Monday, June 29, 2015

RED PEPPERS VS GREEN PEPPERS

Did you know that red peppers have 9 times more vitamin A and 2 times more vitamin C than green peppers?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

PROTEIN TO HALT THE AFTERNOON SLUMPS

I have mentioned this on this blog before but so many complain of afternoon slumps I thought another post might be in order. Whatever you do when you feel that afternoon slump coming on, don't grab a candy bar or other sweet treat. You need something protein rich to combat the slumps. British researchers suggest a snack that includes hummus or eating a hard boiled egg for a boost in pep. The reason? Amino acids in protein stimulate certain brain cells that make you feel more alert, according to the study's lead author Denis Burdakov, Ph.D. Protein rich foods are also rich in tyrosine, an amino acid needed to help the body produce noradrenaline another brain chemical that perks you up.


Friday, June 26, 2015

SOME BENEFITS OF CUMIN

The spice cumin has many benefits and should be used in cooking when possible. Here are some of the documented benefits of cumin:

  • Appetite stimulant for those who are sick and need to increase their appetite - especially important for those suffering loss of appetite due to cancer treatments.
  • Digestive aid.
  • Anti-microbial
  • Cumin seeds may slow down the growth of stomach and cervical tumors.
  • Studies have shown that toasted cumin seeds are good for an upset stomach and also to relieve cramping.

MINT AND ICE WATER FOR COOLING OFF

Extereme summer heat prompts the body to produce stress hormones which trigger the release of fatigue-triggering toxins. Here is an easy trick for a quick cool-down and thus revving up your energy levels. Mint is the answer as it contains menthol which activates cold-sensitive nerves in the mouth. Try this trick - chew a piece of mint gum and then drink a glass of water. This will cause the water to taste much colder.

Another benefit of mint is that it can be used to curb your appetite. Before reaching for that tempting treat, take a whiff of mint. The mint helps suppress your appetite by preventing production of the "hunger" hormone ghrelin.




Saturday, June 20, 2015

HEARING AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

According to a study done two years or so ago at Johns Hopkins University, protecting your hearing may help protect you from Alzheimer's disease. The study found that when the brain has to work really hard to decipher what is being said, its ability to form and keep memories can decline. Here is a tip from an Australian study that might help. The Australian study found that eating 2 cups of sweet potatoes and 4-ounces of almonds weekly could cut ones risk of hearing problems by as much as half. The reason? These are superfoods that are packed with the nutrients that keep even the tiniest blood vessels healthy and plaque free. This keeps the ears from being starved of oxygen according to the Australian authors of the study.


Friday, June 19, 2015

PROTEIN TO BURN CALORIES

According to British researchers the amino acids in protein-rich foods prompt the body to burn more calories as fuel. And that helps one to shed weight.


Friday, June 12, 2015

ADD FOOD AND SUBRACT CALORIES

The next time you make pasta or other dishes using a sauce, add some pureed carrot, cauliflower, etc to the sauce. Buy steaming a veggie and adding it to the sauce studies have shown we feel fuller sooner and therefore eat less calories. If you don't go overboard with the veggies, most people won't even realize they are there! This trick has been known to save people between 300 and 400 calories a day.




Thursday, June 11, 2015

MORE CAFFEINE IN LATTES OR A REGULAR CUP OF COFFEE?

If you need a caffeine boost don't order a latte or cappuccino. A regular cup of coffee has two to three times the caffeine that a latte or cappuccino does. As such, the regular cup of coffee is a poorer option if you are trying to cut back on caffeine.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ANOTHER REASON TO DRINK TEA

According to the medical journal Psychopharmacology, drinking a cup of black caffeinated tea daily helps one bounce back from stressful situations 20% faster than those who don't drink it. According to the article credit goes to compounds in the tea that lower cortisol levels. So enjoy a cup of black caffeinated tea everyday especially if you have stressful situations in your life and who doesn't from time to time!




Monday, June 8, 2015

AVOCADOS FOR THE EYES

Avocados have the highest quantity of the carotenoid lutein of any fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, and cataracts. If you aren't currently including avocados in your diet, it would be a good idea to do so.


Friday, June 5, 2015

NUTRITIONAL BAR TIP

When grabbing a nutritional bar always check out the sugar content then look to see where the sugar comes from. Does it come from fruit or refined sugar? And remember this, once that nutritional bar is coated in chocolate or yogurt it has added calories!

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

HOT AND SULTRY OUTSIDE? TRY THESE FOODS

According to practitioners of ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, eating the following foods will help cool you down: mint, watermelon, cucumber, summer squash, fennel, coconut, and cilantro. Does it work? I have no idea but I would assume folks in India would know something about dealing with heat.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A HEALTHY DIABETIC SNACK

This is good advice for anyone but is especially important for diabetics. Instead of one or two big meals a day, it is important to eat three small meals and a couple of healthy snacks. People often ask what makes a
healthy snack. Here is a good example: A whole-grain cracker spread with some peanut butter and topped with a dash of cinnamon. The cracker has fiber which slows down digestion, helpful in preventing blood sugar spikes. Both peanut butter and cinnamon are known to help control blood sugar levels. This is a great mid-afternoon snack.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

FIBER IN THE DIET

Fiber should be an important part of your daily diet. Most doctors recommend at least 25 grams of fiber per day. It is best to get your fiber from foods but if that is a problem you may have to supplement. Some foods high in fiber are vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. One of the easiest ways to get more fiber in your diet is to stop buying refined products which have almost all the fiber stripped out. Examples; don't buy white bread, buy whole-grain, don't buy white rice, buy brown rice, don't buy regular pastas, buy whole-grain, etc. It really isn't hard to get the proper amount of fiber in your diet. Your body needs fiber to work properly.


Monday, June 1, 2015

WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS?

Disclaimer: I have osteoporosis but I just do not take osteoporosis medications. Perhaps I should but I have tried several and I just decided against them. After several colon surgeries, a bowel resection, colon cancer, etc, osteoporosis drugs are not good for my digestive system. My worst osteoporosis spot is one of my hips. When I take osteoporosis drugs, that hip hurts me. In studying the drugs I discovered most of them leach nutrients from the hips and move them elsewhere. If you are on osteoporosis drugs and they are working for you this post is not to discourage you from that course of treatment! Having said all that, this post is about eating to prevent or slow down osteoporosis. Knowing what to eat (or not eat) is important in fighting any health problem. Here are some tips for eating to prevent or slow down osteoporoisis:

  • You need calcium. That is probably the number one thing everyone knows about osteoporosis. It is best to get said calcium from the foods you eat and here are some good examples - fat-free plain Greek yogurt, fat-free milk and cheese, white beans, kale, collard greens, broccoli, almonds, and soybeans. Include some of these in your diet everyday.
  • Get plenty of lean protein. Examples are lean meats such as turkey, chicken, pork tenderloin, lean beef, legumes, peanut butter, beans, low-fat milk and cheeses. Avoid too many protein bars and shakes. That is not the best way to get healthy protein.
  • Vitamin D is important, too. Actually calcium needs vitamin D to help it travel to the bones and where it is needed. Sunshine helps the body to produce vitamin D but that requires too much time in the sun so supplement with the following foods: Fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and herring. Soy milk, yogurt, and egg yolks also contain vitamin D. Since the list of foods rich in vitamin D is slim you may need to discuss a vitamin D supplement with your doctor.
  • Magnesium is also beneficial in preventing and fighting osteoporosis. Magnesium helps the body absorb calcium to help maintain a strong bone structure. Magnesium is found in seeds such as pumpkin, sesame, and flax, brown rice, Swiss chard, spinach, sweet potatoes, beans, wheat germ, etc.
This is a short list of foods that will help you prevent or slow down osteoporosis. There are more but if you make a point of including several of the above foods in your daily diet you will be well on your way to preventing this bone disease.