This quick, easy & delish summer salad was a hit at the last 2 (outdoor, socially distanced) potlucks I’ve attended. Try it at your next gathering or meal prep it & you’ve got lunch covered for the week!
Today, I came across this article citing Saffron as “one of those rare, versatile ingredients that can be utilized to fulfill a range of mood related needs, if dosed properly. Found in only a few select places in the world, Saffron comes in various shapes and sizes, but a dose of 15mg twice a day has been shown to be just as effective as 10mg of Prozac in treating mood swings and mild to moderate depression, whilst contributing none of the side effects.”
Specifically mentioned is Dr. Funk’s Saffrony, the clinically proven natural,vegan, and non-GMO supplement properly dosed at 15mg with a 2% saffron extract.
I met Dr. Kristi Funk earlier this year in Cleveland at the Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and Cancer for Women conference. I’ve read and re-read her book, Breasts: The Owner’s Manual – full of research-backed info on breast cancer and its treatment and prevention. She is the real deal – beyond intelligent, gorgeous, and a genuinely caring physician on a mission!
*I’m not a doctor & this isn’t medical advice*
Another research-backed reason to stay active – it can reduce inflammation. This makes total sense considering that exercise also has the power to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, improve metabolism, and potentially reduce the risk of some cancers as well as improving strength, balance, flexibility and endurance!
Studies have shown that even a single 20-minute workout is enough to have an impact – and that the exercise doesn’t even have to be intense to produce anti-inflammatory effects!
Check out this quick read in the Washington Post today-
“Building and maintaining strength is one of the most important things you can do at any stage of life, and it’s extremely important after age 50.” says Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
“Starting sometime in our 30s, we lose up to 8 percent of our muscle mass per decade, a decline called sarcopenia, along with up to 30 percent of our strength and power. This leaves us weaker, less mobile and — especially after we cross age 50 — more vulnerable to injury from falls and similar accidents.”
It doesn’t require fancy, expensive equipment – there are limitless opportunities to increase strength, flexibility, and endurance via body weight exercises or with dumbbells, sliders, and resistance bands. It’s easier than you think, and so important to combat the negative effect of both sarcopenia and our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and way too much time sitting.
May Plank Challenge -who’s with me? The Intro Level version is a great option, and reach out if you’d like a demo (I’ll post mine in my insta stories every morning).
A strong core is the foundation of all movement & can really improve your stability to reduce risk of falling & improve your athletic performance!