Archive | January, 2013

Six natural remedies for a restful night

10 Jan

1. Tryptophan: Better than a glass of warm milk
The body uses the amino acid tryptophan to produce serotonin and melatonin, both hormones that are essential for sleep. Serotonin is required to transmit nerve impulses from the brain and regulate mood in general. If you have trouble staying asleep, or wake frequently throughout the night, you’re likely low in these two hormones. The good news is certain seeds have high tryptophan numbers, which will not only help you sleep, but relax you overall.<!– BEGIN JS TAG – Chatelaine.CPGWomens-300×250

Bottom line: Reach for 100 grams of sesame seeds to get more than 1000 mg of tryptophan. The same amount of chia seeds have more than 700 grams of tryptophan, while pumpkin seeds have almost 600 mg. Pumpkin seeds also contain zinc, which can assist the brain in converting tryptophan into serotonin. In fact, pumpkin seed powder is the new ‘warm glass of milk’ when it comes to sleep remedies.

For a powerful evening snack mix ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds (or powder) with 1-2 tablespoon chia seeds and ¾ cup of unsweetened Greek yogurt.

2. Grab some walnuts
Like seeds, certain nuts will not only help balance your blood sugar levels but are also high in both melatonin and tryptophan. Raw nuts such as almonds and walnuts are an excellent choice for healthful, filling snacks. Research from the University of Texas Health Science Center found that walnuts are a source of melatonin. Melatonin not only improves our sleep but it also offers antioxidant protection. So walnuts just might be your secret weapon against sleeplessness nights, as well as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular illness.

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Dandelion greens is good for you

4 Jan

I used to groan when I see another yellow dandelion flower pop up on my lawn after carefully weeding all of them the night before.  It turns out that this pesky weed may have some great health benefits and once we start eating it more it may naturally make itself more scarce – just a thought – check out the recipe and the health benefits of this weed:

Talking about gut bacteria

2 Jan

Interesting stuff

How to fix our food problems

2 Jan

This is a very interesting opinion by Mark Bittman of NYT about our food and how we should tackle our food problems in the coming year. The writer identified – sugar as a big issue to our growing obesity. He believes that we should tackle sugar as we tackle tobacco; we should be vigilant about how our food is produced and should reject pork produced in crate – we should care better for the animals destined for our dinner tables. And good food should be available to the poorest in our midst.
When people are poor they reach for the cheapest foods that are often the most unhealthy. If more unhealthy foods are eliminated then everyone would stand a better chance at health and healthy foods. Some of the stuff that we spend good money on are anything but food. Read the article for yourself here:

Nothing affects public health in the United States more than food. Gun violence kills tens of thousands of Americans a year. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes kill more than a million people a year — nearly half of all deaths — and diet is a root cause of many of those diseases.

And the root of that dangerous diet is our system of hyper-industrial agriculture, the kind that uses 10 times as much energy as it produces.


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