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Best Food to Eat for Good Health
The Best Food to Eat for Brain Function
Your body needs a correct balance of Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils to function properly. They will help keep heart and joints healthy and are good for brain function too. Good for PMT. Take an oil blend such as Udo's Choice. It is organic, vegetarian and gluten-free. One spoon a day.
Broccoli is jam packed with vitamins and minerals. For example it has more vitamin C than oranges. Eat it raw chopped up in a salad.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Full of antioxidants. Used by many for cancer prevention. Mix a little in your rice or savory sauces.
Noni Juice to Repair Your Cells
Noni juice is taken by many as an effective healer. It is said to work by repairing the body at a cellular level and so is beneficial for all systems. Granovita do a great one. It is 100% organic juice. Also, Tahitian Noni Juice is of a very high standard. That's the bottle with the man on the front blowing the shell. Take a tablespoon a day. I have seen the results of people taking this juice and it is amazing.
Juices to Keep You Young
Fruit juices such as Goji and Mangosteen are very high in antioxidants and therefore slow down the aging of tissue. This juice has a great taste, a real treat.
Tofu or soybean curd is abundant in phytoestrogens, plant chemicals said to be able to cause cancerous cells in the prostate to return to normal.
To help prevent bacterial or fungal infection take garlic. Also helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
When seeds are sprouting, their stored nutrients become more available and easier to absorb. Alfalfa is said to have one of the highest concentrations of nutrients among sprouting seeds, being high in protein, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
Soak the seeds in water for a couple of hours, drain, place in a jar away from direct sunlight. Rinse twice daily. In a few days they should be ready to eat. Best eaten raw on salad.
As fiber passes through your digestive system it binds with carcinogenic compounds and carries these out of your body.
Dietary fiber also holds water in the bowel and so aids bowel movement.
A rich source of fiber is flaxseed. Mix a spoon of ground flaxseed into soups, sauces, cereals, etc. To maintain the nutritional value of the seed it is best kept it in the fridge.
The Best Food to Eat for Prostate Health
A key to prostate health is keeping the inflammation down. Saw palmetto and Pumpkin seed oil both help to shrink swollen prostate tissue.
Resveratrol, a phytochemical well known as a cancer preventer is also an anti-inflammatory. Lycopene, the carotenoid nutrient that gives tomatoes their red colour has been shown to slow the growth of tumors. Look out for the goji superfruit juice made by Optima, as it contains both these nutrients.
To help prevent an infection in the prostate take cranberries, as they are a natural anti-bacterial. They also have a deodorizing effect on urine.
Herbs for PMT
Agnus Castus, also known as Chaste Berry or Vitex is a female hormone balancer used by many for premenstrual tension. For best results take first thing in the morning.
Be wary of starting a diet that is unsustainable. If you deny yourself too much you may create uncontrollable cravings, leading to binging. You may lose weight in the short term, but put it back on later with interest.
The secret is to fill your kitchen with the right type of food and enjoy it. Lots of fresh fruit and veg. Don't make food an issue. Eat regularly, every two hours even if it is only something small, as this will keep your metabolism running, which will help burn up all the calories. Listen to your stomach. Eat when you are hungry. Don't deny yourself a sweet after you have a meal, but keep the in between meals snack to something healthy like a fruit juice.
Many find it helpful to use a half size plate for their meals and avoid seconds. Don't forget, it is not the last meal you will ever eat and you can have a healthy snack in a couple of hours.
Reduce your milk, cheese, eggs and meat intake and increase beans and nuts for protein. Make sure you take a supplement containing vitamins B2, B6, B12, D, folic acid, iodine and selenium if you are cutting out the meat and dairy. The Vegan Society do a supplement.
Have one day a week when you eat whatever you fancy. Above all, be happy with your body.
Things to Avoid
Avoid buying food with sugar as an ingredient unless it is a sweet. You can always sweeten your food with agave nectar or honey.
Avoid foods with unknown E numbers and unknown ingredients. Find out what they are and what they do to your body.
Avoid processed food as much as possible. Some processes alter the make up of the food, which could make it damaging to the body.
Unfiltered tap water. Buy a Brita filter and keep it in the fridge.