Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PARSLEY IS FOR MORE THAN DECORATION

Yes, parsley sprinkled on foods make them look pretty but according to researchers at the University of Missouri it does a lot more than that. Parsley is a very good source of apigenin, an antioxidant the researchers suggest can stop breast cancer cells from growing. Eating a few ounces of parsley daily is a good way to keep the apigenin in your blood stream. Other apigenin-rich foods include mint and celery. Another benefit of eating parsley is that it helps to control bad breath.


Monday, August 24, 2015

ALCOHOL AND ENDOMETRIAL CANCER

The International Journal of Cancer has reported that having two or more alcoholic drinks a day raises estrogen levels and doubles endometrial cancer risk.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

BOOST YOUR RESISTANCE TO STOMACH FLU (NOROVIRUSES)

Do you ever wonder why some people are always getting a "stomach bug" while others never seem to? There is a simple explanation why many people who are exposed to a norovirus never get sick. Ready? Here it is...they have an abundance of "good" bacteria in their digestive tract. The "good" bacteria crowds out the "bad" bacteria before it has a chance to make them sick. To up your norovirus resistance do something as simple as eating a cup a day of yogurt that contains live bacteria, according to Jeanne Drisko, M.D., integrative medicine researcher at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Protect your little ones, especially now that they are in school, by giving them a "child-size" yogurt daily. Be sure the yogurt you choose says, "live cultures" or "live bacteria".

Note: This is not an endorsement of the brand. This is only to show the Live Cultures on the carton.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

WHAT TO EAT WHILE RECOVERING FROM STOMACH FLU

Continuing with yesterday's post regarding stomach flu - should you be unlucky enough to get stomach flu (norovirus) you will not doubt try to avoid food at first. Here are some tips on what to eat to settle a queasy stomach:

  • Take small but frequent sips of water. No gulping, just sips.
  • Start back on food with easy-to-digest foods such as saltines or other bland crackers, rice, chicken (not greasy fried!), and bananas, cinnamon and/or jello.
  • Avoid the following for a day or so until your stomach feels settled: caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, and dairy.
  • Pain or fever? Take tylenol (acetaminophen) as it is easier on the stomach that similar meds.


Friday, August 21, 2015

GREENS HELP PROTECT FROM STOMACH FLU

The stomach flu or what doctors sometimes call acute gastroenteritis is a nasty thing dreaded by one and all. With school starting and our kids exposed to this dreaded vomiting and diahhrea malady here is some info on helping to prevent an outbreak at your house. The 'stomach flu' is easy to catch because it is caused by a highly contagious group of 'bugs' called noroviruses. One of the best preventatives is frequent hand washing. But how about some green veggies to also help?

The digestive tract produces its own immune cells that are highly capable of quashing noroviruses if you have enough of them. According to British researchers you can triple your body's ability to produce these infection fighters in your digestive tract by eating cruciferous vegetables daily.  Cruciferous veggies include kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc. The researchers suggested 1 cup a day (for adults) for optimum results.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

FRUITS AND VEGGIES MAY HELP YOU PREVENT A STROKE

Stokes can be very debilitating and they usually strike suddenly. Canadian researchers found that women who added one cup of nutrient-rich fruits or vegetables to every meal cut their risk of stroke by as much as 37%. If you can't manage that they suggested a can of V8 everyday. They even stated that unless you are on a low-sodium diet choosing the low-sodium version isn't necessary.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

YEAH FOR FRIED FOODS

Hallelujah! Just what we have been looking for, a study that says go ahead and eat fried foods! But before you get too excited finish reading this post. A fairly large Spanish study two or three years ago found that eating fried foods posed no heart risk so long as the foods were fried in a mono- and poly-unsaturated healthy fat. This study was conducted on 40,757 adults ages 29 to 69 and was published in the British Medical Journal. The key here is to use the proper fat for frying! I can personally vouch for this fact. I love fried foods and for many years I had extremely high cholesterol and suffered a heart attack. I have inherited some cholesterol and heart problems but even so after changing my diet to only using olive, canola, or coconut oil for frying my cholesterol has been in the normal range for a few years now. I do take a cholesterol medication but had taken the same meds back when it was extremely high, too. So relax, buy the proper oils and enjoy some fried foods from time to time! In fact, heart-healthy omega-3 fats are essential to a healthy diet.


Monday, August 17, 2015

NO TO SODA, POP, OR WHATEVER YOU CALL IT

Do not drink sodas on a regular basis but substitute water with a slice of citrus such as lemon, lime or orange. Even a slice of cucumber is a good idea. According to the American Heart Association, drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day may expand a woman's waistline and increase her risk of heart disease and diabetes. This was stated in a symposium to women but should be applied to men, too.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

SALAD DRESSINGS

Dr. A. Marc Gillinov, noted surgeon at the famed Cleveland Clinic, suggests getting rid of creamy salad dressings and making your own dressing with some type blend of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar with some spices to taste. Dr. Gillinov states, "Olive oil is a healthy fat that's good for your heart." Don't ruin a healthy salad by loading it down with a dressing that is not good for you!


HEART ADVICE

Less than 20% of women think they are at risk for heart disease even though it is the #1 killer in America. Ladies make sure you are eating a heart-healthy diet, getting enough exercise, and know the signs of a heart attack - women and men usually suffer different symptoms. There are many posts on this blog to help you with both. Take the time to read them.


Friday, August 14, 2015

LET'S ALL GO A LITTLE NUTS

As has been mentioned on this blog before, plain unsalted nuts are very good for you. Dr. Stephen Devries, a preventative cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago suggests we can rein in our cholesterol by sprinkling unsalted nuts on salad, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. Dr. Devries stated, "Nuts are rich in plant sterols, natural substances that block absorption of cholesterol from the digestive tract." Two handfuls a day - that's about 2 ounces - have been shown in studies to reduce "bad" cholesterol by 10 points. Dr. Devries says almonds and walnuts are the most beneficial.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

START YOUR DAY IN A HEALTHY WAY

If you are starting your day with coffee and a pastry, a bowl of sugary cereal, or a platter of bacon and eggs try changing that to a healthy breakfast several days a week. According to Anne VanBeber, R.D. and a professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, changing to a breakfast of 1 cup of oatmeal can reduce you fat and cholesterol intake by as much as 20%. Adding a slice of whole-grain toast can add more plant sterols to get your day off to a healthy start.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

DO YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR OIL?

Dr. A. Marc Gillinow, cardiac surgeon and surgical director at the Cleveland Clinic says many of us need to change our oil! He is talking about cooking oils. Dr. Gillinow suggests swapping other types of cooking oil for extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil. He went on to say, "They are low in saturated fats and a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids."

Friday, August 7, 2015

INTERESTING INFO REGARDING BLACK TEA AND TYPE 2 DIABETES

According to a study reported in the British Medical Journal a couple years ago the more black tea a nation consumes per capita, the fewer cases of Type 2 diabetes they report. Another reason to add black tea to your diet!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

PROTEIN FOR WEIGHT LOSS

If you are dieting and feeling proud that you are only eating three meals a day, you are doing it wrong. According to health expert and certified trainer Kim Lyons, you quash cravings by doing mini-meals. As a diabetic I have been doing this now for years but it is an important way for anyone to eat. Have three meals a day with a protein mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. Why protein? Protein will regulate your blood sugar and keep you from crashing later. When I say snack I mean snack, not another meal. Here are some healthy suggestions for those "mid" snacks; small amount of a lean meat, tofu, low-fat cheese stick, boiled egg, nut butters, etc. It is okay to add a small amount of carbs but the main focus should be protein.

The protein in the nut butter makes this apple a much healthier snack than the apple alone.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

FRUITS AND VEGGIES FOR TEENS

Research has shown that teenagers who stay away from junk food are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that teens who ate at least two fruit and four veggie servings per day and stayed away from fast foods, sweets, and soda were less likely to show symptoms of mental health problems. Do the teens in your life a favor and help them to make healthy food choices.


Monday, August 3, 2015

EVER HEAR OF THE NUTRIENT APIGENIN?

I have to say that with all my nutritional/medical research I had never heard of the nutrient apigenin. That is until a read about a lab study done at Ohio State University in 2012 or 13, I believe. The study found that this nutrient which is found in peppermint, parsley, oranges, etc may have cancer-fighting superpowers. The study found that apigenin triggered cancer cells to kill themselves off. Interesting and might make it worth your while to add more oranges, peppermint, or parsley to your diet.