Thursday, October 6, 2011

FOOD for Thought

In the world of health and wellness people are always asking me what food to be eating to help with common alments. I have chosen a few of the common concerns and decided to give you the "magic" food to help each. Hope this helps :)
Beets-If you are feeling sluggish, trade that energy drink for a fresh beet juice. By drinking 17 ounces of this natures goodness you could increase your workout time by 16%, according to a recent study by the University of Exeter. Due to the high nitrate content it is a fabulous generator of nitric oxide, which helps promote blood flow and decrease the amount of oxygen uptake in the bloodstream. It will most definitely also help you stay alert with out all the synthetic junk which is in the now commonly used energy drinks (as well as no artificial sweeteners and colors.)
Melons- Juicy, delicious, watery and nutritious this super food is a good source of potassium and other minerals. Potassium protects your cardiovascular system which can lower blood pressure as found in a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center study. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is nothing to ignore, if left untreated it can lead to heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. So the next time you see this fresh summer fruit make sure to grab and extra slice.
Broccoli- Green goodness! In addition to helping prevent heart disease, cancer, and cataracts, it can also alleviate asthma, allergic rhinitis, and other respiratory conditions that might have you wheezing. Studies at UCLA show that sulforaphane, a chemical found in broccoli, caused a more than 100% spike in antioxidant production in nasal airways, counteracting free radicals which are inhaled from pollution, pollens, and smoke.
Asparagus- Yes I know....the smelly food!?!? It turns out that the plant's extracts help alleviate the effect of cellular toxicities (like booze) in the bloodstream. An added bonus is that those same extracts help protect liver cells once damage has been done. (see my recipe of the week for suggestion on preparation for this delicious health choice)
Berries (especially black berries)- Antioxidant power! They naturally boost your immune system and contain a special flavonoid called anthocyanins which prohibit the froth of cancerous cells in the esophagus and other tissue systems. You will be berry healthy and live long if you choose more of this tart fruit.
Garlic- Along with chasing away vampires, you could also scare away free radicals! Allicain, the compound that give garlic its distinct flavor and aroma is one of natures most powerful antioxidants. For centuries, garlic has been used for its medical properties such as lowering blood pressure, fighting cancer, and even the common cold. By trapping free radicals (which destroy cells) causing disease, illness and premature aging, garlic can give you a health and turn back time like you never imagined possible.