Category Archives: Integrative Medicine

How does Green Tea Contribute to Weight Loss?

Green tea can lead to effective fat loss while preserving muscle, turning you into a lean fat burning machine.

Green tea catechin ECGC keeps levels of the fat burning hormone norepinephrine high so you  lose weight by burning more fat.  Green tea inhibits the enzyme that breaks down this hormone.

Green tea causes increased excretion of dietary fat by decreasing lipase enzymes in your digestive tract responsible for fat digestion. Although you may eat foods containing fats, you will not break them down as readily and they will not be source of calories because you will excrete them.

Green tea decreases your appetite by causing the release of CCK (cholecystekinin), an appetite suppressing hormone.

Green tea  contains theanine which has positive effects on mood and creates a state of alert relaxation.

Green tea contains caffeine which acts as a stimulant, a mood elevator and a mild diuretic. Caffeine is mildly thermogenic.  Thermogenic foods increase the amount of calories burned.

By: Dr Nalini Chilkov

Safe Seafood Choices Made Easy

Avoiding cancer means choosing foods that are safe and free of cancer causing chemicals.

Seafood contaminants include metals (such as mercury), industrial chemicals (PCBs and dioxins) and pesticides (DDT).

Smaller species are eaten by larger ones, resulting in concentrated levels of contaminants in large predatory fish—like swordfish and sharks. Be wise and choose your seafood carefully.

Choose fish that is wild caught, not farm raised, whenever possible.

Avoid swordfish, which concentrates the toxic metal mercury in its flesh.

Sustainable sources of safe seafood include choosing fish that’s fished or farmed in ways that have less impact on the environment.

Make ocean-friendly choices when you eat seafood.

Seafood Watch recommendations show you which seafood items are “Best Choices” or “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid”.

“Best Choices” include fish that have mercury levels below 216 parts per billion (ppb) and provide at least 250 milligrams per day (mg/d) of omega-3s:

Atlantic Mackerel
(purse seine, from Canada and the U.S.)

Freshwater Coho Salmon
(farmed in tank systems, from the U.S.)

Pacific Sardines

(wild-caught, from Alaska)

Salmon, Canned
(wild-caught, from Alaska)

What You Can Do:      Download A Printable Guide

By: Dr Nalini Chilkov

Chemo Brain? How to grow new brain cells

A wonderful TED Talk about neurogenesis by Sandrine Thuret. She explains how the adult brain does grown new cells
and offers advice on what you can do to encourage this growth. Interestingly enough, she references chemo brain and demonstrates
her research to an oncologist colleague.

Here is a slide to consider that is featured in the talk.


How to grow new brain cells