remember almost every important event in her life and her ability to do puzzles, knitting, crypto-quotes, etc., this health flash seems appropriate. Her brain seems “ageless!”

“Reactions to stress affect brain aging, and this occurs through hormonal effects. In this context, stress includes a cumulative effect of your lifestyle: what you eat, what you drink, if you smoke, how well you sleep, whether you are physically active…The effects we know about include impairment of memory, shrinkage of the hippocampus and impaired glucose.”

As you can see, stress is involved in every aspect of our lives, with good nutrition as only one aspect. While my website focuses mainly on diet, there are many aspects of life for keeping stress at bay. Thanks, Betty!

Peak to Pique

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

In the next Kitchen Nutrition, I hope to feature tomatoes. Here’s a peak at one of my recipes to pique your appetite.

Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing

2 oz. Pkg. of organic sun-dried tomatoes
1- 1/2 cups hot water for soaking
one-two garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. chopped chili pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
approximately one cup of soaking liquid

1. Bring about one to one and one half cups of water almost to a boil.
2. Pour water over sun-dried tomatoes and let soak for one half to one hour.
3. In the meantime, place garlic, spices and olive oil into blender.
4. When tomatoes are soft, drain and add to blender with one cup of the soak water. Puree until smooth.
5. For a thinner, more pourable dressing, add another 1/2 cup of soak water. (If soak water is gone, just use plain water.)
Use this over steamed veggies or heat and use over pasta. For spicier sauce, add more garlic and hot pepper.