Looking to strengthen your hair naturally? Could you locks use a bit more luster and glow? Unhealthy hair can be a result of many things including stress, mineral deficiencies, lack of usable protein, poor circulation, recent illness, and liver malfunction. It can also be a result of an unhealthy diet. Try including foods like flax seeds, carrots, apples, coconuts, onions, and fresh fish in your diet. Drink organic green tea and white tea and stay hydrated with lots of water. You can always make your own hair treatments using ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, and milk to give your locks more shine.
Have you ever looked down at your hands and noticed funny white spots on your nails? Are the tips of your fingers rough with tiny blisters? Did you know that these are classic signs of having a zinc deficiency? Frequent colds, infections, lack of appetite, impaired taste, and even depression can also signify a zinc deficiency. Zinc is important because it helps to balance our blood sugar levels, stabilize our metabolic rate, and helps to keep our immune system strong. To increase your intake of zinc, try eating foods like pumpkin seeds, chard, spinach, asparagus, yogurt, collard greens, broccoli, and sesame seeds. They are great sources of zinc and they taste great!
Pineapples are a delicious fruit that have long been used for healing purposes. The flesh of a pineapple has been shown to aid in digestion and help reduce the risk of blood clots. Pineapple is also a great source of vitamin C and ferulic acid which helps prevent cancer. Did you know that the bromelain in pineapple can act as a meat tenderizer? Add some the next time you marinate a steak! Yummy.
Did you know that tasty asparagus is loaded with beneficial nutrients that can help us live a long and healthy life? It is packed with vitamin A, potassium, and folate which have been shown to help prevent cancer. Studies have also shown that asparagus is effective in preventing kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Asparagus is loaded with nutrients like vitamin A, C, and K. It’s also full of folate, B vitamins, dietary fiber, manganese, and iron. Asparagus is a good food for promoting a healthy heart, good digestion, and strong bones. Asparagus is also very high in glutathione which is an amino acid compound that has potent antioxidant properties. Be sure to include this tasty veggie in your diet!
It’s no secret that our bodies need a variety of nutrients in order for us to think and function properly. Potassium is one such nutrient, responsible for helping us maintain a healthy nervous system and regular heart rhythm. It is also important for promoting healthy blood pressure and it works with sodium to control the body’s water balance. You can get potassium from foods such as apricots, whole grains, avocados, nuts, dates, figs, and butternut squash. It is also found in Swiss chard, spinach, celery, broccoli, beets, and papayas. I love to get my potassium from coconut water (something I drink every single morning). Just remember, it’s like I always say, “too much of a good thing isn’t always wonderful”. Don’t overdo it on the potassium, especially if you are taking supplements. Consult your local natural health practitioner for more information on how much is right for you.
Our body needs many different types of vitamins and minerals to perform at an optimal level. Vitamin E is one such vitamin. Research shows that 93 percent of Americans are not getting enough of this vitamin. It serves as an antioxidant that decreases the damage created by free-radicals while protecting the heart, blood vessels, and tissues of the breasts, liver, eyes, and skin. It also provides protection against prostate cancer. Some good whole-food sources of Vitamin E would be wheat germ oil, raw almonds, and sweet potatoes. You can also get it from legumes, whole grains, brown rice, and dark leafy veggies.
Did you know that an estimated 44 percent of Americans are not getting enough vitamin A? This is an important vitamin responsible for helping prevent cancer and heart disease. It is also beneficial for eye health and helps in the formation of strong bones and teeth. We need vitamin A to help keep our immune system strong to fight off colds and flu. Be sure you are getting enough vitamin A in your diet by eating foods like cantaloupe, carrots, spinach, mangos, peaches. You can also get it from eating Swiss chard, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, collard greens, and winter squash.
It doesn’t matter how many fancy cleansers or lotions you slather on your skin. If you aren’t paying attention to what you are putting in your mouth, no amount of astringent or face masks will zap your zits for good! If you want to clear up your skin, start by drinking plenty of water (at least 6-8 glasses everyday) to help flush the toxins out of your body. In addition to drinking water, it’s important to include fiber in your diet to help keep your intestinal tract regular. It’s been shown that people who suffer from constipation tend to have troubled skin and lots of breakouts. Try including fiber rich foods in your diet including apples, artichokes, grapfruits, whole-grains, and raw nuts. In addition to fiber, eat foods that are loaded with free-radical busting antioxidants such as blueberries, pomegranates, and sweet potatoes. Reduce foods that can clog your pores such as red meat, dairy, fried foods, and processed foods.
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Mama always told us to eat our vegetables so we could grow big and strong! The only problem is that Mama may have been overcooking them, feeding us slimy spinach void of nutrients. Yuck! Steaming your veggies is a great way to softly cook them without destroying the nutrients. To really maximize the health benefits of eating fresh vegetables, try eating them raw. If you suffer from digestive issues and can’t handle raw food, try chopping up the vegetables and chewing them thoroughly. If you own a juicer, have fun creating different juices to sip on during the day. Juicing is a great way to easily digest the nutrients from both fruits and vegetables. I love to blend kale, celery, spinach, and apples together.
Fiber is important to keep your digestive system healthy. Here are some quick tips to add more to your daily diet! For breakfast, add organic berries or raw almonds to a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal. You could also eat an organic apple, orange, kiwifruit, or grapefruit, full of beneficial fiber. At lunch, add some pinto beans, chia seeds, garbanzo beans, or raw almonds to your salad! If you are a sandwich eater, switch to a whole-grain bread. Fiber and water work together to stimulate the colon so be sure to drink plenty of water as you add more fiber to your daily diet!