“Enhance your plant-based diet with herbs, spices and herbal extracts.” Dr. Preeti
Welcome to a special edition of our podcast! Today’s conversation is with our returning guest, Dr. Preeti Kulkarni, N.D., of Cupertino, California. Dr. Preeti is the naturopathic doctor to whom I credit with guiding my weight loss and personal transformation. Our topic today surrounds enhancing a plant-based diet with herbs and herbal extracts. Join us!
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- There is significant research supporting the beneficial medicinal use of herbs and extracts, such as turmeric, ginger and garlic, in our diet.
- A doctor’s responsibility includes teaching patients how to be healthy.
- Dr. Preeti explains her concept of transforming the student into the teacher.
- Eric, who is not a medical professional, can still provide valid coaching and mentoring based on his self-education and personal experience going through the same health transformation himself, without interpreting medical results, diagnosing, or prescribing treatment plans.
- Dr. Preeti addresses a listener question about weight loss, blood sugar, getting off medication, and how to find a naturopathic doctor.
- Why it’s important to individualize nutrition plans.
- How a grain-heavy diet disrupts blood sugar.
- Why you should base your diet on whole plants prepared without added sugar or oil.
- A Harvard study showed that a higher intake of fruits and vegetables reduced heart disease.
- Why individual coaching is instrumental in weight loss programs.
- How cinnamon extract helps balance blood sugar levels.
- The importance of herb quality—KNOW your source!
- How Eric incorporates fruits, vegetables, and herbs into his morning smoothie.
- Other helpful herbs and plants include turmeric, ginger, garlic, goji berries, aloe vera juice, almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, seaweed, and cayenne.
- How garlic speeds up weight loss progress.
- Why spicy foods help promote weight loss.
- Herbs and spices need to be synergistic and not antagonistic.
- Dr. Preeti explains how to detect food allergies and sensitivities.
- The top four foods with sensitivity: gluten, dairy, corn, and soy.
- The dangers of GMO corn!
- Eric explains his food sensitivities to gluten and corn.
Dr. Preeti practices in Cupertino, California. Her website: www.coreintegrative.com
To request a consultation with Dr. Preeti, please call and leave a voicemail at 408-724-1486.
Sources quoted in this episode:
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Malini’s Herbal Tea
Dr. Preeti’s grandmother, Malini, practiced Ayurvedic medicine, which is a holistic system based on the belief that health and wellness depends on balancing the health of the mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Preeti remembers her grandmother making this tea each day to promote health and boost the immune system of her family, and still enjoys it to this day. Dr. Preeti now offers Malini’s recipe for the health and happiness of you and your family. Enjoy!
Ginger, Coriander, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves
- 2 cups water
- 12 coriander seeds
- 1/2" fresh ginger root, grated
- 1 cinnamon stick, whole
- 5 fresh cloves
- 5 whole black peppercorns
- Add all ingredients to water and boil at high heat in saucepan or kettle until water darkens and boils down by about 25%.
- Filter liquid through tea strainer and enjoy warm.