The Amazing Health Benefits Of Okra!

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These days kale is king, but a lesser known edible plant that’s just as nutritious is steadily gaining on it. Many people are finding okra to be a much tastier alternative to the rather earthy, bitter tasting kale. Okra has a flavor that resembles a cross between green beans and zucchini, its much more mild and less bitter than kale, and it takes on the taste of whatever it’s being cooked or seasoned with well. While it has always been popular in Southern cooking, as well as in African and Asian cuisine, it’s only recently begun to catch on elsewhere. So what exactly is okra?

For those who are unfamiliar with okra, which is also called lady’s fingers or gumbo, here’s the basics. It’s a flowering plant that grows in warm climates and produces little green seed pods. These pods are edible and before they can fully mature they’re picked off the plant and used as a food source. Okra also happens to be a mucilaginous type of plant so it has a gooey and slimy sort of texture, which is very similar to that of aloe vera plants. When its cooked or heated it gets even slimier, which is why many people leave the seed pods intact, fry it, add in lemon juice and vinegar, or pickle it. There are tons of different recipes and ways to cook it just right, you can definitely find one that works for you.

The main reason for Okra’s recent appeal is that it can provide us with many health benefits. It’s filled with all sorts of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that our bodies need. A one cup serving of raw okra is low in calories, about 30 total, and high in dietary fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, folate, and thiamine. Here are some of the health benefits it’s known for:

1) Aids in food digestion- The high amount of dietary fiber it contains helps our bodies efficiently move food through our digestive system so that we stay regular and don’t get clogged up. Thus, it also helps to prevent constipation as well.

2) Heart healthy- Okra has been found to effectively lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in blood and can thus benefit your entire cardiovascular system and reduce the risk of stroke, a heart attack, or blood clots from forming.

3) Manages diabetes- The fiber in it can help to protect against diabetes by keeping blood glucose levels stable and by reducing the absorption rate of glucose.

4) Compliments diet and weight loss- Besides being low in overall calories, the high nutritional values it contains can help to control obesity brought on not by fatty foods, but by a lack of nutrients.

5) Good for women who are pregnant- Pregnant women need a lot of vitamins and minerals in their diets to help unborn babies develop healthy and properly, which can be found in okra’s high levels of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C. It also contains small amounts of zinc and calcium, plus it’s a great source of folic acid, which helps to prevent birth defects in developing babies.

6) Helps asthma sufferers- Asthma symptoms can be both lessened and improved by eating a diet rich in vitamin C. Okra is a great all-natural dietary source for it because a one cup serving contains 21 milligrams of vitamin C, and it’s been found to protect against wheezing, coughing, and asthma attacks.

7) Cancer fighting properties- Okra is rich in antioxidants, making it a powerful source for the cancer fighting molecules. In particular, its been found to help prevent colorectal cancers, as the antioxidants in it work in conjunction with the high amounts of fiber it also contains. Be sure to check out the accompanying video for useful information and even more benefits that okra can provide.

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THIS Is Why You Should Freeze All Your Lemons!

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When most of us bring home lemons from the store we either toss them in the fridge or place then in a bowl on the counter and when we go to eat one, we usually cut it up into wedges or slices. But did you know that there is a much better way to store and use lemons, which involves putting them in the freezer! It sounds odd at first, but that way you can easily grate them up later for a powerful, tasty health kick.

The health benefits lemons can provide us with are mostly found in the skin and peel of the tangy citrus fruits. These are often lost when people eat them because usually only the juice and pulp ends up getting used and consumed. The skin and peel is almost always tossed aside because it tastes kinda gross on its own. However, when you use every part of a lemon, skin and all, you can get between 5 and 10 times more the amount of vitamins and other health benefits out of them. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, as well as vitamins B6, A, and E, plus folate, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, protein, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and phosphorus. The little yellow fruits also contain flavonoids and limonoids, two powerful antioxidants with natural cancer fighting and prevention properties. Lemons have also been shown to help prevent diabetes, control high blood pressure, relieve indigestion and constipation, alleviate fevers, and reduce weight. The citric acid in them helps to fight germs and bacteria and lots of people use them to clean and brighten their skin and nails. When you eat a lemon you’re feeding your body so much more than just citrus juice and great flavor, but to truly gain all the health benefits from them, you have to eat the entire fruit. In light of that and in order to get all the health benefits from a lemon, it works best to freeze it before using. Here’s how;

First wash and clean a lemon and completely dry it off before sealing it in a resealable freezer bag. Then place it in the freezer until it is frozen solid. The simple reason as to why you should freeze lemons is that when a lemon is hard and solid it makes it much easier to grate. You want to grate it, rather than slice or squeeze it, because a majority of the health benefits are found in the peel and skin. Most people use only the juice and pulp when they go to eat or cook with a lemon and so by grating it you end up using the entire fruit and gain the most health benefits from it.

Once the lemon is frozen solid take it out of the freezer and cut off one end, so that it’s nice and flat. Place the flat side against the grater and begin grating it as if you were grating a block of cheese. Doing it this way makes the lemon easier to hold steady and cuts down on the risk of it slipping while you’re shredding it up. After you’re done, store the lemon gratings in a resealable container or use them to flavor food. Don’t worry about ruining a recipe, grated lemon is not as overpowering as you may think it to be. Instead, the lemony shreds compliment and bring out the other flavors and what you get is a very unique type of flavoring that differs from that of squeezing plain old lemon juice on food.

All you have to do is freeze lemons, it’s really that simple and your mind, body, and palette will all benefit and thank you in the end. Help spread this healthy tip and enjoy!

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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Tumeric!

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The health benefits of turmeric have always been celebrated in India but they are just beginning to become widely known in America. The simple spice can be found in just about any grocery store or market and you may even have a bottle or jar on hand in your kitchen cabinet. Turmeric is a colorful, orange-yellow spice that comes in powder form and most of the world’s supply is grown in India where the Turmeric plant’s roots are gathered, boiled, and dried in super hot ovens. Once fully dry they are ground down into a fine powder, which is very strong and easily stains whatever it comes into contact with. That’s why it’s often used as a dye agent, even though it’s most widespread and common use is as a spice for flavoring foods.

Studies and health experts are now saying that if you eat a little bit of turmeric each day, about a teaspoon or so, you can help your body fight off inflammation, pain, aging, even some cancers, and more. This is mainly due to the most active compound it contains, called curcumin. Curcumin is what makes turmeric anti-inflammatory and it helps to fight free radicals, plaque, and other types of toxins and bad stuff in your body. However, our bodies are not that great at absorbing curcumin by itself. This can be easily overcome by simply adding a bit of black pepper in with the turmeric, which greatly increases absorption. Here are a few of the awesome health benefits that turmeric provides:
Brain Support Boost- Turmeric helps keep brains healthy and functioning properly. Researchers have found that curcumin, the main bio-active ingredients found in turmeric, can cross the blood-brain barrier and bind directly with plaque. It’s been found to have a positive effect on overall cognitive function and may delay or even reverse certain brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Anti-Inflammatory Relief- The curcumin found in turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory compound that works just as well, if not better, than many of the current anti-inflammatory drugs available. It can help ease inflammation due to inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, pancreatitis and many other diseases.
Aids in Cardiovascular Health- Once again the curcumin naturally found in turmeric is what works to remove built up plaque in our arteries and thus helps to prevent blood clots from forming. It helps our whole cardiovascular system and can effectively reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).

Improves Digestion- The curcumin in it has powerful anti-inflammation effects and works to ease and reduce bloating, gas, and other digestive tract problems. It also stimulates the gall bladder, so people with gall bladder disease should avoid turmeric in a daily basis to avoid the risk of over-stimulation.

There are more positive health effects that can be gained from eating a teaspoon or so of turmeric every day and this video covers a few of them. Try working it into meals, it tastes great in soups, stir fries, and smoothies. Sprinkle a bit on your dinner tonight and start using it to flavor recipes!

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Eating 2 Bananas Per Day

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Bananas are perhaps one of nature’s most under-rated fruits. These days it’s the more rare and exotic type of fruits, such as soursop and dragonfruit, that are being touted as the next big thing. However, the fact remains that bananas are a tasty super food that can give our bodies all the good stuff it needs to thrive. They’re packed full of nutrients, vitamins, fiber, and all-natural sugars, like sucrose and fructose. That’s part of the reason why eating 2 bananas a day can help to keep the doctor away. The best thing about them is that they’re easy to find and extremely affordable, any grocery store sells them for less than a dollar a pound.

In the United States bananas are the top most consumed fruit, Americans eat more of them every year than apples and oranges combined. The following benefits are a few of the main health boosts that bananas can give you.

1) Heartburn- Bananas are nature’s anti-acid and can provide relief from heartburn and acid reflux. Eating just one banana can immediately bring soothing relief and lessen your heartburn symptoms.

2) Blood Pressure- Bananas help to lower blood pressure and protect against stroke or heart attack because they are low in sodium and high in potassium, making them a heart healthy food.

3) Energy- Eating a banana or two before a workout gives you enough energy to last an hour or more. The low glycemic carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals all support your body increase endurance, while potassium helps to prevent muscle cramps.

4) Anemia- They can help those with anemia by providing much needed dietary iron, which stimulates red blood cell and hemoglobin production and strengthens the blood supply.

5) Ulcers- When you suffer from stomach ulcers many foods are off limits, but bananas can be eaten without having to worry about whether or not they’ll cause pain. That’s because their smooth, soft, mushy texture coats the stomach lining and protects it against corrosive acids and irritation.

6) Depression- They can help overcome depression because they have high levels of tryptophan, which our bodies convert into serotonin. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter that makes people relax, feel happy, and improves mood. Thus, bananas can help people feel better and beat depression.

7) Constipation- If you are clogged up, eat a few bananas. They have enough fiber in them to stimulate regular bowel movements and provide natural relief for constipation.

8) Nerves or PMS- When you’re feeling moody and stressed, eat a banana. They help to regulate blood sugar and are rich in B vitamins, which naturally calm the nervous system and make people relax, resulting in an overall improved mood.

9) Temperature Control- Eating a banana on a hot day can cool you off by lowering your body temperature. The same is true for it you have a fever.

There are lots of additional benefits beyond those mentioned above that eating a daily banana or two can give you. Toss a few in your bag and snack on them throughout the day to stave off food cravings or hunger and to keep yourself in a good mood. Your mind, body, and the people around you will all be better off if you have them on hand, so spread the health, and enjoy!

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The Safest and Most Effective Way To Clean Your Ears!

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You may have seen various postings online about getting rid of ear wax in a healthy way.  Q-tips are the typical go-to for many that is really dangerous;  over time they push deeper levels of wax further into the ear canal, causing pain and blockage which impedes hearing.  Every human being has ear wax, although we want to get it out because it is pretty gross, it does serve a very important health purpose.  It is formed in the ear to protect the canal from bugs, infection, dirt and debris.

The ear actually has a self-cleaning mechanism, but when wax builds up it can result in itching, pain, ringing and ultimately hearing loss.  This happens because the ear canal gets blocked.  The good news is that you can treat this yourself at home with the use of BABY OIL.  It is only recommended that this be employed when you experience discomfort or hearing loss.  The rule of thumb on a more day-to-day basis, is to put nothing in your ear smaller than your finger.  Wiping your ears with a tissue or towel over your finger is the way to go, unless you are experiencing a clogged canal.

The video you are about to watch below is from the Dr. Oz show; he has an audience member use baby oil in his ear to illustrate how unclogging the ear canal is properly done.  Warming the baby oil to body temperature is important; if the oil is warmer or cooler than body temperature it can trigger discomfort, dizziness or even vertigo when it enters the ear canal.  Beyond regulating the temperature, this is an easy procedure.  Dr. Oz has his “assistant” use an eye dropper to dispense 2-3 drops of baby oil into the canal.  Grabbing the outer part of the ear and pulling down and out allows it to reach its destination.  You will see how rapidly this breaks up Dr. Oz’s ear wax, after he slowly raises his head to reveal the clogged wax on a towel used to clean it.  Flushing the ear with a syringe of lukewarm water helps to flush out the wax that has been softened by the baby oil.  A few drops of rubbing alcohol will help to dry the canal well when you are finished.  This process can be repeated for several days until you experience total relief.  If you are still experiencing discomfort it is prudent to see a doctor.  It is amazing how well baby oil works.

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This Is What Happens To Your Body If You Eat 1 Avocado A Day For A Month.

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Forget “an apple a day” for maintaining optimal health, what you should be eating everyday is an avocado. The tasty fruits are packed full of the power boosting vitamins and nutrients that our bodies want and need, making them one of nature’s superfoods. The green, tough-skinned fruits are actually large berries that grow on avocado trees. Their insides have a distinct buttery smooth texture, which makes them great for spreading on top of stuff. Since they’re mild tasting and on the bland side, they’re also great for mixing into a variety of recipes. Those factors make it easy for anyone to work a daily serving of avocado into their diet, and doing so can make a huge positive impact on your bodily health and wellness. Here are the main benefits you can expect to gain from an avocado.

1) Vitamins and Nutrients- Avocados are a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, folate, niacin and riboflavin, plus vitamins K, B6, and E. They even contain twice the amount of potassium compared to a banana!

2) Healthy Fats- While many people avoid avocados because they’re known to be high in fat it’s monounsaturated, or the good kind of fat, that they contain. Healthy fats are good for us because they can actually help to lower bad cholesterol levels, which in turn is great for our hearts.

3) Aid with Weight Loss- When you eat an avocado you’ll likely feel fuller for longer and therefore you won’t be as inclined to snack on sweets and things later on. Studies have shown that people who eat meals which include at least a half of an avocado snack less overall. This is because the healthy fats they contain help keep insulin and glucose levels stable by producing a ketogenic effect, which also optimizes metabolism.

4) Improve your Eyesight- The lutein and zeaxanthin in avocados help to strengthen and improve your vision, plus they protect eyes against macular degeneration.

5) They’re Free of Pesticides- The thick, rough skin that covers the soft inside works wonders at protecting them from harmful pesticides, toxins, and fertilizers. Out of all the produce available in grocery stores that were tested for pesticide residues, avocados were the cleanest and only 1% of those tested showed any trace of pesticides. (www.ewg.org/)

There are lots more health benefits that avocados have to offer. They can help improve just about anything, from protecting unborn babies to inhibiting and preventing certain cancers. The accompanying video goes over all this and more, it’s truly eye opening and amazing just how good they are for you. Even if you don’t like to eat them, you can use them in beauty treatments for skin and hair. The next time you go to the store pick a few up and start working them into your diet and beauty routine!

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