Too Much Vitamin K ....too much Kale and Spinach

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Cathy P.
Joined: 2/21/2013

I am really in need of help!!!! I just found some research that says too much Kale and Spinach can cause the blood to thicken and cause clotting.......since I am trying to become more vegetarian and get healthy I am using ALOT of kale and spinach in my blasts as well as eating lots of veggies and greens.  I am concerned about the info I came across and I am in need of some clarification or guidance. Does this mean that I should refrain from blasting/juicing and eating too many greens because of the thickening and clotting problem????

 

Thanks to all

cathy

Leafy greens are good sources of Vitamin K which helps with normal blood clotting. The amount consumed in a typical day (including NutriBlasts) should not be a cause for concern. For those taking blood thinning medications, you should talk with your Dr. about dosage amount appropriate for vitamin K intake. You probably don't have to avoid these foods since they contain such wonderful nutritional properties, but you must keep them consistent so your medication is effective. In addition, if you have any concern or past episodes of blood clots and are not on medication, discuss this with your Dr. and limit/avoid certain foods high in this vitamin. It is very important to switch things up ever now and then. Check out this article on the importance of rotating your greens. http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/top-3-reasons-rotate-your-greens Here are two links that show the vitamin K content of various foods. http://www.med.unc.edu/im/files/patient-education-handouts/nutrition-and-diet-files/Vitamin%20K%20%20Content%20of%20Common%20Foods.pdf http://healthcare.utah.edu/thrombosis/patients/warfarin/WarfarinGuide_vitaminK.pdf
Thank you for providing some excellent info Krista!
Thanks Krista for all the great info:) Cathy
I would like to incorporate Green Tea in my blasts, any suggestions what type I should use? Would liquid form work?
Dmadnana wrote: I would like to incorporate Green Tea in my blasts, any suggestions what type I should use? Would liquid form work?
Hello Dmadnana! When you say liquid form, are you speaking of a pre-made green tea that is already bottled? I'm not quite sure what your question is - are you looking for a brand, the form it should come in -tea leaves or already brewed, or other? Thanks!
I make sun tea w/ various teas to add to my blasts. Buying bottled tea is not my choice.
Hi! I love Peanut Butter on celery sticks. Do I need to purchase an organic PB or will the sugarfree/fatfree types found in the neighborhood grocery be ok? Also, is there a Peanut Butter dip we can make?
jebp2853 wrote: Hi! I love Peanut Butter on celery sticks. Do I need to purchase an organic PB or will the sugarfree/fatfree types found in the neighborhood grocery be ok? Also, is there a Peanut Butter dip we can make?
Avoid the sugarfree/fat free types as these often use artificial sweeteners and added sugars to replace some of the fat they remove. You want to look for an all-natural peanut butter (or almond butter, cashew butter, etc.) - one that contains only the nut as the ingredient (and maybe a little bit of added oil which is sometimes needed to make it stir-able). You'll notice there's a natural separation of oil and nut - this is what you want. Simply stir it and keep sealed tight in the fridge after opening. You can also find stores like Whole Foods where you can make freshly ground nut butters right there in their bulk foods section. The natural peanut butter tastes so much more fresh and are much healthier for you than brands like Jiff and Skippy with the trans fats and whatnot. You may also like the powdered peanut butter product PB2 which removes some of the fat, but leaves the flavor and doesn't add anything but a tiny bit of sugar. This works well in a NutriBlast or in making a peanut butter dip with some garbanzo beans (cooked), tahini, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil - like a peanut butter hummus :)
Hi, I notice there are some recipes for blasts that suggest ginger (fingertip or maybe one inch), I am assuming were are talking about gingerroot. How much ginger do I need to use and does it need to be chopped before adding to the extraction process? Thanks!
plinyart wrote: Hi, I notice there are some recipes for blasts that suggest ginger (fingertip or maybe one inch), I am assuming were are talking about gingerroot. How much ginger do I need to use and does it need to be chopped before adding to the extraction process? Thanks!
It depends on your preference. I usually use about 1/2 an inch of ginger. Here is a recipe that uses ginger as an ingredient and explains how to use it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYH6Ctz6YTI
Hi.. I am relatively new to blasting, but I think it is the greatest thing. For leafy greens, I normally alternate kale, spinach, lettuce and add the fruits, seeds etc. In a recent blood test, my potassium and sodium were very high. I know kale and spinach have very high potassium contents. Could this be the culprit ? Is it safe to include those in my blast everyday and how much ?
kobby23562 wrote: Hi.. I am relatively new to blasting, but I think it is the greatest thing. For leafy greens, I normally alternate kale, spinach, lettuce and add the fruits, seeds etc. In a recent blood test, my potassium and sodium were very high. I know kale and spinach have very high potassium contents. Could this be the culprit ? Is it safe to include those in my blast everyday and how much ?
The most common cause of hyperkalemia (too much potassium in the blood) is when the kidneys are not functioning properly. However, there are other health conditions or even prescription medications that may be the root cause of this - please discuss this with your Dr. In the meantime, I'd suggest cutting down on foods high in potassium. Here's a link to a list of high and low potassium options: http://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/potassium.cfm
Hi Krista, cinnamon will thin your blood, I take one to two teaspoons a day it has a whole host of other health benefits, Tip: I buy it at Costco, get a huge jar for under $3, if you're on blood thinners, I wouldn't do it. I don't think you can OD on vitamin K, the thing about modern medicine is they lump us all together, maybe your body needs more potassium or sodium because of your environment or something. Your body knows what it wants and needs. I'm not giving medical advice here. I would say make sure your greens are organic, most everything you put in your blast should be organic
Thanks much, Krista.
I just purchased my Nutribullet in the beginning of December and have been blasting every day since...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Just a quick question though: is it the ingredients themselves that should never be added over the max line or just the liquid or both?? I have been finding that with some of the more involved recipes, that I have to really pack stuff in, in order to get everything to fit below the max line...thanks for your help...Happy Blasting :)
healthhunter7 wrote: I just purchased my Nutribullet in the beginning of December and have been blasting every day since...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Just a quick question though: is it the ingredients themselves that should never be added over the max line or just the liquid or both?? I have been finding that with some of the more involved recipes, that I have to really pack stuff in, in order to get everything to fit below the max line...thanks for your help...Happy Blasting :)
I am curious about this also. When I read phase 2 recipes I wonder how you are supposed to get all that stuff in there.
healthhunter7 wrote: I just purchased my Nutribullet in the beginning of December and have been blasting every day since...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Just a quick question though: is it the ingredients themselves that should never be added over the max line or just the liquid or both?? I have been finding that with some of the more involved recipes, that I have to really pack stuff in, in order to get everything to fit below the max line...thanks for your help...Happy Blasting :)
The ingredients can go slightly above the max line, but the liquid should not go above the max line. Since fruits and veggies vary in size, you may find some of the recipes are hard to fit into your Tall cup. As long as you are getting a good mix of the ingredients, you do not have to worry about following the recipe exactly. Blasting is not a science, using fresh fruits and veggies will benefit your body it most any combination. Happy Blasting!
You can buy Matcha (real green tea powder) from Whole Foods or online at Amazon. I only use about 1/2 of a teaspoon and it is wonderful.
Thanks for this info! I was wondering the same thing.
Basic question: How do I manage to keep all the ingredients fresh? For example some recipes call for one carrot, or one celery stalk, etc. AS a recent example I had the veggie blast which called for one stalk of asparagus. I like to try different vegetables, but by the time a rotated back to the veggie blast, my asparagus were in bad shape. Any hints welcome!
Adeptone wrote: Basic question: How do I manage to keep all the ingredients fresh? For example some recipes call for one carrot, or one celery stalk, etc. AS a recent example I had the veggie blast which called for one stalk of asparagus. I like to try different vegetables, but by the time a rotated back to the veggie blast, my asparagus were in bad shape. Any hints welcome!
You can try freezing them - or make some other recipes with them before they go bad - great websites for healthy recipes include: Vegetariantimes.com http://ohsheglows.com/ http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/ And the Whole Foods Market website
hi, just started blasting for better heath , my husband and I are in our later years and are dealing with different health issues , as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, also heart disease.. do you have blasts recipes to help with these issues and where do i need to go on the site to find them? thanks franie..
FRANIE wrote: hi, just started blasting for better heath , my husband and I are in our later years and are dealing with different health issues , as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, also heart disease.. do you have blasts recipes to help with these issues and where do i need to go on the site to find them? thanks franie..
Click on the recipes tab along the top - there you can search by ailment, ingredient or key words!
Hi, in the commercial for the the bullet, there was a women who had cancer and she said she started using the bullet and her hair started to grow back. I have female thinning of the hair right in the front like male-pattern baldness. And I can't seem to find a blast that targets that. Is there a blast recipe for female thinning of the hair? I'm desperate and I bought this thinking that in the book there would have been a recipe specifically for that. Thank you for any imput I get. Theresa
David89 wrote: Hi, in the commercial for the the bullet, there was a women who had cancer and she said she started using the bullet and her hair started to grow back. I have female thinning of the hair right in the front like male-pattern baldness. And I can't seem to find a blast that targets that. Is there a blast recipe for female thinning of the hair? I'm desperate and I bought this thinking that in the book there would have been a recipe specifically for that. Thank you for any imput I get.
Hair health can depend on several factors. A lot of the times it has to do with genes and hormones. However, there are some foods you can eat that may help. Some important nutrients include antioxidants, protein and healthy fats like omega-3s, vitamin E, biotin. Try adding walnuts, berries, cooked sweet potato, tomato, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, avocado, lemons, lentils or other beans, Brazil nut for selenium, antioxidant-rich berries, cabbage, cucumber, red pepper, and celery. Check out this blog for more beautifying foods: http://nutribulletblog.com/5-tips-to-becoming-beautylicious/ Also...Our Natural Healing Foods book contains a section on Beauty that provides some great recipes! http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/11-foods-and-natural-remedies-for-healthy-hair-growth http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2013/06/27/what-your-hair-loss-is-trying-to-tell-you/
HI, HOW ABOUT DOUBLING THEHI, HOW ABOUT DOUBLING THE RECIPE AND STORE IN THE FRIDGE. YOU CAN EVEN FREEZE YOUR VEGETABLE AFTER PLACING THEM IN SANDWICH BAGS.
If not using the veggies in other recipes, try freezing them. I put all my over ripe bananas in the bullet with a little water or almond milk and blend, spoon into ice cube trays and freeze. I then pop them into a freezer bag and label it. Same with your greens. Your blasts end up really cold and taste better.
Instead of using water to fill my Nutriblast I add various juices on occasion. Is that OK? I find that the juice helps the taste better, especially when I blast kale or spinach.
jykmoy wrote: Instead of using water to fill my Nutriblast I add various juices on occasion. Is that OK? I find that the juice helps the taste better, especially when I blast kale or spinach.
Try coconut water for a sweeter taste. Juice has a lot of natural sugar that is very concentrated, so I would suggest finding an alternative to juice or just using a little splash. Unsweetened almond milk gives a nice texture and mild creamy taste.
if you are taking vitamins, how do you count the vitamins in for example a handful of blueberries. Since the berries are pulverized are you getting more vitamins from them if they were not vitamins? I take an eye vitamin and I always wonder if some vitamins are not safe if you take too much of them and how to count vitamins in pulverized food.
candygirl wrote: if you are taking vitamins, how do you count the vitamins in for example a handful of blueberries. Since the berries are pulverized are you getting more vitamins from them if they were not vitamins? I take an eye vitamin and I always wonder if some vitamins are not safe if you take too much of them and how to count vitamins in pulverized food.
When you blend vegetables and fruits, you are increasing the amount of nutrients your body is exposed to and therefor increasing the potential of your body to absorb more. It is hard to count vitamins or certain nutrients in food as this can be effected by the time of year, where they were grown, how long they have been sitting on a shelf, etc.. Most vitamins are water soluble and are excreted when the body has enough, so you don't have to work about taking too much. Other vitamins that are fat soluble like vitamin e, d, k and a, are harder for the body to eliminate, however, getting toxic levels requires a lot of supplementation. I would check with your doctor to make sure you are not overdoing it with supplement intake or find a local dietitian that can sit down with you and review food journals and supplement intake. http://www.eatright.org/programs/rdnfinder/
I have this same issue where my hair is thinning out not only in front but all over. So, in addition to what is indicated here about the diet, I have also started a week ago to mix caster oil and almond oil together and massage it on the scalp and on the end of the hair to keep it moist. It has worked for a couple of my friends so, I will see if this works for me. I will provide an update in a month's time on my progress of hair growth.