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Why Protein is Important for Healing Wounds

Posted on: July 11th, 2016 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

What’s protein got to do with it?

A day doesn’t go by that I’m not bombarded with information on the newest diet, the latest exercise trend, or the fastest way to get in shape. (more…)

Soluble and Insoluble Dietary Fiber: What’s the Difference?

Posted on: October 10th, 2015 by Mindy Ruben No Comments
Carbohydrates and protein are both important in wound healing and healthy nutrition.

Carbohydrates in the form of fiber is an important component in wound healing and healthy nutrition.

Soluble and Insoluble Dietary Fiber: what’s the difference and why is fiber important?

Although protein is the building block for muscle which is essential for wound healing, it is important to ensure that your body gets enough carbohydrates in order to put the protein to work. Carbohydrates come in many forms and dietary fiber is just one. (more…)

SMOKING DELAYS WOUND HEALING

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

We all know that smoking is bad for you. In fact, it’s just about the worst thing you can do to your body.  Over 4,000 compounds are found in cigarette smoke and many of them are toxic and carcinogenic; that means they cause cancer!  To make matters worse, smoking is responsible for several other diseases, such as respiratory illnesses and heart disease.

Smoking delays wound healing

Smoking delays wound healing

Over 440,000 people in the USA die because of smoking each year. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), $92 billion are costs each year from lost productivity resulting from smoking-related deaths. (source: Medical News Today)

Smoking also slows down wound-healing too. For example, burn wounds take longer to heal on a smoker according to a recent article published in Advances In Skin and Wound Care.  The literature shows that smoking decreases tissue oxygenation and metabolism temporarily. That means oxygen can’t get to the wound to heal it.

Tobacco use has also been linked to prolonged healing time and greater risk for complications in orthopaedic and other surgeries, according to a new study presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).  So if you’re hoping for a speedy recovery from that recent hip surgery, put down the smokes!

And don’t be fooled by the new E-Cigarettes.  With nicotine itself containing over 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which are cancerous, the nicotine levels in E-Cigarettes tend to be around 10-15% higher than those found in a regular cigarette.

So, it’s pretty clear that nicotine slows wound healing by impeding tissue oxygenation and a whole bunch of other really awful effects. Put down the nicotine and enjoy a healthier lifestyle!

 

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Food Substitutions

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

No Substitute For Substitutions

by
Rob Striks, Special Writer
Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine

Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for normally high-carb spaghetti.

At Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine, we talk a lot about making dietary food substitutions in order to take in more protein, lose weight or gain energy to aid in wound healing.

Sometimes, the substitutions we recommend are appropriate for a much larger audience than just wound care patients. Diabetic, cardiac and obese patients can make important strides in their health by making simple substitutions in their diet.

With that in mind, I made two important discoveries this week that have revolutionized my entire diet. I cooked with garbanzo flour and I learned how to make fried rice out of cauliflower. This is literally, and I use the term “literally” correctly here, the best thing since sliced bread.

Garbanzo Bean Flour is available in supermarkets and online.

Garbanzo Bean Flour is available in supermarkets and online.

That’s because I can now use garbanzo flour in recipes where I used to use wheat products and the end result is not only tastier, it’s infinitely healthier for me. Garbanzo beans are a rich source for protein, dietary fiber and healthy carbohydrates. They’re also very low in fat.

This discovery is a personal triumph for me as I used to pride myself on being able to make healthy substitutions in all my cooking. My substitutions, though, did not necessarily result in a trim body or more energy.

For instance, I learned how to substitute skim milk for whipping cream in Fettuccine Carbonara, which is like ordering a Boston Cooler made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream and telling the server to use Diet Vernors instead of regular Vernors. No big payoff there.

Then when Egg Beaters came along, I saw the clouds part and a heavenly ray of light shine down. Finally, the answer to high cholesterol had arrived! Unfortunately, they arrived along with mandatory nutritional labeling, and you had to be a chemistry major to figure out what they were actually made of. Plus, they didn’t taste all that wonderful.

Then, there is the never-discussed shame of ordering Egg Beaters in a restaurant. If you’re heavy, the server thinks you’re cheating somewhere else in your diet. And if you’re slender, you’re obviously high maintenance. There’s no winning with egg substitutes physically or mentally.

Socca is a gluten-free flatbread made from garbanzo bean flour.

Socca is a gluten-free flatbread made from garbanzo bean flour.

I did make the transition to substituting fresh egg whites for whole eggs in recipes and I learned to accept the texture changes in the finished products. Luckily, it’s 2014 and fresh whole eggs are enjoying some great publicity for being on the Good-For-You List again. I am cutting back on the yolks just a bit.

What brought me to garbanzo flour was the advice from my cardiologist that I give up all wheat, rice and potato products; and the advice from a good friend that I try socca, a food that’s like bread only it’s made with garbanzo flour instead of wheat flour. Cue the choir, it was fabulous.

Then, while putting together a ground turkey meat loaf, I substituted garbanzo flour for breadcrumbs and got another marvelous lift – a super protein, high-fiber meat loaf that held together perfectly. Is there anything these garbanzo’s can’t do?

Luscious chocolate cake made from garbanzo bean flour: Heaven!

Luscious chocolate cake made from garbanzo bean flour: Heaven!

A rich chocolate flourless cake made with garbanzo beans, you ask? The answer is yes and it’s right here. Make it and I guarantee the clouds will part for you

Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor or use a grater to make superb cauliflower fried rice.

Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor or use a grater to make superb cauliflower fried rice.

Now about that fried rice made with cauliflower. Who knew! I saw this demonstration online, I tried it and not only did I not need a nap after eating it, I actually felt quite energized. One of the secrets is using a food processor to pulse the uncooked cauliflower into tiny rice-size pieces. Then during the cooking process, you only use a small amount of liquid to steam the cauliflower so it doesn’t turn mushy.

Once you understand the liquid-holding and liquid-releasing properties in vegetables during cooking, there’s practically no limit to how you can use them as substitutes to enhance your nutrition. Spinach, for example, releases a lot of moisture when it’s cooked.

Spinach releases a lot of moisture during cooking.

Spinach releases a lot of moisture during cooking.

The same goes for mushrooms. So if you’re making quinoa with spinach and/or mushrooms and you want the same drier consistency, you have to use a bit less liquid than the usual two parts water to one part quinoa in the recipe.

In the beginning, using vegetables as substitutes in recipes works best when the seasonings usually overpower the dish. Like in the cauliflower fried rice, the soy sauce and seasonings over power any strong cauliflower taste.

Like spinach, mushrooms release liquid during cooking.

Like spinach, mushrooms release liquid during cooking.

Later, as you become more accustomed to the flavor and texture of the cauliflower, you may find yourself using less of the overpowering flavors in order to let the cauliflower taste come through.

So now that you can’t wait to garbanzo your diet, where do you get garbanzo flour? Well, you can make it yourself by grinding non-hydrated garbanzo beans in a spice grinder until they’re the consistency of flour, you can buy the flour already processed at most big supermarkets, or you can buy it online.

Try garbanzo flour for wheat flour. Check out cauliflower in place of rice. You can even prepare parsnips so they taste like sautéed potatoes. There’s no substitute for substitutions when it comes to eating healthier.

Hmmm…now that I think about it, lentils are beans and they’re also high in protein and low in fat. I wonder what would happen if I put them in my spice grinder and……

I’ll get back with you.

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Hospital-Acquired Infections

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by Access Computer No Comments

I got sent to The Front a couple of weeks ago. I call hospitals “The Front” because there are constant biological wars being waged there that infect over two million patients a year with hospital-acquired infections and kill over 100,000. (more…)

The Hospital Is No Place to Rest

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

The Hospital: No Place to Rest.

Lesson #1: Shhhh!!

If hospital personnel could act like they’re in a library, maybe patients would have a better chance of resting. Surely they are able to either whisper or be silent altogether when they’re surrounded by books. You’d think they could do the same when they’re around sick human beings. (more…)

Reading Food Nutrition Labels

Posted on: January 6th, 2014 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

Nutrition labels can be a bit confusing for many of us.
How can we decipher all of the confusing nutrition labels, numbers, serving sizes, carbohydrates, and more so that we can achieve and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle?

Nutrition labels can be a bit confusing for many of us, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Encompass Healthcare in Michigan knows that nutrition labels can be a bit confusing for many of us. We help decipher all of the confusing numbers.

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Learn how to read and understand food nutrition labels. (Know your food! Learning to read food #nutrition labels can help you make healthier choices.

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Metro Detroit Wound Care: 6 Reasons to Choose Encompass

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 by Access Computer No Comments

6 Compelling Reasons To Choose Encompass HealthCare for your Wound Care

With our aging population exploding alongside a big increase in the number of new diabetes and poor circulation cases, more and more Americans need comprehensive wound care than ever before. Below, we discuss 6 compelling reasons to choose Encompass HealthCare for professional wound care.

The problem is there are few facilities and even fewer doctors equipped to handle all the facets of modern wound care. As a result, patients are usually forced into a hospital setting where infections and mismanagement run rampant; or worse, they must shuttle between several different doctors, locations and specialties in order to get treatment for all the underlying conditions that contribute to non-healing wounds.

Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI, represents the new thinking and a new model for wound care: a one-stop outpatient facility that combines all aspects of wound care in one amazingly designed office under one roof.

Why should you seek out a place like Encompass? The reasons are quite compelling considering the current “fractured” delivery of medical care in America.

  1. Encompass HealthCare is an outpatient facility. That means it’s far away from the hospital where hospital-borne infections are rampant.
  2. Because we’re an outpatient facility, you can get your treatment and then get back to your life quicker.
  3. We use advanced thinking along with advanced diagnostics. If it’s a wound that hasn’t healed in four to six weeks, we know something somewhere isn’t functioning properly. In other words, we don’t just treat the wound.  We treat the whole person.
  4. All treatments all the time. From I.V. antibiotics to hyperbaric oxygen treatments to artificial skin overlays to traditional Chinese medicine – we’re armed to heal your wounds with the best technologies on the planet.
  5. Dr. Ruben is triple board certified in infectious diseases, internal medicine and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. So you can see just one doctor to completely heal your wound.
  6. Knowledge is power! Need a special offloading device? We’ll find it for you. Have venous insufficiency and need venous ablation? We’re affiliated with the best in medicine. Nutritional counseling to heal a wound? We know exactly what and how much extra protein you need on a daily basis.

Want to learn more about this revolutionary approach to wound care? Visit Encompass HealthCare online at www.encompasshealthcare.com or call the center today at 248-624-9800.

Encompass HealthCare. We heal wounds from the inside out.

Increase Your Protein and Wound Healing With Fish?

Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN AND WOUND HEALING BY EATING FISH?

Is it possible to increase your protein and thus, improve wound healing?

Yes! Wound healing can be enhanced with good nutrition, especially higher levels of protein when faced with very serious wounds.

Halibut and many other “white” fish contain healthy doses of protein at near zero fat levels. Find your Omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s and ensure good wound healing by making sure you get enough protein. Try out this recipe below.

 

INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. halibut (or other fish such as whitefish, cod, flounder)

2 T. cilantro

1T. olive oil

1 T. lime juice

salt, pepper

 

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Brush fish with olive oil and and squeeze lime juice over fish.  Sprinkle with cilantro and bake approximately 12 minutes or until done.

 

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