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natural health nut!

natural health nut!

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natural ways to healthy body, soul and mind!
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OnionsAll members of the onion family; garlic, shallots, leeks, spring onions and chives contain flavanoidsand allium compounds which help to fight cancer. They also help to reduce colestrol and clotting of the blood which helps reduce blood pressure. The risk of heart disease and strokes can be reducedby eating onions. Eat them raw to really benefit from their good properties.CabbagesBroccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are all types of cabbage which are high in insoluble fibre,helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer. They also contain plenty of antioxidants and isothiocy-anates which counteract cancer causing properties. Also rich in iron, vitamin C and beta-carotene,these are great miracle foods.ApplesPacked full of antioxidants, especially vitamin C for healthy skin and gums - one apple provides aquarter of your daily requirement of vitamin C. Apples also contain a form of soluble fibre calledpectin that can help to lower blood cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system healthy. Anapple is also a carbohydrate with a low glycaemic index (GI) type. Low GI foods are digestedslowly; once they are finally broken down in the intestine they are gradually absorbed into the blood-streams as glucose, causing a gradual rise in blood sugar levels. They may help with weight con-trol, as well as improving diabetics' long-term control of blood sugar levels.Baked beansThe humble baked bean is a nutritional powerhouse of protein, fibre, iron and calcium. It containscarbohydrate that, like that in apples, is of the low GI variety. The tomato sauce covering bakedbeans is also a good source of lycopene, another powerful antioxidant shown to help prevent heartdisease and prostate cancer. The insoluble fibre in baked beans is not digested but moves into thelarge intestine, or colon, where bacteria act on it and produce short-chain fatty acids. These fattyacids are thought to nourish the colon lining and protect it from carcinogenic (cancer-causing) invad-ers.BroccoliJust two florets - raw or lightly cooked - count as a veggie portion. Not only does broccoli containantioxidants including vitamin C but it's a particularly good source of folate (naturally occuring folicacid). Increasing your intake of folic acid is thought to be of major benefit in preventing heart dis-ease. Broccoli also contains an antioxidant called lutein that can delay the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This affects 10 per cent of people over 60 and is a major cause of impaired vision and blindness. Finally, broccoli also contains a phytochemical calledsulphoraphane that has specific anti-cancer properties.Brazil nutsAll nuts are generally full of essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. Recent studies suggest that eat-ing a small handful of nuts four times a week can help reduce heart disease and satisfy food crav-ings. Brazil nuts are one of the few good sources of selenium that may help protect against cancer,depression and Alzheimer's disease.Carrots2 carrots every other day provide enough beta carotene to reduce strokerisk by half for men who already have symptoms of heart disease.
SpinachContains vitamins A and C, folic acid and magnesium which help control cancer, reduces heart dis-ease and stroke risk, blocks free radicals and may help prevent osteoporosis.Chilli PeppersThe heat source in chilis, capsaicin, is an antioxidant. Contains blood thinning properties to preventstrokes, lowers cholesterol, protects DNA against carcinogens, may stimulate release of endorphins("natural high" chemicals)
Foods To Avoid Or Cut Down On
MeatStudies have shown that as many as 53% of cow carcasses and 83% of pig carcasses, were con-taminated with E-coli and 18% of British and 64% of imported chicken, had salmonella. Unfortu-nately, the high demand for meat and the ever increasing population means more and more animalscrammed into small spaces. Animals are constantly fed antibiotics and other drugs to keep themfrom dying and fatten them up.It’s not only our health that suffers, many animals are treated appallingly. Animals that would other-wise roam large areas and eat vegetarian diets are forced to spend their entire lives in very smallspaces where they can barely turn round and are treated as nothing more than feeling-less com-modities. With the way farm animals are treated, it’s little wonder that diseases such as Mad CowDisease, Salmonella, Foot and Mouth Disease and Bovine TB have had such dramatic affects onfarmed animals. You don’t have to go vegetarian to reduce your risk of cancer and other diseasesassociated with eating meat, you can buy RSPA freedom foods or free-range food.
MilkMilk is considered healthy because it is full of calcium. However, humans are the only animals thatgo on to drink milk into their adult life and we’re the only animals who drink the milk of another spe-cies; neither natural nor healthy. Milk has been linked to depression, diabetes, asthma, eczema andmany other common illnesses. Milk also contains IGF-I; suitable for calves to grow strong andquickly but is known to cause prostate cancer in humans and accelerate malignant growth. To getyour RDA of calcium, stick to eating lots of leafy green vegetables, oats, sesame seeds, fortified soyamilk, almonds and legumes. Soya milk is similarly good for you and less fattening than cow’s milk.Again, as our health is made to suffer, so are the cows. As cows need to be impregnated in order toproduce milk, the calf (as it cannot be used for beef due to it’s type and the expense of raising it) isseen as a by-product and sometimes killed immediately.Soya milk, yoghurt, cream cheese, cheese spread and vegan chocolate are all now readily availablefor similar prices to their dairy cousins; give them a try! You’ll be surprised how much better you feel.Log onto www.vegansociety.org for more information.
SeafoodYou also need to be careful when it comes to seafood. In order to limitthe amount of diseases farmed fish can catch, they are given vaccines,antibiotics and chemicals with known human health risks. The smell of fish we so often come across is actually the smell of their saturated fatsturning rancid. Thirty per cent of the fats in fish can be saturated, lead-ing to cancers, obesity and heart disease.

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