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Some of My Favorite Supplements — Quercetin with Bromelain

Through the years I have learned about supplements from nutrition experts, doctors friends and relatives. I take a mixture of several which work for me.    People often ask me what I take and why and so I thought I’d develop a few posts about my favorite supplements.

Note: Everyone is different and what works for me, may not work for you.  Additionally, while there is plenty of anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of supplements, according to many physicians, there is no clear evidence that supplements work.  But as long as you don’t overdo them, I figure they can’t hurt! The worst case is that you will have very expensive pee!

Note: I am not advocating any particular brand of supplement, nor am I recommending that you take any particular supplement.  These posts are just me explaining what supplements I take and why.  You should always consult with your physician prior to taking any supplement.

Quercetin with Bromelain 

Quercetin is a flavonoid ). – A family of nutrients that give plants and fruits their color. Quercetin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Quercetin is found in foods such as onions and apples.  It reduces the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic and inflammatory mediators.  Quercetin is often paired with Bromelain.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples.  Bromelain supplements are yellow and smell like pineapple. Bromelain is used for reducing swelling (inflammation), especially of the nose and sinuses, and after surgery or injury.  Bromelain seems to cause the body to produce substances that fight pain and swelling (inflammation).

According to WebMD , Bromelain also contains chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells and may help prevent cancer.

Prophetic Poetry

“You Learn”

I was digging through some old papers and photos and I came upon this poem which I copied down in high school.  WOW. It must have been a message from the teenage me to my future self!

After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,

And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn…
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…

That you really are strong

And you really do have worth…

And you learn and learn…

With every good-bye you learn.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

Lowest Calorie Alcoholic Beverages

I had a weekend full of socializing, eating and drinking.  So I’m going to take a break from posting about exercise and super food and look at how we can have our drinks and diet too!

All alcohol has calories — 7 calories per gram of alcohol.  (Compare this to 4  calories per gram of carbohydrates or protein and 9 calories per gram of fats).  A standard glass of wine, bottle of beer or shot of liquor has about 100 calories.  But “standard” and what we actually drink may vary!  And the real trouble comes in when we order cocktails with high calorie mixers.

One 4 oz. glass of wine has 100 calories, but who drinks only 4 oz of wine?  Most wine glasses aren’t even half full unless we have 6 or more oz. — bringing the calories to 125.  A bottle of beer can have from 80-125 calories. A standard shot of   80 proof liquor ( 1 1/2 oz. ) has about 96 calories.  This appears to be a low calorie choice, but the problem comes in when we add the high calorie mixers.

Check out this post from Check out this great post from PositiveHealthWellness.com for 8 delicious, low calorie summer cocktail recipes to enjoy like this Pinot Grigio Melon Ball Spritzer:

Just in case you aren’t convinced, here is a list of calories in some popular cocktails:

  • Pina Colada (6 oz): 378 calories
  • Mojito (8 oz): 214 calories
  • Cosmopolitan (4 oz): 200 calories
  • Chocolate martini: (2 oz each vodka, chocolate liqueur, cream, 1/2 oz creme de cacao, chocolate syrup): 438
  • Margarita (8 oz): 280
  • Skinny Girl margarita (4 oz): 100
  • Martini (2.5 oz): 160
  • Port wine (3 oz):128
  • TGI Friday’s Giant Sized frozen mudslide 1,100
  • Bloody Mary (5 oz): 118
  • Red wine (5 oz):120
  • White wine (5 oz): 120
  • Beer (12 oz): 150-198
  • Champagne (5oz): 106-120
  • Coffee liqueur (3 ounces): 348
  • Godiva chocolate liqueur (3 oz): 310
  • Eggnog with rum (8 ounces): 370
  • Hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps (8 oz): 380
  • Vodka and tonic (8 oz): 200
  • Screwdriver (8 oz): 190
  • Mimosa (4 oz): 75
  • Gin and tonic (7 oz): 200
  • Long Island iced tea (8 oz): 780
  • White Russian (2 oz vodka, 1.5 oz coffee liqueur, 1.5 oz cream): 425
  • Mai Tai (6 oz) (1.5 oz rum, 1/2 oz cream de along, 1/2 oz triple sec, sour mix, pineapple juice): 350
  • Rum and Coke (8 oz): 185
  • Rum and Diet Coke (8 oz): 100
  • Mike’s Hard Lemonade (11 oz): 98

 

Enjoy National Dog Day!

Shakira and I would like to remind you that next Thursday, August 26 is National Dog Day on August 26. As this blog is all about fitness and wellness, I thought I would share some fitness tips for your dog.  Just like for humans, exercise is important for dogs to keep them physically and mentally healthy and to help them live a long life.

Remember to start off slowly and work your pooch up as his fitness level improves. The following infographic highlights breeds who will do well with high activity level like Golden Retrievers, and those that don’t need much running and would prefer lighter activity, like Shakira, my Shih Tzu/Pekingese mix. Here is a great infographic from puppyspot.com  that will give you more information