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Magnesium’s Magnificent Healing Properties

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Magnesium’s Magnificent Healing Properties

Magnesium is a powerful mineral occurring naturally in our body and that many people are severely lacking. This can have a pretty negative effect since it aids in the function of over 300 different enzymes and biochemical reactions in the body. The best way you can tell if you are deficient is to eat foods that are rich in magnesium or try supplementing and see how you feel. You will likely notice a difference right away. Magnesium rich foods are things like assorted nuts, legumes and green leafy vegetables. Another great way to get your magnesium is a secret that our grandparents knew, to soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts.This allows you to directly absorb it through your skin.

What are just some of the great benefits of magnesium?

It supports bone strength. Half of our magnesium is stored in our bones, so supporting those levels is hugely important for us to maintain healthy bones. Magnesium also helps the transportation of calcium, another mineral in our body that prevents the loss of bone density, especially as we age.

Prevention of type-2 diabetes. Magnesium helps with carbohydrate metabolism and directly influences insulin activity, which controls our blood glucose levels. Studies have shown that for every 100 mg of magnesium we intake, there is a 15% decrease in the direct risk of getting type-2 diabetes.

Digestive support. Magnesium plays a big role in the digestive process because it is a coenzyme in the intestines that assists in the natural production of hydrochloric acid in the gut necessary to break down the food we eat. It’s also great to naturally relieve constipation.

Supports heart health. Magnesium aids in maintaining a normal heart rhythm, strengthening our muscles, especially the heart which is one of our biggest muscles, and aids in rebuilding our blood vessels. It plays a key role in the prevention of an irregular heartbeat, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

Helps with migraines, insomnia and even depression. It has even worked to cure severe psychiatric issues such as panic attacks, anxiety, and even a difficult agitative state. Magnesium not only significantly reduces the severity of all of these conditions, but also lowers their recurrence rate.

Great stress reliever. When we are hit with stress, magnesium can play a key role in relieving it immediately by relaxing the body as part of a natural hormonal response and naturally lowers blood pressure.

Premenstrual symptoms reliever. As a natural muscle relaxer, magnesium also aids in the relief of premenstrual cramps, and acts as a diuretic eliminating fluid retention that causes bloating and breast tenderness.

It’s hard to believe how much this natural mineral can do for us each day. Try adding it to your diet and see how you feel!

How Important Is Consuming Protein?

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How Important Is Consuming Protein?

Everyone knows what protein is, in general, but most people don’t have a deeper concept of just how vital it is to our body. It is so important to consume enough healthy protein in our diet and from a healthy source. Opinions vary, but it is recommended that it is healthy to consume anywhere from 0.5 to 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily. A bodybuilder’s protein intake recommendations may be higher in order to add the desired muscle mass.

So What Are Proteins?

Proteins are the macronutrients that form the foundation of our diet. Proteins help to build new cells and regulate the metabolism. They actually help all of your cells communicate and shuttle oxygen throughout the body in the form of hemoglobin. They also have the ability to build muscle.

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. It is absolutely essential that we consume these daily and in the right way. Our DNA directs the body to join various combinations of amino acids into a variety of sequences, each serving a unique function and feeding our bodies exactly what it needs.

We can store fats and carbohydrates to draw on when needed, but we do not have a storage pool of amino acids. We need to add to it each day in order to build the body proteins that we need. If we are missing a particular amino acid to form the protein it needs, it will pull that amino acid by breaking down existing muscle protein. Consistently lacking certain amino acids means we will lose muscle weight, energy and, eventually, fundamental body functions.

The Main Sources Of Daily Protein:

  • Meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, and fish are complete sources of protein. They contain all of the essential amino acids.
  • Nuts, seeds, beans, peas, and whole grains. However, in order to consume all of the essential amino acids, plant foods must be used to complement each other with their amino acid profiles. Beans tend to be low in one amino acid that grains have plenty of, so combining these foods forms a complete protein, like beans and rice.

Be sure and consume your daily healthy protein and remember that centering on a protein diet promotes energy, healthy muscles and even weight loss!

Is There Such A Thing As A Healthy Fat?

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Is There Such A Thing As A Healthy Fat?

In recent years fat became enemy number one and all the experts preached that a low-fat or zero fat diet was the only healthy diet. They believed this was the key to losing weight, managing cholesterol and basically would solve any and all health issues. What happened was the opposite and our population has never been so obese and riddled with health problems, including soaring numbers of people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Everyone turned to processed foods with very little if any fat and filled with carbohydrates and fillers, to just end up putting on the weight.

As a result of these disastrous results for so many was the new focus to not only make a solid effort not to consume too much fat, but to try to consume a healthy portion of the good types of fat. Diets then emerged like the Atkins diet and the South Beach Diet that are very high in fat and with a definitive protein a focus and yet everyone on these diets started losing weight like crazy. With this new way of eating, the concept of healthy fats has really taken off and all of the great health benefits that go along with it.

So, there is such a thing as a healthy fat! They are essential to our daily physical and emotional health. Fat is not the enemy and can even help you lose weight and improve your health. What gets confusing is that there are good fats and bad fats….oh and trans fats are really bad. They are the biggest cause of weight gain, clogged arteries and so much more.

So what are are some of the good fats?

Monounsaturated Fats:

  • Olive Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Avocados
  • Nuts

Polyunsaturated Fats:

  • Safflower Oil
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Soybean Oil
  • Sunflower, Sesame and Pumpkin Seeds
  • Fatty Fish
  • Soymilk
  • Tofu

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids:

  • Mustard Seeds
  • Flax Seeds and Flax Seed Oil
  • Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Salmon and Sardines
  • Fish Oil

Saturated Fats (but on a limited basis):

  • Beef, Lamb and Pork
  • Chicken (with the skin on)
  • Butter, Milk and Cream
  • Ice Cream
  • Cheese
  • Palm Oil
  • Coconut Oil

Make that special effort to get your healthy fats at each meal and enjoy them guilt free! ( :

A List Of Paleo Foods For Beginners

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A List Of Paleo Foods For Beginners

What is the Paleo Diet? It is eating like they did during the Paleolithic Period, or that’s the idea behind it….imagining what was eaten…WAY back in the day. This means anything we could hunt or find – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. The idea is to focus on protein and vegetables that are from whole and natural sources, plus a little bit of healthy fats and very few carbs.

We all have to start somewhere and sometimes having ideas or a list really helps! On the Paleo Diet you can’t have dairy, grains, starches, wheat or legumes….but what CAN you have? It can be a challenge to make these changes, so here’s some specific ideas on what to put on your shopping list.

Healthy meats of all kinds and fish, plus fruits and veggies are a winner. Everyone knows fruit is healthy but too much is not good for you because many of them are high in sugar, which spikes your blood sugar. So what are the approved fruits and veggies, oils, nuts and seeds? Here’s some great ideas for you….

Suggestions for healthy vegetables:

  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Parsley
  • Eggplant
  • Green Onions

Suggestions for healthy fruits:

  • Apple
  • Bananas (but limited)
  • Avocado
  • Blackberries
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Mango
  • Lychee
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Lime
  • Raspberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Oranges

Suggestions for healthy nuts and seeds:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Pine Nuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Macadamia Nut
  • Walnuts

Suggestions for healthy oils:

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Macadamia Oil

I always love something I can print out and take to the grocery store with me. I hope this helps you follow your new lifestyle changes on the fantastic Paleo Diet!

What Exactly Is Quinoa?

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What Exactly Is Quinoa?

Quinoa is increasingly becoming popular as a health staple in the place of rice and potatoes. The three common types are white, red and black. White is the most common. It has a very mild flavor that makes it easy to incorporate in lots of great recipes. Red is crunchier and has a stronger flavor and needs a longer cooking time. Black is the crunchiest and with that comes the strongest flavor. The quinoa glycemic index is relatively low compared to rice which is relatively high.

It has a unique texture and appearance once cooked.

What are some of the great things quinoa can do for you?

  • Migraine Reliever
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Prevent Gallstones
  • Bone Health
  • Lose Weight
  • Great For Diabetics
  • Easily Prepared
  • It Has Protein!
  • It’s Low Calorie
  • It’s Nutrient Rich
  • Supports Cardiovascular Health

What are the great nutrients in quinoa?

Quinoa contains high amounts of riboflavin, magnesium, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, protein, iron, B vitamins, potassium, zinc, amino acids and calcium. It is much safer for diabetics to consume because it is not likely to spike your blood sugar compared to most simple grains. It is alkaline so it can be eaten to balance out your diet and maintain an alkaline state in the body.

What’s really great is it is very easy to cook, just like rice without the insulin response. Brown some chopped onions, garlic and mushrooms in coconut oil then add the quinoa and lightly fry and season. It’s easy to add chopped cooked veggies to it as well, top it with parmesan, pine nuts, cut up avocado and tomatoes. Yum!!

It used to be that quinoa could only be found in specialty stores, but now you can find anywhere and it’s pre-rinsed and ready to cook.  It can easily be cooked in just 15-20 minutes.

Quinoa is naturally low in calories and contains only around 220 calories per cup. It’s a great diet staple that is healthy, a great source of fiber and is very delicious and filling.

Give it a try! You will love it.

 

Suggestions For Great Protein Filled Snacks

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Suggestions For Great Protein Filled Snacks

Being prepared with a healthy snack on hand is always a great idea. It will help keep you fuller longer, as well as keeping your metabolism burning throughout the day (improving weight loss if desired), and all the while avoiding an eventual energy crash without it. Plus you’ll skip the unhealthy snacks!

Here are 11 great suggestions that are easy to eat at almost any time:

1)  Protein Smoothie. Great for on the go and if you refrigerate them, they are the simplest and easiest way to get everything you need in an instant.

2)  Nuts and Seeds. 1 ounce (a handful) contains approximately 6 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of healthy monounsatured fat. And they are so easy to carry with you!

3)  Quinoa. It cooks up like a grain, yet has the same type of muscle building protein in it similar to meat or eggs. A half a cup uncooked has 12 grams of protein in it, it’s high in potassium and rich in magnesium, iron and vitamin b-6, plus a little healthy fat.

4) Cottage Cheese. A half a cup has approximately 16 grams of protein and it is very low in fat (unlike most cheese). It’s also wonderful to add to fruit to for a chilled sweet snack.

5)  Black beans. These are packed with protein and fiber. A cup has 15 grams of protein and tastes delicious.

6) Beef or Turkey Jerky. This is an old classic and yummy to gnaw on when you’re feeling a lull and needing something to satisfy your taste buds and give you that little protein boost. Just 3 ounces packs with approximately 24-30 grams of protein and talk about an easy snack!

7)  Salmon. It’s easy to eat and is a power protein that is also a top source of the healthy and much needed omega-3 fats lacking in our diets. A 3.5 ounce serving has 22 grams of protein in it.

8) Eggs. One of the world’s perfect foods. 1 egg has approximately 6 grams of protein in it. It’s cooked in a million ways and hard boiling them allows you to easily transport them for a quick protein filled snack.

9)  Oatmeal. A half a cup has about 5 grams of protein in it, a little bit of dietary fiber and iron, plus you can add a healthy fat to it to round it out for your snack. I love putting some healthy fruit on top, especially berries. Avoid the instant packets because they tend to be loaded with sugar.

10) Tuna. It’s an easy and great source of protein with approximately 25 grams per can. There are so many ways to mix up tuna for a delicious snack.

11)  Deli meats. Lunch meat isn’t just for sandwiches; it makes a tasty protein roll-up snack as well. Two slices of deli meat turkey has approximately 7 grams of protein, 2 slices of lean chicken breast has approximately 10 grams, and roast beef about 10 to 12 grams of protein in 2 slices. It’s so easy to make a great snack with these!

Incorporating a healthy protein snack into your day will give you more energy and stamina to keep you going through your busy day! Try it! You’ll be amazed at the changes in how you feel.

Enjoy!

Fabulous Foods With High Fiber Content For Improved Health

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Fabulous Foods With High Fiber Content For Improved Health

What is fiber and why do we need it in our diet? Fiber is the part in our foods we eat that the body cannot digest or absorb. It is found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes. It has a long list of health benefits, and a major one is it can significantly decrease the risk of heart disease. It also greatly aids in our digestive health.

There are two types of fiber, insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber is found in whole-wheat flour products, wheat bran, nuts and vegetables. It helps to increase your stool bulk and promotes the movement of your food through your digestive system. Soluble fiber is found in peas, carrots, oats, beans, apples and citrus fruits. This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance. It helps your body to slow down the absorption of food components, so you can retain more nutrients.

What are some delicious and easy foods that are high in fiber?

  • Almonds
  • Black beans
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Broccoli
  • Walnuts
  • Avocado
  • Pears
  • Lentils
  • Mango
  • Apples
  • Oatmeal
  • Raisins
  • Barley
  • Pumpkin
  • Blackberries
  • Okra
  • Artichoke
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach

New information is now showing that a diet high in fiber may actually help to slow the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes, mainly by enhancing insulin sensitivity. This actually isn’t because of the fiber content, it is because foods high in fiber tend to be a major source of important micronutrients. When you’re choosing high fiber foods, focus on whole plant foods like from the list above, not fiber pills or supplements to achieve this added benefit.

Who knew that something we can’t even digest is so good for us!