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Posted by: | Posted on: January 22, 2020

FOOD THAT IS NOT GOOD FOR THE SKIN.

Skin is the soft outer tissue covering of vertebrates with three main functions: protection, regulation, and sensation.

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Everyone should take good care of their skin.The following foods may not be good for your skin:

    • Doughnuts.You are in no way helping your skin. … Excess of baked foods like breads, cakes, doughnuts or foods rich in sugar like ice creams can severely damage your skin. This is because these foods lead to a spike in your insulin levels. Refined sugar is extremely bad for your skin.
    • Coffee.Caffeine makes you feel alert and awake but also leads to a heightened stress response in the body. Stress hormones, such as cortisol, may increase the amount of oil produced by your sebaceous glands, meaning you can be more prone to breakouts.
    • Fried foods.While it may be hard to give up your favorite deep fried goodies, you may have to if you’re seeking clear, radiant skin.Frying food results in fully oxidized, saturated fat, which is the worst kind you can take into your body.It could impede the ideal structure of the skin.
    • Salty snacks.Too Many Salty Snacks The high level of sodium found in some of your favorite snacks like popcorn and potato chips creates inflammation in your body which will show up on your skin. Too much salt can cause your body to retain water and leave skin with a swollen and inflamed appearance.
    • Sodas.In addition to sugar and AGEs, the caffeine found in soda can dehydrate the skin, emphasizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, soda may cause certain skin conditions to become more problematic. …Especially eczema, or very dry, itchy inflamed skin, and acne, specifically cystic acne.
    • Alcohol.Alcohol dilates the pores of the skin, leading to blackheads and whiteheads,and if is not properly treated, it can go on to cause inflamed skin papules (lesion-like bumps) and cystic acne.In the long term, this ages the skin and can cause permanent scarring.
    • Milk chocolate.The potential acne-causing ingredient isn’t cocoa, however. The problem is sugar and other high-glycemic foods that the body burns fast. And dark chocolate is actually a low-glycemic food. Even milk chocolate isn’t all that bad, as long as you don’t eat the whole box.

 

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Posted by: | Posted on: January 22, 2020

HEART HEALTHY FOODS.

The heart is a muscular organ in humans and animals, which pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system. Blood provides the body with oxygen and nutrients, as well as assisting in the removal of metabolic wastes.

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It is a very important organ which needs to be taken care of.The following type of food may help to keep it healthy and functioning properly:

  • Avocado.Avocados are particularly rich in healthy monounsaturated fats. A healthy varied diet high in fruits and vegetables, such as avocado, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and contribute to good heart health.
  • Spinach.Spinach is a really great heart-healthy food.It has just about everything your heart needs, including plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, B vitamins, and fiber.Spinach is particularly rich in the water-soluble B vitamin called folate.
  • Tomatoes.Tomatoes have two key nutrients that have a big impact on heart health: lycopene and potassium.Lycopene may lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and keep blood from clotting, which lowers stroke risk.
  • Almonds.Eating almonds can reduce the risk of heart disease by keeping blood vessels healthy, research has shown.They significantly increase the amount of antioxidants in the blood stream, reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow.
  • Berries.Berries are some of the healthiest foods you can eat, as they’re low in calories but high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Many berries have proven benefits for heart health. These include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, while reducing oxidative stress.
  • Dark chocolate.People who eat dark chocolate have healthier cardiovascular systems, including better blood circulation, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and fewer strokes — a major health risk for people living with atrial fibrillation.

NB:Diet plays a major role in heart health and can impact your risk of heart disease.

Posted by: | Posted on: January 17, 2020

MOOD BOOSTING FOODS.

Mood is an emotional state. In contrast to emotions, feelings, or affects, moods are less specific, less intense and less likely to be provoked or instantiated by a particular stimulus or event. Moods are typically described as having either a positive or negative valence.

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If you’re looking for ways to turn a bad mood around, here are some foods to improve your mood:
  • Bananas.Bananas contain the amino acid tryptophan as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, fibre, potassium, phosphorous, iron and carbohydrate.Mood boosting carbohydrates aid in the absorption of tryptophan in the brain, while vitamin B6 helps convert the tryptophan into the mood-lifting hormone serotonin.
  • Eggs.Eggs contain a number of nutrients that can help boost your overall mood, including omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and B- vitamins. They also contain an important amino acid called cysteine, which has been linked to improvement of bipolar disorder and depression.
  • Dark chocolate.Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that create feelings of pleasure.It also contains serotonin, an antidepressant that can elevate mood.
  • Spinach.Spinach, chard and other dark leafy greens contain magnesium, which can positively impact serotonin levels and boost your mood.
  • Brazil nuts.Brazil nuts are one of the richest foods in the mineral selenium, which is responsible for maintaining mood and preventing depression.Those who are deficient in this mineral have a tendency to be more irritable and hostile and more likely to feel anxious.
  • Salmon.People who eat omega-3-rich fish tend to have a lower risk of depression and a more positive affect, which is defined as how much you experience positive moods and feel joy.Salmon also contains vitamin B-12, which helps produce brain chemicals that affect mood.
  • Avocados.If you’re feeling sad, anxious or fearful, avocado could help to put you in a better mood. Avocados are a good source of folate.Folate deficiency may be behind irrational fears and anxiety.They are also rich in omega-3, which is also good for the mood and brain health.
  • Lentils.Lentils are a mood-boosting food loaded with the B vitamin folate, which is needed for the production of serotonin (neurotransmitter and happy hormone).They are also high in fibre, making them a low glycemic index food or complex carbohydrate.
  • Berries.Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all high in vitamin C, which helps cope with cortisol, a hormone that is released during times of stress.

 

Posted by: | Posted on: January 12, 2020

BENEFITS OF TURNIP GREENS.

Turnip greens are part of the cruciferous vegetable family, as are kale and broccoli. They are high in nutrients and low in calories. Both the root and the leaves of the turnip are edible, but turnip greens refer specifically to the stem and leafy green part of the plant.

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When eaten often they give the following benefits:

  1. Strong bones and teeth.Eating a diet high in vegetables(turnip) is healthy for a multitude of reasons, one being that it contributes to stronger bones. Produce contributes antioxidants and polyphenols, in addition to vitamin K, magnesium and potassium, shown to promote skeletal health.
  2. Digestive health.Turnip greens are high in both fiber and water content, which help to prevent constipation, promote regularity and maintain a healthy digestive tract.
  3. Inflammation.Turnips are a cruciferous vegetable with multiple health benefits. They boast an impressive nutritional profile, and their bioactive compounds, such as glucosinolates, may support blood sugar control, protect against harmful bacteria, and provide anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects.
  4. Healthy eyes.Turnip greens provide antioxidant and protective light- filtering functions. They are a part of the cruciferous vegetable family containing lutein and zeaxanthin. They are also a preventative against mascular degeneration and cataracts.
  5. Detoxification support.Turnip greens supply antioxidants to boost phase I detoxification, and sulfur-containing nutrients to boost phase II detoxification. They also contain phytonutrients called glucosinolates that can help activate detoxification enzymes and regulate their activity.
  6. Antioxidant benefits.Turnip greens also contain an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid. This has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.
  7. Maintain healthy lungs.Turnip greens are rich in the fat-soluble vitamins K and A, the type that your body absorbs better when consumed with fats. Vitamin K plays an essential role as a clotting agent, meaning that it helps prevent excessive bleeding. Plus, vitamin A is vital for eye, skin, and lung health.
Posted by: | Posted on: January 12, 2020

HEALTH BENEFITS OF PLUMS.

A plum is a fruit of the subgenus Prunus of the genus Prunus. The subgenus is distinguished from other subgenera in the shoots having terminal bud and solitary side buds, the flowers in groups of one to five together on short stems, and the fruit having a groove running down one side and a smooth stone.

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Plums are a very nutritious fruit. Both plums and prunes are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

The following are some healthy benefits that come along with eating this type of a fruit:

  1. Detoxifier.Plums have good antioxidant and detoxifying properties, are a metabolic stimulant, and contain chromium, potassium, selenium, and other minerals, as well as vitamin C and beta-carotene. Dried plums, or prunes, are a traditional treatment for constipation.Having this fruit everyday can do wonders to your body.
  2. Increase energy.Prune juice is made from dried plums, or prunes, which contain many nutrients that can contribute to good health. Prunes are a good source of energy, and they don’t cause a rapid hike in blood sugar levels.
  3. Anti sore throat.Sucking on or eating salditas, also known as salted plums will help heal sore throats. Be cautious of consuming too many plums, it may result in diarrhea. Eat one to two daily, until symptoms seem to decline.
  4. Memory.Theyimprove your memory capacity.
  5. Anti fatigue.Plums also contain a good mix of vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, which ensures blood clots normally; magnesium, which can help to manage the symptoms of stress and reduce fatigue, and folate, which helps the body to form healthy red blood cells.
  6. Anti anaemia.Prunes are simply dried plums that need your attention. These humble fruits are considered to be a small package with great value. Prunes come packed with vitamin C and iron which is the key to boosting haemoglobin.

 

Posted by: | Posted on: January 3, 2020

FOOD THAT HELP TO EASE CONSTIPATION.

Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages. It can mean that you’re not passing stools regularly or you’re unable to completely empty your bowel. Constipation can also cause your stools to be hard and lumpy, as well as unusually large or small.

Poor diet and lack of physical activity are the most common causes of constipation, so it’s a good idea to rule these out first before looking into other causes. … a diet heavy in processed foods, which are high in fat and sugar,lack of high-fiber foods,not enough water and other fluids.

If you add the following to your diet it may help to prevent constipation:

1.Oat bran.It is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which may help relieve constipation and support bowel health.

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2.Spinach and other greens.Greens such as spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli are not only rich in fiber but also great sources of vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. These greens help add bulk and weight to stools, which makes them easier to pass through the gut.

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3.Artichoke.Artichokes are a great source of fiber, which can help keep your digestive system healthy by promoting friendly gut bacteria, reducing your risk of certain bowel cancers, and alleviating constipation and diarrhea.They contain inulin, a type of fiber which acts as a prebiotic.

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4.Beans,peas and lentils.Pulses contain a mix of both insoluble and soluble fiber. This means they can alleviate constipation by adding bulk and weight to stools, as well as soften them to facilitate passage.

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5.Sweet potato.One medium baked sweet potato with skin has 3.8 grams of fiber (most of it is in the skin, so leave the skin on!), which can help prevent constipation. Regular baked potatoes with skin have about 3 grams of fiber and are also good options to prevent constipation.

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6.Citrus fruit.Citrus fruits are also rich in the soluble fiber pectin, especially in the peel. Pectin can accelerate colonic transit time and reduce constipation.They also contain a flavanol called naringenin, which may contribute to the positive effects of citrus fruits on constipation.

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7.Kiwi.Kiwi offers 5 grams of fiber, plus you’ll get other good-for-you nutrients, like more than double your daily vitamin C quota.Eating two kiwis a day increased the number of bowel movements in people with constipation.

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