Tips for Healthy Living

Tips for Healthy Living

We’ve partnered with Dr. Doug Husbands of Holistic Health Bay Area to bring you a new set of Tips for Healthy Living. Dr. Husbands is a functional medicine doctor, clinical nutritionist, anti-aging health practitioner and doctor of chiropractic. I appreciate that he encourages visiting the doctor to focus on staying healthy instead of only visiting when you’re sick.– Carmelo Sigona

Dive into Endive!

By Dr. Douglas Husbands

Endive is a common name for the vegetable chicory.  Belgian endive is one of the common types of chicory, which also includes puntarelle and radicchio.

Belgian endive is high in folate.  Folate is extremely important for protecting our DNA from being damaged.  Research studies have clearly established that folate is essential for mothers to have in sufficient amounts early in pregnancy so that there is proper brain and spinal cord development in the developing child.

Folate is also essential for proper detoxification processes in the body.  It is an essential component necessary so that toxins are not only taken out of storage from fat cells, but also so that they can be removed from the body via the urine, feces and sweat.

Belgian endive also has an alkalizing effect on our body.  This is important so that our body maintains the proper acid-alkaline balance.  Too much acid in our system predisposes to various disorders that can ultimately be involved in inducing cancer development.

For these reasons, and many others, dive in with your fork into endive!

About Dr. Doug:
Dr. Douglas Husbands is a Functional Medicine Doctor, Clinical Nutritionist, Anti-Aging Health Practitioner, and Doctor of Chiropractic. As a health advocate and coach, he is dedicated to achieving optimal health through resolving the underlying disease processes through diet, nutrition and lifestyle modification. To contact Dr. Doug, call 650-394-7470 or visit

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