Wednesday, December 15, 2010
By now you've prolly heard of this creative way to shoplift... If not here's a link to a story on how two ladies made off with $2600 worth of merchandise by hiding it in their skin folds.... *
* note: Mzzchief is not a supporter of theft, despite the moniker!
Friday, December 03, 2010
I'm starting a new catagory of blog, Tasty Tips, where I will post info on stuff I like to eat, that I think you'll enjoy too. Sure I've been doing this all along, its just that labeling a blog as a Tasty Tip makes those entries easier to find, should you want to reference them in the future.
I eat a lot of produce, so its really kinda an oversite that I'd never chomped on this veggie yet. I've seen it many times and just walked on by. Last time I was in the market, I picked up a bunch, cuz it looked really fresh. I just thought it was so... pretty. Almost too pretty to eat.
I did get over that, though.
Today at Lunch, in fact...
Course chopped it, and sauted it with 4 minced cloves of garlic, a few ekoki mushrooms, a splash of OJ, a few sprigs of cilantro in a tsp of olive oil with 3 scallops and YUM it was good! Kinda sweet tasting.
Come to find out its high in potassium, which is great for blood pressure amongst other things.
Here's an excerpt:
Swiss chard is an excellent source of bone-building vitamin K, manganese, and magnesium; antioxidant vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E; heart-healthy potassium and dietary fiber; and energy-producing iron. It is a very good source of bone-healthy copper and calcium; energy-producing vitamin B2 and vitamin B6; and muscle-building protein. In addition, Swiss chard is a good source of energy-producing phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B5, biotin, and niacin; immune supportive zinc; and heart-healthy folate.
From this site:
Here's a mug shot so you can bag some of its deliciousness yourself at the market:
And share your Swiss Chard recipes here!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
...what could be better than that?
So treat yourself to a vitamin D test in order to optimize your levels of this important immunity enhancing prohormone.
As most of you know, D it made from a form of cholesterol in our skin, when its exposed to UV light until our skin turns pink. After that, our bodies have a built in feedback mechanism that stops the formulation of the "Sunshine Vitamin".
So unless you've been laying out nakie til pink recently on a regular basis, there's a good chance your stores of this vitamin are starting to get low by this time of year. Which ironically corresponds with cold & flu season.
Especially if you are hypothyroid, as we tend to need more D than the average human to get our levels where they need to be. Example: I was taking 1200 IUs, and I was under range. Not under "optimal" range which is the mid 40's to 70's, but under the standard range of 32.
That said, you really don't want to go supplementing willy nilly, until you have been tested first to see where you're at. Too much of anything (okay, mabbe not money) isn't better, its excess. And you can get yourself in trouble if you start taking an oil soluable vitamin, because it gets stored in your liver, not secreted by your kidneys.
Okay, I can hear ya whining... you were expecting sumpin good to eat with no calories, and instead you're getting another annoying Mzzchief health lecture. ha
So here's some links for ya:
Okay and you prolly want a coupon for that, sheesh you guys make me do everything ha:
Now get yourself tested, or at least start thinking about it!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
While i knewthat hypothyroid disease puts us at risk for higher LDL cholesterol, I was surprised to learn, is that its the level of Free T3, not Free T4, that influences cholesterol numbers.
So if you're correcting your hypothyroidism with a T4 only meddie like Synthroid, Levoxyl, or generic levothyroxine, and your LDL cholesterol hasn't budged, it might be prudent to include a test for free T3 next time you go in for your thyroid test.
That way you can eliminate low T3 as a culprit!
As recently as this October, I lowered my Synthroid and added some T3 to my routine as my T3 was WAAAAY under range. Should be interesting to see what my cholesterol numbers are at my next blood draw.
Here's an excerpt from a study I found online:
THYROID HORMONE (T3) is important for normal regulation of development and physiology. T3 deficiency leads to elevated cholesterol levels in blood plasma that can be normalized, however, by T3 substitution (1). The liver is central in cholesterol metabolism, balancing hepatic cholesterol synthesis and hepatic uptake of plasma lipoproteins from the circulation against the excretion of hepatic cholesterol and bile acids in the bile (2, 3, 4, 5). T3 can influence the metabolism of cholesterol at several critical steps in the liver
From this study on the lack of a specific thyroid hormone receptor in mice and the resultant high cholesterol which was resistant despite endogenous T3 supplementation. Granted lack of a specific hormone receptor Beta is a different issue all together, but what can be extrapolated from this abstract is that T3 mediates cholesterol:
Take care of youse!
here are AArranna's links, hyperlinked, to make em easier to get to.
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