Category: Healthy Food

About Yummy Spa Water

Some spas will have their own special recipe for fancy water. One of the simplest is adding lemon to water and letting the juices blend. There are antioxidant benefits, and the drink is refreshing without being completely sour. Believe it or not, cucumber water also fits the bill of being refreshing as well, who knew simple could be so effective?

Other spas will take it one step further and add berries and mint leaves to water, giving a fruity effect, or make seasonal waters like apples and cinnamon for fall which tastes faintly like apple cider at an apple orchard, all while being cleansing and good for you.

We all know that the experts say we need eight glasses of water a day. With our bodies being made up mostly of water, this isn’t something that is just a fad, as water actually helps our body function better. The more water you consume the better your kidneys will function, your skin will appear healthier, and you will be ridding yourself of pesky fat cells every time you head to the bathroom. Being more hydrated helps your muscles work more efficiently and gives you more energy, but I know, water isn’t exactly a fun thing to drink. It has no taste and it’s, well, boring, but by adding just a few things to the mix, you get something just a little bit more fun to get you on track of getting in those eight glasses.

Just about any fruit and most vegetables work well when mixed with water. Ginger ground up and added with oranges is an interesting mix as is oranges and lemons together, a little bit of sweet,a little bit of sour but all delicious.

Essential Foods for Runners

Cherries

Cherries are rich in a type of antioxidant known as anthocyanins. Antioxidants are useful for a variety of reasons, such as slowing the growth of cancerous tumors and maintaining healthy blood vessels. Plus, they are great to give a boost to athletic performance. For the athlete, a regular glass of cherry juice can help to reduce muscle soreness and the amount of strength loss.

Kale

Kale is one of the most antioxidant-rich vegetables, as well as containing high levels of calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and K. Plus, it contains useful anti-inflammatory properties. Adding kale to the diet can help to minimize issues with muscle damage related to daily exercise. Other anti-inflammatory foods that are useful for the runner include tomatoes, spinach, tuna, sardines, blueberries and strawberries.

Bananas

Bananas are a great pre-race or workout food for runners. It is rich in carbohydrates. A single large banana has no fat, 1 gram of protein, and 30 grams of carbohydrate. Plus, it is a useful source of potassium which is easily lost at the time of exercise through sweat. This light and soft fruit is easy to eat even when experiencing issues with pre-race nerves.

Oatmeal

Runners are best prepared for physical activity when at least 60% of their daily intake is sourced from carbohydrates. This helps to maximize the body’s ability to perform. A simple way to start the carbohydrate intake is with breakfast. A high-carb breakfast option is oatmeal, which has nearly 26 grams per serving. Plus, oatmeal is a low-glycemic index food and rich in fiber to give long-lasting energy.

Make Cooking at Home Part of Your Lifestyle

Make cooking convenient. Perhaps your reason for not preparing your meals is a lack of time or practice. The second is easily solved – cook more often! There is no better day than today for getting started: millions of recipes are at your fingertips – one search away.

A lack of time can be a barrier, and this is why you need to make cooking convenient. Cook a few times a week but make large portions to cover several meals. Or cook regularly, but make simple, healthy meals. Save the more elaborate dishes for the weekend.

If it helps, treat yourself to new kitchen tools: anything that makes cooking more practical for you.

Make cooking enjoyable. Cooking does not have to feel like a chore…

  • have music playing in the background or listen to a podcast.
  • try some new recipes.

Shorten your cooking time by perfecting your favorite dish – if you take 30 seconds less each time, it will add up. Anything much longer than 30 minutes on a weeknight will make many people averse to cooking. However, if you find you can prepare a meal in 20 minutes or less, you will enjoy it because you will be looking forward to eating a meal you are sure to like – well most of the time.

Do the above, and you will quickly make cooking a habit. It is a habit that pays for itself – the time you invest will earn you dividends in the form of better health. Even if you are not always preparing perfectly healthy meals, chances are you will be doing better than throwing pre-made food in the oven or microwave.

Take pride in preparing and cooking your meals. Invest more in this essential life skill. As long as you are not engaging in bad habits too often – like snacking or being completely sedentary, the difference it makes will be positive. It will help you prevent common health problems and improve your health and in turn, live a healthier life.

Omega Zone Diet and Fish Oil

The recommendations of the American Heart Association meet Dr. Sears’ up to a point

  • Both the AHA and Dr. Sears recognise the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Both parties tell us that fish is nowadays contaminated with various toxins like mercury, DDT or other harmful substances. See the AHA special report
  • People with a high risk of coronary heart disease or of high-level trigliceride cannot obtain enough Omega 3 fatty acids from dietary fish. They may therefore need to supplement their diet with pharmaceutical fish oil.

Nevertheless, opinions vary on some points.

  • High doses of fish oil are good for health, but the doses Dr. Sears recommends are much higher than those which AHA considers to be safe.
  • Dr. Sears warns us to pay attention to what we buy. This is pharmaceutical fish oil preliminarily tested by International Fish Oil Standards program (IFOS). The AHA’s lab studies certified that all brands of pharmaceutical fish oil, even the cheapest, were free from toxins, at the moment of testing. But some of them did not meet the doses advertised on the label.
  • Dr. Sears prescribes fish oil capsules for healthy people. The AHA does not.
  • Dr. Sears claims that his fish oil supplements, Omega RX ZoneTM, will prevent and help cure heart and brain diseases. THey will also maintain healthy kidneys, immune system, joint movement, maintain cholesterol safe levels, stamina, strength, mood and general well-being. The American Food and Drug Administration did not evaluate any of these statements.

White Tea

White tea is made from the very young leaves and buds of the tea plant, and it is minimally processed. It tastes like delicate flowers with just a hint of jasmine. There is a natural sweetness to the tea, which means you will not have to add sugar to it. This not only saves you calories but also gives you a chance to drink this even if you are suffering with sugar-related diseases such as hyperthyroidism or diabetes. Ideal as a health drink, white tea is often used for losing weight, and it’s a very effective help if you’re trying to get rid of a few extra pounds. Just a few cups a day will help you keep the extra pounds at bay.

Current evidence suggests that white tea stimulates activity of the lipolysis and inhibits adipogenesis. This means that your fat cell development is inhibited. If your body stops manufacturing fat cells, there is no possible way that fat storage can occur. This means that you can lose weight while enjoying a great beverage.

In addition to helping you lose weight, white tea also contains the least amount of caffeine content among all teas in the current market. This means that you will not experience the same caffeine-related side effects such as frequent headaches, trembling, anxiety and insomnia.

Today’s modern pace sometimes results in unhealthy habits such as too much caffeine ingestion and also the tendency to eat unhealthy food.

For this reason, drinking white tea is a great habit to develop since it takes the place of the time you usually take to consume unhealthy fast food. Instead of the usual large soda or latte you have as a late afternoon pick-me-up, a cup of white tea will give you health benefits you will not get anywhere else.

For this reason, this type of tea is a big step towards achieving the health goals you have set for yourself. As you lose weight and enjoy a relaxing moment drinking tea, you will get encouraged to pursue other similar healthy activities such as beginning a healthy exercise program and eating healthier food.

This tea has strong antibacterial properties and promotes good oral health. It will also not stain the teeth the way that coffee and other teas might.
This exclusive and healthy tea is good for the soul, as well. Studies show that it can help alleviate anxiety and promote clarity.

Power Meals

FRENCH CREPES

2 cups flour

2 large eggs

2 Tbs sugar

2 cups milk

2 Tbs Cooking oil

Combine the flour, sugar, eggs and milk and beat until smooth. The resulting batter should be the consistency of thick cream. Add oil to the batter and mix lightly. Spray an 8-inch crepe pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Ladle about ½ cup of the batter into the pan and rotate the pan to spread the mixture evenly. Cook the crepe until it looks firm and is lightly browned at the edges (about one minute). Turn the crepe over with a thin spatula and cook the other side about 30 seconds. Re-coat pan with non-stick cooking spray about every other crepe, or when crepes begin to stick.

Add your favourite sugar-free fruit filling to top off these thin, delicious breakfast favourites.

(* Standard Cup Measurement: 1 cup = 250ml)

FRUIT FLAVOURED OATMEAL

1 cup one-minute oatmeal

½ cup raisins

¼ cup walnuts, chopped

1 banana, sliced

¼ cup skimmed milk

1 tsp artificial sweetener

Cook the oatmeal and place in a bowl. Add fruit and walnuts; mix in milk and sweetener and enjoy! Add cinnamon if desired.

BLUEBERRY PROTEIN PANCAKES

1 cup oatmeal

8 egg whites

¾ cup blueberries (frozen or tinned if not in season)

6 tsp sweetener

Mix all ingredients in a blender until consistency is smooth. Cook in pan coated with non-fat cooking spray; turn once to cook both sides. Makes one serving. Each serving consists of: protein 50g, carbohydrates 60g, and calories 440.

This recipe really packs the protein and carbs to give you energy for your morning workout.

Boost Immune System With Vitamin C

The vitamin C deficiency that resulted from this practice caused sailors to come down with a sometimes-deadly disease called scurvy. Scurvy results in bleeding, poor healing of wounds, hair and tooth loss and joint pain. Indeed the list of potential ailments due to a deficiency of vitamin C are numerous, including anemia, bleeding gums and nose, inability to fight infection and gingivitis, easy bruising, swollen and painful joints and weakened tooth enamel. In response, the British navy stocked their ships with lemons and limes and included the juice from these fruits in the meals of sailors on their ships. The ‘limeys’ were able to keep their vitamin C intake high enough for their sailors to stay healthy over long journeys.

Vitamin C is not manufactured by other elements inside the body, so we must rely on food sources to maintain an adequate supply. Thankfully, you can find a wide variety of foods that are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is water-soluble and it is not stored in the body. Excess amounts are flushed out through the urine, and we must maintain a steady supply to support normal growth and development.

Your body uses vitamin C to grow new tissue, particularly skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. This helps you to heal better from injuries and repair damage to cartilage and bones. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps to prevent damage from oxidizing agents or free radicals in the body. Its antioxidant properties extend beyond itself in that vitamin C helps to recover other antioxidants including vitamin E after they have been oxidized.

A healthy nutritious diet including a variety of vegetables and fruits with every meal should supply all of the vitamin C that you need. Long cooking cycles degrade the vitamin C in the food so fresh, raw fruits and vegetables are recommended. Green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach are excellent sources of vitamin C and other important nutrients. Other good choices of vegetables are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, peppers, cabbage, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and squash such as butternut or acorn squash.

Fruits rich in vitamin C include citrus varieties such as oranges, grapefruit, limes, lemons and tangerines. Berries including blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries are also good sources. Other good fruit sources are kiwi fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple and watermelon. Packaged foods may be fortified with vitamin C. Read the labels of breakfast cereals and other packaged food carefully as many of these contain very high levels of sugar, which will create other problems that are best avoided. You might also see ascorbic acid or dehydroascorbic acid listed in the ingredients to help you identify vitamin C.

If fresh fruits are not available, supplementation may help you to sustain your vitamin C levels and keep your immune system strong. In addition, higher levels of vitamin C may be required if you are exposed to smoking or for women who are breastfeeding. It is believed that vitamin C helps to shorten the duration of a cold, but there is no evidence that it will prevent the cold itself.

Seize the Herb

Trees in forests exhibit qualities that can rapidly inhibit plant fungus and insects that destroy it. They contain molecules, enzymes and peptides that are activated when facing death, threat or extinction. They are life supporting structures in forests to maintain the environment, clean out pollutants, reinforce their own cell life and accelerate self-regulatory, balancing properties for their ripe existence. Moringa is such a powerful tree.

Moringa is an essential supplement with chlorophyll, five times more than Spirulina and Wheatgrass. Chlorophyll is called the blood of the plant, and gives life to the plant cell in sunlight, accelerating growth and life. Modern scientists extract chlorophyll and use it in injections or topical ointments in conjunction with focussed light therapy. This is known as photo dynamic therapy. It is a solution to reduce and evaporate tumors or malignant cancers, even internally. In 2014, Jung IL reported a tumor suppressor activity in mammalian cells treated with cold water-soluble extract of Moringa oleifera leaves. Subsequent research has shown that ingredients in Moringa aqueous leaf inhibit the growth of lethal fast spreading cancer cells in breast and colorectal cancers of Saudi Arabian women. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), which are noncoding small RNAs regulating gene expression are possibly active after human ingestion for restoration to normalcy. Pharmaceutical management of this herb for anti cancer therapy, chemotherapy support, or even cancer prevention is a likely possibility for future alternative medicine and natural nutrition.

The power through many of its properties and ingredients to restore DNA and gene expression, makes Moringa possible for treating Alzheimer’s, systemic conditions, diabetes, asthma, skin disorders, brain disorders, anemia, arthritis, fungal and bacterial infestations.

Very interesting observation of this herb is in its use in inflammation. Experts in alternative medicine insist that inflammation is the root cause of all evils. Studies involving histological analysis of the lungs have shown that the extract reduced the number of leukocytes, cured asthma and its related allergies. The anti-inflammatory properties of the aqueous Moringa leaf in medicine was confirmed using an in vivomodel of acute inflammation; reduction in leukocyte migration, myeloperoxidas activity and the levels of TNF-α and IL-1β were noted. These and subsequent scientific findings clearly indicate that the herbs contribution in nutrition and health will be to support liver function, detoxification, lymphatic drainage, sugar control (eliminating weight due to low sugar tolerance), and consequently build immunity. Enzymes that support thyroid function contribute to weight loss and boosting of metabolism. Many birds are captured with one stone.

Rediscovering Protein

This wave of malnutrition is not merely disconcerting to medical professionals. It is alarming. The situation has become so desperate that obesity will soon become the nation’s leading cause of preventable death.[v]

America’s nutritional dilemma is not, however, limited to obesity concerns. Malnutrition in non-overweight individuals is nearing epidemic levels. Millions of “fit looking” individuals subsist on a diet that is far too rich in carbohydrates a problem that has been enhanced for generations by the US FDA’s encouragement of refined carbohydrates as part of a balanced diet. We now know, however, that many of these refined carbohydrates are metabolically similar to candies and sweets. Added to this problem is that saturated fats continue to dominate many meals, particular those served in fast food restaurants.

Essentially then, the problem in America can be summed up as this: eat right or prepare to suffer shape up, or die a preventable death.

The first step in balancing America’s eating practices is to reintroduce the importance of protein. This neglect is all the more stunning given that, of the three major macronutrients – carbohydrates, fats, and proteins – proteins are the only essential component that human beings cannot live without.

Reintroducing protein as part of a healthy diet is made more difficult because many consumers do not know where to find a healthy source of protein. Unfortunately, most nutritional supplement sources bring with them a range unwanted carbohydrates, facts, and calories. Powerbar™, the “granddaddy” of nutritional supplements launched in 1987, has been rejected as an option by some consumers and health professionals because of high carbohydrate levels (45 grams), and low protein levels (10 grams) in each serving. Furthermore, dieters in particular have criticized Powerbar’s™ high 230 calories per bar –-more than 1/10th of the recommended caloric intake.

Other attempts to meet consumer demand for a high protein, low carbohydrate, low fat, and low calorie nutritional supplement have been supplied by products such as the York Bar™, the Blast Bar™, and the Ironman Bar™, respectively. However, each product has been judged by some consumers and medical professionals as having have similar Powerbar™-like drawbacks: high calorie levels (210, 180, 230 grams respectively), high carbohydrate levels (30, 36, and 51 grams, respectively), and most notably of all, low protein content (7, 10, and 4 grams, respectively).

While these products have certainly helped more people “think” about eating healthier, they have not, respectively, met the rigorous consumer expectation for a low carbohydrate, low calorie, low fat, and high protein nutritional supplement.

However, there is a product in the market today called Profect® that is receiving significant credible attention from both the consumer and medical communities.

Profect, a product of Pennsylvania-based Protica, Inc. (www.protica.com), provides 25 grams of protein in each fat-free, carbohydrate-free 100-calorie serving. Profect also offers a range of essential nutrients in each serving, including 100% of vitamin C and 50% of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Biotin and Folic Acid. All of this is delivered to consumers in a 2.7-ounce container designed to be virtually indestructible. The container also serves to increase storage life and heat resistance.

The debate for America’s protein and diet IQ will not begin with what is placed on a dinner table, or what is offered at a fast food restaurant. This is where the debate will end. Where it begins will be in the minds of consumers and medical professionals everywhere. High quality, accurate, and scientifically validated information is required to carefully choose a protein-rich balanced approach. For a growing number of investigative consumers, that solution centers around products like Profect.

Pulque in Mexico

Pulque, for a couple of hundred years had been associated with an elixir for the masses, a mild intoxicant with curative powers. Buoyed by the natural/organic and to a lesser extent the slow food movement, it has been elevated to trendiness. The predominantly middle and upper class millennials living in Mexico’s larger urban centers such as Monterrey, Puebla, Guadalajara and of course Mexico City, flock to pulquerías. However most of what is being served up is an adulterated form of pulque known as curados. A base of pulque, sometimes even canned, is combined with a selection of processed fruits, grains and/or vegetables, sugar or another sweetener, and sometimes milk/cream and/or a thickener such as corn starch. These curados could not be further from the real deal, and likely by the time they arrive at the table any beneficial attributes, medicinal or otherwise, have been long lost due to its commercial handling. However pulque available in bars and restaurants in cities close to rural regions where aguamiel is extracted (i.e. Oaxaca, from the fields outside of the town Santiago Matatlán) is anything but 100% unadulterated. The closer proximity the cantina or comedor is to the field from which the aguamiel has been harvested, the greater the likelihood that the pulque has not been bastardized and that it has retained its positive properties.

The wide diversity of micro-climates in which the species of agave are grown suggests that the attributes of the resultant pulque must inevitably vary, significantly at times. And, each specie of plant in and of itself has a unique series of compounds, minerals, vitamins, etc., which are transformed in a different way. This depends on the sub-region of Mexico, as well as the then prevailing bacteria and to a lesser extent yeasts in the environment. Species of agave used to extract aguamiel which have been noted in the literature include salmiana, americana, deserti, mapisaga, atrovirens, ferrox and hookeri. Different roots, including and in particular acacia (referred to in parts of the state of Oaxaca as timbre), have been customarily used to make the pulque stronger, hotter, more intoxicating or spicier. It also accelerates the fermentation process particularly during colder weather months. Such additions further alter the properties of the pulque.

The name pulque was likely derived from the Nahuatl word poliuhqui, meaning spoiled. During the pre-Hispanic era in many regions of the country it was a drink reserved for high priests, warriors and the wise. It was used ceremonially as part of the celebration of the harvest, to induce the rain to fall, as a way or honoring certain gods, and during rites of passage such as marriage, birth and death. Divergent rules abound as to the appropriate way to imbibe, and there is a plethora of myths as to its origins. But the nationwide thread which binds is its medicinal value. It should come as little surprise that populaces which drank pulque were generally immune to the cholera epidemic of the 19th century.

Pulque has been viewed nationwide as a healthy drink, a nutritional supplement. In areas of Mexico where there is a lack of safely drinkable water due to human or animal contaminants, it is used as a thirst quencher. But its constituent elements including but not restricted to iron, carotene, thiamine, folate, riboflavin, niacin, ascorbic acid, protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, fiber, bioactive compounds, phosphorus and ash, have likely lead to its predominant curative role in traditional medicine and as a preventive foodstuff.

Ask pretty well any tlachiquero (someone who taps agave to extract the aguamiel) in Santiago Matatlán, and he (or she, since at least in the state of Oaxaca producing pulque is a vocation not just reserved for men) will tell you that pulque is 100% natural in part since the only fertilizer, if any, used to stimulate growth of the agave, is abono from cows, sheep or goats and the mulch used is bagazo (waste fiber from distilling mezcal); and that pulque’s attributes include stimulating production of white blood cells, being good for triglycerides, and controlling diabetes especially if consumed first thing in the morning well before breakfast.