Look at it as a bunch of cells – or molecules or atoms. There are the normal balanced cells, then there are the ones that something has happened and they have become unbalanced or contain unpaired electrons. Free radical is a chemistry term that describes an atomic or molecular species with unpaired electrons on an otherwise open shell configuration. (source: Wikipedia.com) Free radicals can be formed during normal bodily functions like when cells burn food for energy or even when the body is fighting off bacteria or viruses. In the normal occurrence, free radicals are not extremely … [Read more...] about Free Radical and Antioxidants for Dummies – A Very Basic Explanation
Vitamin D has been called the “sunshine vitamin” because our body actually uses the UVB rays from the sun to synthesize Vitamin D. Some of the most apparent benefits of Vitamin D are: encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous which results in strong bones and teeth beneficial treatment for psoriasis regulates the immune system and enhances immunity all around maintains brain health later in life maintains healthy body weight reduces risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women could significantly lower the risk of developing cancer It is not readily … [Read more...] about Shine on with Vitamin D
It’s that time of year! Time to buy some Brussels sprouts as late fall is when they are at their best. I recently picked some up at our local farmers market and they were so good roasted! Growing up I hated Brussels sprouts, they were mushy and tasted awful. Then my niece made some roasted ones for dinner a while back and now I love them! Thanks Alison for reintroducing me to this very healthy green vegetable! Brussels sprouts is one of the most nutritious foods we can eat and are very high in protein. They belong in the cabbage family and are considered a cruciferous vegetable. They are … [Read more...] about Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
Healthy elimination can only come from healthy digestion and if you have a healthy digestion, chances are, you are healthy. Although treatment depends on the cause, severity, and duration of the constipation, in most cases dietary changes will not only help relieve symptoms and but prevent recurrence. It’s key to make sure you are getting enough fiber into your diet. The American Dietetic Association recommends that we consume 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day. Remember fiber is your friend. Spread your high-fiber foods throughout the day so it works better on your bowels. As always, … [Read more...] about Constipation – How to keep things moving!
Cauliflower belongs to the group of cruciferous vegetables. Belonging to this group indirectly asserts a vegetable to be of high nutrition value. Cruciferous vegetables, according to scientists, are those vegetables that somehow help fight cancers and some other life-threatening diseases. Typically nutritionists advise to avoid foods that are white in color, such as sugar, rice, white bread etc. but cauliflower is the one white food that you can eat and feel good about it! Cauliflowers contain a high content of Glucosinolates which trigger the detoxification system of the body. … [Read more...] about The Many Health Benefits of Cauliflower
Did you ever wonder why Popeye likes spinach so much? The idea behind making Popeye extremely strong after eating spinach is no random idea; the director selected the favorite food to be spinach for Popeye because he knew what that vegetable was hiding. It is sometimes also known as “King of Vegetables” because of its numerous nutrition capabilities that it’s leaves hold. The first thing to keep in mind while dealing with spinach is to make sure that you buy fresh green leaves without any hint of the pale yellow color, research has revealed that the leaves which have bright green color have … [Read more...] about Popeye’s Favorite – Spinach