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The Benefits of Ginger Root

The Benefits of Ginger Root

10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger

1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices.

2. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.

4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.

5. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence!

6. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger.

7. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil in your bath to help aching muscles and joints.

8. Just had surgery? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea.

9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!

10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Psst…the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties)

3 Ways to Use Ginger
1. Ginger & Herb Rice

Cook basmati rice. When you take the lid off the pan, quickly stir in finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chilies and fresh cilantro leaves—the burst of flavor and fragrance will drive your senses crazy with desire!

2. Ginger In Your Juice

‘Grate’ idea: grate some ginger root and put it in your juicer, along with carrots and apples and a little lemon juice. Totally yummy and, of course, so good for you!

3. Gingery Dessert

Even a smidgen of grated ginger on your vanilla panna cotta or strawberry sorbet can wake up the flavor!

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Don’t forget to stay hydrated no matter what the weather

Don't forget to stay hydrated no matter what the weather

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Food Swap

Food Swap

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The Benefits of Raspberries – text posted from whfoods.com

The Benefits of Raspberries - text posted from whfoods.com

What’s New and Beneficial About Raspberries

One of the most fascinating new areas of raspberry research involves the potential for raspberries to improve management of obesity. Although this research is in its early stages, scientists now know that metabolism in our fat cells can be increased by phytonutrients found in raspberries, especially rheosmin (also called raspberry ketone). By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain types of fat cells, raspberry phytonutrients like rheosmin may be able to decrease risk of obesity as well as risk of fatty liver. In addition to these benefits, rheosmin can decrease activity of a fat-digesting enzyme released by our pancreas called pancreatic lipase. This decrease in enzyme activity may result in less digestion and absorption of fat.
Recent research on organic raspberries has now shown organic raspberries to be significantly higher in total antioxidant capacity than non-organic raspberries. Raspberries in the study were grown on farms in Maryland that had been previously certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A series of tests involving free radical scavenging all provided the same results: organic raspberries outperformed their non-organic counterparts in terms of their antioxidant activity. This greater antioxidant capacity was associated with the greater levels of total phenols and total anthocyanins found in organic versus non-organic raspberries. While there are many good reasons to purchase organic versus non-organic foods of all kinds, this study makes it clear that these reasons specifically hold true for raspberries in a profound way.
You’ll get significantly more antioxidant support by purchasing raspberries that are fully ripe. Recent studies have measured the total phenolic content, total flavonoid content, and anthocyanin content of raspberries harvested at varying stages of ripeness (from 50% to 100% maturity) and greatest overall antioxidant benefits were associated with full ripeness of the berries. Although it’s possible for raspberries to ripen after harvest, this fruit can be highly perishable and can mold quite easily at room temperature. So your most risk-free approach for getting optimal antioxidant benefits from raspberries is to purchase them at full maturity, keep them refrigerated at all times at temperatures between 35-39°F (2°-4°C), and consume them very quickly (within 1 to 2 days after purchase).
Anti-cancer benefits of raspberries have long been attributed to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. In animal studies involving breast, cervical, colon, esophageal, and prostate cancers, raspberry phytonutrients have been shown to play an important role in lowering oxidative stress, reducing inflammation, and thereby altering the development or reproduction of cancer cells. But new research in this area has shown that the anti-cancer benefits of raspberries may extend beyond their basic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory aspects. Phytonutrients in raspberries may also be able to change the signals that are sent to potential or existing cancer cells. In the case of existing cancer cells, phytonutrients like ellagitannins in raspberries may be able to decrease cancer cell numbers by sending signals that encourage the cancer cells to being a cycle of programmed cell death (apoptosis). In the case of potentially but not yet cancerous cells, phytonutrients in raspberries may be able to trigger signals that encourage the non-cancerous cells to remain non-cancerous.

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Cobb Salad!

Cobb Salad!

Use leftover Ham or Turkey from the holidays to create a great tasting Cobb salad! Add guiltless Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing, fresh Veges, Eggs and Avocados and you have a great detox from all of the heavy holiday foods!

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The Many Benefits of Eating Spinach

The Many Benefits of Eating Spinach

Spinach is so versatile. Some of the ways to prepare it is in Stir fry with Garlic, rolled up in pasta, in pesto, blended into soups, it’s also great with cheese. Mixing raw Spinach in your salad adds great taste. Of course simply steaming it and having it with dinner is also wonderful! So be sure to add more spinach to your diet!

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The Health Benefits of Pineapple!

The Health Benefits of Pineapple!

Pineapple helps to build and maintain healthy bones. This is because it contains Manganese, a mineral necessary to build bones and connective tissues.

The Potassium in Pineapple Juice helps you maintain the proper electrolyte balance to prevent muscle cramps & soreness.

Pineapple juice contains Vitamin B6, which helps to promote a healthy immune system and helps your body regulate blood sugar.

Pineapple is a natural diuretic. This means it can help eliminate toxins and also lower blood pressure and prevent weight gain.

Pineapple juice also contains small bits of fiber important for healthy digestion.

Most importantly it tastes great!

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Fresh Veges and Dip Tray

Fresh Veges and Dip Tray

The fresher the better. A simple rule is if your food can go bad, then it’s good for you. Use Greek Yogurt with seasoning to prepare your dips to dramatically cut calories. Don’t think of it just for parties or with meals. Dice and prepare veges early so you can have them available in the fridge when you want to grab a quick snack.

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Health and Well Being

Health and Well Being

It’s a choice you make, a quality of life choice. Not only do you increase your chances of a longer life, but you feel better while living it!

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