Showing posts from September, 2012

Cauliflower Why It's Good For You

Cauliflower is a member of the 'white' family in terms of fruits and vegetables. Included in this group are other natural foods such as bananas, mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Cauliflower contains allicin, which can improve heart health and reduce the risk of strokes, and selenium, a chemical that works well with Vitamin C to strengthen the immune system. Cauliflower can also help to maintain a healthy cholesterol level.

Folate is also found in cauliflower, which is a B vitamin that is needed for cell growth and replication. For this reason, it is often recommended that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant eat significant amounts of cauliflower in order to help their unborn children develop properly.

Of course, cauliflower is an excellent source of fiber, which helps overall colon health and can even help prevent cancer. And, most recently, it has been discovered that cauliflower, as well as other cruciferous vegetables, such as brussel sprouts and cabbage. Studies…

Bananas and Potassium

Bananas is a super way to get much needed potassium. One banana has 422 mg of potassium, that's a little less than 1/2 a gram.

Some have associated a lack of potassium for getting nocturnal leg cramps. It is being studied that bananas may help in preventing them by adding them to your diet. If you have ever woken up to the piercing leg cramp pain in the middle of the night you will know what I mean. They are quite painful. Dehydration can cause them because of the lack of potassium in the body.

Potassium stimulates muscles, nerves and brain cells they can help reduce high blood pressure and stroke.
After age 19 it is recommended to get 4.7 g/day.  The food and drug administration says that eating diets rich in fiber will reduce your chance of heart attack. So what are you waiting for. Add a banana a day to keep that doctor away!
If you don't like bananas there are plenty other vegetables and fruits to choose from figs having the highest levels in them. Try dates, prunes,  av…

Winter Weight, Foods to Eat to Stay on Track and Minestrone Soup Recipe

Some of the best foods can help you maintain your weight and still be healthy all winter long.
Keep in mind to limit salt intake. Water retention is a big culprit for that extra weight gain, up to an additional 5 pounds of water weight, however drinking water is very important and not to be confused with salt water retention. Even though it's winter you still need to stay hydrated.
Vegetables are in abundance that are always a great choice. Even some of the higher carb vegetables can be added to a healthy salad. Sweet potatoes, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, winter squash are among the few that add additional vitamins and nutrients essential to our health.
A great source of protein are legumes, beans can be made so many ways. In soups, stews, chili. I highly recommend a good minestrone soup.
Canned salmon and sardines also needed for Vitamin D which the sun provides found in both these fish.
Oranges and other citrus will provide Vitamin C, also needed for the winter months when …

Toenail Fungus, Injury and Good Health Habits

Toenails are pretty fragile, especially in the hotter Regions if you live there. Fungus is easily contracted.
When the big toe or other nails fall off, the term is onychoptosis, it literally means "falling nail" in Greek) it can be blamed on two major reasons, fungus or injury.

 Fungus has several differently types of microscopic fungi that can cause onychoptosis, by feeding on the keratin that is the tough protein that makes up toenails. Onchohptosis caused by fungus isn't at all that rare of a problem.  Around 5% of Americans are affected and around 20% worldwide.

If you suspect fungus here are some things to watch for that you may experience:

Nails that turn yellow, brown or white
Nails that become very thick and overgrown

Nails that are very soft, white crumble and fall off
Nails that fall off because of a fungal infection will grow back. Sometimes the new nail is infected like the old one. It also may grow in bumpy. The condition hardly ever goes away by it…