This is a different post, isn’t it? Since when have I written about food, or advantages of eating healthy. Although I dearly love food, I believe I have never expressed that on the blog here. Goes to show that there is something new to share after two years of blogging! Onto this Top Ten Tuesday which has been in the making for a long time. It is about the Top ten things in your kitchen that can make you healthier and happier. It is almost a lifestyle post, and I think that consciously caring about your well-being takes little time but brings huge rewards.
Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. Curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases. Curcumin leads to various improvements that should lower your risk of heart disease. Turmeric can help prevent (and perhaps even treat) cancer.
Coconut oil contains fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties. populations that eat a lot of coconut oil are healthy. coconut oil can help you burn more fat. Coconut oil can kill harmful microorganisms. Coconut oil can reduce your hunger, helping you eat less. the fatty acids in coconut oil are turned into ketones, which can reduce seizures. Coconut oil can improve blood cholesterol levels. coconut oil can protect hair against damage, moisturize skin, and function as sunscreen. The fatty acids in coconut oil can boost brain function in Alzheimer’s patients. Coconut oil can help you lose fat, especially the harmful abdominal fat.
Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are a rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C. It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids. Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose, and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack. Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable for health conscious people.
Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.Dates are excellent for alcoholic intoxication. Cures abdominal cancer.
- Dark chocolate
Are you among those people who love chocolates but are overcome by guilt even after having a small bar? (Basically 99% of the human population over the age of 12!) Here’s some SWEET news for you! Chocolate Reduces risk of diabetes by 31%. Chocolate Decreases risk of strokes by 20%. 40 cups of cocoa a week enhance your blood flow. Chocolate boosts your working memory speed by 30%. Chocolate lowers risk of calcified plaque in the arteries by 32%. About 45 grams of chocolates keep exhaustion at bay.
Natural, unsalted almonds are a tasty and nutritious snack with plenty of health benefits. Eating about 23 almonds a day is an easy way to incorporate many crucial nutrients into your diet. Almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Additionally, almonds are a significant source of protein and fiber, while being naturally low in sugar. One 23-almond serving packs 13 grams of healthy unsaturated fats, 1 gram of saturated fat and no cholesterol or salt. Of all tree nuts, almonds rank highest in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin content by weight. There are 160 calories in 23 almonds. While many of these calories come from fat, it is primarily the healthy unsaturated fats and not the unhealthy saturated kind.
According to the FDA, eating 1.5 ounces a day of most nuts, like almonds, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Almonds are rich in magnesium, which is critical in preventing heart attacks and hypertension.Nuts, like almonds, are also beneficial for maintaining a healthy weight. Almonds may also promote gastrointestinal health and even combat diabetes. The high fiber content of almonds gives them prebiotic properties, which contributes to health in the gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotics are non-digestible food substances, which serve as food for the good bacteria in the intestinal tract and help maintain a healthy balance.
- Carom Seeds(Ajwain)
Carom is a prominent Indian herb that, apart from being used in cooking, comes loaded with many health benefits. Check out these unbeatable benefits you must have carom every day. Cures acidity, Treats constipation: carom seeds when consumed with lukewarm water help in treating constipation. Relieves asthma: a concoction of carom seeds helps in expelling mucus from the body and eases the condition of acute asthmatic patients. When consumed with jaggery, it effectively treats bronchitis. Subsides renal pain: the concoction of carom seeds helps in subsiding renal pains that may be due to an infection in kidneys or even liver. Eases a toothache: mix 1 teaspoon of carom oil with equal amount of clove oil. Floss your teeth and gums with this mixture to cure mouth odor, tooth ache or decaying.Treats skin ailments: make a paste of carom seeds apply over skin eruption, pimples, boils. This paste can even render relief to eczema patients. Regulates PMS: soak carom seeds overnight and grind finely. Drink this to regulate scanty or excessive flow during PMS. Lightens facial scars: mix carom seeds powder with curd to be applied over acne scars. Follow this remedy consistently for 10 days and scars will start getting lighter.
Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don’t. Read about several foods that are considered super, what health benefits they offer, and how to fit them into your diet.
Full of fiber, oats are a rich source of magnesium, potassium, and phytonutrients. They contain a special type of fiber that helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Magnesium works to regulate blood-sugar levels, and research suggests that eating whole-grain oats may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- BLACK BEANS
A cup of black beans packs 15 grams of protein, with none of the artery-clogging saturated fat found in meat. Plus, they’re full of heart-healthy fiber, antioxidants, and energy-boosting iron.
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli contain phytonutrients that may suppress the growth of tumors and reduce cancer risk. One cup of this veggie powerhouse will supply you with your daily dose of immunity-boosting vitamin C and a large percentage of folic acid.
They contain lycopene, an antioxidant rarely found in other foods. Studies suggest that it could protect the skin against harmful UV rays, prevent certain cancers, and lower cholesterol. Plus, tomatoes contain high amounts of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.
Share with me if you know of some more superhero things that are right in our kitchen that help us with living healthy and strong.