Posts by dr.burkhart

Focus on Farm Shares

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) or buying directly from the farm is gaining in popularity as more and more people wish to know more about the origins of their food, who grows it, how it is grown, and how we can support the farming community. Below are three Connecticut farms that are well worth a visit.   Urban Oaks Farm, New Britain This not-for-profit farm is dedicated to growing quality, certified organic produce year-round. Its main crops are salad greens, cooking greens, heirloom tomatoes and herbs. Also grown are sweet and hot peppers, Italian and Asian eggplants, melons,...

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Eating Your Way to a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

There are the ingredients in foods and beverages that we all know can be a barrier to a good night’s sleep—caffeine, sugar and alcohol are three of the biggest—but there are also ingredients in food that can be effective aids to satisfying and restorative sleep. Fish, Bananas, Legumes: Melatonin, a sleep inducing hormone that kicks in at night can use a a boost of Vitamin B6 found in these foods. High-glycemic-index (GI) triggers insulin which can increase the ratio of sleep-inducing tryptophan relative to other amino acids in the blood, allowing more tryptophan to get into the brain...

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Antibiotics in Meat Poses Health Risks

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Healthful Eating | 0 comments

The burger, the bacon, the store-bought rotisserie chicken — staples of the American diet — may not commonly be thought to contribute to obesity, diabetes, cancer but if the meat is the product of an animal raised on low doses of antibiotics, a practice known as sub-therapeutic antibiotic therapy, then the health threat is very real. Evidence shows that the antibiotics that kill microorganisms in animals can do the same to humans.  A rich microbial diversity of gut flora is critical to our health. So critical that that nutritionists and the medical community are recommending supplementing...

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More Reasons to Be Tobacco-Free

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

A new study credits at least five diseases to tobacco use—in addition to the well-known diseases including lung cancer, artery disease, heart disease, chronic lung disease and stroke, researchers have found that smoking is linked to significantly increased risks of infection, kidney disease, intestinal disease caused by inadequate blood flow, and heart and lung ailments not previously attributed to tobacco. Check out awesome internet casino games by Maple Leaf and win real money online! If you think the time is right for you to kick the habit, congratulations. Good news is there are tools to...

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Give Your Valentine a Smart Way to Feel Good

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Healthful Eating, Healthy Living, High Antioxidants | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day and the word “sweet” go hand-in-hand. On Saturday, make something special for your sweetheart that will make them happy + smart and taste amazing. Your secret ingredient? Chocolate, of course! Why smart? As reported in a recent Harvard Health Blog, there are compounds in chocolate known as cocoa flavanols that have been linked with improved thinking skills.  The article goes on the explain that flavanols in cocoa have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, prevent blood clots, and fight cell damage. Be aware,...

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