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what you eat becomes you literally

25 Jun


New benefits found from eating your broccoli

20 Jun

Daily consumption of broccoli can go a long way in protecting people from the harmful effects of air pollution, a study from John Hopkins University has found.

A clinical trial, conducted in Jiangsu Province — one of China’s most polluted regions — found that those that consumed a beverage that included broccoli sprouts helped participants to excrete toxins associated with particle and ozone air pollution.

The study, which involved nearly 300 men and women, found that daily consumption of a 1/2 cup a beverage containing sterilized water, pineapple, lime juice and broccoli sprout powder, produced significantly higher levels of excretion of benzene, a carcinogen, and acrolein, a lung irritant. A control group drank the same beverage without the broccoli powder and. A compound in broccoli, sulforaphane, has previously been shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties in studies conducted on animals.

The study, published in the online edition of the journal Cancer Prevention Research, was conducted by the University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Foods that are not so good for you

29 Nov


Five foods to avoid according to naturopath:

charred steak

inflammatory oils

Microwavable foods

Canned foods

Corn Syrup

Important information about controlling your High Blood Pressure

16 Jan

As someone who suffers from high blood pressure, I am always looking for ways to get off the water pills I am now taking. With this pill I have managed to keep my blood pressure under control for about 5 years but I am always looking for ways to get off this pill. My doctor says to me that I can never be cured of HPB because one you have it you have it. I refuse to believe that.

These days I drink a lot of hibiscus and other herbal teas. I was on noni juice for about six months and I saw a big drop in my blood pressure.  My sister had made the drink and gave me to bring back to Canada from the Caribbean. She has the tree but it is difficult to mail that kind of stuff from the Caribbean so I did not drink it for a while but am drinking a lot of hibiscus which has received a lot of rave lately.

My resolution for the new year is to try a vegan diet to bring my blood pressure down. If it works then veganism or pretty close to that would be my new way of living. One thing I am disappointed in the health foods that are available, many are packed in sodium and I do not eat those. All their fake meats have sodium levels that are definitely not healthy so I stay away from that.  I eat brown rice, lots of green vegetables, spices very little sea salt but lots of chili pepper, lemon etc. to spice my foods. Anyway check out the links and what you need from it.

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.

A vegetarian diet can leader to slimmer waiste and healthier life

14 Nov

 Many people are leery about going total vegetarian thinking that they may not be able to keep up with the required amount of protein or that the protein from vegetable is not as superior to that of meat. However, recent research shows that this fear may be unwarranted and that there are many benefits to people who follow a vegetarian eating plan.  For one thing they tend to eat fewer calories and less fat than non-vegetarians. They also tend to have lower body weights relative to their heights than non-vegetarians. Choosing a vegetarian eating plan with a low fat content may be helpful for weight loss. But vegetarians—like non-vegetarians—can make food choices that contribute to weight gain, like eating large amounts of high-fat, high-calorie foods or foods with little or no nutritional value.

Vegetarian diets should be as carefully planned as non-vegetarian diets to make sure they are balanced. In our diets, animal products provide good sources of iron, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, zinc, and protein. Be sure to include the following vegetarian foods to get all the nutrients you need:

  • Iron: cashews, spinach, lentils, garbanzo beans, fortified bread or cereal
  • Calcium: dairy products, fortified soy-based beverages, tofu made with calcium sulfate, collard greens, kale, broccoli
  • Vitamin D: fortified foods and beverages including milk, soy-based beverages, or cereal
  • Vitamin B12:eggs, dairy products, fortified cereal or soy-based beverages, tempeh, miso (tempeh and miso are foods made from soybeans)
  • Zinc: whole grains (especially the germ and bran of the grain), nuts, tofu, leafy vegetables (spinach, cabbage, lettuce)
  • Protein:eggs, dairy products, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, soy-based burgers
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