Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

The tasty, nutritious asparagus falls under the category of super foods in my books.

Asparagus photo

Here’s what I learned about asparagus.

Asparagus is:

* Rich in proteins

* High in fibre low in carbohydrates and calories

* An excellent source of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and A as well as many other minerals and B vitamins.

* Calcium and magnesium are found in the idea ratio of 2:1.

* Good for your heart

* Good for your gastrointestinal tract and colon

* Good food to help with depression

* Considered a diuretic

* Has anti-inflammatory effects

* Helps detoxify the body

* Good for nursing mothers – stimulates milk production

* Has anti-fungal and antiviral qualities

* Helps prevent bladder and urinary track infections

* Great for your capillaries – helps with preventing bruising and varicose veins

* Suppose to help stop hair loss

Almost too good to be true? That is an impressive list. And that’s not all I found. I left plenty of the supposed health benefits out – because it did sound just a bit too good to be true and would require that I spend a lot more time researching.

Having said that, I think we’ve got the picture.

How to best prepare asparagus. Lightly steamed is the most nutritious. This only takes a few minutes so don’t walk away from the stove. Use glass or stainless steel pots. When done, the stems should be a bright green color and still have a crispness to them. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt or Mrs. Dash and serve with a meal – or eat it all by itself as a snack.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family. Other vegetables in the lily family include leek, onions, and garlic.

I think you would agree that Asparagus is an excellent food to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis. Sometimes people avoid eating asparagus because of the smell excreted in the urine subsequent to ingestion. An amino acid called asparagine found in abundance in asparagus, is the reason behind this. Asparagine helps the body to cleanse itself of waste material.

A couple of good resources:

http://bit.ly/m2Bhv

http://bit.ly/2VrK7x

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

This is the time for berry picking in British Columbia. Our personal favorite berries are Cherries, Blueberries, and Raspberries.

This year was an exceptional season for  berries. In no time we filled our buckets to the brim with the berries – picking has never been such a pleasure.

This year topped it off with an abundance of cherries from just one tree, unlike any other year I can remember.

Cherry picking1 09

Up the Cherry tree

Eatin' and Pickin' them sweet cherries

What are some of the health benefits that these berries provide?

Blueberries…

…contain antioxidants that are thought to help our bodies fight free radicals.  They also contain vitamins and a significant amount of  fiber.

Studies on rats have found that blueberries slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity. The studies also showed blueberries to improved learning and memory.

Japanese researchers demonstrated the usefulness of blueberries in improving weak eyesight and lessening eye fatigue.

Bowl of Blueberries

Cherries…

…are an effective and fast-acting for eliminating swelling and pain. Not to mention they are delicious to eat. Eating just a few cherries a day helps to the body to deal with uric acid levels, keeping them in check. Cherry juice is just as effective. (Note my previous blog on cherries –  What do Exercise and Black Cherries have in common?)
Cherry picking 2

Raspberries…

…are a good source of antioxidants and may even have 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes or broccoli. Raspberries contain some very specific antioxidants that are found in few other sources.

Raspberries

So enjoy those rich nutrient filled, tasty berries while you can.  You can always freeze some for those harsh winter months. We’ve got plenty in our freezer to hold us until spring.

You can find more information on these berries at:

http://www.naturalnews.com/blueberries.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/019978.html

http://bit.ly/37sl6m

Crab apples anyone? No, they are not a berry but since they are one of my husband’s favorite fruits, I’ll mention them. They are a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C –  good for jellies and Jams, and for those who like a tart treat, they’re all yours.

Crabapples from our very own tree

Crab apples from our very own tree

Read Full Post »

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

Bee Propolis – What is it?

Bee Propolis is the sticky resin-like substance found in the beehive. The bees gather resin from trees and plants. They use this mixture to stick the hive together, and seal it.  This substance also protects  them from bacteria and disease.

As my dentist friend once said – “You don’t see any Kleenex flying out of a bee hive, do you?” No colds or viruses in that bee hive.

Bee Healthy - Bee Happy

Bee Healthy - Bee Happy

Propolis is well known to have a natural antibacterial effect. More specifically, Propolis has antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties to promote helpful bacteria, and kill harmful bacteria.

Propolis is dark in color, and is a rich source of minerals, amino acids, fats, trace minerals and bioflavonoids.

“…It is high in B-complex and contains vitamins C,E and Provitamin A. It is rich in amino acids, fats, and is a source of trace minerals such as zinc, manganese, copper and iron.

A rich variety of flavonoids are present in propolis. Research has shown that flavonoids are responsible for the major antibacterial effects of propolis“.

http://www.bodyenergyclub.ca/shop/bee-happy-propolis-650mg-200caps/product_info.php/products_id/3115

I’ve been using Bee Propolis for years now. Our natural medicine cabinet is never without a supply of Propolis.

I started using Propolis when the kids were little. Our daughter had so many ear infections. That stopped entirely. When I had a cold, it would last for weeks. Never again. I have had a cold or two  since but they lasted for a few short days.

Here’s some really GOOD NEWS

From  the National Institutes of Health

A study using the MRSA (ATCC 33591) strain…

shows Propolis to be effective against MRSA. 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17931063

Propolis has no known side effects (apart from some cases of allergic reactions to bee products)

Propolis can also be used in conjunction with antibiotics.

More Good News:

Bacteria and viruses do not develop a resistance to Propolis.

Propolis has been found to help:

“Fight many diseases

Regulate blood cells that clump together

May help reduce strokes
Control free radicals
Prevent damage caused by heavy metals (lead, mercury, caladium)
Enhance immune system
Promote healing
Reduce pain, inflammation, and fever
Act as an antibiotic without side effects
Speed cell growth
Stimulate cells that destroy invading organisms
Skin irritations
Cuts and burns
Psoriasis and eczema
Acne
Absorption of certain nutrients”

http://www.bodyenergyclub.ca/shop/bee-happy-propolis-650mg-200caps/product_info.php/products_id/3115

http://www.hiveproducts.com/Hive/Propolis_Home.html

http://www.infiniteunknown.net/tag/mrsa/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17931063

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.


Read Full Post »

Got SUN anybody?

My Office - space available  for rent

My Office - space available for rent - © Carrie

Right about this time of year, pretty much everyone I know is longing for the sun. Some of you are blessed enough to be able to escape to warm and tropical climes.

I’m certain you won’t be reading this.

This is for those of us who have to endure the long dreary winter months of rain and gray skies.

What did my research tell me?

Vitamin D is the SUNSHINE Vitamin

With the aid of sunlight, vitamin D is made from cholesterol in the skin, liver and kidneys.

* Studies are showing that Vitamin D deficiency may be a possible cause for SAD, or may be  associated with feeling tired and depressed.

* Getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D often  increases one’s sense of well-being, and  sleep patterns improve.

* Studies also show an association between adequate Vitamin D and weight loss. It is proving to be helpful in the battle of the bulge.

“Excess body fat absorbs and holds onto vitamin D, making it unavailable to the body. The absence of vitamin D creates interference with the functioning of a hormone called leptin, which signals to the brain that you are full and should stop eating. In addition, overweight people tend to spend more time indoors. This also deprives them from further D as the ultraviolet rays of the sun spur the production of D.”

http://www.brighamandwomens.or/healtheweightforwomen

(I’ve been told that most people put on a few lbs. during the winter months. I thought it was nature’s way of keeping you warm!)

* Vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory hormone

* Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption

During winter months my Naturopath recommends 2000 IU or more per day, depending on individual needs. (Always check with your health practitioner before starting on a new health regimen). He told me that  on any given day spent in the sunshine, one can take in up to 20,000 IU!

This winter, the blues remain with the weather.  I personally am in good spirits – yes, I still long for the sun, but I’m not obsessed about it.

Quote:

“As a clinical regimen, I recommend taking 1000 to 3000 IUs daily Monday through Fridays and taking a “hormone holiday” each week on Saturday and Sunday.” – Diana Schwarzbein – www.Life-With-Confidence.com

Here you will find one of the best articles, in my opinion,  on Vitamin D written by Catherine Pratt

The article is called Benefit of Vitamin D

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

Read Full Post »