Food as Medicine, health tips from Attitude to Food
Food as Medicine | Reasons to Eat Garlic
Mmmmm gotta love garlic! Not only does it transform the flavour of meals, it’s also a fine example of how food can be medicine with it’s antiviral, antibacterial and antibacterial properties. Yup, add a clove or two to your meals on a regular basis and you’ll be giving your immune system a little gentle boost, effortlessly.
Regular inclusion of garlic in your recipes has been linked with:
:: Improves cholesterol levels
:: Lowers blood pressure and reducing clot formation, which reduces the risk heart attack/strokes
:: Reduces respiratory infections
:: Minimizes symptoms of colds and flu
:: Reduces fungal or yeast infections
We get the herb’s full potential when we eat it raw, in hummous for instance, because allicin, the active component forms when it has contact with the air. It’s worth noting too that the antibiototic properties are lost when we cook it. …a perfect example of proactive health insurance …why wait to get sick?!
Health Tip | Eczema
Eczema affects millions of people worldwide and causes and food can be medicine so diet can have a significant effect on eradicating it.
Tip: Clean up your liver …skin is the biggest organ in the body. What the liver can’t handle the skin gets to deal with, so one of the first things to do is to maximize liver function.
Eat liver friendly foods like beets/beetroot, artichokes, celery and green vegetables like kale, spinach broccoli, watercress…
Health Tip | Cholesterol
Cholesterol is produced by the liver and it's needed by every cell in the body. Too much of it though, can lead to life threatening health conditions such as heart attacks and stokes.
We can't change how much our liver produces, but we can change our diets and make sensible choices re which foods we put on our plates.
Choosing which fats we eat makes a major difference so minimise or leave out altogether if you can, saturated and transfats and instead focus on inclusion of omega oils found in fish, flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, avocados, and their oils in your diet...
Health Tip | High Blood Pressure
Optimal blood pressure is 120/80 ...and 150/100 is considered high so if you're concerned about yours, your diet plays a huge impact on keeping your arteries healthy.
Research shows that eating foods rich in potassium and magnesium has been proven to reduce blood pressure so include bananas, good quality chocolate, green vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, apricots and figs, tomato puree and celery in your shopping basket every week.
Health Tip | Asthma
Asthma is a condition that affects the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. Symptoms include breathing problems that may result in shortness of breath and tightness in the chest through to wheezing and coughing.
Not at all pleasant for the sufferer and at worst, life threatening, food can play a helpful role in managing and minimizing attacks.
Magnesium is a relaxant so increasing our intake of foods that are rich in this mineral, which many of us are deficient in, can be very helpful as it helps the airways to relax.
These include green vegetables; think broccoli, spinach, kale for example ...along with good quality chocolate, honey, apricots and figs, tomato puree, avocados, whole grains, almonds, seeds and bananas...
Sick and tired of being sick and tired? ...maybe it's time to get a new Attitude to Food
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