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Foods to stimulate foods to calm

31 Jan

According to an article in Alternet Online Magazine, the information in which I trust , here are some foods to help you to sleep and to keep you awake:

Foods that promote sleep and calm:

pumpkin seeds, cottage cheese, sesame seeds, brown rice and spinach

Foods that promotes insomnia

refined carbs, MSG (monosodium glutamate), bacon, alcohol and chocolate.

Read more below:

http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/149722

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Kitchen Cabinet Overhaul for Better Health

27 Nov

Check your cupboards and get rid of foods that are not good for you or your weightloss goal. Clean it out and replace it with life giving foods that promote health and happiness.  Here is a start:

  • Eat whole grains, such as brown rice, wild rice, bulgur, slow-cooking oatmeal, and whole-grain breads and pastas  
  • Enjoy beans and legumes frequently
  • Enjoy plenty of vegetables, prepared with healthy fats, like extra-virgin olive and canola oils. Skip unhealthy fats (like margarine and butter) and sweetened sauces.
  • Consume whole fresh fruits like berries, apples, and/or citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit halves. Avoid canned or jarred fruits with added sweeteners or syrups.
  • Include nonfat or low-fat dairy in your diet (in all Phases), such as nonfat or 1 percent milk, plain or artificially sweetened low-fat soymilk, and nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt.
  • Focus on lean proteins, like fish, skinless poultry breasts, and lean cuts of beef; use healthier cooking methods, such as baking, roasting, broiling, and grilling.
  • Choose monounsaturated and omega-3 fats, found in avocados, nuts, fish, and extra-virgin olive and canola oils; avoid saturated and trans fats.

Nitrate Rich Foods Helps Heart Attack Survivors

19 Nov

nitraterichfood.jpgNitrite/nitrate found in vegetables, cured meats and drinking water may help you survive a heart attack and recover quicker, according to a pre-clinical study led by a cardiovascular physiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Findings appear in the Nov. 12 early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“This is a very significant finding given the fact that simple components of our diet – nitrite and nitrate – that we have been taught to fear and restrict in food can now protect the heart from injury. Simple changes in our daily dietary habits such as eating nitrite and nitrate rich foods such as fruits and vegetables and some meats in moderation can drastically improve outcome following a heart attack,” said lead author Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at UT-Houston’s Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

Examples of nitrate rich foods include, spinach, lettuce, beets, beetgreens and other vegetables, meat in small quantities.dr-natha-s-bryan.jpg

  

Foods that enhance health as well as sexuality

15 Nov

As human beings we are always trying to improve ourselves including our experience of sexual pleasure. For thousands of years men have been trying to find the right food, herbs or spices to improve their performance in the bedroom and for thousands of years certain foods were said to have some of the properties to enhance our love lives.  The foods mentioned below in and of themselves are couched in love either by the way they look or in our imagination however they are also great for health enhancement.  You can’t go wrong.

 

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Oysters
It is a food high is zinc but a common view of the power of its aphrodisiac comes from its resemblance of a woman’s vulva.

Chocolate
Packed with antioxidants, chocolate is now considered a super food (especially the dark chocolate) potential health benefits. But through the ages, it’s been linked to love and romance thanks to its effect on neurotransmitters and endorphins (the “feel good” chemicals) in the brain.

Red Wine
No romantic dinner is complete without a good bottle of wine as well as a powerful antioxidant.

Ginseng
Many aphrodisiacs gain their reputation because of their resemblance to sexual organs. This is true for ginseng, an Asian herb used to boost immune function, whose name means “man root.”

 

 

Chili Peppers
You cannot go wrong with hot chili peppers. Chilies contain capsaicin. Chilies are full of antioxidants, flavonoids and vitamin

Avocado
This ancient fruit comes from an Aztec word ahuacatl which means “testicle”. It is considered to be a fertility fruit. Avocados are also high in antioxidants, fibre and monosaturated fat.

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Asparagus
The phallic form of asparagus is coupled with is rich vitamins and mineral to put it as a super food. It tastes wonderful if done right.

Strawberries
Strawberries have the shape of nipples hence its lure as an aphrodisiac.  It is also high in vit. C and they taste wonderful

 

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Honey
Where does honeymoon come from?  Honey is sweet.  In the olden days newly weds were encouraged to drink a fermented beverage sweetened with honey. Honey is said to have cancer fighting properties as well as lots of antioxidants as well. It’s just a sweet thing.

 

Ten Age-defying beauty foods as seen on Orpah

3 Oct

According to Dr. Percone on Oprah’s show, these ten foods will help to fortify your health and beauty.
Acai

This little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world. It can often be found in juice form in health food and gourmet stores.
Anything in the “Allium Family”
Garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, chives and shallots can all help the liver eliminate toxins and carcinogens.

Barley
This can be used as a breakfast cereal, in soups and stews, and as a rice substitute. Barley’s also high in fiber, helping metabolize fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates.

Green Foods
Green foods like wheat and barley grasses can be bought in powder, tablet or juice form, and offer greater levels of nutrients than green leafy vegetables. They also help cholesterol, blood pressure and immune response.

Buckwheat: Seed & Grain
Buckwheat is loaded with protein, high in amino acid, stabilizes blood sugar and reduces hypertension.

Beans & Lentils
You can reduce cholesterol while beefing up on antioxidants, folic acid and potassium. Try kidney, black, navy, pinto, chickpeas, soybeans, peas and lentils.

Hot Peppers
Both bell and chili peppers contain antioxidants, have twice the Vitamin C as citrus fruit and work as great fat burners.

Nuts & Seeds
You can’t go wrong with a handful of nuts a day—walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia and pistachio nuts contain Omega 3 fats, which are great for your heart. Raw, unsalted nuts and seeds are best.

Sprouts
Numerous varieties of sprouts are great with any meal. They’re a great source of protein and Vitamin C. Try adding them to any dish and your immune system will get a boost.

Yogurt and Kefir
These cultured foods contain healthful bacteria that aid immune function, and the calcium helps burn fat. Try using them as a base for a smoothie.

Source of anti-oxidant rich foods

31 Aug

There is a lot of talk about the health benefits of anti-oxidant rich foods. Taking anti-oxidant supplement is not supported by all the experts.  Recent research appears to show there are no real health benefits in taking this supplement. There are however research showing there are benefits from eating anti-oxidant  rich foods and here are some of the richest sources of anti-oxidant you can find in a supermarket near you.:
1. Pomegranates
2. Green peppers
3. Kale
4. Red kidney beans
5. Pinto beans
6. Blueberries
7. Cranberries
8. Artichokes (cooked)
9. Blackberries
10. Garlic
11. Raspberries
12. Strawberries
13. Apples
14. Spinach
15. Pecans
16. Sweet cherries
17. Brussels sprouts
18. Yellow squash
19. Black beans (dried)
20. Plums
 Enjoy!

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