Who Needs Superfoods?

“Superfoods” Are For Everyone!

“Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Even People who are healthy can make a few tweaks and impact their life.  Imagine a superfood-not a drug-powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and put you in a better mood?  Also, did I mention no side effects?

You don’t need specific foods for specific ailments.  Incorporating a variety of superfoods will help you maintain your weight, fight disease, live a better quality of life for a longer period of time.

Superfood Blueberries
Superfood Blueberries

20 TOP SUPERFOODS THAT OFFER SUPER HEALTH PROTECTION

  1. Avocado-In addition to excellent fat, they enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients and inhibit inflammatory conditions.  They are high in potassium.
  2. Beans-Loaded with nutrition and taste beans provide B vitamins, Calcium potassium, folate, fiber and protein.
  3. Blueberries-Berries are loaded with vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  Their antioxidant power helps free radicals in check and fight inflammation.
  4. Broccoli-A cruciferous veggie that may reduce risk for diseases such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.
  5. Coconut Oil-Provides a mix of medium-chain fats, including C6, C8, C10 and C12 fats.  It is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral.
  6. Dark Chocolate-70-85% dark chocolate is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.  It also has potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.  Consumed in moderation it a great superfood AND it tastes good.
  7. Fermented Cabbage-Fermenting adds beneficial microbes and help balance intestinal flora and boost your immunity.
  8. Garlic-Contains the compound allicin which has potent medicinal properties, it is highly nutritious and has very few calories.
  9. Kale-High nutritional density of all green leafy vegetables, with essential and non-essential amino acids.  Vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Lutein and zezxanthin for eyesight.
  10. Kiwi-More vitamin C than oranges, loads of fiber to promote cardiovascular and blood sugar support.  Reduces cancer risk, provides bone and connective tissue support and lung health.
  11. Oats-Oats provide fiber, good carbohydrate that helps to stabilize blood sugar, removes bad cholesterol, protects against heart disease and boosts the immune system.
  12. Onions-Another anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer food. They have compounds that protect against cardiovascular disease and neurological dysfunction or decline.  They also help prevent obesity and diabetes by inhibiting enzymes in digestive tract.
  13. Oranges-Reduced risk of cancer, lung an respiratory health.  Oranges are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, provide an immunity boost, fiber, potassium and anti- inflammatory benefits.
  14. Pumpkin-It is a very low calorie vegetable.  It is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
  15. Wild Caught Salmon-Clean fish like salmon, sardines or anchovies once or twice a week may increase your life span by reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.
  16. Spinach-Rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, Vitamin K1(good for veins and arteries), magnesium and folate (good for short term memory)
  17. Sprouts-Concentrated nutrients, essential fatty acids and enzymes.  They also protect against chemical carcinogens.
  18. Tea (green)– A powerful anti-oxidant.  Also helps lower cholesterol and inhibit cancer cell growth.
  19. Yogurt-Organic grass fed milk yogurt provide beneficial bacteria along with protein, calcium, B vitamins and cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  20. Walnuts-One quarter cup of walnuts proved 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, manganese, molybdenum and biotin.

Eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet is a potent preventive strategy and eating more organic foods and healthy fats in your diet are key considerations. 

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Why Is Bone Broth So Beneficial?

Benefits of Bone Broth

My grandmother would think it was unthinkable to waste any part of an animal carcass.  Most cooks mastered the art of simmering cartilage, bones, hooves and skin to produce a hearty broth.  Over time, broth has become a dietary staple for the health conscious and those struggling with digestive and autoimmune diseases.

Bone Broth Preparation
Bone Broth

What Is Bone Broth, Bone Broth and Stock?

Broth is made with meat and bones.  It is typically simmered for a short period of time 45minutes to 2 hours.  It is light in flavor, thin in texture and rich in protein.

Bone Broth is made with bones, typically cooked first and meat removed from the bones except for a small amount.  Bone broth is typically simmered for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24hours).  By adding acid such as vinegar the minerals and nutrients are leached from the bones into the broth.  The bones will crumble when pressed lightly.

Stock is made with bones and a small amount of meat.  Most often cooked previously. Stock is simmered for a moderate amount of time (3 to 4 hours).  To ensure your are getting the best quality both use organically raised, pastured or grass-fed animals.

Nutrients and Amino Acids

If you eat a diet of sugary carbohydrates and processed foods, you increase inflammation in your body.  Amino acids such as glycine, proline and arginine are found in bone broth and all have anti-inflamatory benefits.  Bone broth reduces joint pain and inflammation through minerals that your body can absorb such as chondroitin sulfates, glucosamine and other nutrients that are in the boiled down cartilage.

Consuming bone broth regularly can help support your joints.  It also helps with weight loss through the gelatin that makes you feel full.  In addition the glycine in bone broth has a calming effect, which may help you sleep better.

Here are six major benefits of bone broth.

  1.  Protects Joints
  2. Good for the Gut
  3. Maintains Healthy Skin
  4. Supports Immune System Function
  5. Boosts Detoxification
  6. Aids Metabolism

Bone Broth Nutrition

Bone broth could be called “natures multivitamin.”  It is packed with over 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins).  It is collagen/gelatin, which help form connective tissue.  It provides  nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health.

Did you get that?  Bone broth benefits literally every part of your body, from your gut to your brain, from your muscles to your ligaments.

It is relatively low in calories yet very high in minerals and other chemical compounds that many people are lacking.  Is their any doubt that bone broth makes a great everyday addition to your diet?

Here is another incredible benefit from the collagen found in bone broth:  It can make your skin look amazing!  Donna Gates, author of “Body Ecology,”  says bone broth benefits your skin because it makes it supple and can decrease cellulite!  She says cellulite come from a lack of connective tissue.  Gates explains that consuming collagen-rich bone broth can reduce cellulite and tighten your skin, making you look younger-adding it to the long list of bone broth benefits.

I recommend consuming eight ounces one to two times daily as a soup, a plain beverage or doing a bone broth fast to get all these wonderful bone broth benefits.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

 

 

What Is Green Tea’s Health Benefit?

Health Benefits of Green Tea

What is Green Tea’s biggest benefit?  It’s about the catechin content, Says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist.  Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage.  Green tea is not processed much before it’s poured in your cup, so it’s rich in catechins.

Studies on Green Tea’s Remarkable Benefits

There are many studies that show positive effects of green tea consumption on improved brain function, as well as cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and cancer, particularly prostate cancer are disease that researchers have noted might be suppressed or killed by green tea’s active ingredients.  Studies show a lower risk of atherosclerosis, stomach cancer, bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer all from regular green tea consumption.

A study showed that one-half cup of green tea represents the same antioxidant potential as 2.5 pounds of fresh fruit.

Tea with Lemon
Tea with Lemon

Time, Type and Temperature for Brewing Tea

There are three main varieties of tea-green,black and oolong, how the tea leaves are processed makes all the difference.  Then there is also white tea, which researchers believe have similar health characteristics to green tea. Matcha tea, which means “powdered tea,” is actually green, but have several other differences that set it apart.  While regular green tea involves soaking the leaves, either loose or in a bag and pitching them, matcha green tea is actual leaves ground.

Temperature does make a difference for your tea.

White or green teas (full leaf) 170-185 F or 76-85C. When the water boils, turn off the heat and let the water cool for 30 seconds for white tea 60 seconds before pouring it over the leaves.

Oolongs (full leaf) 185-210F or 85-98C.

Black teas (full leaf) Water must be a rolling boil (212F or 100C).  The most common mistake is to steep black tea with water that is not hot enough, which can prevent the active substances in black tea from developing.

Use the amount of water in proportion to the amount of tea you have added.  For example 5 cups of water for 5 teaspoons of tea.   Drink while it is hot; freshly brewed tea is superior to tea that has been sitting for a few hours.  FYI adding milk can reduce the potency of some of the antioxidants, but adding lemon can boost the benefits.

To make your tea experience more enjoyable here is a device that I love.  It is an electric tea pot that you can control the temperature that it heats to according to the tea you are brewing.  It is the Cusinart Perfect Temp Tea Kettle

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.