Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Foods That Relieve Bloating

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While eating the right foods should leave you feeling great after a meal, many foods can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. If you frequently feel bloated after eating, take a look at this list of foods that relieve bloating. It should be able to help you to make the right food choices for you.

Pineapple

Sweet and juicy pineapple contains a digestive enzyme that will help your body to do away with stomach bloat. It can also help to settle your stomach or relieve heartburn. Because pineapple is so sweet, it can even be used to fight off cravings for less healthy food choices.

Blueberries

Because blueberries are such a good source of fiber, they can help your body to move things through your intestines more easily, which will get rid of bloat. Blueberries are light and low and calories, and the antioxidant protection they provide will leave you feeling healthier.

Black Pepper

Adding a little bit of freshly ground black pepper to your meal is the perfect way to fight off bloating. In addition to adding flavor to your food, black pepper is another food that will naturally aid your body in digestion.

Celery

Extremely low calorie celery is a great way to help flush out your system. Since celery is so light, it's easy to eat after finishing a meal, and it is an excellent food choice if you're hoping to get rid of water weight.

Papaya

Papaya contains something called papain, which helps your body to digest proteins. It'll also help you to break down food quickly, helping you to get rid of your bloat in no time flat.

Asparagus

Healthy asparagus is a great way to keep your colon functioning perfectly, and your stomach feeling bloat free. Asparagus contains substances that work to fight off any bacteria in your intestines so that you can digest the food that you eat perfectly.

Tea

Drinking tea is a time tested method of settling your stomach and relieving bloat. Both ginger tea and peppermint tea are especially effective, but many kinds of tea will do the trick. Be sure not to add too much milk to your tea, as dairy products can cause bloating.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Foods that Contain Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant. They can fight off free radicals in your body, and can also improve the appearance of your hair and skin. Here are a few foods that contain Vitamin E.

Collard Greens
Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin E. They've been linked to providing great antioxidant protection as well as making the transition through menopause easier. Collard Greens are full of other great nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and calcium.

Blueberries
Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse, so of course they contain plenty of vitamin E. The antioxidants in blueberries also can help to fight off things like cataracts, glaucoma, and varicose veins.

Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are an incredible source of vitamin E. Thanks to this, they offer both anti-Inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits. If you want to be able to get a little vitamin E from a snack, sunflower seeds are the way to go.

Almonds

If you'd prefer to get your daily dose of vitamin E from a snack that's a little nuttier, almonds are the way to go. Almonds are a great source of many other nutrients as well, including magnesium, copper, and riboflavin.

Spinach

Many leafy greens are s terrific source of vitamin E, and spinach is no exception. Regularly eating spinach can make you healthier in many ways. In addition to vitamin E, spinach also contains vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, and many other nutrients.

Olives

Whether you enjoy olives on your salad or prefer to snack on them plain, they're a great way to get vitamin E. And in spite of their small size, they contain many other nutrients as well, such as iron, copper, and fiber.

Papaya

Sweet papaya is one of few fruits that provides your body with vitamin E. They can give a great boost to your immune system and provide your body with anti-inflammatory effects. It's also a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C.

Swiss Chard

The last food on this list is yet another leafy green. Swiss chard is another amazing way to add more vitamin E to your diet. It'll even provide you with vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and more. It's a great food for anyone looking to start a healthier diet.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Foods That Can Cause Constipation

I've talked a little bit about the many foods that can relieve constipation here, but I haven't said much about the foods you should try an avoid if you chronically suffer from constipation. Here is a list of foods that can cause constipation.

Cheese

All dairy products can cause constipation, but cheese is probably the biggest offender. Try to replace the cheese in your sandwiches or other recipes with flavorful vegetables to cut down on your intake of cheese.

Pork

Pork is difficult for your body to digest, as because of that, it can be a major cause of constipation. Lean meats or fish like salmon are a great replacement for pork if you're hoping to cure chronic constipation.

Processed Foods

Processed foods might be an obvious culprit when it comes to constipation, but it's worth mentioning all the same. If you frequently consume processed foods because you don't have time to cook, try freezing healthy meals and reheating them for meals later instead.

Eggs

Though Eggs are a wonderful thing to eat in small doses, eating too much of this good thing can unfortunately cause constipation. If cutting eggs from your diet is too difficult, try to eat egg whites only whenever possible.

Wheat Products

Having wheat products in your diet is a great thing, but if you suffer from constipation, you should take a look at which wheat products you consume. Things like pastries in particular can be major causes of problems.

Corn

Though corn contains many good nutrients, it also contains a lot of starch. Eating too much corn can definitely contribute to constipation. Another vegetable that is a good source of fiber in eggplant, which also happens to be rich in fiber.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

More Foods to Fight Off a Cold

Several readers have requested another blog post about foods to fight off a cold, and I'm happy to oblige! Here are a few more foods to eat if you think you may be coming down with a cold.

Edamame
When trying to fight off infections, it's very important to get plenty of protein. Edamame is a terrific source of it. It boasts an amazing 22 grams of protein per serving. It's great to add to salads or to eat as a snack.

Kiwi
Vitamin C is another nutrient famous for its cold fighting abilities, but kiwis aren't quite as famous for the incredible amount of vitamin C they contain. Just one kiwi can give you 100mg of it, plenty to help your body fight off infections.

Oranges
Just because kiwis contain more vitamin C then oranges doesn't mean you should neglect to eat oranges if you feel as though you're getting a cold. Oranges contain flavanoids that have been shown to increase immune system activity. Another great source of these flavanoids are grapefruit.

Kale
Dark, leafy green kale contains a substance called Glutathione. Glutathione is a very powerful antioxidant which can easily help your body to fight off cold causing effections. Brocolli is another good source of this nutrient.

Asparagus
Asparagus is a very good source of vitamin b12, which works very well in preventing infections. Asparagus contains many other nutrients as well, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, phosphorus, potassium and protein.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Foods That Contain Zinc

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There are many great benefits to zinc. It helps your body to maintain a healthy immune system, helps you recover from illnesses more quickly, and even helps keep your senses sharp. If you'd like to add more zinc to your diet, check out this llist of foods that contain zinc.

Tahini

Tahini, a paste made from seasame seeds, is an extremely good source of zinc. A great way to get tahini in your diet is to eat some hummus. Hummus is primarily made from mashed chickpeas, which are another good source of zinc.

Swiss Chard

Nutrient rich Swiss chard is a great way to get all sorts of vitamins- and zinc is one of them. It also contains vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin E and fiber, as well as many other nutrients. Swiss chard is a true superfood.

Peanuts

Tasty peanuts are a great way to add a little more zinc to your diet. One 100 gram serving of dry roasted peanuts will give you 22% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of it. If you prefer to consume your peanuts through peanut butter, that's fine too.

Strawberries
Sweet and scrumptious strawberries are a great way to get a little bit of zinc through fruit. Strawberries also are chock full of nutrients like potassium, folate, vitamin B2, vitamin C and manganese.

Walnuts
Walnuts are yet another nut that provides a good amount of zinc. Of course, that's not the only nutrient that walnuts contain. They're also a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants like ellagic acid.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is an incredible source of zinc. Toasted wheat germ provides 17mg of zinc per 100g serving, while untoasted wheat germ provides 12mg for the same servimg size. No matter what way you eat it, it's a great way to get more zinc.

Pumpkin Seeds

Many seeds are a good source of zinc, and pumpkin seeds are no exception. They offer plenty of benefits thanks to the iron and copper that they contain. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of protein and vitamin K.

Peaches
There's a reason that peaches have been the subject of song! Peaches are a good source of zinc, and of many other vitamins and minerals too. The nutrients in peaches include potassium, calcium, and iron.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Food Cures for Acne

Although acne is most commonly associated with teenagers, people of all ages can suffer from it. Unhealthy foods are often blamed foe bad skin, but eating right can help to clear up your skin as well. Here are a few food cures for acne,

Blueberries

Blueberries can help give you a healthier looking complexion thanks to all the anti-oxidants they contain, but that's not all they can do. Blueberries also contain anti-inflammatory enzymes, which will help to calm your skin and clear up your acne naturally.

Avocados

Creamy avocado is loaded with vitamin B3. Also know as niacin, this is one of rhe most important nutrients to consume if you're after healthy looking skin. Avocado will also help to nourish your skin with all of the essential oils that it contains.

Walnuts

The Omega-3 fatty acids that walnuts are full are a great way to get healthier skin that's less prone to breakouts. They have many other benefits to offer as well, like all of the antioxidants that they contain, as well as improving the health of your heart.

Spinach

Spinach is commonly associated with making you healthy and strong, but it can also give you great looking skin. Spinach packs a powerful dose of vitamin A, which has been linked to diminishing acne problems. It's a nutritious way to get clearer skin fast.

Broccoli

Foods with a low glycemic load such as broccoli have been linked to clearing up acne. Broccoli also contains many other skin friendly nutrients, such as vitamin A, and can even work as a natural anti-inflammatory. It's the perfect food for anyone who wants clearer skin.

Brown Rice

If you tend to suffer from breakouts while you're menstruating, you may want to add more brown rice to your diet. It's rich in vitamin B6, which can significantly reduce your chances of experiencing period related acne flare-ups. Be sure to choose brown rice rather than white rice.

Almonds

The second nut on this list has an all new nutrient to offer: vitamin E. Vitamin E is a great way to clear up your complextion, and a small serving of almonds can give you as much as 150% of your daily dose of it.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is a terrific natural source of biotin, which is an active ingredient in many pricey skin care products. Biotin is one of many B vitamins that works to give you healthier looking skin. Not having enough biotin in your diet can lead to irritated skin and even breakouts.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

What to Eat When You Have an Ulcer

Choosing the right foods to eat becomes even more important when you're suffering from a stomach ulcer. Eating the wrong foods can aggravate your stomach and cause you to have even more pain. While many foods will have to be avoided, there are also many healthy foods that can help you to heal more quickly. Here is what to eat when you have an ulcer.

Blueberries

Easy to digest foods that are rich in antioxidants are a perfect choice for anyone suffering from an ulcer. Blueberries aren't very filling, but make a great nutritious snack. In addition to antioxidants, they'll provide your body with fiber and manganese.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are rich in fiber, which makes them an excellent thing to eat when you're suffering from a stomach ulcer. Be sure to choose a seedless bread, as seeded bread can irritate your stomach further.

Kale

Dark leafy greens like kale will provide your body with plenty of B vitamins, which are very important to eat when you have a stomach ulcer. Kale is also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese.

Salmon

A filling food like salmon that is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids is an ideal food choice when you have an ulcer. Be sure to cook the salmon with a healthy oil such as olive oil rather than something that could irritate your stomach.

Avocado

Not only does avocado contain an incredible amount of fiber, but it is also very soft, which makes it much easier for a sensitive stomach to digest. A great way to get some avocado in your meals is to eat it on a sandwich with some whole grain bread. It also tastes great with salmon.

Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juice will be very easy on your stomach when you have an ulcer. Choosing vegetable rich in antioxidants like carrots or veggies high in fiber such as edamame, eggplant, cabbage or beets will also help your body to recover much more quickly.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Foods That Help Relieve Constipation

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Suffering from constipation can be both painful and embarrassing. The foods you put in your body can be responsible for causing constipation, but they can also help to cure it. The best way to avoid constipation is to eat a healthy and balanced diet, but if you're already feeling poorly, here are some foods that help relieve constipation.

Bananas

Foods high in fiber are the ideal thing to choose if you're feeling constipated. Bananas are an especially good choice because they're also extremely easy for your body to digest. They'll also give you plenty of great nutrients to help you to feel better as soon as possible, including potassium and vitamin C.

Water

Loading up on water rather than juice or soda is crucial to recovering from constipation quickly. Keep a bottle or glass of water around you at all times until you're feeling better. If you don't like plain water, try flavoring it with something simple and natural like lemons.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal works as a natural stool softener so that you don't have to worry about taking medicine or supplements that do the same thing. When choosing an oatmeal, look for one with very little sugar and sodium so that it won't irritate your stomach any further.

Prunes

Prunes are famous for their effects on the bowels, and for good reason. They make a great and healthy natural laxative. You can try munching down on plain prunes. If you don't like the flavor of prunes, try cooking them up in some healthy oatmeal and prune muffins. There's a great recipe for that here.

Carrots

Not only are carrots a fiber rich food- they're also full of antioxidants that will help to flush irritants out of your body as quickly as possible. If you're really craving something to drink besides water, try drinking some fresh carrot juice for a change.

Applesauce

Apples are extremely high in fiber, and eating them in this mashed form means that they'll also work as a great natural stool softener. If you're buying pre-packaged applesauce, look for a natural one that doesn't have any additional sweeteners. It'll taste great and be better for your stomach.

Psyllium Husks

Though psyllium husks aren't as easy to find as some of the other foods on this list, they're one of the very best things to eat if you're feeling constipated. They're pictured above. Look for psyllium husks in the bulk section at your favorite healthy grocery store.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Foods to Eat For Healthy Hair

Hair health isn't as serious an ailment as many of the things featured on this blog, but it's still highly sought after. Healthy hair and skin help to make you look as healthy as you feel inside. There are many foods that will boost hair health. Here are some suggestions of foods to eat for healthy hair.

Spinach

Leafy greens like spinach are chock full of vitamins A and C, which are a great way to naturally improve your hair's health. They're what your body uses to produce sebum, a hair follicle secretion that will work to condition your mane. Spinach is also a great source of calcium and vitamin K.

Walnuts

Not only will walnuts nourish your hair with the omega-3 fatty acids they contain, but they'll also provide it with plenty of zinc. Zinc deficiency has been shown to lead to hair shedding, which means that you should get plenty of it if you ant your hair to stay healthy.

Carrots

A food as full in vitamin A as a carrot is is the perfect way to get healthier hair. They're a particularly great way to add additional shine. Carrots also contain many other great nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and potassium.

Beans

Protein rich beans help your hair to grow more quickly so that you can cut off dry and damaged ends without fear. Kidney beans are a particularly good choice. In addition to protein, kidney beans also have molybdenum, iron, fiber and manganese.

Whole Wheat Breads

Whole wheat breads are full of nutrients that boost your hair health, such as zinc, iron, and vitamin B. The healthy carbs it contains help to keep energy levels high, and it contains plenty of other great stuff like fiber, magnesium and manganese. Choose one with plenty of different kinds of grains.

Yogurt

Snacking on a low fat yogurt will provide your body with plenty of calcium, which promotes hair growth. Yogurt also contains another growth promoting nutrient, protein. The combination of the two should significantly increase your hair health and growth rate. Yogurt is also a great way to stay healthy thanks to the healthy bacteria that in contains.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Curing Insomnia With Food

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 Few things are as frustrating as not being able to fall asleep at night. Whether you suffer from chronic insomnia or just have an occasional sleepless night, not getting enough sleep at night takes a serious toll on your body. There are many prescription medicines designed to help you fall asleep, but they have serious side effects and can be very addictive. Luckily, you can naturally combat insomnia with the help of many great foods. Here are some suggestions for curing insomnia with food.

Bananas

Bananas can help you go to sleep at night thanks to the magnesium they contain, which works as a natural muscle relaxant. They also are a good source of other relaxing nutrients like melatonin and serotonin, and are easy to digest so as to not upset your stomach before bed.

Cherries

Tasty cherries are a great source of melatonin, which is a substance your body uses to help regulate your sleep. Snacking on cherries before bed is a great way to make sure you'll be able to drift off easily. Both regular cherries and dried cherries should work well.

Lentils

Lentils are an excellent source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps your body to regulate sleep. Try eating a relaxing lentil soup for dinner to get yourself ready to fall asleep by the time you head off to bed. Other tryptophan rich foods include spinach and broccoli.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is marketed for bedtime use for a reason! It works as a natural sedative on your body. To make it extra potent, try sweetening your tea with honey. Because honey contains glucose, consuming a small amount of it will signal your brain to turn off orexin for the night.

Hazelnuts

Enjoying a carbohydrate-rich snack like hazelnuts will help to make serotonin and melatonin more available to your brain. The best way to take advantage of this is to eat it alongside other foods on this list. Be careful not to munch on just any high-carb food- many of them contain substances that make your body more alert.

Potatoes

Try making potatoes part of your last meal of the day. They'll help to flush out acids in your body that interfere with tryptophan. If you enjoy your potatoes mashed, mixing in a small amount of warm milk will also naturally work to help your body fall asleep.

Brown Rice

Not only is brown rice incredibly easy to digest- it's also an amazing source of melatonin. The more melatonin your body produces, the easier falling asleep can be. Try pairing up your rice with a tryptophan rich vegetable like broccoli to make it super effective.

Avocado

A small portion of a food that's full of healthy fats like avocado is a perfect way to prepare your body for relaxing at night. Be sure not to eat too much- just a few slices is more than enough. Avocado also contains many nutrients like folate and copper.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Colon Cleansing Foods

There are many benefits to colon cleansing. Doing so regularly will significantly reduce your chances of developing constipation or diarrhea, and will also improve your overall health. Colon cleansing has also been linked to weight loss, an increase in energy, and even better skin. Here are some healthy colon cleansing foods.

Green Peas

While a great many vegetables can help you to cleanse your colon naturally, green peas are one of the very best. They are a terrific source of fiber, but will feed your body with many other great things as well, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and thiamin.

Blackberries

Blackberries boast an incredible eight grams of fiber per cup, which makes them a perfect food to eat when you want to cleanse your colon. They'll also provide your body with plenty of nutrients while they're eliminating toxins, including Vitamin E, Magnesium, Potassium and Copper.

Spinach

Calcium is crucial to good colon health, and spinach is a terrific source of it. One cup will give you about 25% of the recommended daily value for it. Spinach also is high in fiber and magnesium, two other substances that will help to cleanse your colon.

Fortified Cereals

Starting your day off with a fortified cereal is important to any colon cleansing diet. Look for a cereal that's high in soluble fiber, has no sugars or additives, and contains things like bran, wheat, flax, rye and oats. Oatmeal is also a great choice.

Walnuts

Loading up in magnesium is also important when you're trying to cleanse your colon. Walnuts will give you all the magnesium your body needs easily, while also providing you with the mega-nutritious omega-3 fatty acids that they contain.

Kidney Beans

Many kinds of beans are beneficial to our colons, and kidney beans are one of the best. They're packed with nutrients like fiber and magnesium, and also contain molybdenum, protein, thiamin, phosphorus, iron, copper, and vitamin K.

Vegetable Juice

Because vegetable juice is so easy to digest, it's perfect for a colon cleansing diet. Try picking veggies like broccoli, cucumber, eggplant, and asparagus that are rich in fiber for your juices. If you don't use, a simple soup made with fiber, calcium, and magnesium rich vegetables can work just as well.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What to Eat When You Have a Stomach Bug

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Though stomach bugs are usually brief, they're very common, and can be very difficult to deal with. When your body isn't feeling well, it's more important to eat well then ever, but it's very difficult to do so when you're suffering from symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Luckily, there are many great foods to eat that will nourish your body and help to fight off your illness. Here is what to eat when you have a stomach bug.

Fennel Tea

Fennel Tea is the perfect thing to drink when you're suffering from an upset stomach. Not only are warm liquids soothing, but fennel has natural anti-nausea properties. It'll also load your body up with nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and fiber which will help your body recover as quickly as possible.

Bananas

Easy to digest foods that are are also full of fiber like bananas are the perfect way to fight off a stomach bug. Eating bananas won't irritate your stomach, and the fiber will help flush toxins out of your stomach more quickly. Bananas also have plenty of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium.

Yogurt

Not only is yogurt easy to eat even with a sick stomach- it's also full of healthy bacterias that will work hard to fight off any viruses effecting your body. Look for a yogurt full of probiotics. If you choose a yogurt with fruit, pick a fruit high in fiber like blueberries, peaches, or raspberries.

Papaya

If you're having trouble keeping foods down, try munching on some papaya. It contains enzymes which will help your body to better digest food. It also gives you a healthy dosage of nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber, and vitamins K and A.

Cumin Seed

Try sprinkling some ground cumin seeds onto a food that's bland and easy to eat, like whole wheat toast or boiled chicken. The cumin seed will work to relieve nausea and will help to stop vomiting, and it also boosts your immunue system. Cumin seeds also contain iron and manganese.

Vegetable Juice

Whether you prefer juiced carrots, cabbage, or leeks, vegetable juice is incredible easy to digest, and is a great way to feed your body plenty of nutrients even when you're having trouble eating. If vegetable juices aren't your speed, try enjoying a nice plain vegetable soup.

Pineapple

Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that will aid your body in digestion. Munching down on this food will help settle your stomach so that you can keep other foods you eat down. Pineapple also is full of vitamin C as well as manganese and fiber.

Rice

Rice is yet another easy to digest food that's full of great nutrients. It contains manganese, selenium and magnesium, and has been shown to promote overall health via phytonutrients. Make sure that you choose brown rice and not white rice so that you'll be able to take advantage of all of this.

Ginger

No natural remedy will soothe your stomach faster than ginger. Though ginger ale and ginger tea are the most popular ways to take ginger when you're sick, pickled ginger is also a great choice. You can even add your ginger to a healthy vegetable soup for some stomach-safe flavor.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Foods That Contain Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is a nutrient that boasts an incredible amount of benefits. It not only fights off free radicals with its antioxidant properties, but it also helps to hydrate your eyes and skin. If your body doesn't get enough Vitamin A, you may be more prone to viral infections, and will even have poorer night vision. Luckily, there are many foods high in vitamin A that you can load up on to keep your body healthy.

Carrots

Crunchy carrots are one of the richest sources for vitamin A. That's why they're known for giving better vision, and why carrot soup is such a great thing to eat if you're feeling ill. Carrots also are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and potassium.

Sweet Potato

Like carrots, sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. This gives it potent antioxidant effects, especially because of the way sweet potato roots store nutrients. They also have plenty of vitamin C, copper and manganese.

Kale

Leafy greens like kale are a wonderful way to add more vitamin A to your diet. Kale has been shown to reduce your risk of several types of cancer, and it also helps your body to detoxify. Kale is jam packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber and manganese.

Cantaloupe

This sweet melon offers plenty of vitamin A! Just one cup of cantaloupe can provide 103.2% of the daily value for vitamin A. Studies have shown that it can improve lung health in addition to eye health. Other nutrients it contains include potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.

Spinach

Spinach is loaded with all kinds of nutrients, and vitamin A is one of them. Like other vitamin A rich foods, spinach can protect your eyesight, and it can also protect against many other ailments like osteoporosis and heart disease. Nutrients it has include vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, and vitamin B6.

Apricot

If you're looking for a way to reap the benefits of vitamin A, try enjoying a tasty apricot. Apricots are an excellent source of this powerful antioxidant. They've been shown to help prevent cataracts in women. They're also a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium.

Broccoli

Because broccoli is a superfood, it can help reduce your risk of many kinds of cancer in addition to giving your body the benefits of vitamin A. It can even boost your immune system! Broccoli also has plenty of vitamin K, vitamin C, folate and fiber.

Collard Greens

Many leafy greens are a great way to load up on vitamin A, and collard greens are no exception. Because this particular food is also loaded with other antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E, they can work together to give your body incredible protection against free radicals.

Bell Peppers

There are many nutrient rich kinds of peppers to eat, but no pepper has as much vitamin A as bell peppers do! It's chock full of carotenoids that will convert to vitamin A once inside your body. Bell peppers also contain fiber, vitamin C, and many kinds of b vitamins.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Healthy Diet Foods

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When you diet, it's easy to think only about calorie count and not about the nutrients the foods you eat are providing you. When you're cutting calories, it becomes even more important to make sure that you're eating foods that will give your body everything it needs. Luckily, there are many foods that will help you lose weight that are still full of vitamins and minerals. Here is a list of some healthy diet foods.

Asparagus

Asparagus is a negative calorie food, which means that it takes more calories to digest it than it contains. This makes it a perfect addition to a healthy meal while you're dieting. It'll give your body plenty of nutrients like vitamins K, A, and C, as well as potassium and protein.

Kidney Beans

Kidney beans aren't just low in calories. They also pack in an incredible amount of protein, which will help fuel your body and keep you feeling full for longer. Kidney beans have plenty of other nutrients to offer as well, like folate, fiber and manganese.

Water

It may seem obvious, but drinking lots of water is crucial to losing weight. Cutting out the calories you consume from drinks can have an amazing result on your waistline. Being well hydrated has a tremendous impact on your health. You won't believe how much better water will make you look and feel.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is an incredible food to eat while dieting. Not only does it lower insulin levels in your body that tell it to store fat- it can also speed up your metabolism with its high fiber content. Grapefruit also contains vitamin C, folate, and vitamin B5.

Jalapenos

Jalapenos definitely aren't the easiest food to eat, but they have many benefits. Jalapenos contain something called capcaisin, which will keep your body burning calories for hours after you eat them. They're also full of nutrients like Iron, Magnesium and vitamin C.

Oatmeal

Starting your day off with a big bowl of oatmeal is a wonderful way to help your body lose weight. It's packed with fat-soluble fibers that your body will have to work hard to break down. This will burn calories and keep you feeling full till lunchtime. Though it can be tempting to skip breakfast when you're on a diet, you shouldn't- eating it kickstarts your metabolism.

Blueberries

Though blueberries boast an incredible amount of antioxidants and nutrients, the amount of calories they contain is very low. Snacking on blueberries is an easy way to nourish your body without breaking your diet. For a more substantial snack, try blueberries in low fat yogurt.

Apples

If staying full in between meals is something you struggle with, apples are the perfect food for you. They contain a substance called pectin that will help your body feel full for longer. When you're trying to resist temptation, try munching down on this fiber rich food.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Natural Allergy Relief

Many people have the misfortune of suffering from allergies. Whether they're plagued by seasonal allergies or have something environmental that irritates them, it can be seriously debilitating. Though there are many allergy medications on the market, many of them have inconvenient side effects. Thankfully, there are many foods that can help an allergy attack to be much less severe. Here are a few suggestions on how to get natural allergy relief:

Onion

Though onions are known for their eye-watering effects, munching down on them can actually reduce watery eyes! Onions are rich in quercetin, a flavonoid that works as an anti-inflammatory and reduces the release of histamine. For the highest dose of quercetin, go for red onions- they have a higher concentration of it than other kinds.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are an incredible source of selenium, which will help to combat allergies by improving your immune function. It also can improve your body's B-cell antibody response and even help the vitamin C you consume to become more effective. Other sources include lentils and tuna.

Artichokes

Artichokes contain plenty of magnesium, which works to fight off some stages of allergic reactions. Munching down on foods high in magnesium can also help reduce stress. They've even been shown to help relax muscles around the bronchial tubes, which will those who suffer from asthma.


Mango

Many fruits are high in vitamin C, but mangoes are near the top of the pack. Just one mango contains 95 mg. Vitamin C decreases the production of histamine in addition to working as a natural anti-inflammatory. Other foods with plenty of vitamin C include oranges and broccoli.

Spinach

Dark green vegetables like spinach contain plenty of molybdenum. Molybdenum works a bit like selenium in that it enhances the effects of vitamin C. Pair spinach up with your favorite vitamin C rich food to take full advantage of its anti-histamine effects.

Pineapple

Pineapple has plenty of bromelain, which fights of allergy effects by helping to block out pro-inflammatory compounds and inflammatory byproducts from your body. Pineapple is also a terrific source of vitamin C. If you're looking for a food to do double duty, look no further.

Green Tea

The phytonutrients in green tea help to ward off everyday cellular attacks, including those that cause allergy symptoms. Drinking a hot beverage is also a great way to clear sinuses if you've already started feeling the effects of your allergies.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds are an incredible source of calcium- just one quarter cup contains 351 mg of it. Calcium is another nutrient that works as a natural anti-histamine. Because sesame seeds are easy to snack on, you can use them to easily load up on calcium and fight off allergies all day long.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Natural Ways of Detoxing the Body

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Detoxing is becoming more and more popular. From specialized diets to supplements, people are trying all sorts of things to remove toxins from your body. If you're curious about doing a detox but don't want to commit to a regime, you're in luck. There are many foods that have natural detoxing properties that you can add to your diet. Here are a few simple and natural ways of detoxing the body.

Carrots

Loading up on a vegetable that's high in soluble fiber like carrots is a great way to help your body flush out toxins. In addition to this, carrots contain a phytonutrient called falcarinol that promotes colon health as well as several antioxidants.

Watercress

The leaves of watercress have a natural diuretic effect that will helps the foods that your body is digesting move through your system more efficiently. Try using watercress in place of whatever leafy greens you normally use on sandwiches and salads.

Green tea

Not only is green tea chock full of antioxidants- it also contains catechins. Catechins will speed up your body's liver activity so that your body can easily metabolize any harmful toxins. Try starting your day off with a nice hot cup of green tea.

Apples

One of the many reasons that apples are great at fighting off illnesses is because they contain such a high amount of soluble fiber- just one medium apple will provide your body with 4 grams of it. And that's not all that apples have to offer- they've also got one of the highest levels of antioxidant activity in fruits.

Cabbage

Like green tea, cabbage helps your liver to work more effectively, which is crucial to detoxing. Cabbage also is a great source of antioxidants like vitamin C, as well as other great nutrients like fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Parsley

Parsley is another great natural diuretic. It is also a very versatile food. Not only can you use it all the ways you would a normal herb, but it also makes a delicious tea. In addition to its diuretic properties, parsley also can help you to detox thanks to the vitamin C and flavonoids it contains.

Blueberries

Anyone looking to detox should be sure to take advantage of a food as rich in antioxidants as blueberries are. And antioxidants aren not all that blueberries have to offer either- they also contain a surprising amount of fibers such as pectin.

Broccoli sprouts

While all broccoli is a wonderful thing for you to eat, broccoli sprouts are particularly good to much on while detoxing. They'll help to stimulate enzymes throughout your body so that eliminating toxins is much easier. They also contain vitamin C.


Peas

Green peas are yet another soluble fiber rich food. Of course, fiber isn't all that green peas have to offer. They're also a terrific source of vitamin C, and will provide your body with many other nutrients as well. A few of these include vitamin K, manganese, and potassium.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Great Foods to Eat When Pregnant

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Pregnant women are frequently told foods that they should avoid, but there are many wonderful foods that are great for supplying your body with the many nutrients it needs during pregnancy. Being pregnant takes an huge amount of energy already, and loading up on healthy foods is of the utmost importance. Here is a list of some great foods to eat when pregnant.

Asparagus

Asparagus is rich in folic acid, which is crucial to the development of DNA, making it important for your growing baby. Asparagus will also nourish your body with the stores of nutrients it contains, like vitamin K, fiber, manganese, copper, and protein.

Eggs

Getting plenty of protein during pregnancy is very important. Protein helps your baby's developing organs and will also help to give your body all of the energy it needs. Just one large egg will will give you 7 grams of protein. Vegans can get a good dose of protein from beans. For meat and fish eaters, try salmon and chicken as well.

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is chock full of iron, which is very important to eat plenty of while pregnant. Since babies take the iron they need from their mother's stores, it is easy for pregnant women to become anemic. This leafy green also has plenty of vitamin K, vitamin C, and protein.

Oranges

Not only are oranges a great way to give your body plenty of the antioxidant vitamin C, they're also a good source of calcium, which is another important nutrient to consume while pregnant. One medium orange contains a surprising 52 mg of calcium.

Whole Wheat Toast

A plain slice of whole wheat toast is a wonderful way to keep your stomach settled during the nausea heavy periods of your pregnancy, and it'll also provide your body with the whole wheats and grains that it needs to get plenty of. Whole wheat crackers are also a good choice.

Blueberries

Blueberries contain a surprising amount of fiber for their size. Snacking on them is a perfect way to help your body gets all of it that it needs while pregnant. They're also full of antioxidants, which means they'll help you fight off any illnesses you may be exposed to.

In addition to eating nutritious foods like this, it's also important that you take a prenatal supplement, especially during the early months of your pregnancy. If you're struggling with keeping them down, talk to your doctor. They may be able to suggest an alternative supplement that will be easier on your stomach. You can also try drinking something with ginger before you take your prenatals to help settle your stomach.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Best Foods to Eat After a Workout

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Getting plenty of exercise can leave your body ravenous. However, loading up on the wrong foods can undo much of the good that your workout has done. Thankfully, there are many amazing foods that are able to help your body take full advantage of all your hard work. Here are the best foods to eat after a workout.

Almonds

Almonds are the perfect snack to refuel with after a workout because they're high in leucine. Leucine is an essential amino acid that is will give you energy and help to keep your muscle protein from breaking down so that your body can take full advantage of the exercise you do.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is high in good carbohydrates. These carbs will keep your body from having to draw on its stores of glycogen to refuel your body. Try eating brown rice will some healthy steamed vegetables. Brown rice also contains manganese and selenium .

Tuna

Tuna is a great way to feed your body the lean protein in needs to help your body become more toned.Light canned tuna is also extremely low in calories, so you won't risk consuming as many calories as you have burned. Tuna is also a great source of niacin, selenium, vitamin B6, potassium, and thiamin.

Avocado

Avocado is full of good monounsaturated fats. Eating it after you've burned away fat exercising is a great way to replace bad fats with better ones. Avocado is also rich in nutrients like vitamin K, fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate and copper.

Salmon

Not only does salmon pack in a healthy dose of protein, but it's also full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to increase the amount of fat calories that your body can burn in a day. Vegetarian foods high in omega-3s include walnuts, spinach, and Brussels sprouts.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a very good source of glutamine, which your body drains after working out. Studies have also linked eating low-fat yogurt with weight loss. A few other reasons to chow down on yogurt include iodine, calcium, protein, phosphorus, and vitamin B2.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are full of an essential amino acid called isoleucine, which has been shown to help increase muscle protein. After exercising, your body will be running low on isoleucine, so taking a bag of sesame seeds with you to your gym to refuel is a great idea.

Blueberries

Berries are a great way to give your body a little dose of the good carbohydrates it needs. Blueberries are a particularly great pick since they're able to replenish so many of the nutrients drained from your body. From vitamin C and manganese to fiber and vitamin E, blueberries have it all.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Best Foods to Eat When Sick

Recovering from illness quickly is very important to most people. Aside from not wanting to suffer from the symptoms of illness, it is very difficult for people to miss work or to put other important activities on hold until they are better. Thankfully, there are many foods that can help ensure recovery from common illnesses like colds, infections, and the flu. Here's a list of the best foods to eat when you're sick:

Carrots

Carrots can help your body fight off illnesses thanks to the beta carotene it contains. It provides your body with more infection fighting cells that will help you get better in no time. While a crunchy carrot may not sound appetizing if you have symptoms like a sore throat, it can still provide you with plenty of nutrients when served in a soup.

Salmon

Salmon is a great source of many nutrients, but it contains two things in particular that can really help to boost your immune system: omega-3 fatty acids and selenium. The omega-3 increases activities of white blood cells in your body, while the selenium protects those cells from free-radical damage, making them a perfect combination.

Collard Greens

Collard greens are a good source of vitamin E, which stimulates the production of cells that will hunt for an eliminate germs from your body. Collard greens are also a good source of antioxidants like vitamin C and even contain some omega-3 fatty acids.

Oranges

Not only are oranges a great way to get the powerful antioxidant vitamin c, they can also help to detoxify your body. Citrus fruits have been shown to have natural detoxification abilities. Oranges also contain fiber, vitamin B1, folate, vitamin A, calcium and potassium.

Blueberries

Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse. Studies have shown that they're among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity. From vitamin C and E to polyphenols and flavonoids, blueberries give you an incredible amount of antioxidants in each serving.

Summer Squash

Summer Squash is a good source of zinc, which increases the number of infection fighting t-cells your body produces. It also helps the white bloods cells in your body to fight off illness more effectively. If summer squash isn't in season, other good sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds and spinach.

Yogurt

A yogurt high in probiotics is a great way to fight off illnesses as well as boost your resistance to them in the future. A yogurt full of healthy bacteria will boost your immune system so that you can recover as quickly as possible. To see more foods with probiotics, click here.

Green Tea

Soothing green tea is high in polyphenols, which are a powerful antioxidant that can help your body to better fight off illnesses. Green tea also has vitamins A, C, and E and can be very soothing to drink when a runny nose or a sore throat is among your symptoms.

Tomatoes

The lycopene in tomatoes fights off disease by eliminating free radicals from your body, making sure that your body can produce all of the white blood cells it needs. Tomatoes also contain vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. Try eating them in a nice hot soup.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Top Ten Healthiest Fruits

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Fruits are an important part of any diet. They're full of important nutrients and antioxidants, and are great when you're looking for a healthy snack. Most fruits are pretty good for you, but here's a list of the top ten healthiest fruits. Use this list to make the most out of your daily serving of fruits and vegetables.

10. Strawberries

Sweet strawberries have some amazing benefits! Not only are they full of nutrients like vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin K, but they've also been shown to protect your eyesight and promote optimal physical health. Be sure to eat your strawberries plain rather than dipping them in sugar.

9. Raspberries

Most berries are full of antioxidants, and raspberries are no exception. They're an excellent source of vitamin C and also contain cancer-fighting phytochemical ellagic acid. Loganberries and boysenberries are a great choice too- they're both hybrids of raspberries.

8. Plums

Juicy plums contain plenty of fiber, which is great to have in your diet. They're also another good source of vitamin C as well as vitamin A, vitamin B2 and potassium. The antioxidants in plums help to protect your body from destructive phenols.

7. Cherries

While cherries don't have quite as much vitamin C as berries do, they contain plenty of bioflavonoids and ellagic acid, as well as melatonin. Studies have shown that cherries can ease the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome and can help to prevent heart disease.

6. Red Grapes

All varieties of grapes are a wonderful food to add to your diet, but red grapes are at the head of the pack. They're one of the best sources of manganese around, and also are chock full of B6, vitamin B1, potassium, and vitamin C. Red grapes in particular are also rich in flavonoids.

5. Cranberries

Cranberries are well known for their power to fight off Urinary Tract Infections, but they have other benefits as well. Studies have shown that cranberries can protect against viral infections and improve oral health. Cranberries are also a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K.

4. Oranges

Oranges are world famous for all the vitamin C they contain, but that's not all they have to offer. They also have plenty of B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium and potassium. In addition to this, they've been shown to help support your immune system.

3. Apples

The saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" was coined for a reason! Apples are a terrific source of fiber and also have lots of flavonoids and vitamin C. Eating apples is also good for your lungs and has even been shown to protect against asthma.

2. Kiwis

Kiwis contain an incredible amount of vitamin C, beating out even oranges. They also have many other nutrients, like potassium, fiber, and vitamin E. The phytonutrients in kiwis are great for improving allover health, and they've also been shown to lower your risk for blood clots.

1. Blueberries

Berries are great sources of antioxidant protection, and blueberries are the leader of the pack. They contain an antioxidant known as anthocyanadins in addition to ellagic acid. They also have plenty of vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E, and fiber. Blueberries have been shown to promote gastrointestinal health as well as boost your brain power, making them one of the all-time healthiest fruits.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Foods That Improve Concentration

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For many people, it can be hard to focus, even if they don't suffer from ADD. There are many great foods that improve concentration that you can add to your diet to get a healthier, more focused you.

Walnuts

Walnuts are a great source of protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids, both of which have brain boosting properties. With your brain performing at its best, it'll be much easier for you to concentrate. Walnuts also contain vitamin E.

Blackberries

Blackberries contain an antioxidant called anthocyanins, which fights off degenerative brain diseases and helps to keep your mind safe from stress. Blackberries are also low calorie and full of fiber as well as other antioxidants like vitamin C.

Salmon

Like walnuts, salmon has plenty of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which will keep your mind running strong. Eating salmon regularly can also help to prevent a stroke and has even been shown to help make people feel less hostile.

Dark Chocolate

Having some dark chocolate is a sweet way to improve your concentration! The small amounts of caffeine in dark chocolate can keep you more alert, and it's also full of antioxidants that will fight to keep your mind at its peak.

Green Tea

Green tea contains a naturally relaxing substance called catechines. Not only will it calm you down, but it'll help you to stay focused. It's also full of antioxidants. Try carrying a mug of hot green tea with you to class or work- wherever you want to improve your concentrating abilities.

Avocados

Avocados are full of healthy mono-saturated fats, which will help keep your blood flowing perfectly to your brain. Like most of the other foods on this list, avocados also contain antioxidants, making them a perfect food for improving your concentration.

Whole Grains

Loading up on whole grains will give your body lots of folate, which helps stimulate brain function so that you can focus more than ever. Whole grains are also rich in vitamin B6. Try starting off your day with a breakfast cereal full of whole grains.

Brocolli

Brocolli is one of the best sources of vitamin K, which helps to improve your cognitive function so that you can concentrate on the tasks at hand. It also has plenty of antioxidants as well as folic acid, calcium, and fiber.

Eggs

Eggs contain a substance called choline, which has been shown to improve the response time of neurons in your brain. Egg yolk is also full of antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin. The high protein and low calorie content of eggs make them a perfect brain boosting snack for someone on a diet.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Foods With Vitamin D

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Vitamin D is a great nutrient- it helps to fight off many diseases and is crucial to healthy bones. While it's easy to get all the vitamin D our bodies need over the summer when you're regularly exposed to sunlight, it can be hard to get enough vitamin D during the cold winter months. Luckily, there are some foods with vitamin D that can keep our bodies healthy even when we're not in the sun.

Salmon
Anyone who includes fish in diet should take full advantage of all of salmon's nutritional properties. Not only is it one of the best sources of vitamin D, but it's also chock full of things like omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, protein, niacin and vitamin B12.

Eggs
As long as you're not on an egg-whit only diet, the yolks of eggs are a great way to load up on vitamin D. Eggs contain selenium, iodine, and vitamin B2, and are also a great source of protein in addition to being linked to preventing blood clots.

Cod Liver Oil
While cod liver oil may not sound like the most appetizing way to load up on vitamin D, it has plenty of nutrients to offer your body. In addition to vitamin D, it contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A. In fact, cod liver oil contains so much vitamin A that you can go over the daily recommended values when taking it as a supplement, so use cod liver oil with some caution.

Shitake Mushrooms
Adding shitake mushrooms to your meal is a great way to add a little extra vitamin D. They're also a good way to add selenium and iron to your diet, as well as some protein, fiber and vitamin C. An especially healthy way to serve shitake mushrooms is in a miso soup.

Fortified Cereal
There are many healthy cereals that are fortified with nutrients like vitamin D. Quaker Instant Oatmeal and Kellog's All Bran with Extra Fiber are two examples of cereals with added vitamin D. Either one would be a great way to start off your day.

Milk
Many kinds of milk are fortified with vitamin D. Whether you drink cow's milk or prefer to drink rice and soy milk, it's easy to find a milk product that can give your body plenty of vitamin D. Be sure to pick one that's full of other nutrients as well.

Shrimp
Though the word shrimp is synonymous with being small, they have more nutrients than many bigger foods. They're high in protein and very low in calories, making them a great choice for anyone who needs vitamin D but is dieting. They're also full of selenium and vitamin B12.

Tuna
Whether you eat your tuna canned or prefer it fresh, tuna is a great way to get some extra vitamin D. Tuna contains the amazing omega-3 fatty acids, and is also a great source of nutrients such as niacin, selenium, protein, vitamin B6 and even thiamin.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Sinus Infection Home Remedies

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Suffering from a sinus infection is certainly no fun. Though there are medications that can treat a sinus infection, that doesn't make suffering through it until you can take them any easier. Luckily, there are many foods that can help your body fight off and recover from one. Here are some of our sinus infection home remedies.

Broccoli
Broccoli is loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A that can help your body fight off an infection. It's also full of phytochemicals like beta-carotene, indoles, and isothiocyanates. Try adding broccoli to your next healthy soup recipe.

Tomatoes
Like broccoli, tomatoes are full of many kinds of antioxidants such as lycopene. It's also a great source for an incredible amount of nutrients. From vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K to potassium, manganese, and fiber, tomatoes are a great way to keep your body nourished.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar makes a great home remedy for a sinus infection. Try taking it like a tonic when you start to feel yourself getting sick. If you're already ill, fear not! Apple cider vinegar can also help to thin out mucous, and lead you to a speedy recovery.

Ginger
Whether you serve it in a soup or drink it in a tea, ginger is a great way to help your body kick a sinus infection. It contains plenty of vitamins like potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B6 and is also a great way to soothe an irritated and mucous filled throat.

Blueberries
Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant rich foods you can eat. They're full of an antioxidant compound called anthocyanadins, and they also contain something called ellagic acid, which can prevent cell damage and help your body recover from illness. They also have plenty of vitamin C!

Artichokes
Artichokes are full of phytonutrients that will help your body fight off infections. They have plenty of vitamin C, and many of the most powerful antioxidants, such as Quercetin, Anthocyanins, Caffeic Acid and Chlorogenic Acid, which has anti-viral properties.

Peppermint
Peppermint has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which means it's a great way to soothe your mucous membranes. If you're not a fan of peppermint tea, you can try just steeping the tea bag and breathing in the steam to take advantage of its benefits.

Oranges
Oranges are famous as a feel better food, primarily because of their high vitamin C content. However, oranges also have plenty of healing phytonutrients like polyphenols and anthocyanins. When these are combined with vitamin C, their healing power is unstoppable.

Spinach
Leafy green vegetables are a great place to go for many antioxidats and nutrients, and spinach is one of the best. It has an amazing 13 flavonoid compounds, all with antioxidants. The vitamin K is spinach can also act as anti-inflammatory agent and calm your irritated mucous membranes.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

What Foods Help Reduce Acid Reflux?

Anyone who has suffered from acid reflux (also known as heartburn) knows how frustrating it can be. From trouble sleeping to physical pain, it can cause a myriad of problems. Thankfully, there are many foods you can eat that will help to prevent you from going through this. If you'd like to know what foods help reduce acid reflux, let this list be your guide.

Lentils
Plant proteins have been shown to be a great help when it comes to getting your body's muscles to work properly instead of causing heartburn pain. Lentils will also give your body plenty of good nutrients, such as molybdenum, folate, and manganese.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal is very low in saturated fats and cholesterol, both of which can be triggers for acid reflux. Oatmeal will also provide your body with many of the things it needs to get off to a healthy start, like fiber, vitamin A, and iron. Try serving it with skim milk to get some extra calcium.

Salmon
Not only does salmon contain plenty of protein, it also has omega-3 fatty acids, which will lower your blood pressure and fight off heartburn. Salmon is a true superfood. It contains an amazing amount of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, selenium, niacin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B6.

Apples
Apples are a terrific source of soluble fiber, making it very unlikely to cause acid reflux. Snacking on apples is also a great way to stay healthy. They contain a ton of vitamin C and flavanoids. Be sure not to peel your apple- the skin contains most of the nutrients.

Cabbage
Cabbage is a great vegetable to eat if you want to avoid heartburn. Like salmon, cabbage contains omega 3 fatty acids. It has plenty of other good vitamins and minerals as well, such as vitamin C, fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, and calcium.

Turkey
Good proteins are one of the best ways to fight off acid reflux, and the lean protein you get from turkey fits the bill perfectly. Try having some sliced turkey on whole grain sandwich to take full advantage of its benefits.

Black Beans
Black beans are another plant protein. They're one of the most protein packed types of beans available. Black beans also contain fiber and folate. They've also jam packed with antioxidants and have been linked to lowering the risk of a heart attack.

Chicken
Lean cuts of chicken are another great way to give your body a healthy dose of protein. Try serving chicken with a heartburn-safe vegetable, such as carrots, zucchini, or broccoli. In additon to protein, chicken also has selenium, niacin, vitamin B6 and phosphorus

Grapes
Grapes are a great choice for an acid reflux friendly snack. They're chock full of nutrients like vitamin B6, thiamin, manganese, potassium, flavonoids and vitamin C. Grapes can also promote lung health. Be sure to choose actual grapes rather than a grape juice, as most of those don't contain the same benefits that grapes have.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

List of Calcium Rich Foods

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Calcium has many benefits. Not only does it give you strong bones, but it can help you to maintain a healthy weight, keep your heart healthy, and even give you healthy teeth. Everyone knows that dairy products like milk and yogurt are high in calcium, but there are many other foods rich in calcium that can give you these benefits. Here is a list of calcium rich foods.

Tofu
Tofu isn't just a great alternative source of protein- it's also a great alternative source of calcium. 1 cup of tofu boasts 40mg of calcium. Tofu also is a great source of nutrients like manganese, iron, and selenium. Though tofu may seem hard to cook with at first, it's a very versatile food and you'll find many uses for it.

Bok Choy
This leafy green contains an incredible about of calcium- one cup has 160 mg of it. Bok Choy is full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and is also low carb and low calorie, making it a great choice for someone who wants to lose weight but still eat healthy.

Almonds
Munching on almonds is a great way to have a calcium rich snack. You could also try having a sandwich with almond butter instead of peanut butter. In addition to containing calcium, almonds also contain magnesium, copper, and riboflavin. They've been shown to lower the risk of weight gain.

Spinach
Just one cup of cooked spinach has an amazing 260 mg of calcium. Spinach is a wonderful food to keep your body healthy. It's been linked to prevention of some kinds of cancers and boosts brain function. Spinach is a great source of nutrients like vitamin K as well.

Kelp
This healthy sea vegetable is a great way to get more calcium. Kelp is full of vitamins and nutrients such as iron, potassium, and iodine. Try adding some kelp your food instead of salt or making a tasty tea using kelp to take advantage of all of its benefits.

Fortified Cereal
Starting off morning with a breakfast cereal fortified with calcium is a great way to begin your day. There are many great fortified cereals that are full of nutrients, and eating a healthy breakfast is important for your body. Just be sure to choose a cereal low in sugar.

Broccoli
This green vegetable is full of calcium- it has 66 mg in one cup. Eating broccoli daily can maximize your body's natural ability to detox, and also lets you take advantage of all the other nutrients broccoli offers, like vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium.

Beans
Many types of beans are rich in calcium. White beans, black beans, and navy beans are all particularly good choices. Whether you eat them in a soup or have them with some healthy brown rice, beans are a great way to give your body all of the calcium and protein it needs.

Collard Greens
Collard Greens are yet another calcium rich vegetable that is rich in calcium. In addition to calcium, collard greens contain vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, folate, and fiber, as well as many other nutrients. They're also chock full of antioxidants.

Fortified Orange Juice
Drinking a glass of orange juice that's been calcium fortified can give you almost as much calcium as a glass of milk. Eating regular oranges is also a good way to get extra calcium, and loading up on oranges or orange juice will also give you plenty of vitamin C.

Sesame Seeds
There aren't many foods that pack in as much calcium as Sesame Seeds do. Just 1/4 of a cup has an unbelievable 351 mg calcium. Sesame Seeds are also a good source of magnesium and manganese. Try using sesame seeds by adding them into the batter when you bake or serving them over steamed broccoli for a calcium rich dish.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Best Foods to Eat for Diarrhea

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Diarrhea can be a major concern over flu season. Eating nutritious foods is crucial to helping your body recover as quickly as possible. Here is a list of the best foods to eat for diarrhea.

Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast
The BRAT diet is famous for its ability to speed up diarrhea recovery. While all of these foods will provide nutrients for your body and are easy to digest, they are especially effective when eaten together. Be sure not to combine these foods with substances such as butter, since that can irritate your bowels.

Blueberries
While most berries should be avoiding during diarrhea, blueberries are a source of the soluble fiber pectin and can act as an astringent, making them one of the best foods to eat for diarrhea. They've also an excellent source of antioxidants- perfect for a speedy recovery.

Ginger 
The soothing properties of ginger are perfect for soothing an irritated stomach and bowels. Whether you'd like to settle your stomach with some ginger tea or use a little ginger seasoning so that your food isn't too bland, ginger is a great way to help your body feel better.


Chicken 
When chicken is boiled, it's extremely bland- which makes it a very easy food to digest. Eating chicken will help give your body the protein it needs to fight off illnesses without further upsetting your bowels. If you don't feel up to eating solid foods, chicken broth can also help. 


Water
The absolute best thing you can do for your body while suffering from diarrhea is to keep hydrated, and there's no better way to do that than with plenty of water. Water infused with minerals is a particularly great pick as it will make sure your body has plenty of nutrients.


Oatmeal
Easy to digest oatmeal is the perfect way to give your body many things. It's high in antioxidants, and also contains vitamans such as manganese, selenium, and vitamin B1. It's also another good source of soluble fibers. 

Potatoes
Whether you prefer them boiled or mashed, potatoes can also be a very easy to digest food. They're full of nutrients for your body like vitamin C, vitamin B6, iodine, and niacin. However, be sure not to prepare potatoes with butter.


Squash
Like potatoes, squash is easy to boil and mash, and since it's low in insoluble fibers, it won't cause further problems for your bowels. There are many types of squash, and all are nutrient rich foods. Butternut squash is especially good mashed.

Yogurt
While dairy is generally something that should be avoided while you have diarrhea, yogurt is something you should eat plenty of. Yogurt isn't difficult for your body to digest like other dairy products, and the live bacteria in yogurt is a wonderful way to help your body recover. Be sure to choose a yogurt with plenty of live cultures.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Foods That Lower Cholesterol

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High cholesterol is a major health concern for many people. It's been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer's. Thankfully, there are many foods that lower cholesterol while giving your body other great nutrients. Here's our list of foods that help to lower cholesterol.

Whole Grain Cereal
The folic acid in Whole Grain cereal will help to nourish your body and keep your cholesterol levels low. Whole Grain cereal is also a great source of vitamin E, vitamin B6, and is high in fiber. Be sure to choose a cereal that is low in sugar.

Raspberries
Many fruits have properties that can help lower cholesterol, but raspberries are one of the best. They're high in vitamin C and also contain carotenoids and ellagic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant found in many supplements. 

Salmon
Salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which in addition to lowering your cholesterol can improve your brain health and cardiovascular function. Salmon is also great for your skin, low in saturated fat, and an excellent source of protein.

Avocado
The monounsaturated fat in avocados helps to lower your cholesterol by giving you plenty of oleic acid. Avocados are also a source of several major antioxidants and is also chock full of vitamins such as vitamin E, vitamin c, and potassium.

Garlic
Garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol levels by as much as 10-20%. The antioxidants in garlic are also great at fighting off free radicals, and it also happens to be a great source of  vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and manganese.

Pecans
The mono-unsaturated fats in pecans is a great replacement for animal fats. Pecans are also very high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and fiber, as well as antioxidants and heart healthy vitamin E. Eating pecans can also help you to lose weight.

Lentils 
Eating lentil soup or just plain lentils can give your body a healthy dose of soluble fiber as well as folic acid. Lentils contain an incredible amount of other nutrients as well, including vitamins A, C and E, beta carotene, carotenoids and isoflavonoids.

Apples
An apple a day really can help keep the doctor away! Apples are full of soluble fiber and also are a good source of vitamin C, pectin, and many antioxidants.  These things all help your body to to lower LDL and raise HDL levels. 

Corn
Corn is yet another great source of soluble fiber. Corn also contains something called stanol esters, which lower cholesterol and have been linked to preventing certain types of cancers. Be sure to choose a more heart-healthy spread for your corn instead of eating it with butter. 

Grapes
Seeded grapes are a great choice for a snack if you want to lower your cholesterol. They contain ellagic acid and also are a great source of flavonoid compounds such as quercitin, which can protect your body from free radicals in addition to lowering cholesterol.

Spinach
Spinach is full of vitamin A, calcium, iron and provide also provide your body with a good dose of cholesterol lowering soluble fiber as well as selenium, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids. Spinach even contains at least 13 flavanoid compounds, making it the perfect way to end this list of foods that help to lower cholesterol.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Foods that Reduce Uric Acids



Uric Acid is a compound that can cause many problems in the body, including gout. While very low uric acid levels can cause serious health problems, there are many foods that can help to reduce your uric acid levels if they are too high. Here are a few of them.

Water
Keeping your body hydrated with a liquid that contains no calories or caffeine like water is the perfect way to help the uric acid levels in your body low. Drinking lots of water is also a great way to keep your body healthy in general and to get great looking skin.

Swiss Chard
Foods with a high alkaline content like Swiss chard are also a great way to reduce uric acids. Swiss chard is also a wonderful source of antioxidants and is very high in vitamin A and K. If you haven't had Swiss chard before, it's very similar to spinach and can be prepared in many of the same ways.

Basil
Herbs like basil have often been used as a natural remedy to gout thanks to its ability to reduce uric acids. Basil can also inhibit the growth of many harmful bacterias, and is another fantastic way to get your daily dose of vitamin A.

Kale
Kale has a high alkaline content and is low in purine, making it the perfect food to fight off uric acid. Kale contains a massive amount of beta-carotene- seven times the amount broccoli does- and is also a terrific source of vitamin C. Kale plants with smaller leaves are perfect to add to any salad.

Raisins
Raisins are a great way to reduce the uric acid in your body while having a snack. Seeded varieties will be especially helpful. Raisins are also an amazing antioxidant and will help cleanse your body of many other toxins and free radicals. They've even been linked to healthy teeth.

Parsley
Parsley helps to improve the effectiveness of many organs- including your kidneys, which will help to reduce the amount of uric acid in your body. In addition to this, parsley also helps with anemia and digestion and is a great way to get extra calcium.

Brown Rice
Whole wheat products like brown rice are yet another food that can help reduce uric acid levels. Brown rice will also feed your body plenty of fiber, and is an excellent source of selenium and magnesium, as well as many B vitamins. This makes brown rice one of the healthiest foods in the world.

Oregano
Using oregano as a seasoning is an easy way to get a more healthy uric acid level. It also has incredible antioxidant properties and has natural antibacterial properties. Eating oregano regularly can help to strengthen your immune system.

Pumpkin Seeds
Anyone with high uric acid levels in their bloodstream should start snacking on pumpkin seeds! They're a great source of protein and can improve bladder function, lower cholesterol, and are another great source of magnesium.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Best Anti Aging Foods

Just about every adult wants to look and feel younger. The market is flooded with products that claim to do this, but one of the best ways you can fight off aging is with food. Here are some of the best anti aging foods:

Apples
Apples are a great way for your body to get anti aging nutrients. They're full of a soluble fiber called pectin that can help your body detoxify and get rid of waste. Their natural hydrating properties will be great for your skin and will help to give you a youthful complexion.


Pineapple
Pineapple contains a natural enzyme called bromelain that can help your body heal more quickly. Pineapple also aids digestion. Make sure you eat your pineapple raw rather than cooked, since cooking pineapple gets rid of many of the nutrients.

Avocado
Avocado is packed full of some of the best anti aging nutrients you can find in food, including Vitamin C and E, and Omega 3 fatty acids. Avocados can also help lower cholesterol, keeping your body in tip-top shape.

Blueberries
Studies have shown that the antioxidants that blueberries are full of- tannins and anthocyanins- can reverse memory loss and age related mental decline, keeping your mind as sharp as it was when you were younger.

Almonds
Almonds are packed full of vitamin E, which helps to protect your cells from free radicals. If you snack on half a cup of almonds a day, you'll have almost all of your daily recommended value.

Green Tea
The protein and healthy acids in green tea can help to improve your complexion. Green tea has also been shown to help keep your mind sharp and focused. Try waking up with a cup each morning.

Lemons
The vitamin C in lemons will help keep your gums healthy as you grow older. Lemons are also great at cleansing the body and getting rid of toxins, so that you'll look at feel great.

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is full of flavanols, which improve blood flow to the brain. Studies have also shown that flavanols can help to fight off the effects of aging. Make sure that you choose a healthy dark chocolate rather than a less healthy variety.

Zucchini
Zucchini is full of lutein, which has been shown to fight off age-related macular degeneration. Eating healthy food with zucchini like zucchini bread can help keep your eyes healthy and seeing great.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Foods to Eat With a Sore Throat

Whether your throat is irritated from a bad cough, or you have one of the many illnesses that give you a sore throat as a side effect, coping with a sore throat isn't easy. Here are some foods to eat with a sore throat that will give your body the nutrients it needs to fight off illness.

Bananas
A soft, non-acidic fruit like bananas will be gentle on your throat and easy to swallow even when your throat is feeling awful. You'll have the added benefit of all the vitamins bananas contain, like vitamin B6, potassium, and of course, vitamin C.

Milk and Yogurt
Dairy foods like milk and yogurt will coat your throat, soothing it and leaving you feeling much better than before. The calcium in both foods and the healthy bacteria in yogurt will strengthen your body and help it to recover as quickly as it possibly can.

Creamed Soups
A creamy soup will let you take advantage of the throat coating benefits of milk, but will also give you a chance to consume some tasty and nutrient filled vegetables. Try making your soup with anti-oxidant rich foods such as kidney beans or russet potatoes.

Whole Wheat Pasta
Soft pasta is a great thing to eat when you have a sore throat, especially if you coat it in a creamy sauce. Choosing whole wheat pasta will allow you to take advantage of the number of nutrients it contains, including fiber, iron, zinc, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, and E.

Licorice, Ginger, or Honey Tea
Tea is a great way to calm an irritated throat, and a tea made from any of these will really help your throat to feel better. If you're not a fan of tea, ginger is also a great addition to a nice healthy soup, and honey can be delicious in a bowl of oatmeal.

Sage
This herb has been shown to have healing properties when it comes to sore throats. Sage has been used as a medicinal herb throughout history thanks to substance sage contains like flavonoids, phenolic acid,and oxygen handling enzymes. Try adding some to a tea or soup.

Oatmeal
This soft cooked cereal is easy to eat even when you're feeling awful. Make sure to choose an oatmeal that's full of nutrients like fiber. The oats in oatmeal also contain omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. Try adding banana or honey to make it the perfect food to eat with a sore throat.

Boiled Carrots
Carrots are great for a sick body, but they can be tough to get down when your throat is feeling sore. Boiling them will make the carrots soft and easy to eat, but will still allow you to take advantage of the many nutrients carrots possess, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and potassium.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is famous as a food remedy all around the world. A whopping 87% of doctors agree that chicken soup is beneficial. Try filling your soup up with many of the other foods on this list to make a great at home cure. Feel better soon!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Foods that Contain Probiotics



Although bacteria isn't a word that screams "healthy", there are several types of live bacteria that have been shown to both treat and prevent diseases. Called probiotics, these helpful bacteria can be a great addition to any diet. Here is a list of foods that contain probiotics.

Yogurt
If you're familiar with probiotic foods, yogurt is probably the first one you think of. Yogurt is known for the healthy live cultures it contains. However, there are not live cultures in all yogurt. Make sure you carefully check the label before purchasing yogurt.

Tempeh
This vegetarian product is made from fermented soybeans, which means that it is full of good bacteria. Tempeh has the added benefit of being a great source of vitamin B12.

Kombucha
This easy to make fermented tea is another food that contains probiotics. If you have a fermention jar, it is as simple as boiling some tea and adding it to the jar along with water.

Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut, or pickled cabbage, is full of healthy live cultures. It also has all of the health benefits of regular cabbage, such as its stores of vitamins A, C, and E and indoles.

Kimchi
If you're not a fan of sauerkraut, you can try this tasty Korean alternative. Kimchi is also made from fermented cabbage, but generally has a more spicy flavor so that you can get probiotic benefits no matter what sort of food you prefer.

Miso Soup
This delicious and healthy Japanese soup contains a seasoning made from fermented beans and grains. If you're looking for additional nutrition, try a miso soup that also is full of a nutrient-packed sea vegetable.

Brewer's Yeast
Brewer's yeast is chock full of all the nutrients cast off when beer is produced, including the good bacteria. Choose this the next time you're adding yeast to food to make your meal a food that contains probiotics.

Buttermilk
This dairy drink will add more live cultures to your diet. Buttermilk has a very strong flavor, so you may want to add it into a healthy smoothie instead of drinking it plain.

Kefir
This mix of milk and fermented grains is bursting with nutritious probiotics. Kefir also is full of antioxidant properties. Try looking for this drink at your local health food store.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

List of Low Carbohydrate Foods

While there are many good carbohydrates available to eat, too much of one thing in your diet isn't so great. If you're looking to cut your carb intake, this list of low carbohydrate foods will help get you started on a healthy low carb path.

Blackberries
Berries can be a great addition to any low carb diet. They're packed full of nutrients such as vitamins C and E that will keep your body going strong, even without much in the way of carbohydrates. Blackberries are a particularly good choice because they're extremely low in sugar.

Radishes
To consume even one gram of carbohydrate, you'd have to polish off 10 medium radishes! A carb count that low makes them a perfect addition to any list of low carbohydrate foods. Radishes have the added benefit of being a great source of fiber.

Tofu
This meat-free source of protein also boasts a very low carbohydrate count. It's a great way to load up on energy when you're looking to cut carbs. Tofu is also a great source of both calcium and vitamin E., and is cholesterol free. 

Watermelon
Not only is watermelon low in carbohydrates- it also contains something called Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which is similar to beta-carotene. However, watermelon has a lot of sugar, so be careful not to add too much of it to your diet.


Eggplant
Whether you're eating it with a little seasoning or cooking it up in a soup, eggplant is a great addition to any low carb diet. Though cooked and raw eggplant are both great choices, go with raw if you're really looking to cut back on carbohydrates. Eggplant also contains a healthy helping of fiber.


Chicken
Meats low in saturated fat such as chicken are a very healthy way to add protein when you're trying to cut back on carbs. Be sure that you don't bread your meat or serve it with a high-carb sauce when you serve it. Turkey is also a good choice.

Sunflower Seeds
This tasty snack is on our low carbohydrate list not only because it meets the basic criteria, but also because they're a natural source of many nutrients, including vitamin E and phytosterols. They've also been shown to be a great food when you want to detox.

Apples
Like watermelon, apples are a bit high in sugar, but they still boast many benefits. They're a particularly good source of quercetin, which is a powerful antioxidant. Try adding some apple to a low carb muffin recipe to enjoy them for breakfast. 


Carrots
Though most root vegetables are something people on low carbohydrate diets should avoid, carrots are still quite low in carbohydrates. They're also extremely nutritious, with Vitamin A, vitamin K,vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and alpha and beta-carotene.
 

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Foods that Are Natural Diuretics

Natural diuretics help to flush your body of toxins so that your body can more efficiently break down fat. Whether you're looking to cleanse your body, or just trying to lose weight, they can be a good addition to your diet as long as they're used in moderation. Here are a few foods that are natural diuretics that you can try.

Ginger
Ginger, which has been used as a natural remedy for hundreds and hundreds of years, helps to relieve your body of water retention, making it a great natural diuretic. It also is an excellent choice if you're looking for a way to relieve nausea, cramps, morning sickness or even migranes.

Carrots
The beta-carotene in carrots is what gives them their diuretic properties. It helps to clear out waste and fatty deposits by speeding up your body's metabolic rate. Carrots are also a great source of folic acid. To help your body digest carrots more easily, try dipping them in olive oil.

Fennel
Seasoning your food with fennel can help you to take advantage of its diuretic properties. Fennel also contains vitamin A, calcium, phosphorous and potassium. Some other ways to serve fennel are to put it in a salad or to try steaming it with vegetables like zucchini.

Asparagus
Asparagus contains something called asparigine, which helps to remove waste from your body by improving the performance of your kidneys. Asparagus is also high in vitamin K and Folate.

Cucumber
Cucumber is high in a mineral called silica, which is a natural diuretic. Silica also can naturally improve the quality of your skin and hair, making it a perfect choice for a healthier-looking you.

Cranberry Juice
Cranberry Juice is already known as a healing food for its ability to help with Urinary Tract Infections. The reason it is able to cleanse the body in this way is because it works as a natural diuretic. Be sure to buy actual cranberry juice and not just a cranberry juice cocktail.

Broccoli
The incredibly high vitamin C levels in broccoli help to flush waste out of your body by releasing water from your kidneys, as well as speed up your metabolism. Broccoli also contains beta-carotene which means that it offers all of its benefits.

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