While researching the article for this post, I happened across information that declared that microwave ovens are harmful to our health. That opinion caused me some concern because as a working mother, my children eat a great deal of food that is prepared in the microwave. Our microwave cooks breakfast, lunch, and occasionally dinner for my family. I purchase food that is meant to be prepared in the microwave so that my children can eat healthy, nutritious meals that I don’t have to spend hours cooking and cleaning up.
I’m not sure how anyone else feels about it, but my day does not start until that first cup of coffee is in my hand, on its way to my mouth. Seriously, my children have learned that even though Mama loves them more than anything else in the whole world, the first thing I want to hear in the morning is my coffee maker, nothing, nor no one else.
The snow keeps piling up out there, and the cold is sneaking in the windows. It seems as if all I want to do is snuggle under my blankets, read a book, and eat comfort foods. Warm, sweet chocolate cake, mashed potatoes with hot melting butter, I have cravings for foods that my body thinks will make me feel better, even though my mind knows these types of foods aren’t good for me.
Let seafood catch your attention. Seafood provides excellent nutrition, taste, and health benefits that you might have been unaware of before.
Seafood contains protein, vitamins A, D, B 12, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and even glucose. One of the most valuable nutrients in seafood, are Omega-3 fatty acids. The benefits of Omega-3 are quite numerous, beginning with basic cell health, and they have been shown to boost immunity, stimulate brain function, help protect against heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. Researchers are studying the connection between Omega-3 fatty acids and the alleviation of symptoms of depression, joint pain, hypertension, skin problems, and even attention deficit disorder.
A new study in the nutritional benefits of olive oil, conducted by The Environmental, Biochemical, and Nutritional Analytical-Control Research Group, directed by Professors Alberto Fernández Gutiérrez and Antonio Segura Carretero, was completed recently. This study determined that consumption of olive oil rich in polyphenols (natural antioxidants) enhances the health of people suffering from oxidative stress, and is also highly helpful in the deterrence of cell aging and osteoporosis.
There are many people who would love to increase their metabolism, have more energy, and maybe even lose some weight. However, we enjoy food a great deal, and we either dislike exercise, or have no time for it. Getting out of my chair to go get another cup of coffee probably does not qualify as exercise. So for myself and for others like me, I’ve been looking for an alternative. What I discovered is that there are foods that not only provide essential nutrients, they also actually aid in the weight loss process. Increasing the amounts of these foods in your diet, plus including some light physical activity will change your health, and your attitude. Going for a walk in the morning and the evening, some stretching or aerobics during the day, these are great for losing some extra pounds, and stimulating your metabolism.
The answer to that question is yes. Nutrition actually plays a very crucial part in our quality and quantity of sleep. There are many foods that improve and induce sleep. If you’re troubled with occasional insomnia, you might consider adding these types of nutrients and healthy foods to your diet, as bedtime snacks, and all the time.
Natural Aloe Vera has long been used as a topical treatment for minor burns, skin injuries, and rashes. But did you know that it has also been used to treat internal ailments and disease? I didn’t know that Aloe had any health benefits; I was under the misguided assumption that ingesting Aloe would be toxic to my health. In fact, Aloe Vera is listed in some places as a poisonous houseplant.
Have you ever watched your child devour an entire bag of Doritos during homework time? Or had to forcibly remove the candy dish from the hands of a child who was cramming for a test? I used to think that my kid was just using food as a distraction from the homework, but I’ve been proven wrong. It turns out that food actually feeds the brain, though candy and Doritos aren’t good choices.
Water constitutes 60% percent of an average adults’ body weight, and every function performed within our bodies, needs water to achieve necessary effectiveness.
When we get thirsty, we reach for something to quench that thirst but we never think about why we’re thirsty or that we need to replenish our bodily fluids. When we need a boost of energy, we reach for one of the energy drinks that are the biggest nutrition craze right now, without even realizing that water is the best energy drink there has ever been.