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!
The Soy Debate – Is It Good For You Or Not?
The soy controversy is highly debated these days among nutritionists. On the one hand, soy has become extremely popular, and on the other hand, the potential health risks have also become widely recognized. So, is it healthy or not so healthy to consume soy products?
The known benefits to soy:
- It can be prepared in many different ways as an alternative to meat products.
- It’s a source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
- Soy milk is a common alternative to cow’s milk for people who are lactose sensitive or lactose intolerant.
- Some studies have shown that consuming soy is helpful in increasing HDL (our good cholesterol) and possibly it has antioxidants that protect an increase in our LDL levels (the bad cholesterol).
- Even more recently, there have been some studies done on the isoflavones found in soy. Their estrogen like properties can support bone strength and improve the symptoms of women going through menopause.
The potential health risks to soy:
- Soy that is grown in America is genetically modified and usually not labeled as such.
- There are recent studies showing that soy contains phytoestrogens. If you consume too much soy in your diet you can actually produce too much estrogen in the body, which is especially unhealthy for young children and males. In women, this can lead to an increased chance of developing breast cancer or uterine fibroids.
- Soy phytoestrogens can also cause thyroid disease and an increased risk of autoimmune disease, especially in babies or young children. It’s a very popular alternative formula for infants when they can’t tolerate regular cow’s milk products.
- Many of the meat replacement soy products, such as soy burgers, are highly processed containing unnatural toxins and can contain high levels of unhealthy preservatives and high levels of sodium.
- Some people have an allergic reaction to soy and don’t feel well after consuming it or even develop hives or general itching. You may not realize it is the culprit because soy is hidden in a lot of processed foods.
The best you can do is educate yourself so you can make your own informed decision on whether or not soy is good for you and your family. If you do choose to consume soy, edamame is a good choice because it is not processed, as well as fermented tofu.
The Highest Foods In Fiber
We all need our roughage and here is a great list of high fiber foods to incorporate into your diet. But first, why do we need fiber in the first place? It is an essential nutrient that we all need for the proper digestion of our foods. We also need it for the general function of our intestinal and digestive tract and it also helps us feel full (aiding in weight loss)! Without it we will ultimately end up constipated, develop hemorrhoids, possibly elevated cholesterol levels and even elevated sugar levels in the blood. None of these are good or fun to deal with. Too much fiber is not a good thing either, causing diarrhea, possible dehydration and even a bowel obstruction.
When you are adding more fiber to your diet, you need to be mindful of adding more fluids as well….so be sure and drink lots of water! This is good for you anyway, but essential in a high fiber diet.
Here is a short list of some great high fiber foods to think of adding each day:
- Raw Cabbage
- Nuts and seeds
- All kinds of berries
- Leafy greens
- Beans and legumes
- Different types of squash
- Brussel sprouts
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Bran Flakes
These are all everyday easy high fiber foods and by adding in enough to your diet will create a happier you ( :
Have You Had Your Coconut Oil Today?
Coconut oil is an amazing oil. Here are just a few things it can do:
- – promotes great heart health
- – promotes weight loss
- – promotes the immune system
- – promotes a healthy metabolism
- – promotes a great energy source
- – promotes skin health and youth
- – promotes healthy thyroid function
Not all saturated fats are created equally. There are those created “naturally” and those man made or artificially manipulated into a saturated state through a process called hydrogenation. This is a process of adding hydrogen atoms to vegetable and seed oils while heating it, which produces a rancid and thickened oil that only enhances the shelf life of the product it becomes a part of. These become trans fats and these are not healthy for you.
Most nutritional experts agree that these types of trans fats should be avoided, but somehow in the process ALL saturated fats got a bad rap. This is not true though, there are healthy fats and very unhealthy fats and even healthy fats become unhealthy if you cook them at a high heat.
Coconut oil has a unique ingredient called lauric acid, which is 50% of the fat content in coconut oil and is rarely found in nature. Lauric acid is converted into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Wow!
Coconut oil is also one of the FEW oils that stays healthy while cooking it at a HIGH heat. Add it to a smoothie, cook your pancakes and french toast with it, add it to your quinoa recipes to make them delicious….even use it as a moisturizer!
The possibilities are endless! Enjoy and be healthy ( :