Thursday, December 22, 2011

CINNAMON - Spice

Cinnamon by FotoosVanRobin via flikr


CINNAMON

The Spice Cinnamon is actually made from the bark of several trees of the same family, and it has been popularly used for decades in foods.

It has been attributed with several Health benefits including;

ANTIVIRAL- In several studies ove the past decades, Cinnamon has been shown to have antiviral properties, and one study has indicated Cinnamon to be helpful in treating HIV with some people.

ALZHEIMER's- A 2011 study has indicated that extracts from Cinnamon bark can aid in the treatment of Alzheimer's.

CHOLESTEROL and BLOOD GLUCOSE Levels- A study in Pakistan has indicated that Cinnamon extracts can aid in the control of Cholesterol and Blood glucose levels in people with Type-2 Diabetes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:
According to the USDA, 1-tbs ground Cinnamon provides;

CALORIES-                     19 kCalories
CARBOHYDRATES-      6.3 grams
FAT-                                 0.1 grams
FIBER-                             6.1 grams
PROTEIN-                       0.31 grams

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

COLD WATER and DIGESTION


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COLD WATER and DIGESTION

There is some confusion with people as to whether one should drink Cold Water with or right after a meal or not.

In actuality, a healthy body's digestive system will sense if the temperature of what is ingested is too cold or not as it does with chemicals in the foods.

And if the temperature of the consumed foods are out of the proper range the body uses stored energy to adjust the food to the acceptable temperature for proper digestion.

Once you accept this premise, you realize that if you body tells you that it wants Water, even Cold Water, then you should give it what it wants.

If you still have some concerns, then you should probably drink Cool Water or Room Temperature Water, to ease your mind, if for no other reason.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Black SESAME SEEDS

Sesame Seeds by FotoosVanRobin via Flikr
BLACK SESAME SEEDS

Black Sesame Seeds are similar to the red and white varieties of Sesame Seeds, but they have been referenced and used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

They are relatively high in Anti-Oxidants and have high levels of Vitamin-E and minerals such as Calcium. Magnesium, Phosphorus and Iron.

They are recommended for uses such as;

AGING- Black Sesame Seeds can help slow the body's aging process.

HAIR COLOR- Consumption of Black Sesame seeds can slow the graying of a persons hair.

ARTHRITIS- It helps reduce the pain of arthritis, as well as strengthen joints, bones and blood vessel walls.

CONSTIPATION- They are used to help keep bowel movements regular.

RECOVERY- Because it contains so many useful minerals, Black Sesame Seeds are used to help replace those lost during a serious injury or surgery, thus aiding in a quicker recovery.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

BLUEBERRY - FRUIT - HEALTH BENEFITS


Blueberries in glass bowl
Blueberries - pic by blueberrycouncil.org
BLUEBERRY

The Blueberry is a popular source of numerous key vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other items necessary for good health, such as Vitamin-C, Fiber, Manganese, and probably most importantly, Anti-Oxidants.


CANCERS- Blueberries contain a number of ingredients that are purported to reduce the risk of certain cancers.

ALZHEIMER'S- The consumption of Bluebereis and other fruits have been shown in some studies to help slow the decline into Alzheimer's.

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS- Some studies have shown that eating Blueberries can help reduce the instance Urinary Tract Infections.

CHOLESTEROL- Regular consumption of blueberries can help reduce Cholesterol levels in some people.

SOME LINKS for MORE INFO:

Health Benefits of wild Blueberries


Highbush Blueberry Council


Nutritional Facts about Blueberries


Health Benefits of Blueberries - A Blueberry for Diet and Health

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Matcha - Powdered Green Tea

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MATCHA

Benefits of Matcha - powdered green tea

This informative article by Hub writer missolive gives a very good overview of the powdered green tea product known as Matcha.

It's relative strength is attributed to the fact that the drinker of Matcha consumes the complete tea leaf.

ANTIOXIDANT- Matcha itself is purported to have over 100-times the level of the antioxidant EGCG

CHOLESTEROL- Matcha reduces cholesterol levels when it is consumed regularly.

METABOLISM- Matcha is also purported to help boost the body's metabolism.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lavender -

Lavender - pic by possumgirl2 via flickr


LAVENDER

Lavender is a plant of the Mint family with flowers that are a shade of purple that has come to b known as Lavender.  Lavender has a number of interesting health applications such as;

TEAS- Lavender flowers are used to provide a nice scent and flavor to Black Teas.

COOKING- Lavender buds are sometimes used with milks and cheeses to add a light sweet flavor to a dish.

INSECT BITES and BURNS- Lavender salves are said to provide a soothing effect to Bites and Burns and have some antibacterial and antiviral properties.

INSOMNIA, STRESS an ANXIETY- Essential Lavender Oils are purported to help with these aliments.

AROMATHERAPY- Lavender Oil is often used for; anxiety, headaches, joint pain (using oil in baths)

WARNING- Avoid the use of Lavender Oils for dermatology problems, and Lavender Oil is toxic when take orally.

SOME LINKS for more INFO:

Alternative Medicine site

Medical Center Information



Saturday, December 3, 2011

POMEGRANATE - Fruit

POMEGRANATE Flower by Nasir Nasrallah via Flickr

POMEGRANATE-

The Pomegranate is an ancient fruit that has been favored by people around the world for thousands of years. It has a number of healthy uses such as;

BRONCHITIS- Pomegranate Tea is a used to ease the symptoms of Bronchitis.

THROAT INFLAMMATION- By boiling dried Pomegranate flower buds down to a thick syrup, you can use this syrup for inflammation of the throat.

POMEGRANATE TEA- Crush three tablespoons of dried Pomegranate flower buds into 2-cups of boiling water, and allow to steep for about 10-minutes.  Filter, and drink slowly for sore throats.

Some LINKS for MORE INFO:

Pomegranate Council

Pomegranate Health Benefits


Friday, December 2, 2011

SALMON - Fish

Salmon Filet Pic by The Unseasoned WOK via Flickr


SALMON
The Salmon is considered a healthy fish for consumption. Wild Salmon is a "fatty" or oily fish with a number of healthy attributes, such as being high in;
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Protein
Vitamin-D

Farm grown Salmon can contain up to 8-times the levels of Dioxins as Wild Salmon, and the Omega-3 levels in Farm grown Salmon is lower than that in Wild Salmon.

SOME LINKS for more INFO:

Nutritional Facts

Health Benefits of Salmon


DAISY Flower Leaves



Daisy by Muffett via Flickr


DAISY- The leaves of the popular flower called the DAISY have purported health benefits when used in a Tea.

COLDS- The Tea from Daisy Leaves are supposed to help in the cure of common Colds.

DIURETIC- The same tea is useful as a Diuretic for some people.

DAISY TEA- To make DAISY TEA, place 2- tablespoons of minced Leaves fro the Daisy plant into 2-cups of boiling water, and allow the mixture to steep for about ten minutes. Then filter the mixture and drink the Tea.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

METABOLISM BOOSTING FOODS - Health Information

Fruit Bowl by Don Bobbitt
TWO LINKS to GREAT INFORMATION

Increase your metabolism with metabolism boosting foods


This article by fellow Hub writer, stevew13 is a good review of foods that can increase your metabolism.
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5 Foods That Can Supercharge your Metabolism: A Must Read!

This is another article by fellow Hub writer, intriguewriter, has even more good information for managing your metabolism with the foods that you eat.
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CUCUMBER - Vegetable


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CUCUMBER, that simple and tasty vegetable that we eat in numerous Dishes and Salads also has other uses that might surprise you. Here are a few of these uses.

BAD BREATH - If you place a slice of Cucumber on the roof of your mouth for about 30-seconds or so, it will help reduce bad breath.

CELLULITE -  By rubbing a few slices of Cucumber on the problem sight, it will temporarily help tighten the skin.

ENERGY BOOST - Because Cucumbers have high levels of Carbohydrates and even several B-Vitamins, eating several slices can give you a little Energy Boost.

CLEANER - Cucumber slices can be rubbed on your faucets and the sink itself to remove tarnish.

LUBRICANT - A noisy door hinge can be lubricated and quietened temporarily by rubbing it with a slice of Cucumber.

GARDEN GRUBS - Garden Grubs hate the smell that is emitted when you rub cucumber slices onto an aluminum pan and place it into your garden.

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT - Cucumbers are a great source of numerous B vitamins and minerals, including; Zinc, Potassium, Phosphorous, Folic Acid and Calcium.

Some LINKS for more INFO:

Nutritional data

Health Benefits of Cukes




BASIL - Herb

Basil Pic by Zoyachubby via Flickr
BASIL is an aromatic Herb that is used virtually around the world in cooking for it's unique flavor

BASIL also has medicinal properties such as:

CHOLESTEROL- Basil is purported to help reduce Cholesterol if it is consumed daily in Teas.

DIGESTION- Basis is said to help with digestion and to ease stomach cramps, reduce the severity of Gas, constipation and Vomiting.

PAINS- Basil Tea is said to ease the pains from Insect Bites and Sore Throats.

BASIL TEA- Make Basil Tea by adding approximately 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons of minced Basil to 1-cup of boiling water. Allow the mixture to steep for about ten minutes, then filter it and then drink the liquid.

Some LINKS to more INFO:

Healthy Foods