Health benefits of blueberries
Blueberries are very low in calories. 100 g fresh berries provide only 57 calories. However, they possess notable health benefiting plant-nutrients such as soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards optimum health and wellness.
Blueberries are among the highest anti-oxidant value fruits. The ORAC value of 100 g fresh blueberry is 5562 TE (Trolex equivalents). Their antioxidant value largely derived from poly-phenolic anthocyanidin compounds such as chlorogenic acid, tannins, myricetin, quercetin and kaempferol.
In addition, these berries have other flavonoid anti-oxidants such as carotene-β, lutein and zea-xanthin.
Altogether, the phyto-chemical compounds in the blueberry help rid off harmful oxygen-derived free radicals from the body, and thereby, protect the human body against cancers, aging, degenerative diseases, and infections.
Further, research studies suggest that chlorogenic acid in these berries help lower blood sugar levels and control blood-glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus condition.
Fresh berries contain a small amount of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E. Altogether these vitamins work as potent anti-oxidants, which help limit free radical mediated injury to the body.
The berries also contain a small amount of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
Furthermore, they contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation
Once you have read this (10 DISGUSTING FACTS ABOUT FAST FOOD) it is unlikely that you would want to go to eat at a fast food restaurant again. These unbelievable though 100% true facts are good enough to stop me from going to such places.
- This is actually among one of the worst facts about fast food. The average fast food consumer consumes 12 public hairs in any given year.
- Bacteriophages have been given approval by the FDA to be used on processed food like hot dogs, cutlet, lunch meat etc.
- The cheese available to you In the market that is labeled as processed is just half of what you want (the product) while the rest of the product is additives, chemicals and flavoring that has nothing to do with the product.
- FDA has given approval for an average of 30 insect fragments that includes rodent hair per 100 grams of peanut butter.
- Shellac a product used to give improved shining to the wood and furniture could be a member in your stomach, since it is also used for food product.
- Salad is considered to be the healthiest option among fast food patron, but very little is known about its packing in an antifreeze compound, Propylene Glycerol that is known to cause eye and skin irritation.
- You must not have noticed that that the chicken items listed in the fast food chains contains beefs additives, that is been mentioned as an essence or an extract and is used to improve the flavor and change its health or nutritional stats.
- Every can of coke you consume has a lot of sugar in it, around 10 teaspoon of sugar, which is hell more than your body would want daily. It is just because of an additive phosphoric acid which lowers the level of sugar that you don’t puke out automatically after having the can.
- MacDonald itself uses a bizarre blend of 50 chemicals like those of ethyl acetate, phenethyl alcohol and solvent to match the taste of real strawberry.
- Chicken is the worst of all! It is obtained as slurry of pink paste by a chemical procedure, causing extreme bacterial growth, so it has to be cleaned in ammonia and then have to be added with essence that is more chemicals. Furthermore it is dyed to get the exact color. So just think what you are buying isn’t worth consuming, and think before ordering some chicken nuggets mate.
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Other fruits containing significant amounts of malic acid: watermelon, pineapple, apricots, lemons, grapes, prickly pears, mangoes, kiwi fruits, and strawberries.
The top Five Superfoods
*Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. This energy tonic contains vitamins A, B12, C, and E, the minerals sulfur, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and chromium, as well as antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, enzymes, sterols, lignins, essential fatty acids and is naturally rich in polysaccharides. The polysaccharides that are available in aloe have a particular lubricating effect on joints, brain and nervous system and the skin. They allow our immune system to fight back chronic viral, nanobacteria, and fungal infections.
*Spirulina is anywhere from 62-71 percent essential amino acids. It contains beta carotene. It also contains chlorophyll, , and vitamin B12. It is actually the richest source of vitamin B12. B12 is important for healthy tissues, energy, and nerves…especially for strict vegetarians.
*Barley Grass has high anti-oxidant properties and significant levels of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, necessary for healthy cell wall development and brain function. Barley grass is also an alkaline food and helps keep the pH of the bloodstream at a normal healthy level.
*Coconut oil helps to balance hormones, stabilize blood sugar levels and boost the cellular healing process. It is also known to stimulate the thyroid and reduce stress on the liver and pancreas. This increases metabolism and helps us burn fat more effectively. Additionally, coconut oil increases our energy levels due to its very clean and easy digestive process.
*Chia-Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and much more ♥
Nectarines will be in season shortly. They make a tasty treat but also provide beneficial nutrients including:
Beta-carotene - enables your body to produce Vitamin A
Vitamin C - provides protection from pollutants and toxins
Lutein - supports healthy eyes and skin
One cup of nectarines also provides small amounts of fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, folic acid and Vitamin K.
As a follow up to my post earlier regarding gluten and lactose intolerance, an allergy and intolerance are two separate issues altogether. Those who are lactose intolerant are not producing the enzyme lactase to break down the lactose found in the milk.
But in order to not produce lactase, some inflammation or irritation causes the villi that produces lactase to stop production. Most of the time, this can be stemmed back to gluten, or wheat, etc. But intolerance can mean that it has irritated some part of your body enough to stop it from doing what it is meant to do. #naturalhealth #natural #health #fit #FitThroughFoods #healthy #lifestyle #fitspo #crossfit #getfit #nutrition #fitspiration #eatclean #diet #good #food #cleaneating #wellness #organic #glutenfree #gf #gmo #paleo #detox
It’s late, you’re excited to get some sleep when all hell breaks loose. Your mouth is dry, your brain’s running a mile a minute, and you can’t get comfortable. You’re having trouble sleeping and here’s a few life hacks to help:
- Set up a routine or bed time ritual. Have you ever noticed that guardians go through the same notions when putting their kids to bed? For example: Bath time, jammies, story, sleep. This repetition of events let’s your brain know it’s time to wind down. Come up with your own bed time ritual! Make sure it’s soothing, low energy, and something you can do every night. (Some soothing activities that you might look into: Drinking a cup of warm milk, yoga, playing classical or soft music [aim for things without a fast tempo or words], taking a warm bath or shower, light a few candles, meditation, a call to your parents or significant other, cuddling with a pet, getting into your pajamas, journaling.)
- Avoid drinking anything caffeinated before bed. This includes sodas, coffees, and energy drinks. Caffeine helps your brain clock in overtime. Your mind screams, “PARTY” as your sleepy body craves sleep. Put down the Starbucks at least a few hours before it’s time to hit the hay.
- Your bed, as many people say jokingly, is one of your best friends. We never want to leave it! And that’s a major problem. The activity you use your bed for should be limited to what you traditionally think of as “bed activities.” Don’t study in your bed or spend time in it while you’re awake if you don’t have to. Using your bed for sleeping will help your brain begin to associate it with rest instead of the other 10,000 things you could be doing there.
- Also, take the time to make your bed in the morning. By making your bed, turning down the covers at night becomes a part of your ritual. It signifies the end of yesterday and starting fresh- don’t sleep on past problems.
- One of the major characteristics of insomnia is the overactive mind. Keep a pen and paper by your bed so you’re prepared when inspiration strikes. Instead of dwelling on how great your ideas are, write them down, let them go, and deal with them in the morning.
- The time you go to sleep at night is important and a part of your ritual. Have you ever noticed how exhausted everyone is on Mondays? It’s because the weekend is the time to “catch up” on sleep for many people. What most don’t know is that you can’t make up on lost sleep. That’s like not eating for seven days and then eating a week’s worth of food in one day to try and compensate. Your body needs sleep and it’s recommended you keep the same bed time and wake-up time every day. Trying to catch up on sleep throws your body’s schedule off; That’s why Mondays hurt so badly.
- When it comes to food and sleeping you’ve got to get it just right. Going to sleep on a full stomach can cause indigestion, heartburn, nightmares, and flat out insomnia. But nothing says, “WAKE UP” like a growling stomach either. Eat enough throughout your day and try to give yourself an hour or more between a meal and sleep. If you’re hungry, a light snack before your bedtime ritual should be fine.
- If worse comes to worst and sleep is simply not in the cards, you might want to seek professional help. Persistant insomnia can be more than just annoying and some people can benefit from a therapist or doctor’s intervention.