Nutritious Life

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Turmeric January 31, 2009

Do you like to use spices when cooking? If you don’t you should. Spices can really boost your health!

Research shows that turmeric can help prevent Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s rates tend to be lower in India where people consume a lot of of turmeric. It also may be lower there because they don’t fill their body with a bunch of processed foods. Curcumin, which is the substance that gives turmeric the yellow color is also known as a natural antioxidant.

 

Cooking tips:

– best known for being used in curries

-can be added to steamed rice for flavor and color

– can also be added to stir fried veggies

 

Enjoy!!

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Another Reason to Avoid Soft Drinks January 29, 2009

Filed under: All,General,Nutritional Information — nutritiouslife12 @ 3:00 am
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I do a great deal of reading… especially when it comes to health and food. I found this mini article I would like to share with you. I know I have said this before, but I strongly believe what we eat now is surely going to effect us later. So take care of yourself now, get rid of all that junk food and practice eating healthy today!

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Pistachios January 27, 2009

pistachioThis blog post was requested by a very good friend of mine. Her new favorite nut is the pistachio nut.

A lot of people don’t eat enough nuts in their diet. Many think they are high in calories and fat, but don’t let that stop you from eating them. They are a great source of healthy fat (mono and poly saturated fat) and a great source of protein.  They are also known to be high in magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.  Potassium is known to regulate muscle contractions, transmission of nerve impulses and assist in maintaining healthy blood presume levels. Potassium can also be found in bananas and oranges.  Pistachios are also a fairly good source for vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is important because it helps brain function and is known to help the body to convert protein into energy. Recommendation for vitamin B6 is 1.6 mg for women and 2 mg for men a day.

The down side to pistachios is that they are super high in sodium. The right amount of sodium can be  healthy especially for those of us who exercise and need to replace the salt that is lost through sweating.  If you don’t work out often or are watching your sodium intake try looking for the pistachios that are unsalted. They still offer all the great health benefits.

I found this website that has some more interesting facts and health benefits about pistachios. I encourage you to check it out:  http://www.pistachiohealth.com

 

Nutrition Facts Panel January 22, 2009

How many of you look at the nutrition facts panel before you buy something? Maybe you check out the fat content or the sugar content? Do you really know what you are reading? Maybe you know what you are looking for, but do you understand it?

 

I found this diagram below and wanted to share it with you (courtesy of Trader Joes)! I constantly read the ingredients of a product and the nutrition facts panel. I think it is important to read the ingredients label and the nutrition facts panel before you buy anything, but most of all it is important to understand what you are reading. Reading this article below gave me a refresher course on what I am reading.

 

If you are not already reading labels, I encourage you to read the ingredients and nutrition facts panel before you purchase anything. Most likely if you don’t know what an ingredient is then it probably isn’t good for you.

 

Happy Shopping!!

 

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Sunscreen January 20, 2009

Filed under: All,General — nutritiouslife12 @ 9:34 am
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Did you know that what you put on your body can be just as harmful as what you put in your body? It is never too early to look at sunscreen. Those of us who are live in warm areas year around or those of us who travel to tropical places to escape the cold weather we need to look at what sunscreens will do the least harm to our bodies. I found this article below and wanted to share it with all of you. If anything, it will help us avoid some of the toxic chemicals they put in some of the sunscreens.

 

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Food for the liver January 15, 2009

With all the junk we eat these days our liver gets overtaxed. Our liver is suppose to extract all the fat almondssoluble toxins that our kidneys can not handle. When we eat a lot of processed food (fast food, chips, cookies, cakes, frozen meals) our liver gets over worked and isn’t able to extract the toxins from the body, therefore, the fat stores within its own tissue.

 

Below are a few liver supporting foods that we should add to our daily diets:

 

         kidney beans

         raw almonds

         peas

         soybeans

         raw salads with fresh vegetables

         fruits

         leafy green vegetables

 

Next time it is 2pm in the afternoon and you want to reach for that mid afternoon snack reach for some raw almonds or some fresh fruit and a large glass of water. Water is also known to flush out toxins and cleanse the liver. Enjoy!!

 

Anti-Inflammatory Foods January 13, 2009

cherries2My friends bother was talking about doing an anti-inflammatory diet and that sparked the idea of this blog post! I am hoping he will blog about his experience!

 

Did you know that certain foods can decrease inflammation? Cherries are often known to ease inflammation as well as the seasoning turmeric. According to the University of Arizona turmeric may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Omega 3 is also known to greatly decrease inflammation. Omega 3 can be found in salmon, flax seeds and walnuts. Also the best vegetable juice to reduce inflammation is cucumber and celery.

 

Obviously, if there are foods that can reduce inflammation there are certainly foods that contribute to inflammation. Want to take a wild guess at what foods are “pro” inflammation? If you guessed sugar, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages you are right! Red meat is also a big contributor to inflammation as well as white flour, eggs, fried foods and vegetable oils like corn and soybean oil.

 

It is so easy to fall in to the “quick” meals and processed food life style, but we are what we eat. Everything we eat is going to affect our body in one what or another whether it is now or later in life. I encourage you to eat more fruits and vegetables and limit or eliminate all processed foods from your diet. Your body will thank you!

 

 
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