Have you had a blood test and aren’t sure what values for platelets may be optimal for health? The reference range is 150-400 platelets per nanoliter (*10^9/L). Within that range, what’s optimal? In a study of 21,635 adults older than 35y (average age wasn’t reported) with a 7.6-year follow-up, platelets […]

Lately I’ve been drinking lots of spinach-banana smoothies, here’s the recipe! Baby spinach, 5 oz A small piece (~20g) of jerusalem artichokes, for its prebiotic potential Frozen bananas, 5-7 oz Water, 4-6 oz Put all that into the blender, then drink it…It’s delicious and nutrient packed! If you’re interested, please have a […]

In an earlier post, I wrote about how easy it is to make 2-ingredient, nutrient-rich chocolate (https://michaellustgarten.com/2014/09/21/homemade-chocolate-in-2-minutes/). Occasionally, I modify that recipe to make 4-ingredient brownies! It includes 40g of raw, organic cacao beans, 20g oats, 70g Medjool dates, and 1 large egg. First, I grind/blend the cacao beans and […]

One meal that I’ve been eating a lot of lately are what I call collard-rito, or collard-acos:   Ingredients: 7-10 oz of collard greens ~Half of a pound of raw cherry tomatoes 1 container of raw white button mushrooms ~80g of raw purple onion 1-2 raw habaneros 1 avocado 1g […]

Within the body, meat, grains, and nuts are generally acid-forming, whereas vegetables and fruits are alkaline-forming. Is the distinction between whether your diet is acid- or alkaline-forming important for optimal health and lifespan? In an earlier post, I discussed the importance of PRAL (potential renal acid load) by correlating it […]