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Friday, 28 March 2014

KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY WITH AN APPLE A DAY

Remember my early morning delight? Carrots and apples? I have just finished telling you the numerous benefits of carrot. today I want to tell you the wonderful benefits I get daily when I eat apples .Many of us forget that sometimes the simplest answer are the best
.Better health could be as easy as reaching for the fruit bowl for an apple .The old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away may be a silly rhyme you heard as a kid, but I have discovered with my many months of taking this fruit that it does keep many doctors away from me .here  is why,
Apples are filled with soluble fiber (5gms) which has been shown to reduce intestinal disorders, hemorrhoids ,and possible some types of cancer it also helps to control insulin levels by releasing sugar slowly into the blood stream. It cleanses and detoxifies which helps eliminate heavy metals  such as lead and mercury .Pectin  in apple helps reduce cholesterol levels by lowering insulin secretion.
 In two studies researchers  found that eating apples lower the risk of respiratory disease .
According to Chinese medicine ,apples strengthen the heart , quench thirst ,lubricates the lungs and also increases body fluids. Apples are packed with vitamin C,A and flavonoids with smaller amounts of phosphorus ,iron and calcium, Apples also act as  a source of potassium which may promote heart health.
Did you also know that in ancient Greece ,when a man proposed to a woman he could toss her an apple and if she decided to catch it, it meant that she accepted the proposal .Can you imagine how important apples are even in marriage proposal!!
Give me one reason why you should not start eating at least one apple a day.As usual REMEMBER GOOD HEALTH IS NOT AN EVENT BUT A HABIT.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

MORE REASONS TO EAT CARROTS

Carrots are rich in alkaline elements which purify and revitalize the blood .They balance the acid/alkaline ratio in the body .carrots have potassium in it that helps to balance the high levels of sodium associated with hypertension and keeps blood pressure under control  .

grated carrots which can be used for
wounds cuts and inflammation
The high soluble fiber content in carrot (pectin)reduces cholesterol by binding LDL the bad cholesterol and also increases  HDL ,the good cholesterol  which help in reducing blood clots and heart disease
.Raw carrots an be used as remedy for treating worms in children
.Raw or grated carrots can also be used for wounds ,cuts and inflammation .Eating of carrots also helps women in improving menstrual flow and quality of breast milk in pregnant women
.Carrots also helps in maintaining healthy younger looking skin since its antioxidant action may help to act against age accelerating free radicals
Tell me what will stop you from taking carrots daily to also enjoy such health benefits .getting all this health benefits is not when you take the carrots one day in a week or two you need to make it a daily habit to get the results. Just try it for some time and see tremendous improvement in your health and well being.BUT REMEMBER THAT GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

HEALTH BENEFITS OF FREQUENT CARROT INTAKE

In my last posting ,I told you about my early morning delight comprising of 4-6 sticks of carrot and three apples.In this posting ,I want to bring to your notice the benefits I get from this morning delight.Eating of this carrot,provides 210%  of average daily recommended amount of vitamin A ,1% vitamin K,6% vitamin C,2% calcium,.The high vitamin A content for which carrots are best known ,comes from beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in liver.
Carrots also contain vitamin k,vitamin B6 ,copper,folic acid thiamine and magnesium.when taken as part of a daily diet,the nutrients in carrot, will provide you with protection  against  heart diseases and stroke and also helps in building strong bones and healthy nervous system.Antioxidants in carrots, including beta carotene will play a role in cancer prevention.
Research has shown that smokers who eat carrots more than twice a week have a lower risk of lung cancer .The consumption of beta carotene is also associated with a lower risk of colon and prostate cancer,while the carrot juice extract may kill leukemia cells and inhibit there progression.
Carrots also contain falcarinol a natural toxin that stimulates cancer fighting mechanisms for the body.
Again, because of its vitamin A content ,carrot does magic for the eyes. So with all this benefits see why it is my morning   delight why don't you try it and see.BUT REMEMBER GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT
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Thursday, 13 March 2014

MY EARLY MORNING DELIGHT(CARROTS AND APPLE)

my early morning delight
It is a popular saying that breakfast should be the most healthiest meal of the day because  of the fact that after a good nights rest, your digestive enzymes will have had enough rest to be able to work on any heavy meal early in the morning.Again if your daily routine work involves exertion of both mental and physical energy,you definitely need good food in the morning.but having said that I want to share my own personal experience.some years back, whenever I do have a heavy breakfast, it made me very lazy and sleepy and most times I could not do the volume of work I would have loved to do.So I personally believe there should be a little clause to that popular saying that depending on your body makeup, eat what feels good with you and at the same time healthy for you.
Today I want to share with you what I call "My morning delight" this is what I have been eating every morning for the past two years.It comprises of acup of lemon drink first followed by 4-6 sticks of carrot and 3 apples.after which I wash it down with a 75cc bottled water,and a second 75cc bottled water which I sip intermittently until midday.You may be wondering why carrot and apple.I will leave that for my next posting where I will tell you the benefits I get from my morning delight.It has not only kept me healthy but smart enough in the mornings to get some volume of work done.BUT AGAIN REMEMBER THAT GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

MEAL SUGGESTIONS(dos and donts)

Eliminate  margarine and all other foods that contain hydrogenated oil .Avoid commercial vegetable oils as these generate destructive free radicals that cause havoc in the body .If you do use vegetable oils ,do not cook with them .Try as much as possible to avoid fried food.The only healthful oils are extra virgin oils.when not available it is always best to eat fats in their natural state like raw nuts ,seed butters, olives ,avocados ,corn etc
Vegetable based meals can include .A whole food starch (Potatoes,sweet potatoes,brown rice ,yams,casava corn, whole grain bread etc)Make sure to prepare a hefty serving of dark green leafy vegetables and other lightly steamed vegetables (whatever is in season).There are also a wide variety of beans and legumes to include.with these ingredients you can also make different stews and soups.
eat this as frequently as possible
Make a big salad from raw vegetables as part of your weekly recipe this should fill at least half of your plate(The salad can include shredded cabbage , lettuce,grated carrots,cucumbers,green peppers, tomatoes,onions etc).Salad dressing can constitute lemon juice,yogurt,olive oil etc.The more colorful the vegetables the better.The color comes from chemicals called antioxidants which are powerful free radical scavengers.Always eat the easiest to digest e.g. salads ending with the denser foods because the first thing that is eaten is the first thing that gets digested. REMEMBER, GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT.here are links to some beautiful health recipes http://bit.ly/1cCd1DZ, http://bit.ly/1drZG4K, http://bit.ly/1cCeiem

Saturday, 1 March 2014

DIETARY TIPS/SUGGESTIONS

The most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted was "The china study by Dr. Colin Campbell. It confirmed that a plant based diet is the best diet that promotes optimum long term health.
Eat plenty of vegetables especially dark green leafy vegetables, fruits ,whole grains, nuts and seeds beans and peas in as fresh a state as possible. Avoid all foods that have artificial colors,.flavors ,preservatives and refined sugars
Also try to avoid processed food and canned food. Read the ingredients of whatever food items you purchase,choose the foods that are the least processed with the fewest additives.
STOP THIS .IT IS VERY UNHEALTHY
Always cook with stainless steel or glass  because stainless steel cookware is low in cost and can be used at high heat. It has a sturdy cookware surface that does not wear down easily.. Health problems from stainless steel are rare. use no aluminum cook ware.
There have been concerns in the past that aluminum cookware increases the risk for Alzheimer's disease Uncoated aluminum cookware is a greater risk.
Copper pots are popular due to their even heating. But large amounts of copper from unlined cookware can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Some copper and brass pans are coated with another metal to prevent food from coming into contact with copper. Over time, these coatings can break down and allow copper to dissolve in food. Older copper cookware may have tin or nickel coatings and should not be used .
Cook on stove or gas or oven ,Try and avoid the too much use of microwave.
Avoid the use of PLASTICS in microwave or any activity that involves heat because,
research also strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of the chemicals in these products, such as bisphenol A (BPA), may cause cancer in people.
BPA is a weak synthetic estrogen found in many rigid plastic products, food and formula can linings, . Its estrogen-like activity makes it a hormone disruptor, like many other chemicals in plastics. Hormone disruptors can affect how estrogen and other hormones act in the body, by blocking them or mimicking them, which throws off the body's hormonal balance. Because estrogen can make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer develop and grow, many women should limit their exposure to these chemicals that can act like estrogen so please.Don't cook food in plastic containers or use roasting/steaming bags; the plastic residues may leach into food when heated in a regular or microwave oven.REMEMBER GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT

DISCLAIMER

All articles in this blog are designed solely for educational and information purposes and is not intended to serve as a medical advice .If you have or suspect any health problem please consult your doctor/Health provider.