Integrative Medicine Blog
Research and practice have shown the immense impact that lifestyle can play on our body as well as overall health. Many people feel that they lose control of their health when they are not feeling well or when life becomes busy or stressful. For this reason, the Stram Center believes it is essential to embrace a healthy lifestyle and allow people to take control of their health.Read More
As cancer is the 2nd most common leading cause of death in the United States, it is very important to embrace a healthy lifestyle to promote cancer prevention and cancer risk reduction. One food that has been found to have a strong connection to preventing certain cancers as well as helping fight cancer that someone may have is soy foods. Read below to learn more about the cancer prevention/cancer fighting potential of soy as well as to find a tasty tofu recipe!Read More
Skin cancer is a major problem in this country that many times can be prevented if the proper steps are taken. The National Cancer Institute estimates 40-50% of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once. Yet nearly all skin cancers are preventable if detected and treated early.1 Key lifestyle techniques, including nutrition have been found to be an important piece of skin cancer prevention. Read below for more information, including a healthy recipe full of cancer fighting compounds.Read More
Unfortunately many people around the world suffer from intestinal distress, also known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). For many patients at the Stram Center, we are able to use food and supplements to help one manage their IBS. In recognition of IBS Awareness Month, below is some basic information on our dietary approach for IBS Management at the Stram Center. Also be sure to try the tasty IBS Smoothie below.Read More
In recognition of National Nutrition Month® 2016, work to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right! Many feel that the only way to flavor food is to add oil and/or salt. While oil and/or salt can be an important part of flavoring a dish, there are many other more nutritious and delicious ways to flavor foods using natural flavor enhancers. Natural Flavor Enhancers are food items that can be used to enhance the flavor of your food. It is recommended to experiment with the many possible flavor combinations by using several flavor enhancers in a dish. Below are examples of common flavor enhancers.Read More
In our fast-paced lives, we demand meals on-the-go and often reach for the quickest options available. This most often involves purchasing pre-packaged or fast-food meals which are typically higher in sodium and saturated fat which are detrimental to our heart health. These quick options are also lower in fiber and phytochemicals (cancer fighting compounds found in the color of the food) that are found in plant-based foods which are important for our overall health. Optimizing your diet to include plant-based foods is a surefire way to increase the nutrient density of your diet and maximize your disease fighting potential. Spending time planning and preparing your meals each week is one of the best ways to ensure diet success for heart health. Here are a few easy tips to get you started in quick meal planning and preparation that you can start to incorporate into your routine.Read More
Soups and stews can be a healthy addition to any holiday celebration. Be sure to use plenty of plant-based foods to maximize the nutrition of your meal. Soups and stews are a great way to increase your vegetable, starchy vegetable, legume, and even grain intake. Any mediocre soup or stew can become an amazing one with the addition of a simple thickener. Thicken soups/stews with nut/seed/peanut butter, pureed beans, or even pureed orange starchy vegetable such as pumpkin/butternut squash. Try this delicious stew which is thickened with almond butter. If avoiding nuts, use any of the other aforementioned foods as an alternative.Read More
This salad below is rich in many compounds to help support the body and promote a healthy detox/cleanse.
The Stram Center offers comprehensive cleansing and detoxification programs. It is important to work with a trained healthcare practitioner to help guide you through a structured detox program. For additional information about our detox program, call the center at 518-689-2244 or visit http://www.stramcenter.com/services/cleansing-programs/Read More
Research and practice have shown the immense impact that lifestyle can play on our body as well as overall health. Many people feel that they lose control of their health when they are not feeling well or when life becomes busy or stressful. For this reason, the Stram Center believes it is essential to embrace a healthy lifestyle and allow people to take control of their health.
The coming of the New Year is a great time to work towards improving your lifestyle. Follow these 3 tips to become successful with your lifestyle transformation in 2016. Learn more about the Stram Center's New Improved Weight Loss and Lifestyle Transformation Program.Read More
Blood sugar spikes or major fluctuations in blood sugar may be problematic for cancer risk, cancer promotion, diabetes risk, as well as overall health. Research shows that major spikes in blood sugar may stimulate a growth hormone in the body called Insulin Like Growth Factor I (IGF1). IGF1 is needed in normal amounts for many body processes, however research shows that high blood levels of IGF1 may increase risk of certain cancers as well as diabetes. Major fluctuations in your blood sugar may also cause hormone imbalances, as well as increase risk of heart disease and diabetes. Below are easy tips for controlling the blood sugar, as well as a delicious and balanced recipe.Read More