Nutritious Life

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Oatmeal May 27, 2009

Oatmeal is one of those foods where you can have it everyday, yet it can be different because there are so many oatmealoptions in what to add to it. Oatmeal is a very healthy breakfast.

Here are a few facts about oatmeal and why you should include it in your weekly breakfast:

  • Lowers Cholesterol Levels
  • Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Prevents Heart Failure
  • Significant Cardiovascular Benefits for Postmenopausal Women
  • Enhances Immune Response to Infection
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar
  • Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk
  • Antioxidant Benefits
  • Fiber from Whole Grains and Fruit Protective against Breast Cancer

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Oatmeal is also an excellent source of vitamin B complex. Vitamin B is essential for normal functioning of nervous system.

Oatmeal also contains important nutrient like vitamin E, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium and thiamine , which helps in growth of bone, teeth and muscle.

Vitamin E prevents blood clotting and act as antioxidant. This vitamin removes harmful free radicals from body that damages cells of body. These free radicals are responsible for aging.

Oatmeal also contains important micro nutrient zinc. Zinc is essential constituent of many enzymes and is required for metabolism and stabilization of nucleic acid. Zinc also associated with healing of wound, growth, reproduction and glucose tolerance of human body.

You are better off avoiding the prepackaged flavored oatmeal as it is full of sugars that suppress the health benefits that oatmeal has to offer. Instead add your own “flavor” to your oatmeal like fruit, honey, nuts, raisins, real maple syrup, agave necter or cinnamon. Lastly, to save a few dollars buy it in bulk at Henry’s, WholeFoods, People’s or where ever they many have the bulk bins.

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Green Tea January 6, 2009

Did you know green tea has many health benefits? For starters it is loaded with antioxidants (EGCG). Secondly, it can reduce muscle soreness for those of you who exercise.  Some studies have also shown that green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells meaning it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. Other studies have also shown that green tea can help with reducing rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease. Of course we can’t depend on green tea alone, but instead we should include green tea in our healthy diets.

 

The down fall of green tea would be that is it has a fair amount of caffeine.  I would recommend that you drink no more than two cups a day and also include plenty of water in your diet. Too much caffeine can cause nervousness, irritability, anxiety, heart palpitations and headaches.

 

If you don’t care for the taste of green tea try squeezing some lemon in it to give it more flavor, but try not to undermine the great benefits green tea has to offer by adding sugar. There is also a brand called Numi and they have a Jasmine Green Tea which is excellent and doesn’t taste so bland as regular green tea. I have also come across that different brands of green teas taste different so don’t knock green tea if you have only tried one brand. Find one that works for you and include it in your daily diet.

 

 
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