The All-In-One Guide to Korean Dishes

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Korean foods have always been believed by many as the healthiest. To Koreans, food is treated as the best type of medicine in combating many ailments. This is perhaps why their cuisine has been gaining international notice as more people now are being drawn to partake of Korean cuisine. The foods from this Asian country revolves around the theory of yin and yang called Eumyangohaeng. It also speaks about the five elements which make up the whole universe. To Koreans, the body can only be healthy when these elements are balanced. Even India has its version of this theory where the body can attain health by balancing doshas by the principles of Indian diets from the ancient times.

Aside from its health benefits and of course its flavors, Korean foods usually follow color combinations in presenting their cuisine. The colors green, yellow, red, black, and white are dominant on Korean displays, and each color signifies a natural element, a direction, each bringing a specific ingredient on the table and each having their benefits to the health. Black, for instance, symbolizes the North, water and is responsible for soothing the mental state of a person. The color can be represented by ingredients like black sesame seeds, black rice, and seaweeds which are foods good for the bladder and the kidney.

When eating a meal in a Western restaurant, the food is served in courses. This is not so with Korean dining. All the foods for a meal are served together, main, and side dishes. Rice or bap is always there. Although mostly always served steamed, there can be multiple versions. Korean porridge or Juk is an old staple which contains grains that have been simmered for a long period. Guksu or noodles are home-made, kneaded with either buckwheat or wheat flour.

Koreans love accompaniments for their meals. Most of us have experienced this when dining in their eateries. Kimchi, seasoned fermented veggies, could be the most famous of these and has become a standard side dish. So is Guk or soup. Other accompaniments are Jorim, a braised dish, Gul, which is grilled fish, and more. Each dish represents its style of cooking and is crafted with greens, seafood or meat. The Korean practice of table setting started in the Joeson era, the country’s most well-known dynasty which ruled for more than five hundred years. Settings could be from samcheop, which has 3 side dishes, to the sibicheop bansang which was referred to as the king’s table with 12 side dishes.

First-timers in Korean restaurants could face a challenge as they may not be familiar with the foods. Furthermore, the initial servings of free accompaniments could be surprising. But once a person passes this initial stage, he will come to experience a delightful culinary experience. The foods are good, exotic, flavorful, and healthy. Even vegans could enjoy the journey if they look close enough.

The Most Common Korean Dishes and Drinks to Try

The most common Korean dishes and drinks to try - The All-In-One Guide to Korean Dishes

Koreans love beef, and they love it as much as the Texans love their steaks. On the average, Koreans consume about twenty pounds of beef each year. But this average is starting to increase because of how the meat is cooked and served.

About $500 million of beef are imported from the USA each year, and this is expected to rise by significantly. Beef is an expensive commodity in Korea but not so much in America. This makes the relationship between the two countries ideal, at least when it’s based on cattle meat.

Beef may be a favorite item in Korea, but that is hardly the most of it. Korea has a lot, lot more to offer. Kimchi, for instance, that spicy, fermented Korean condiment, is starting to move up the charts in American cookery. Aside from being a side dish, kimchi has now found its way in ramens, toppings for dishes, and even fries. Let’s not jump the gun, here. An introduction to Korean foods should start with the basics as it will give you a better appreciation of their cuisine:

Jeon. The dish is usually part of a Korean banchan, a collective name for small side dishes.  Jeon is simply any kind meat or veggies that have been battered in flour and tossed into a skillet along with eggs. Aside from meat, the battered item could be tofu, squash, liver or even kimchi. Discovering what you would find served in your banchan spread is a fun experience.

Gochujang. If you enjoy sriracha, you will love Gochujang. This is a spicier version of the already very spicy sriracha sauce. Gochujang is made from the fermentation of red hot chili peppers and together with its partner-in-crime, doenjang which is a soybean paste, they make up the most relevant condiments in Korean cuisine.

Bulgogi. This is the Korean version of barbecued meat. Although the meat used can be pork or chicken, it’s usually beef in Korea. The beef is sliced very thinly, then marinated in a sauce containing sesame oil, ginger, sugar, soy sauce and other ingredients before placing them on a hot grill.

You can do the grilling yourself in Korean restaurants, right there on your table. And if the beef becomes tough, you can find only yourself to blame. Anyway, this style is one reason why eating in bulgogi in a Korean restaurant is fun. Try eating in a group, it’s a guarantee for more fun.

Galbi. This is bulgogi but this time using short ribs, instead of the thin slices of beef. These beef cuts can be used for stews and similar dishes. Of course, the best way to savor them is cooking them by the grill on your table and devouring those tender and juicy bits, caveman style.

Soju. Another great reason for a Korean night-out. Vodka, Korean style. This one is made from rice but with a slightly sweet taste. But the punch is as strong. By Korean custom, it is a drink that is eaten throughout a meal.

Too much of soju can make a person, a spectacle of himself. This is the reason why Koreans hold their parties in a sequestered area as the effects of too much soju imbibed can lead to loud and raucous dinners. After a few shots of soju, you’ll start to find your voice shifting to a different pitch.

Bibimbap. Dining on Bibimbap over some glasses of soju is an ideal way to spend time with your friends. This is a dish made of stir-fried vegetables and rice. These two constitute the base of all bibimbap dishes. The dish is served in an extremely hot bowl made of stone which will further cook the rice until it becomes crispy and chewy.

When the rice has gained the desired consistency, the whole mixture is stirred up with some gochujang then devoured. There is usually an egg yolk on top of it which will cook with the dish. Meat is optional. Either way, it’s a healthy dish.

Jjigae. Another wholesome and healthy lunchtime favorite is Jjigae. This is a stew that’s served extremely hot. The soup broth is thin but very spicy. Other ingredients can be added to the soup, but the two best Jjigae is kimchi and sundubu.

The latter one is made with a soft type of tofu and has now become a standard offering in many American restaurants. A reminder to vegetarians though: the tofu stew contains shellfish and seafood which gives the soup that sweet and salty flavor.

Hwe. In Korea, there are beef lovers, and there are fish lovers. With this dish, let the Pescetarians rejoice. Where you would find sundubu Jjigae, there also will be Hwe. This dish is the Korean version of sashimi but with slight differences. For one, Hwe is sliced from a live fish. The meat cannot get fresher than that. Such style will retain the almost crunchy texture of freshness.

As for the other parts of the fish, they’re boiled into a maeuntang soup which is spicy, making sure nothing goes to waste. The Koreans have a different style when eating raw fish. They eat Hwe by dipping it in chogochujang, then wrapping it in lettuce leaves. Experience the taste of raw fish in Houston by dropping by Dadami with your circle of friends.

Eating Those Famous Korean Side Dishes

Eating those famous Korean side dishes - The All-In-One Guide to Korean Dishes

Dining for the first time in Korean restaurants will be an experience. Of course, you would be expecting that ever-delightful dish, kimchi. But there is more than that with Korea. The country’s food is healthy and delicious. Familiarize yourself with some of its side dishes before venturing inside the restaurant. They will be your first encounter. A collection of side dishes called banchan will be presented to you, and this will be the start of a great journey into Korean food.

Traditional Kimchi (fermented cabbage) The most popular of the condiments which are technically called baechu kimchi. All Koreans love this dish, and they have it on their tables on almost all meals. It’s made from napa cabbage which has been fermented with seasonings like Korean chili and salt.

Kkakdugi Kimchi (fermented radish) Kimchi with a slightly sour flavor because it is made from radishes. It’s less popular than traditional kimchi but is crunchier.

Musaengchae Kimchi (shredded fermented radish) This is the same as Kkakdugi Kimchi, but instead of being chopped, the radish is shredded. Also, this radish kimchi comes in several varieties of spiciness, from sweet and mild to sharp and hot.

Kongnamul (bean sprouts) This is the most popular among the namul family. Kongnamul is made from soybean sprouts. They are mild but still pack a lot of flavors.

Sigeumchi Namul (spinach) Same namul but with spinach instead of bean sprouts. Like kongnamul, sigeumchi namul is made with the same seasonings, so it is also relatively mild.

Myeolchi Bokkeum (dried anchovies) In Korea, bobbeum refers to small dishes that are stir-fried with a sauce. With Myeolchi bokkeum, it involves whole dried anchovies stir-fried in a sauce. In case you don’t relish foods with faces, you can skip this one.

Dubu-Jorim (tofu) This should be a vegetarian’s dream regarding Korean food. The tofu is simmered in a mix with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and green onions. Spiciness can vary but is usually mild. Use soy sauce as a dipping mixture.

Gyeran Jjim (egg casserole) This is Korean quiche, or close enough. An egg is the main ingredient, and the dish has a very fluffy consistency.

Korean-style potato salad. Except for the “Korean” in its name, it might as well be “American.” The dish also consists of the same ingredients: potatoes, mayo, eggs and sometimes, vegetables.

How Do Koreans Eat Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner?

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Comparing meals from different countries can be surprising. Take for instance America where breakfast involves cereals, toast and spreads, and season fruits that are available. For Korea, the usual fare would be seaweed soup, turnip, and fish, served with kimchi, and rice.

Most Koreans are always on-the-go during the daytime. You would find them having their lunch ordered from “pojangmacha,” a street cart selling food items. Or an “ajima,” a Korean Mother cafe. Or a “shik dang,” which is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant where you can order soup, noodles, kimbab and any food. Ever tried deep fried squid? Ask, try and enjoy.

BBQ is often the fare for dinner in a Korean BBQ House, a Chicken Hof or pub. You should experience their sauces. They are as amazing as they are exotic. Preferably, have it with a partner. Try dinner at least once where you would find yourself cutting your meat with a pair of scissors, cooking the meat, and laying it on lettuce or other leaves. Then dress it up with kimchi, fried garlic in sesame oil, bean sprouts and any other combinations that have been laid out on the table.

For Koreans, use the spoons with rice and everything else with chopsticks. For yourself, the sticks could be quite intimidating but getting used to it would spell the difference. It’s even harder for Koreans using chopsticks because they prefer slick metal chopsticks rather than the bamboo or wooden ones. In a way, it solves the recycling problem. Korea is an environmentally friendly country but wrapping each cookie contained inside a cookie box is utterly frustrating.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Okra Health Benefits

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Okra is a type of vegetable which can be found in different parts of the world. It’s common in the southern part of the US, in the Middle East, in Asia, and in parts of Africa where it’s believed to have originated. It’s a warm-weather crop which, when sliced, looks like a tiny start fruit.

Okra is usually green in color, has a spiky shape, and has a grooved-cucumber texture. It’s also known as lady fingers and bamia pods in some cultures. Okra pods grow on a leafy perennial plant, and these pods typically grow 2-3 inches in length. The plant produces flowers much like hibiscus, and it comes from the Malvaceae family.

These tiny but incredible vegetables must be harvested early, so they don’t become too tough, which happens quickly. In fact, the time that the plant flowers up until the best time to harvest is just a matter of days. Ideally then, one should harvest the okra pods every four days or so. After first harvesting from the plant, taking away some of the leaves located at the lower part is said to speed up the production of the pods. Although the plant thrives in hot weather, one should still water the plant at least once a week.

The fruit itself has tiny spines depending on its variety. So, it’s best to harvest the fruit while wearing gloves so as not to cause any skin irritation. While still whole, uncooked okra may be placed in freezer bags then into the freezer for storage. They can also be canned to make them last longer. In some countries in the world, the seeds of okra are well-known as one of the best-tasting alternatives to coffee.

Another thing which makes okra quite popular is that it’s a healthy vegetable. Although small, okra does have a lot of health benefits. Read on to learn more about this tiny but mighty vegetable!

It’s Helpful for Diabetics

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First off, okra is effective in regulating blood sugar levels because of its beneficial insulin-like characteristic. This vegetable contains Eugenol which is a type of dietary fiber. This component is the one which helps stabilize blood sugar. It also helps slow down the intestinal tract’s sugar absorption. Studies have proven that okra is highly beneficial to those suffering from diabetes. The extract derived from okra aids in suppressing insulin resistance and oxidative stress. This leads to an improvement of blood glucose levels in the body.

Helps Detoxify the Liver

The fiber content of okra also helps detoxify the liver. Anyone who has ever tried eating okra knows that it’s quite slimy. This slimy characteristic is beneficial too. It binds cholesterol as well as bile acid to cleanse the liver. Okra contains glutathione, which is a type of protein as well as a powerful antioxidant. In fact, glutathione is also known as the “master antioxidant.” It’s also frequently used as a component in cosmetics and other beauty products. People who are looking for a natural source of glutathione would be happy to know that they can find it in okra. Other food choices which contain this antioxidant are eggs, ginger, garlic, sprouts, onions, and brassica.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Another type of fiber which okra contains is pectin. This is a beneficial protein because it helps reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. Pectin can alter the production of bile in the intestines. This is what helps lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. This also helps eliminate any cholesterol deposits as well as clots.

Beneficial for the Skin, Hair, and Bones

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Okra is also beneficial for the skin, hair, and bones. The fiber content in okra is also very beneficial to the skin. The fibers in okra give it the ability to cleanse wastes from the body. The vegetable also contains vitamin C which aids in the repair of tissues and helps prevent skin pigmentation too. The vitamin content of okra also promotes healing of the skin. This helps minimize the appearance of acne and the scars resulting from it. Aside from acne, it may also reduce the risk of developing psoriasis and other skin disorders. It’s beneficial in reducing wrinkles, and it helps make the skin healthier too.

Okra has a lot of benefits to the health. Not a lot of people know this, but okra can also serve as a great hair conditioner. It moisturizes the scalp well, and it makes the hair shiny too. It eliminates dandruff and lice, and it can also help prevent itchy scalp. So, the next time one runs out of hair products but there’s okra in the kitchen, he can use it for hair care.

Now, the bones. Okra is one of those vegetables which contain vitamin K. Although this vitamin isn’t as popular as vitamin C, it’s essential for the process of blood clotting. It can help restore the density of bones to prevent the development of osteoporosis. Foods which contain a lot of vitamin K, like okra, are good for the bones. Vitamin K can also help in the bones’ absorption of calcium. Theoretically, those who get enough of this vitamin each day are more likely to have fewer fractures because they have stronger bones.

Promotes the Health of the Digestive System

Okra also has a high probiotic content, which is the best friend of the body’s gut bacteria. The community of good bacteria in the gut, or the microbiome, love okra. These probiotics also aid in the biosynthesis of vitamin B complex. These have the same function as yogurt has to the small intestines. We’ve already spoken about the fact that okra contains a lot of dietary fibers. This helps clear up wastes in the small intestines. This would lead to an improved process of digestion and help prevent constipation. The slimy stuff present in the vegetable aids in water absorption of the digestive tract. Okra also helps bulk the stool up without making it too hard or too soft to pass. The slimy stuff of okra along with the fiber content binds to the toxins while lubricating the large intestines too. This natural laxative characteristic ensures a normal bowel movement and makes the passing of bowels more effortless.

Good for Eye Health

Okra contains a lot of components which are good for eye health too. These components include lutein, carotenes, xanthein, and vitamin A. All these are beneficial for the eyes. All these potent compounds and antioxidants help eliminate free radicals in the body. These are byproducts of the metabolism of cells, and they’re harmful to the health. If one doesn’t address the issue of free radicals, they might cause aging and degradation of cells which may lead to poor vision. Fortunately, okra has vision-boosting benefits which protect against macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and more.

Gives the Immune System a Boost

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Okra contains a lot of vitamin C. On its own; it’s already a potent antioxidant. But okra also contains a lot of other antioxidants which can give the immune system a much-needed boost. These components help fight off and eliminate free radicals which may weaken the immune system. When the immune system becomes stronger, it can help promote the health of the rest of the body too.

Cancer Prevention

Another component that okra contains is a lectin. This is another type of protein which can be beneficial regarding cancer prevention. Also, okra contains folate which may be beneficial for the same purpose. Studies have shown that people who don’t consume enough are at a higher risk for different kinds of cancer. These include cervical, breast, lung, pancreatic, and other types of cancer. One link between the occurrence of cancer and inadequate folate intake may be dues to the changes in DNA which trigger the production of genes which promote cancer. Although more research is needed, it’s certainly worth considering.

It’s Beneficial for Pregnant Women

Also, because of the folate content, okra is very beneficial for pregnant women. Folate is essential for the healthy brain development in the fetus in the mother’s womb. Aside from this, the component is also beneficial in the formation of the fetus’ neural tube. It even protects these tubes to prevent the development of defects. Folate can also help prevent miscarriage. It’s essential for the prevention of fetal problems during the woman’s pregnancy. Low levels of folate may lead to problems for the child later in his life. These low levels of folate are also associated with spina bifida and other dangerous conditions. Because of this, it would be highly beneficial for pregnant (and even breastfeeding) women to consume a lot of okra to get the benefits of the high folate content.

Promotes Heart Health

Okra can also promote the health of the heart. According to studies, eating foods which are rich in fiber can help reduce the harmful cholesterol levels in the blood. This, in turn, can lead to a lowered risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, and different heart diseases. Fiber can even reduce the effects of heart disease for people who are already suffering from it.

Prevents Obesity

Obesity is a type of metabolic disorder much like diabetes. In fact, these 2 conditions usually occur alongside each other. Obese people usually have a lot of belly fat which has a negative effect on their health. Consuming okra along with other healthy foods can help prevent excess weight gain which may lead to obesity. Okra has a very minimal caloric content although it contains a lot of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. The fiber makes one feel fuller without overeating. So, pairing this super veggie will put one on his way to preventing obesity.

Using Okra in Traditional Medicine

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The gelatinous mucilage in okra, especially when it’s already cooked, is one of its greatest benefits. Nutritionists have always recommended the vegetable in traditional medicine applications. It’s especially beneficial for people who suffer from constipation as the slimy mucilage helps move the food eaten through the gut. Let’s go through the common applications of okra once again which is why it’s been used in traditional medicine for years:

  • Okra is also a great source of fiber, which also helps maintain the health of the digestive system. It’s also rich in magnesium, iron, calcium, and more.
  • Other essential components it contains are manganese and vitamin C which are beneficial regarding fighting infections.
  • Okra contains vitamin K which is important for the health of bones and is also a co-factor for enzymes which help in blood clotting.
  • It contains folate which is essential for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The same component is also important to reduce the risk of different types of cancer, though more research is needed on this.
  • The vitamin A content in okra is also great in promoting the health of one’s vision. Also, the vegetable contains flavonoid antioxidants along with other components which can help maintain excellent vision.

These are the traditional uses of okra which are still applicable until now. The compounds in okra can also help maintain healthy mucous membranes and skin. Okra is an ancient crop which has been used for food since the ancient times. Therefore okra is known as a medicinal vegetable. They’ve used the leaves for urinary problems and relief from pain. People in the Congo have used okra as a remedy to help ascertain the safe delivery for pregnant women. People in Malaya have used the root as part of the treatment of syphilis.

Some traditional practitioners have even used the mucilage as a plasma replacement and used it topically as an effective moisturizer. Okra can be cooked down then added to water. This can be used for people who are suffering from depression or fatigue.

Back then and until now, it’s still being used to treat a sore throat and lung inflammation. It can help add bulk to stool, therefore, serving as a natural laxative. It helps eliminate liver toxins along with other conditions. These include atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis or MS, acid reflux, colorectal cancer, and more.

Culinary Uses of Okra

Culinary uses of okra - The Ultimate Guide to Okra Health Benefits

A lot of people compare okra’s taste to the flavor of okra. However, its texture is different, and this is what makes the vegetable unique. When cooked, okra develops a slimy quality which makes it a great component of soups.

One of the best things about okra is that the whole fruit can be utilized. It can be used raw, pickled, curried, and more. The culinary uses of okra are truly plentiful. People in the Caribbean usually serve the vegetable in soup with fish. They cook the leaves like beet or dandelion greens or even use them in salads.

People in the Middle East typically use okra in a dish called barniya along with lamb or beef. In India, they combine the vegetable with other spices and sauté them with butter for a delicious and healthy dish. Okra can be chopped, sliced, diced, and more. One can add it to burritos, stir-fry it with other vegetables or even serve it with other side dishes. This versatile vegetable is not only delicious; it’s healthy too!

 

 

8 Health Benefits of Ginger Tea You Need To Know

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Ginger has always been a source of remedy for various ailments since ancient times, especially in Asian countries. Its health benefits are documented, and presently, it’s used worldwide as a natural remedy because of its medicinal properties. The spice is still undergoing several studies to determine the scope on what other ailments it can be used for. It has been processed for consumption and is available in capsule form, as an essential oil, as a beverage tea or can be taken as it is.

Ginger, also recognized by its scientific name as Zingiber officinale, is a type of flowering plant belonging to the rhizomes family, together with cardamom and turmeric. Rhizomes continuously grow in horizontal underground stems. They develop lateral shoots and roots at intervals. The plant also can permit new shoots to grow in an upward direction. Raising these plants isn’t difficult because they produce abundantly.

Many refer to ginger as a universal medicine, more especially so in China where it’s believed that it can restore Yang or hot energy. Together with India, they are the main producers of the ginger root because the plant thrives best in warm and damp areas. Traditionally, ginger is best used as a tea because of its powerful healing benefits. Let’s look at these health benefits of ginger tea:

Enhances Blood Circulation

Ginger tea contains several vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that can help restore and improve blood circulation. These can also decrease the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Compounds that are found in ginger can prevent fat from depositing and accumulating in the walls of arteries which is one of the main causes of heart attacks and stroke.

To improve blood flow and to prevent fevers, chills and excessive sweating, try drinking ginger tea. Regularly consuming the tea can prevent heart problems.

Relieves Nausea

A cup of tea just before taking long trips can prevent nausea and the consequent vomiting which usually comes with motion sickness. This is taking a proactive stance. However, when experiencing the beginning of nausea during the trip, drink the tea to be relieved from the symptoms.

One can also take ginger as it is. To relieve nausea, a person can either drink the tea or chew on a piece of raw ginger. Ginger use is also safe for pregnant women to treat morning sickness. Aside from tea, ginger is also available in lozenges or candied form.

Ginger tea can relieve you of the following ailments: upset stomach, morning sickness (for pregnant women), and even motion sickness. The relief it can offer is real as it has been proven for thousands of years.

Relieves Menstrual Discomfort

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For women who suffer menstrual cramps, ginger tea is an effective remedy to relieve the pain. Aside from drinking the tea, try soaking a towel in some warm ginger tea. Then apply this to the lower abdomen. This will ease the pain by relaxing the muscles. By the way, drink the tea with some honey.

The symptoms of dysmenorrhea can also be reduced when ingesting the tea. This condition in women during their menstrual cycle is characterized by severe abdominal pains.

Enhances Digestive Performance

For the digestive system, ginger tea can be effective in improving digestion and the absorption of food. It can also prevent bloating after indulging too much on food. Ginger contains phenolic compounds which can be very helpful. Use it to relieve gastrointestinal irritations, improve bile production, stimulate saliva secretion, and control gastric contractions which occur as food and beverages progress through the gastrointestinal tract.

The compounds in ginger tea may also have positive effects on enzymes pancreatic lipase and trypsin. These increase movement through the digestive tract which could prevent constipation.

Strengthens the Immune System

High levels of antioxidants are also contained in ginger, and these can boost the body’s immunity. It’s recommended to drink a cup of tea daily; it will help one stay healthy. Aside from already reducing the risk of strokes, the antioxidants will keep the heart in good condition by reducing the accumulation of fat in the walls of arteries and thereby minimizing the chances of heart problems.

Drinking a hot cup of ginger tea can keep anyone warm during cold weather. It’s a diaphoretic, meaning it can induce sweating, warming the body up from within.

Reduces Inflammation

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Having problems with inflamed joints or aching muscles? Or suffering from rheumatoid arthritis? Ginger can be an answer as the root has anti-inflammatory properties. One can either drink a cup of ginger tea or soak the inflamed joints in ginger-infused water. Such treatment can minimize the swelling or puffiness of painful muscles and joints.

Ginger has been used through the centuries as a remedy for reducing inflammation of joints and muscles. It has also been found to be reasonably and efficaciously safe in treating inflammations caused by osteoarthritis.

Relieves Stress and Promotes Weight Loss

Drinking tea beverages can have a soothing and calming effect on the body, thus lowering body stress and tension. This may be due to the root’s aroma and healing properties.

The scent of ginger has since become a favorite in aromatherapy because of its relaxing properties. Drink a cup of the tea to boost and improve the mood, and this will keep one calm for a period.

There is also some great news for weight-watchers. Ginger can help in various ways. First, it can burn the excess fat and second, it can make one feel full longer. This means craving for food is lessened and less intake would mean potentially shedding those unwanted pounds.

Remember that being obese or overweight may lead to many disorders like heart problems, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, dreaded diabetes, and more. Ginger can contribute to reducing the risk of these diseases. So, make some room for ginger tea in the daily food regimen. Ginger now is a common ingredient and is found in a lot of supplements for fat-burning. Its compounds can speed up metabolism which is necessary for burning fat.

Fights Respiratory and Cardiovascular Issues

To relieve nasal congestion associated with the common cold, drink a cup or two of ginger tea. One can also use it for respiratory symptoms associated with allergies caused by the environment.

Drinking this tea is also recommended for asthma cases. The warm beverage can bring relief by loosening the phlegm and expanding the lungs which, in turn, will make breathing easier.

Ginger tea also has other possible uses. Research is continuing the possible applications. An important study being conducted that may be its greatest potential is its possible treatment and cure for heart diseases and diabetes.

Bonus Benefit – Ginger Tea Can Also Help Treat or Prevent Various Diseases

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The uses of ginger tea have been recorded as traditional and alternative medicine in the treatment of many forms of ailments. It has been applied in reducing digestive problems, nausea, heart-related diseases, and much more. Here are some common diseases where one can use the tea for treatment or prevention:

Alzheimer’s Disease

Drinking tea can reduce the possible loss of brain cells as well as protecting them for longer periods of time. Increasing the dosage of ginger intake can prevent the occurrence of brain-related diseases, most prominent of which is Alzheimer’s.

Bacterial Infections

Ginger does not only have anti-fungal properties, but it also has anti-bacterial properties that can ward-off bacterial infections well too. Some forms of pathogenic bacteria, which causes conditions like pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and even bronchitis can be prevented with the elements that ginger contains. Another reason to start drinking the tea!

Such compounds can prevent the growth of distinct strains of bacteria which can cause gum diseases. Ginger extracts have also shown their potential when used against drug-resistant bacteria.

Cancer

Some compounds in ginger tea can help in treating certain cancers, especially the ovarian variety. The same study has proven the obliteration of ovarian cancer cells by such compounds. What is more surprising about the study is the behavior of cancer cells where they ended up attacking and killing each other. This is one hell of a reason, especially for the ladies, to start drinking ginger tea.

Fungal Infections

It may come as a surprise to many that ginger also has powerful ant-fungal properties and it has been used to get rid of fungal-related problems like yeast infections, jock itch, and even athlete’s foot. Many tests have been conducted with successful results on ginger as an anti-fungal agent. In Iran, ginger was successfully used in the treatment of fungal infections in the mouth. So, it’s worth drinking ginger tea or using ginger in other forms to treat or even prevent fungal infections.

Heartburn

This is very a common disease affecting about 50% of all Americans but is predominant in older people. It is also known as acid GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux. According to studies made, ginger tea can have a gastroprotective effect against acid reflux by loosening the lower esophageal sphincter, thus preventing stomach acid from regurgitating back into the esophagus. The compounds in ginger can also kill harmful micro-organisms, like Helicobacter pylon, some bacteria linked to acid reflux.

High Cholesterol

If you have high levels of LDL lipoproteins, then there’s a possibility of having heart disease. LDLs are commonly known as “bad cholesterol,” and these accumulate in the body by eating the wrong foods. Ginger tea can be used to reduce bad cholesterol significantly. Studies have shown that there’s a significant reduction in LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels for those who imbibe the tea.

Infertility

Ginger can help males on fertility problems. It has been proven that drinking the tea can help promote fertility, especially in the production of quality sperm cells. The greater news is that it can also help treat erectile dysfunction. If taken regularly, say daily, it can act as an aphrodisiac.

Muscle Soreness and Pain

Although still under study, ginger has shown some positive effects on muscle pain brought about by exercise. The effects of ginger on sore muscles could be more evident in the long run rather than immediate. The effects may be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger.

Stomach Ulcers

If a person is feeling symptoms like fatigue, heartburn, indigestion, and abdominal discomfort, then he may be suffering from stomach ulcers. These are sores that develop on the linings of the stomach and can cause much pain and discomfort.

Again, ginger and ginger tea comes to the rescue. Research shows and proves that ginger tea can help prevent the formation of stomach ulcers. According to studies, it was shown that ginger in powder form could be a protection against aspirin-induced stomach ulcers. The application of ginger powder decreased levels of inflammatory proteins and the blocking of the activity of enzymes that are related to the development of ulcers.

Other Ways to Use Ginger

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After going through this treatise, you may be ready to make some ginger applications to your daily routine. Ginger is readily available in local grocery stores but choosing the good ones may be new to most people. Fresh ginger usually has shiny and thin skin which one can easily scrape off with his fingernail. Also, try taking a whiff of the ginger. The aroma should be pungent, sharp, and peppery. If you notice all these, then that ginger should serve you well. Do not buy those that have textures that are moist or those with soft spots.

Have you tried ginger vegetable juices or smoothies with ginger? Make a go of it as the ginger will give the drinks a unique flavor, and at the same time, it gives anti-inflammatory benefits and a helpful dose of antioxidants. One can also use ginger as an ingredient in cooking. It is great in soups, salads, and even in desserts. Ginger will not only make a person feel well, but it can also add great flavors to various dishes.

This incredible spice can be purchased in powder form and can be used in the kitchen in many ways. Sprinkle a dash of powder on chicken curry cooked in coconut milk, add it to sweet treats and to baked goodies like gingerbread snaps or mix some on your favorite morning smoothie. If you don’t have the time to make these treats and still want the benefits of ginger, buy them in the convenient ginger-powder capsules. You can have as much as 1000mg daily as a supplement.

Perhaps the most powerful form of ginger is gingerol which is found in concentrated amounts in ginger essential oils. The oil has varied applications. One can take the oil internally or may be combined with a carrier oil, then rubbed on body areas that are experiencing pain. It will just take two or three drops of the oil to get the benefits of the oil’s therapeutic potential.

Taken in moderation, taking ginger is safe and should not manifest any detrimental side effects. If it does, the most common symptoms are stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and heartburn.

Allergic reactions to ginger are rare. If they should occur, the most common symptoms will be the appearance of swelling, hives or difficulty in breathing. In such case, immediately stop using ginger and consult with a doctor.

 

 

The Ultimate Round-Up of Best Breads for Your Diet

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People often get the impression that eating bread would lead to weight gain. They do have a point because many types of bread can add unwanted extra pounds. The good news is that not all these sumptuous breakfast staples are fattening. One can still enjoy his favorite sandwiches without worry, and this will depend upon the bread bought. Refined, white-flour bread should be avoided by weight watchers as these are linked to gaining weight. Instead, buy the whole grain variety because these will help lose those extra pounds.

Marketing techniques can be deceiving and might make you believe that “something” unhealthy can be otherwise. Consider these foolproof guides that will make one a good shopper for bread that is made for the weight conscious:

  • Take notice of the package’s front. It should say 100% “whole wheat” or “whole grain.”
  • Each slice should at least have 3 grams of fiber.
  • Each slice should contain only 3 grams of sugar or less.
  • Scan through the ingredient list. Avoid bread with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or hydrogenated oils.

For those who want to lose weight, as well as the already health conscious ones, don’t include foods with high-glycemic indexes. The sugars in such foods are easily broken down during digestion and are absorbed as fast into the bloodstream. This will spike the blood sugar levels thus increasing the risks of diabetes and obesity.

There is an awareness now of health foods. Whole-grain bread is in. Studies have indicated that those who consumed whole wheat bread have better odds against premature death, lower risks of death due to heart diseases, and lower risks of dying from cancer.

Be sure to purchase 100% whole grain or whole wheat bread as they’re considered the best. Other types can have their benefits. Having this in mind should make the trip to the friendly grocer faster and easier. Here are some of the best types of bread to choose for people on a diet:

Whole Grain Bread

Be sure to buy bread which contains the words “whole wheat,” “whole grains” or “whole oats.” These foods would contain many nutrients, fibers, and other healthy compounds from plants which are found in grains. Don’t be confused with terminologies: whole grains mean that it contains one of the varied types of healthy grains while the term whole wheat will refer to one specific grain being used.

Sourdough Bread

It takes more time and effort to make sourdough bread. It rises slower, and that increases its lactic acid content to create the ideal pH for the enzyme phytase. The enzyme breaks down into phytates which, in turn, binds with minerals like iron, zinc, and manganese. Such action will slow down their absorption into the body. This is more evident in sourdough than in other types of bread. Sourdough fermentation takes longer than other dough. This gives more time for the bacteria to break down the carbohydrates and gluten in the bread which will make it easier to digest and release the nutrients for absorption into the bloodstream.

Multigrain Bread

Another variation of whole grain bread is multigrain bread. The former refers to bread where all the grain’s parts are used, and this includes the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Multigrain bread refers to those that have more than a single kind of grain, but such grains may not all be classified as whole grains. If the preference is multigrain bread, make sure that it uses whole grains.

Flaxseed Bread

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Omega-3 fatty acids are heart-healthy substances that are naturally found in fish oils. This would not be good for vegetarians because the fats come from animal sources. Fortunately, we have flaxseed bread, and this is an appropriate substitute for regular loaves. Studies have shown that flaxseed and flaxseed bread can decrease the risks of heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, and stroke.

Brown Rice Bread

This is another good news for vegans, brown rice bread. Aside from being gluten-free, this type of bread contains fibers, proteins, calcium, thiamine, manganese, and potassium. All these are found naturally in the rice.

Rye Bread

This is a popular type of bread, especially to weight-watchers. Whole grain rye bread can help in reducing body weight, can slightly improve sensitivity to insulin, and lower cholesterol count. Rye bread is made from rye flour. This is a type of flour which is made from a plant like wheat.

Gluten-Free Bread

Diets that are devoid of a lot of nutrients are often referred to as gluten-free. Gluten-free bread doesn’t use barley, wheat, and rye, but instead use other starch sources like rice flour, cornstarch, potato flour, tapioca starch. Gluten-free bread is usually more expensive but is ideal for weight-watchers.

Oat Bread

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This is one of the most nutritious foods around and is ideal for people who want to lose weight. Oats are an excellent source of good carbohydrates and cholesterol-lowering fibers known as beta-glucan. This compound can help reduce certain diseases like digestive problems, types of cancers, diabetes, heart diseases, and more. Among the cereals, oats are richest in protein which is needed to build, repair, and maintain body tissues. Oats also possess an abundance of vitamins such as vitamin E, and minerals like calcium, and iron. There are several varieties of oat bread, and the type depends on the whole grain oat used, like steel-cut oats, oat groats or thick oats.

Protein Bread

Protein bread is recommended as a great supplement for people who are either active sports players or are trying to lose weight or gain more muscle mass. This food is also helpful for diabetics, bariatric patients, and of course vegetarians who are looking for good protein sources. The bread is also good for kids who need an extra dose of amino acids necessary to promote growth.

Whole Wheat Bread

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It has been a requirement for bread manufacturers in the USA to enrich their wheat flour with healthy vitamins and minerals. Such was imposed because, in the process of making wheat flour, about 60% of the healthy nutrients are lost. But even then, not all the original vitamins and minerals are restored. This is primarily the reason why whole wheat bread is recommended. In their original form, whole wheat is a great source of manganese, magnesium, and fiber.

The Worst Types of Bread Which Will Spoil the Diet

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Now for the more interesting part of the treatise. Most of us lose the willpower to resist the temptation of oven-fresh baked goodies. At this point, do we care about whole grains or whole wheat? Bear this in mind. If one consumes these goodies baked with refined flour and completely indulges himself, he will be eating food with minimal nutritional value and worse, the experience will not make him feel full and will make him crave for more in less time. Stick to the plan if serious about losing weight or if intending to stay healthy. Once can steer away from the following foods:

French baguettes. One can just smell the fresh baked scent of baguettes. It’s made from white flour, water, yeast, and salt. The French may love them but may be unaware that baguettes have minimal nutritional value.

Croissants. Made with the richest ingredients, a croissant is another creation by the French that is great for the taste buds but not so with the waistline. They are loaded with butter, made from wheat flour, and certainly are not that high on the health scale.

White bread. Fluffy, soft, and good tasting, white bread is always on our grocery list, hopefully not for long. Whites are made from refined grains, and this means that the surface of the grain has been stripped off its outer layer. Unfortunately, that is where the fibers and other essential nutrients are located. With all carbohydrates and no fiber, the consumer will be less likely to feel full and in no time will be craving for more. And that will result in weight gain.

Bagels. The favorite breakfast food of people on the go, but its calorie and carbohydrate contents are high. People with diabetes should take note when having a bagel because it contains a lot of carbohydrates which can spike up their blood sugar levels.

Ciabatta. Again, a great tasting baked goodie but this time coming from the Italians. Like the baguette, the common ingredients are white flour, yeast, oil, salt, and water. And like the baguette, it doesn’t have that much nutritional value. The calories it offers come from the carbohydrates, and there is almost no fiber, fat or protein to maintain the feeling of fullness.

Some Tips for Choosing the Right Bread for Your Diet

Bread can be a person’s friend and enemy at the same time. Its chewy, delightful, and floury taste has befriended us for centuries now, and we have always enjoyed their company. But it could be the enemy too because consuming bread could make one unhealthy and unattractive. But this will depend on what kind of bread eaten. If a person chooses the right once, he can still fit in those skinny jeans bought ages ago and still can eat bread.

Because of its carbohydrate and sugar contents, bread indeed is the enemy. In the 80s, it was the fear of fat. These days, its bread. But choose the right kind of bread, and one can still enjoy those sandwiches always dreamt of and still stay fit and skinny. Here are some pointers that nutritionists, pro-chefs, and doctors can offer regarding the choice of bread:

Go along with the 10:1 rule when purchasing your bread. It is a simple rule of thumb that is easy to remember. Look at the bread’s packaging label. For every 10 grams of carbohydrates, there must be a gram of fiber.

Search for whole wheat or whole grains. Again, it’s on the label. If the list of ingredients should include wheat or white flour, sugars, corn syrup, fructose or sucrose, skip it as the bread will contain more of the simple carbohydrates.  If the package reads “whole wheat” or “whole grain,” then it’s the right one. As for “multi-grain” just read through its ingredient list to determine if it is healthy because there are no standardized regulations regarding multigrain bread yet.

Go for organic wheat. The methods on how wheat is grown have changed for the past decades. Expecting wheat grown as our forefathers did is, well a thing of the past. But some raisers still practice organic farming. Their crops may be a tad costlier, but it will be worth it. Organic wheat is grown with little exposure to harmful pesticides and the bread made from them is a healthier choice.

Look for fermented bread. When we talk about fermented bread, we usually refer to sourdough. The process of making sourdough starts with fermentation of the dough, which can last for days. The process will allow healthy bacteria to thrive and micros will help to keep the digestive system balanced and regulate the metabolism. For a healthier boost, choose fermented bread as the healthy option.

Visit the bakery. When buying bread, try to get it straight from the bakery because the bread will contain less salt and preservatives. Furthermore, it will be fresh. Traditional loaves found in supermarkets have more preservatives and salt. One should still naturally opt for the wholegrain type when available.

Search for barley, bran, or rye. If these bread types are available, then buy them. The flour from these cereals contains beta-glucan. This is a type of soluble fiber which increases the time it takes before the stomach is emptied. This action will prevent sudden spikes in the blood sugar levels.

Dip the bread in some form of fat. Italians do have a reason why they use olive oil in their bread. Dipping in oil will slow down the eating time, will prevent too much consumption of bread, and of course, the oil will add a nice flavor to the bread. Instead of olive oil, try using coconut oil, butter or ghee.

Choose darker flours if possible. One can be sure about this. The darker the flour is, the more antioxidants it will contain. Bread made from dark flour is healthier and gluten-free. Healthiest among these dark grains are quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat. Less healthy are potato and rice flours.

Construct a healthier sandwich. Smart sandwiches are fun sandwiches. With a little innovation, one can make healthier sandwiches with less bread or with no bread at all. An open-faced sandwich will need only one slice of bread, instead of the usual two. Get rid of the bun in a hamburger and replace it with lettuce. Remove the insides of a bagel and leave just the crunchy crust. Or ask your baker to slice your ordered loaf thinly.

Get seedy and nutty. There are types of bread available that are packed with seeds and nuts. If found in whole wheat bread, one would have a great combination of healthy nutrition. The fiber will keep one  feeling full for longer, the seeds and nuts have low glycemic indices and will prevent fluctuations in the blood  sugar levels, the fiber, seeds, and nuts will curb the over-indulging in food and almonds, chia, walnuts, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds will add a nice texture to the bread.

 

Are Frozen Meals Healthy? (All You Need to Know)

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Frozen meals have become a part of American life. This is especially true in homes where both parents are employed and don’t have ample time to make meals. Frozen food is an option, and a convenient one at that because it saves time and effort. Grocery stores now have a special aisle only for these frozen meals. The prices range from economical to high-end special meal choices. Frozen foods started with simple combinations of meat and veggies, a balanced diet. Many have evolved into cuisine-quality meals and others into weight watcher combos.

What inspired the invention of these frozen TV dinners? The answer is turkey and about 520,000 pounds of it. The product started with the Swanson Brothers, who we can assume invented the TV dinners. In fact, the Swanson Company to this day is still alive and kicking. Anyway, the brothers gave their employees a dilemma: what to do with this huge surplus of turkey leftovers from a Thanksgiving that was less than successful. Gerry Thomas came up with an idea, inspired by meals given in airlines and his experience in the military using mess kits. His proposal of packaging the turkey with some side dishes then freezing them in compartmentalized trays was innovative and a sure winner. Thus, frozen meals were born. That was in the 50s, and these meals are about 70 years old now.

Some Interesting Facts About Frozen Meals

Some interesting facts about frozen meals - Are Frozen Meals Healthy? (All You Need to Know)

To commemorate how the American public embraced the concept of frozen foods, specifically TV dinners, they have made March as the National Frozen Food Month. Cannot blame them, especially when food companies are becoming more innovative in creating or improving their menu. Take a stroll along the Frozen Food aisle of your grocery shop and learn more about these products, from introductory new flavored to meals which already come pre-portioned, from international cuisines to local favorites. Consumers are frequently surprised by the diversity of these foods, and there are much more waiting to be explored.

Frozen foods offer a diverse selection from which consumers can choose. If you want to go Italian, French, Mexican or Chinese, all these would be available. But how much do you know about these technologically-enabled foods? Here are some interesting facts about those TV dinners you love so much but know so little about.

Frozen meals are made with fresh ingredients. Freezing serves a dual purpose, to preserve the freshly-packed meals and to ensure its great taste. Vegetables used in preparing the meals are gathered and frozen on the same day. Then they are packed tight, sealed and shipped.

Measures are also taken that they don’t get exposed to sunlight, air, and light as these can destroy the food’s nutrients. For pasta meals, they’re prepared on site. Pasta ingredients are combined and prepared within a few hours.

These processes aren’t limited to TV dinners. For instance, apple pie, which is America’s favorite dessert, is also baked with the freshest ingredients.

Not all types of frozen meals contain a lot of sodium. It’s a misconception that frozen foods contain more than the prescribed RDI for sodium. To make sure that you’re within the limits of prescribed RDI, just look at the package’s content list.

Consuming frozen meals which are already pre-proportioned is a good way to control sodium intake. An average serving contains about 500 milligrams of sodium, that’s less than half of the amount of a regular dinner.

You can find frozen meals in the frozen foods aisle of the supermarket. There are other advantages of frozen packed meals. They can avoid the piling of leftovers in your fridge. The meals are balanced perfectly with an entree, a side dish, and a small dessert. Also, there a wide selection to choose from in the frozen foods section which could satisfy everyone’s preference.

Frozen meals may contain a lot of protein. Daily Protein requirements are provided for by frozen packs. Men should at least consume about 50-60 grams per meal and 40-50 grams for women. Choose those meals with the natural requirements and be sure they contain no preservatives.

There are also some frozen meals which are gluten-free. For those who abstain from gluten, search for frozen meals that are gluten-free in the local grocer’s freezer’s aisles.  Just read the labels or the labels on the packaging.

Manufacturers also cater to people who prefer gluten-free meals and can even add a touch of sophistication to their products. Take, for instance, this frozen meal: tender beef cuts, roasted potatoes, and vegetables tossed perfectly in a Merlot wine sauce to come up with a gluten-free Merlot meal. Sounds so French but the meal exists. Such modern meal choices are so chic, so delicious, and so healthy.

The Ups and Downs of Frozen Meals

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Working parents hardly have enough time to prepare meals for the family. Coming from work, they would already feel spent. Frozen meals are convenient alternatives. But that’s not the sole reason why they rely on frozen meals. First, the family members truly enjoy the meals. Second, the kids, when old enough can prepare the meals themselves. Third, they earn a lot of savings as compared to preparing the conventional way. These are advantages, and as these do exist, there are also downsides on relying on frozen foods. Let’s discuss the good and the bad.

They’re Affordable

This is advantageous to lower-income families because these are not expensive and through such meals, they can get the same types of food that wealthy people dine on. Many exotic and international foods become available to everyone at reasonable costs. Some producers advertised their food as the healthiest but do not consider those consumers who cannot afford their products. Aside from the low costs, also consider the time that can be saved. This makes frozen meals more appealing to the ordinary consumer.

They’re Beneficial for the Elderly

For those of us who live apart from our elders, there is always the feeling of apprehension on how they are doing. Do they have food, can they cook, are they eating the right foods? These are some queries that can dog us when our elders live alone. This is another convenience for frozen foods. Loading their fridge with a variety of meals that they can choose from will ensure they are always replenished. Furthermore, and health-wise, one can purchase the meals that will offer the most nutrition. Just check the number of calories, protein, fats, carbohydrates, and sodium content.

One also need not worry about how elders respond to such meal choices. The elderly has fewer food cravings as compared to younger adults, and frozen meals are a blessing for people who require the right nutrition without being picky.

They Last Longer

Many pre-packaged meals these days contain huge amounts of preservatives to make them last longer. But we are all aware of the effects of preservatives on the body. This is one advantage of frozen foods as they don’t require such additives to maintain the freshness. Freezing is a great way of storing and preserving food. If sealed and stored properly, frozen food can last longer, even for months without concerns about safety. So long as they stay in the freezer, they will last, and the buyers will readily have a source of healthy food.

The quality of frozen food is not diminished by the process. Sometimes, frozen dinners can even be better than fresh foods. There are no negative effects when foods are frozen and essential nutrients including minerals and vitamins are not lost.

They’re Helpful for Dieters

The good thing about frozen meals is that the calorie count of each meal and the nutrients they offer are already enumerated in their labels. Furthermore, the meals are already portioned, so the danger of over-eating is eliminated. There are no second servings.

A drawback with dieters when their preferred frozen meals aren’t available is going back to their eating habits in the past. This happens because they have not learned to make or resort to other options that could fit their eating routines. It’s also possible for dieters to have too little calories in their meals because they chose products that are so. Less nutrition in their foods will lead to low metabolic rate.

One can rely on frozen foods because it’s the easiest way to monitor the fat and calorie intake and frozen foods can be a healthy alternative. Read the labels; they will do the monitoring for you. They can help in many ways but depending totally on frozen foods is not a long-term solution.

There Are a Lot of Options Available

Compared to some years back, the selection of frozen foods has increased by leaps and bounds. This type of food business must be profitable because many companies have engaged in producing it. The variety increases every day and can cater to different nationalities, dietary requirements, and social occasions. There seem to be no limits to the possibilities of what new food can be created.

Aside from ordinary food, the industry also caters to special groups like vegetarians, gluten-free, and organic advocates, non-GMO consumers, and more. Because frozen foods are consumer-driven, producers always find a way to keep up with the trends. That way, no matter what the dietary requirements are, there will always be something for everyone at any time.

Now for the Bad News…

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As we have mentioned, frozen meals are not that bad. We have gone through their benefits, but there is always the downside. For one, one would lose control of what goes inside his body. The nutrients are defined and that gives no option to control fat, sugar intake, and sodium. As the saying goes, “what you see is what you get.” It should also be noted that producers tend to produce frozen meals that many consider as comfort foods. They make pizzas, meat, potatoes and heavy-sauced dishes. Unfortunately, these foods are not very friendly with the waistline, hips, and thighs.

Another disadvantage of frozen meals is that they may contain trans fats. A ban on these fats will take effect 2018, but despite this, there are still uncomfortable amounts found in packaged foods. At times, advertisements can be deceiving. For instance, the product is labeled “trans fat-free” although they still contain this harmful ingredient. This is startling and worse, illegal.

But producers could always find a loophole to sell their goods. For instance, their meal has 0.5 grams of trans fat for each serving. They can still state that the product trans are fat-free because the amount is still below the legal requirement.

So… Are Frozen Meals Healthy?

So... are frozen meals healthy - Are Frozen Meals Healthy? (All You Need to Know)

We understand why people are reluctant to prepare dinner after a long day in the office. They’re usually exhausted. They may order take-out and indulge themselves with the greasiest foods their body shouldn’t be allowed to absorb. Or one can try frozen foods.

It’s true that in its early stages, frozen meals did contain preservatives and sodium but because of health awakenings, producers have started to make healthier foods by incorporating beans, kale, lentils, and more in their menus.

If you find time to read the package, one may find out that many frozen foods could even be healthier than those from fast food joints or those cooked at home. Producers can boast about their meals having just the right calories, but of course, they won’t tell the consumers the small-size portions of their meal. How one can get healthy eating frozen meals will depend on his own choices. There are also brand meals that could help a person in making the right choice.

Now get yourself in line in the frozen foods section of the local grocer.  Read the nutritional facts on the label. Give notice to sodium contents and the grams of saturated fats in the preferred meal. A package with 600-700 milligrams of sodium is appropriate. As for saturated fats, search for a package with just a very few grams of fat. The lesser still, the better. If zero, then that is the best.

After going through the nutrient content, select a meal with the least number of artificial additives. There’s a specific order by which ingredients in nutrition labels are usually listed. This is from the greatest amounts to the least. The first ones should include vegetables, lean proteins or grains. The one item that shouldn’t be listed is food starches. These are used to substitute fats and will provide the texture in frozen meals. Going back on the list, if the makers remain true to their ads, food starches should be at least the last one of the ingredients. It’s not a harmful additive, but it is devoid of any calories.

We have mentioned earlier that frozen foods can last longer and that is without the use of preservatives. These trays are a sure delight for someone who comes home late from work when most deli shops are already closed. Some of these meals, however, can contain compounds that prevent certain ingredients in them from going bad. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is one example. People should avoid eating foods with such compounds even if the FDA has given their approval for safety. Avoid food starches, artificial sweeteners, and BHT.

If possible, just choose simple, clean, and whole food groups. Choose the frozen meal supply carefully and healthily. It would give one great pleasure to open his refrigerator and find only the healthiest foods that his money has bought.

 

 

The Ultimate List of Coconut Tea Benefits

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We have all seen those tropical islands, and we couldn’t help but notice those coconuts trees lining up the beaches. It surely is a refreshing site, and we all hope we could live in such locales.

But coconut trees aren’t just ornaments in the tropical paradises; they’re also miracle plants whose parts, from its roots to its palm fronds, have been used by islanders for thousands of years. And best of all, is its fruit, nut or seed. The tree is a source of fiber, fuel, and even musical instruments.

It’s hard to believe that a third of the world’s population have the coconut as the main food staple and yet in the West, it’s still considered exotic. But its popularity has exceeded expectations. This football-sized fruit has three layers. The exocarp or the husk, the mesocarp or the hard shell, and the endocarp or the “meat.” The first can be used for fibers and fuel. The second, for utensils and the third one for medicine and food.

The coconut plant has been used in the Orient to cure various ailments through the centuries. The meat has been a delightful ingredient in many Asian cuisines, and its popularity has gone global. On the medical front, the coconut has also been researched to find the scope of its nutritional benefits. Here are some findings:

  • Coconuts are loaded with electrolytes that are naturally sterile. These are important for your pH levels and muscle functions.
  • They have high fiber contents. This is good for weight watchers as it will make them feel full and crave less. The fiber is also good for waste elimination.
  • They have high concentrations of lauric acids, which converts into monolaurin, a compound that’s also found in breast milk which is responsible for strengthening the baby’s immunity.
  • Coconuts contain high concentrations of phosphorus, manganese, and potassium.

What is Coconut Tea?

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This is a relatively new beverage, at least for Western countries. As the name implies, coconut tea is a type of caffeinated herbal beverage that’s made from milk and coconut flakes, combined with either black or green tea. The concoction makes for an exceptional beverage with potent active ingredients, not to mention its delectable flavor. The East has been preparing this drink for generations, especially in tropical regions where coconut trees abound. It’s traditionally served hot, but innovations have been introduced to make the drink appeal to new and old drinkers. These days, it can be served cold as iced tea or bubble tea. The common ingredient is always coconut, providing the main flavor and the nutritional elements.

Coconut and tea are the main ingredients of coconut tea, and both these are high in nutritional counts. Coconut is nutrient-rich containing, among others, lauric acid, saturated fats, magnesium, vitamin C, iron, fiber, and potassium. Tea, on the other hand, is rich in polyphenolic compounds and other active compounds that give a lot of benefits. When these two are combined, you come up with a “super drink” that’s surprisingly healthy. Let’s name some of the benefits of drinking coconut tea:

Cancer prevention. Because of their complementary antioxidant properties, both coconuts and tea have been highly recommended as a natural preventive remedy for the common symptoms of cancer. Polyphenols in green, black, and oolong tea along with the antioxidants in coconuts make a powerful combination in combating free radicals that are linked with cell destruction or mutations that could lead to the health issues like cancer.

Fights infections. The anti-microbial compounds in coconut oil, like peptides, can prevent almost all types of bacterial infection by eliminating specific bacteria. Furthermore, the lauric acid can inhibit viral and fungal infections. Drink a cup of coconut tea often to keep the body free from such infections.

Heart health. Cholesterols cannot be all bad. There are also “good fats” which are highly found in coconut oil. These “good fats” also known as HDL cholesterol, together with lauric acids, can protect one from coronary heart diseases and high blood pressure.

Studies have shown that coconut oil can increase HDL and lessen LDL. In simpler words, the oil can increase “good cholesterol” and lessen “bad cholesterol.” This will benefit the heart and your blood pressure. Levels of triglycerides are also put on the check, and this can minimize any cardiovascular diseases which are usually caused by free-radicals. The occurrence of myocardial issues like stroke is also minimized by the enzymes stimulated by coconut oil. As for tea, it has always been admitted that it’s great for hypertension and heart health.

Liver health. Toxins that tend to cause harm to the body are removed from the liver with the support of the hepatoprotective compounds and antioxidants found in tea. Right now, more studies are still being conducted on how coconut tea can benefit the liver.

Aids in weight loss. Both tea and coconut are good for people who want to lose weight because they can suppress appetite or the craving for food. Both can speed up metabolism and inhibit the activities of enzymes that are responsible for building fat.

Other benefits of coconut tea. Coconut tea is coconut and tea. The former can either be in the form of milk, cream or flakes. The latter can either be black, green or oolong. The concoction can either be served hot, cold or as bubble tea. This drink offers health benefits to the body. Here are some more benefits:

  • Because of coconut’s high level of healthy fats and antioxidants, it’s considered as an agent in skin protection and maintenance.
  • It’s packed with vitamin C, and this can give the immune system an extra boost and the body more energy.
  • Coconut tea can help against tumor growths.
  • For anemics or an extra boost of the element, coconut tea is a good source of iron.
  • Coconut tea also has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Studies have shown that coconut tea can reverse some of the damages brought about by Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain disorders.
  • Coconut tea can help against dehydration.

Coconut Tea Precautions

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Tea is great, ask the English. It’s delightful and goes well with crumpets. But indulging too much is not recommended as it could cause diarrhea and nausea. If you are allergic to coconuts, it’s best advised to stay away from coconut tea.

Moderation is a good discipline to follow in almost anything and everything. Even with coconut tea. Don’t over-indulge. Pregnant women, for instance, can still leisurely sip a cup of coconut tea without causing any harm. It could be good for them because coconut is believed to relieve morning sickness and constipation during such periods. However, too much is bad because of the caffeine content in tea. Either they can resort to decaffeinated tea or consult first with the doctor.

Some Coconut Tea Recipes

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Coconut tea is made with coconut and tea. But one can make some modifications to make the coconut tea more appealing and flavorful. Be innovative. Add some exciting ingredients like spices and herbs and enjoy the re-invented tea even more. Here are some recipes to consider for new and hopefully, better flavors:

Coconut chai tea

  • Crush together half a teaspoon of peppercorn, 4 cardamoms, and 4 Boil these in 3 cups of water with slices of ginger.
  • Turn off the stove and steep 3 bags of black tea for about seven minutes.
  • Take out the tea bags and steep again, this time for twelve minutes.
  • In a separate saucepan, simmer half a cup of coconut milk with a one-eighth cup of sugar.
  • Strain the first mixture, then combine it with the milk mixture.
  • Heat the resulting mixture for half a minute, then whisk.
  • Serve the tea with cinnamon sticks.

Coconut green tea

  • Boil a cup of water then 2 tablespoons of green tea.
  • Strain the mixture then add half a cup of coconut water.
  • Prepare some serving glasses. In each, put some ice cubes, one tablespoon of honey, half a teaspoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of tender coconut.
  • Pour the green tea, then serve.

Coconut milk tea

  • In a small container, mix 1/4 cup of tapioca (cooked) and 2 tablespoons of sugar syrup. Set aside.
  • Crush half a cup of ice in a blender with a quarter cup of coconut milk, one-eighth cup of coconut cream and half a tablespoon of syrup.
  • Serve the coconut tea mixture with the tapioca mixture.

Coconut oil in tea

  • Simply mix and finely stir half a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil in half a cup of freshly made green tea.
  • Serve hot.
  • If you prefer chilled coconut oil tea, just refrigerate before serving.

Coconut Oil is Healthy Too!

Coconut oil is healthy too - The Ultimate List of Coconut Tea Benefits

Coconut oil of late has invaded our daily living as it has made its way to our hair and skin, our smoothies, in creams, ointments, and on our frying pan. That is just naming a few. People are attracted to coconut oil for good reasons because of the benefits it can offer to both our mind and body. The addition of coconut oil in the diets is a great way to improve the health, well-being, appearance, and even the sex life. Read on and find out about the miraculous stuff that we get from coconuts.

It can help promote weight loss in long-term. Coconut has long been used to lose weight. The capric acid and other medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in coconut have been shown to increase the daily energy use in the body. That extra burned energy of about 100-200 calories may not seem much but computing it over a longer period, would be significant.

It can curb the appetite. Coconut oil has an interesting effect on hunger. This may be related to how fatty acids in it are metabolized. Add some coconut oil to coffee or tea. Aside from enhancing the flavor, it can help suppress food cravings and consequently, lose weight.

It can eliminate bacteria. Half of the fatty acids found in coconut oil are lauric acids, and this type is particularly effective in destroying bacteria, fungi, and virus. Applied externally, the oil can prevent infections. If ingested, the oil is great in harmful elimination pathogens that enter the body.

It promotes the health and functions of the organs. Coconut oil can serve as a natural antibiotic since it destroys the lipid coatings of bacteria. Such attack will kill the bacteria. The application is effective against urinary and kidney infections.

Saturated fats are also found in significant amounts in coconut oil. Such fat contents may not seem positive, but these fats in coconuts function differently than those derived from animals. Coconut oil increases the levels of “good cholesterol” and helps convert the “bad cholesterol.”. This process will support heart health and will lower the chances of heart diseases.

It’s great for hair and skin. One can use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer, and it can also increase the skin’s lipid content. Applied to the scalp, it can be very beneficial for different types of hair damage. All these are made possible because of the fatty acid content of the oil.

It enhances digestion. Coconut oil can help in food digestion in three ways. First, it enhances digestion by improving the body’s absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, magnesium, and calcium. Second, when taken together with Omega-3 fatty acids, the efficiency increases two-fold. Third, the oil can improve stomach health by eliminating bad bacteria and more.

It helps balance the hormones. You would expect a series of problems when there is a hormone disruption. Lauric acid can come to the rescue as it can help maintain the balance. Coconut oil can help women who are menopausal or pregnant maintain balance in hormones, especially their estrogen levels.

It helps reduce the risk of seizures. The digestion of coconut oil will produce ketones. These compounds are best known for their therapeutic applications, especially in the treatment of epilepsy in young children. A ketogenic diet would need a minimum amount of carbohydrates but huge quantities of fat. This will result in high concentrations of ketones present in the bloodstream. Test have proven the dramatic reduction of seizures in children with epilepsy.

It can help prevent insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes is a precursor to insulin resistance. To compensate for this, the pancreas will start pumping more insulin, and this will lead to its overproduction. This sets the conditions for type 2 diabetes. Coconut oil can help in balance these insulin reactions in cells which contain ketones. When we ingest coconut oil, ketones are produced in the body, and this compound can relieve the strain felt by the pancreas by providing the body with a continuous source of energy that does not rely on these glucose reactions.

It has anti-inflammatory properties. Because of the high levels of antibodies that are found in coconut oil, it has been used in the treatment of arthritis by reducing inflammations associated with the disease. So far, the oil has been a more effective treatment as against leading medications. Best coconut oils are those that have been harvested using medium heat. Such quality has better results in suppressing inflammations. Aside from a good-inflammatory, it’s also an analgesic.

9 Science-Backed Benefits of Going Vegan

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You’ll hear many people they’re going vegan to save animals. There are people who view any form of eating meat or using animal products as cruel and inhumane. This even includes the use of dairy products, which don’t kill the animals, although can take food sources away from the young.

However, there are some vegans who opt for it purely for their health. It’s not that they’re against meat eaters, but that they want to protect their bodies. This can mean cutting out foods that upset their gut or add more, unnecessary saturated fats in their body.

There are science-backed benefits of opting for a vegan lifestyle. Researchers have found that a healthy vegan diet is something worth considering. If you’re not too sure yet, then investigate these nine benefits that are completely backed by researchers when it comes to the vegan lifestyle.

It’s a Nutrient Powerhouse Diet

The vegan lifestyle means that you get plenty of nutrients into your diet. The Western diet with animal products and meat-based recipes is okay, but you can often reduce your micronutrient intake. You can find yourself lacking in the likes of healthy vitamin A, zinc, magnesium and more. While you think you’re getting them through your meals, the non-vegan diet is stopping your body from fully absorbing all the nutrients.

With a vegan diet, you stop replacing the fruits and vegetables with the animal foods. Meat tends to take up the bulk of a recipe, which isn’t the way it should be. With a vegan lifestyle, you’ll get more nuts, peas, beans, legumes, and more.

There’s a common misconception that the vegan lifestyle will mean you lose out on nutrients. This can be the case if you don’t think about replacing the animal foods properly. Many vegans find they lose out on protein, vitamin B12, calcium and some of the fatty acids. However, with the right substitutions, you can find you get enough.

For example, nuts are good sources of fatty acids and zinc. You can get protein and vitamin B12 from legumes and beans. Don’t forget about your dark leafy greens for your calcium intake. You’ll be surprised at where some of the nutrients can come from.

If you are worried, there are also healthy supplements. Protein powders (not from whey) are excellent options. You can also get a B12 supplement suitable for your vegan diet. Talk to your doctor if you are worried, but you’ll find a lot of support now for your vegan choices.

You Can Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels

You Can Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels - 9 Science-Backed Benefits of Going Vegan

The Western diet isn’t the best for blood sugar levels. In fact, there’s a growing concern of people suffering from Type II diabetes. The Vegan lifestyle can help to rectify that. It’s all about the types of foods you choose to eat.

Studies show that almost half of vegans have been able to reduce the amount of diabetes medication they need, compared to just over a quarter of non-vegans. This means the diet is helping to reduce the blood sugar levels, helping to rectify some of the damage caused by previous high sugar intakes. The bodies become more sensitive to the insulin, meaning they don’t need help or need to produce extra for low levels of glucose.

On top of that, studies have shown that those on a vegan diet have a 50-78% lower chance of getting Type II diabetes in the future. This benefit can be seen in both individuals with no signs and those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes.

This is likely due to the change in food focus. People on a vegan diet focus more on whole grains and fiber-filled foods. These foods break down slowly, keeping the sugar levels down. Chocolate, candies, and other refined foods are usually skipped because they involve animal products in some way. While there are vegan alternatives, people on a vegan diet tend to live a healthier option day-to-day.

Reduce the Risk of Kidney Failure

The meat diet isn’t the best for the body, especially in a high consumption. Some studies show that those following a vegan diet have reduced the risk of their kidneys not functioning properly. This is usually due to switching the type of protein they consume.

Animal proteins can have a few side effects on the body. Plant proteins may be slightly weaker for the muscles, but they are healthier for the organs overall. They help to encourage properly production levels, especially within the liver and kidneys.

This is something that still needs to be researched in full. However, it’s a positive sign for those who have been diagnosed with early kidney damage or problems.

 Some Cancers Can Be Avoided

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The World Health Organization states that about a third of cancers are affected by the diet and other aspects of your control. That means you could minimize the risk of third cancer by taking steps to change your lifestyle. The vegan lifestyle is one that you want to follow.

Legumes have shown a 9-18% chance of reducing the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Meanwhile, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables a day offers a 15% chance of reducing the risk of dying from cancer. There are so many nutrients in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes that they can help to protect the cells. The problem with a meat diet is you either substitute the good for the meat or the saturated fats make it harder for the body to absorb all the right nutrients.

There are also studies that show soy products help to considerably lower the risk of developing breast cancer. This is possibly due to the hormones in meats that can interact with a human’s own hormones. Soy doesn’t have any of these and this is a substitute that vegans turn to in most of the cases.

Processed meats, smoked meats, and using high temperatures for cooking animal products have all been linked to developing cancer. Dairy products have also shown an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. So, by opting for a vegan lifestyle you instantly cut out all these foods.

Of course, there are other factors involved. You can’t eliminate all risks of developing any type of cancer. However, you can reduce the risk of developing or dying from some.

You Could Reduce Arthritis Pain

If you suffer from arthritis, you’ll want to look at the food you eat. Studies show that a vegan diet can help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, which includes the pain experienced. This is linked to the inflammation in the body that animal products can cause.

You will need to make sure the diet is rich in the right nutrients for this benefit. One of the downsides of the vegan diet is reducing the probiotic yogurts. You’ll need to find vegan alternatives, as the studies involved probiotic-rich vegan foods.

People in the studies followed a vegan diet for six weeks. They saw better energy levels and lower pain levels, especially in those who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Those who eat a plant-based diet can add more good bacteria. This helps to battle against the bad bacteria in the gut that causes the inflammation within the body. Most who followed a vegan diet also found they ate fewer foods their bodies were sensitive to, reducing inflammation and increasing the number of nutrients absorbed into their body.

There’s a Lower Risk of Developing Heart Disease

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Heart disease is a silent killer and is a major problem. It’s one of the main killers in women around the world and part of the risk factors is linked to your diet. Those who eat more meat are more likely to consume saturated fats. These will increase the blood pressure and cholesterol levels, putting more strain on the heart, affecting the arteries, and disrupting the blood flow.

People on a vegan diet showed a 42% decreased risk of dying from heart disease. In fact, those on a vegan diet showed a 75% decreased risk of having high blood pressure, which is a precursor to heart disease. The cholesterol levels in vegans were also much lower than in a meat eater.

The lower blood sugar levels also come into play. Insulin resistance and high glucose levels affect the whole body. The metabolism becomes sluggish and confused, so calories are stored when they should be. The blood pressure is then affected, which can cause problems for the heart. If the vegan diet can help with the blood pressure levels, it shouldn’t be that surprising that it can also help to prevent heart disease.

On top of this, vegans are more likely to eat foods that are good for the heart. Whole grains, nuts, and vegetables have all shown benefits for the heart muscle.

You Can Lose More Weight

If you’re overweight, you may want to reduce the number of animal products you consume. They are higher in fats, which means they’re higher in calories. There are high chances you’ve seen diets suggest cutting out certain meats, dairy products, and a few other animal products. Those on a vegan diet are more likely to consume plant-based food and see more weight loss.

Studies do back this benefit up. Over an 18-week people, vegans were able to lose 9.3lbs more than their meat eater counterparts. Other studies show that vegans are more likely to be thinner. And you just must look at the celebrities to see the benefits. The likes of Gwyneth Paltrow follow raw vegan diets and have kept their trim shape.

The studies with weight loss also factor in meat eaters on a calorie-restricted diet. The meat eaters would need to reduce portion sizes, and this could lead to them feeling hungry. Meanwhile, vegans could enjoy more food because it was naturally lower in calories. They didn’t get the hunger pangs, which meant cravings disappeared. This helped to stick to the diets to lose weight.

Improve Physical Fitness Levels

Improve Physical Fitness Levels - 9 Science-Backed Benefits of Going Vegan

There are many people who will tell you that the vegan diet isn’t good for those who like to train and do exercise. This is often due to the claim that vegans don’t get enough protein. Of course, if you eat a balanced and varied vegan diet, you will be able to increase the amount of protein you consume.

Studies have shown that vegans have an improved physical fitness level than meat-eating counterparts. It’s not just about the protein levels for stronger muscles, but about the other nutrients to help support the recovery period. A vegan is more likely to recover in a shorter space of time, which helps to get back to training sooner and look after the whole body.

Vegans are also less likely to suffer injuries. They don’t consume the foods that can weaken bones and tissues. They are also more likely to lose weight, which puts less strain on their bodies.

Some studies show that vegans are also more flexible and have better endurance levels. This will be linked to the lack of saturated fats and the extra nutrients to support the health of joints and heart.

Of course, this really is only the case when a balanced diet is followed. Vegans can need to use supplements to ensure they get enough calcium and protein to support their physical stance.

You’ll See Lower Cholesterol Levels

You consume cholesterol through the foods you eat. People only consume cholesterol through animal products, whether through meat, eggs, milk, or other products. You don’t get cholesterol from plant-based foods. This instantly tells you that vegans are going to have lower cholesterol levels than vegetarians and meat eaters.

Bad cholesterol levels can lead to blocked arteries and a higher risk of heart disease. Your doctor will encourage you to take steps to reduce the levels of the body, which means looking at changing your diet. The vegan lifestyle can help considerably.

Your body will naturally create the good cholesterol levels, so there’s no need to worry about them. The vegan diet just helps to keep those levels to a minimum, protecting the body naturally.

Is a Vegan Diet Right for You?

There will be many people telling you to follow one diet or another. It can be difficult to choose. A vegan diet does have its health benefits, and these aren’t just random claims by your vegan friends. The diet can help to prolong life, reduce the risk of various diseases, and support exercise levels.

You will want to follow a healthy and balanced vegan diet. It’s important to look at all the nutrients you’re consuming to make sure you get enough protein, vitamin B12 and more to gain all the above benefits.

13 Benefits of Enjoying A Hot Mug Meal

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More and more people are turning to hot mug meals. They’re easy to make and warming to the soul. Sometimes they can appear like a cop-out; one of those meals that lazy people make. It’s time to get that thought out of your head. There are so many benefits to enjoying a hot mug meal.

This doesn’t mean you have to make one every day. But on those long and hard days at work, there’s nothing wrong with turning to the mug and kettle or microwave. Here are 13 ways you’ll benefit from enjoying a hot mug meal.

It Warms You Deep Within

One of the biggest benefits is the way the hot meal will warm you. There are lots of people who will tell you that hot drinks don’t help to warm you up. While there is an initial increase in body temperature, you sweat more, and you can cool your body down further. However, there’s a placebo effect.

You get that initial warming feeling as you eat or drink your meal. Plus, you get to hold onto the mug, making you feel warmer on the outside. As you feel warm, even just the placebo effect, your body will remain warm and calm. Your mind is more positive, so the cold won’t affect you as much. Plus holding the mug can help to stop the shivering, which naturally makes you feel warmer deep within.

When you’re at the end of a long winter day, pulling out the hot mug meals can be rewarding. You’ll instantly feel better.

Feel Physically Better with the Mug

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There’s something about having your own mug. Plates and bowls don’t quite have this same effect. We tend to tell people a lot about ourselves with the mugs we choose. We may have a photo of our family, a quote that motivates us, or even our favorite character. The mugs connect to our personality.

Having a meal in one of these mugs is beneficially for the mental health. The meal connects more to us deep down. We’re more likely to enjoy the meal because it’s in a mug that we love.

Mugs also tend to have a weight to them that plates and bowls don’t. It can feel like you’re holding something, which helps to make you feel like you’re eating something.

Easy to Make

Mug meals are just easy to make. This instantly offers a range of benefits. When something is easy to make, you’re more than likely to make the effort to do it. The task doesn’t feel as hard or as annoying. All you must do is quickly mix the ingredients together and pop in the microwave or you just need access to a kettle.

Sometimes you just don’t want to try. You don’t want to think about slaving over a stove. You’re more likely to enjoy a meal that you’ve cooked yourself, especially when it’s worked for the mood that you’re in. When you enjoy a meal, you feel more satisfied with the food that you’ve eaten. Being satisfied means you’re less likely to snack later in the evening, which leads us to the next benefit.

It’s Better for the Waistline

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Many of us want to lose weight and a mug meal can be the key to that. When you opt for a mug meal, you’re keeping your portions to a minimum. Filling up the mug will still give you less food than you would get in a bowl or a plate. You’ll consume fewer calories at the end of the day without necessarily trying.

Fewer calories mean that it’s much easier to stick to your diet. Even if you opt for a mug cake, you can keep your calories down. The amount of cake you eat is small, but you think you’re enjoying a normal sized portion. It’s all linked to the psychology of seeing that the mug is full.

You’ll still feel satisfied too because of the heat of the meal. Hot food tends to be more filling because you feel more positive within your body and soul. You don’t want to snack as much after the meal, which helps to keep the calorie intake down.

Help Shed More Fat

Not only do you help to reduce the calorie intake, but you can also speed up the shedding of the fat within your body. When you drink hot mug, meals made with hot water, you’re improving the body’s metabolism.

The heat will help to break down the fat within the body, making it easier for the metabolism to lose it. If you drink a lot of cold mug meals or drinks, you end up solidifying the fat. This makes it harder to get rid of the fat.

This is something that needs more research. Preliminary research has proven positive, but researchers are still on the fence. However, the other benefits more than make up for this possibly not quite being as effective as we’d hope!

Help to Balance Out the Metabolism

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Another benefit for hot liquid mug meals is the balance to your metabolism. Dehydration is one of the biggest reasons for our metabolisms to slow down. The body tries to make up for the lack of liquid, not knowing when you’re going to be fully hydrated again. You end up burning fewer calories daily, which can make losing weight extremely difficult.

When you get more liquid, your metabolism gets a bit of a boost. So, drinking a hot mug meal will help not just to keep calories and portion sizes down, but you give your body the fluid you need. After all, hydration doesn’t mean that you need to drink water. You can get the fluid in various ways, including through hot soups in your favorite mug.

You’ll also help to get the stress reduction benefits. The heat will help to balance your mind, which regulates the hormones controlling the metabolism.

Keep the Costs to a Minimum

A hot mug meal is an easy way to make lunch in the office. You get heat without having to go to a fast food joint or restaurant. There’s also no risk of stinking out the staff room with your weird concoctions. You can just quickly put together a soup that you reheat in the microwave!

The costs for your work lunches are kept to a minimum. By taking a hot meal, you’re going to be more satisfied at the end of your lunch hour and happier. You’ll have a healthier meal that doesn’t cost you as much as it would from a fast food joint. There’s no need to budget for all your work lunches.

Get Your Blood Circulating Properly

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Did you know hot meals can help to get the blood flowing? This is especially the case when it comes to hot water. The heat helps to boost the temperature in your body, which means your blood circulates faster. You need to get more oxygen into the body, as your body tries to regulate your temperature from the inside.

More blood flowing will improve your health. You’ll get more oxygen and blood to your organs. This will help to keep the body working effectively.

Liquid meals are even better for this benefit since you also keep the metabolism working effectively. This helps to keep the blood flowing around the body.

Help to Relax the Body

There’s no denying that a hot meal is relaxing for the body. The mug meals have the benefit of holding the heat in your hands.

You may hear that tea is great for relaxing the muscles. Part of this is because you can hold the mug and curl yourself around it. The heat works through your hands and gives you that placebo benefit of being warmer. It’s not just tea that will give you this benefit. Any type of hot mug will help. You can hold just hot water to stop the muscles contracting and tensing.

When you physically feel more relaxed, you will mentally feel more relaxed. This is an excellent way to reduce the number of stress hormones in your body. Reducing the stress hormones will help to boost happy hormones and keep the metabolism and body working properly.

Stronger and Better Tastes

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Hot mug meals also tend to taste better. Not only are you giving yourself the relaxing benefits, but your taste receptors will pick up on more tastes and hints. This is especially the case when you drink some type of hot meal, such as a soup.

The taste buds will react to the heat in the water. They open and take in more of the hints of bitterness or sweetness in the food. This is one of the reasons soups and stews are so warming and relaxing. They taste better, and your body feels like you’re getting something delicious and hearty.

Easier to Eat

Mug meals are going to be easier to eat than most others. This is especially the case if you’re on the go or need to take your meal to work. You can usually either just drink straight from the mug or will just need a spoon to enjoy your dish.

Plates and bowls aren’t as easy to eat from. You’ll need two pieces of equipment in some cases, which can make it hard to eat while on the go. If you’re one of those that like to eat and read, you can find yourself struggling to keep your book open. Mugs don’t give you that issue.

Dull the Sense of Pain

Dull the Sense of Pain - 13 Benefits of Enjoying A Hot Mug Meal

You’ll get the benefit of fewer pain signals working their way around the body. This is another benefit of keeping the muscles relaxed, reducing the stress hormones, and improving the mental health.

When you hold onto the mug, you feel more relaxed. The heat can help to reduce inflammation in the body, which can help to get rid of the reason for the pain. You don’t have the pressure being placed on your nerves, so there are no signals going to the brain about the pain.

It’s also possible to reduce the need to cough. Your nerves in the chest don’t get the same stimulation as they would without the hot mug meal. The reduction in the inflammation helps the overall body and you can reduce contractions in the chest.

Improve Your Digestive System

Finally, a hot mug meal offers a range of benefits to your digestive system. Of course, some of this will depend on the type of ingredients you use. There are plenty of hot mug meals that don’t involve gluten or other ingredients that can cause digestive problems.

One of the benefits is that you keep your portion sizes down. Your body doesn’t have to do as much work after the meal to break down the food. You won’t feel as bloated and gassy.

Meanwhile, you can make sure you stock up on plenty of fiber. This will help to support the health of the digestive system. And then there’s the liquid in a lot of mug meals. Even those without the liquid will have other nutrients that help to support the digestive health. The heat will also help to offer the relaxing benefits in the body, which offers major benefits for the digestive system as that remains relaxed.

It’s Time to Try Out the Mug Meal

There are major benefits to using hot mug meals on a regular basis. Many of these are to the physical health, but there is also a lot of support for the mental health. You get a meal that is easy and affordable to make. You can keep your portion sizes down, which will help to boost your weight loss efforts. Then there is a help to balance out the hormones and reduce the painful sensations in your body. Even if you just try one mug meal a week, you will gain in more ways than one.

7 Food Supplements that Aid in Gut Health

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Improving your gut will change your life. There are many who believe the gut has the answers to the overall health and that certainly holds some truth. In fact, 80% of the immune system is in the gut. When the digestive system isn’t in full working order, the rest of the body is affected negatively. Inflammation leads to unnecessary pain and discomfort and the mental health is affected.

A poor digestive system can lead to a lack of nutrients being absorbed by the body. This can lead to various health problems due to deficiencies, despite eating healthily and well. It’s important to get supplements into the diet to help improve the health of your gut and improve the overall health.

While supplements shouldn’t replace a healthy and balanced diet, they can be used to help support the system. The idea is that they supplement the nutrients, adding extra to make sure you get enough. Here are seven you’ll want to consider to aid your gut health.

Add More Probiotics to Your Meals

Add More Probiotics to Your Meals - 7 Food Supplements that Aid in Gut Health

You’ve likely heard of bacteria in the gut. Both good and bad bacteria can grow in the gut. If you don’t get enough of the good, the bad will take over and lead to health problems. The great news is that getting the right balance of good will make sure the level of bad is kept under control.

Probiotics are your friend. The probiotics are the good bacteria and are found naturally in the gut. The problem is things like acid-blockers, antibiotics and steroid can damage the good bacteria. There’s more space for the bad bacteria to take over.

You can get probiotics from yogurts and some other dairy products. However, you can also get them through supplements and should consider them if you don’t eat any animal products at all. There are various types of probiotic strains though, so it’s important to do some research on the different options and how they can help support your system. You’ll want to make sure you get the best options for your overall health.

Some probiotics help to improve the immune system, while others will support your hormone production and balance. Your doctor will help determine which type of probiotics is necessary for your current health.

When you do choose probiotic supplements, make sure you check the quality. You want something that has multiple strains of bacteria, rather than just a couple.

Consider taking probiotics while you take antibiotics. Because of the way antibiotics will just kill all bacteria, you want to make sure you add more of the good stuff to protect the balance and the gut for the long-term

Don’t Forget Antifungal Supplements

Many people overlook the need for antifungal products in their diet. After all, you likely don’t consider how fungi can affect your health. This isn’t until you have a type of fungal infection causing a problem, such as a nail fungal infection, thrush or something similar.

You can avoid fungus infections by using antifungal supplements. There are natural options, including oregano oil, cellulose or caprylic acid that will help to destroy the fungi and leave the gut healthy.

If you have the leaky gut syndrome, you’ll want to consider this supplement more than others. The syndrome is often linked to an imbalance in the flora within the gut, which needs to get out of the body somehow. If you have a lot of intestinal stress you’ll also want to consider antifungal supplements to repair some of the damage, as well as repair some of the damage!

Even if you don’t have an imbalance of flora within the body, antifungal supplements will help to establish better intestinal order. You help to resolve some of the problems of extra yeast within the gut, reducing inflammation and improving the overall health. You can also limit the external reactions due to the extra yeast and fungi.

When you take antibiotics, you’ll also want to consider more antifungal supplements. When you take antibiotics, you’ll kill all bacteria (good and bad). This can lead to an increase in yeast within the gut, which can lead to other health problems. Adding more antifungal supplements will help to keep the yeast growth to a minimum.

Get More L-Glutamine

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Something you’ll want to look out for through supplements is L-Glutamine. While vitamins and minerals are important, L-Glutamine is an essential amino acid. L-Glutamine helps to improve the digestive system function, which also helps to boost the immune system. The gut and body work more in tune with each other, helping to fight off infection, reduce inflammation and improve the overall health.

This is a supplement especially important for those who suffer from chronic anxiety or have a stressful lifestyle. Both conditions increase the cortisol in the body, causing lower glutamine levels than is good. You’re at a higher risk of various gut conditions, particularly leaky gut syndrome. Your gut doesn’t move the waste properly, leading to the intestines not absorbing the right nutrients.

You won’t feel like you have the energy from the food. The L-Glutamine is a fuel source, lining the intestines and improving the absorption rate. When you do eat, you’ll gain more of the other nutrients to improve the rest of your health.

L-Glutamine has also been linked to repairing some gut damage. It’s possible to reverse leaky gut syndrome and reduce inflammation within the body.

Consider Supplementing Your Macronutrients

While you will need micronutrients, don’t forget about getting enough macronutrients. Your body needs proteins, carbohydrates, and fats for various reasons. The gut health will be improved, while you also look after the muscles, energy levels, organs and more. If you don’t get enough of the macronutrients through your food (which is more common than you would initially think) then you’ll want to consider taking them in supplemental form.

Vegans may find they need to take extra protein, as they don’t get enough by cutting out animal products. Those who exercise a lot can also need extra protein to build more muscle. Meanwhile, those on a low carb diet can find that they struggle with energy levels and those who cut out all fat can suffer from a lack of ketones.

The macronutrients are also known as enzymes and help to improve the way the digestive system works. They can help to improve the bowel movements, the immune support and ease discomfort after meals. It’s also possible to alleviate and reverse some food allergies or sensitivities. This can be the case for the likes of dairy, gluten and egg sensitivities in children. However, you will want to talk to your doctor before you start adding foods you’re sensitive to back into your diet.

There are different types of enzyme supplements depending on the type of macronutrients you need.

Amylase helps to break down the starches in foods into sugar, while lactase will help with the breaking down of lactose into glucose for energy. Protease can help to break down the proteins into the amino acids, while fats are broken down into fatty acids through the use of lipase.

These supplements are likely the ones that you’ll want to discuss with your doctor about to make sure you get the exact ones you need. It will depend on your diet, your health, and other issues.

Get Plenty of Fiber Supplements If Necessary

Get Plenty of Fiber Supplements If Necessary - 7 Food Supplements that Aid in Gut Health

You want to get as much natural fiber as possible, but sometimes you will need to get it through supplements. Fiber is one of the most well-known but still overlooked nutrients for the gut.

You’ll know that fiber helps to reduce digestive complaints. It eases constipation and can help to reduce trapped wind. This is a nutrient that can help to support the working of the gut. You don’t just improve the flow, but you make sure the muscles and digestive walls work effectively. It’s possible to repair some damage that has happened in the past and reverse some health conditions.

Fiber is necessary to sustain the good bacteria levels within the body. It works with probiotics to make sure the bad bacteria levels remain low. Good bacteria would die without fiber, so can’t protect the body from various invaders.

On top of that, fiber can help to support weight loss efforts. This supports your gut since you manage the amount of food you get to break down. Since fiber takes longer to break down by the gut, you feel fuller for longer, so you don’t put the gut under extra strain.

There are various ways that you can get fiber supplements if you can’t get it naturally from fruits and vegetables. Hemp and flax seeds are common supplemental options. You can also get them through over the counter medications to improve the levels.

Consider More Fermented Foods

Not all supplements involve taking pills. You can get the supplements from natural foods. One of those that you want to add more of is fermented foods. These can include pickled onions, gherkins, and even pickled eggs. Kimchi and sauerkraut are other extremely popular ways of getting more fermented foods into the diet.

The fermentation process helps to support the probiotic bacteria levels within the gut. They work with the fiber to help support the good bacteria levels and keep them alive.

There is plenty of support for adding more fermented products into your diet, but you’ll also want to listen to your overall body. Considering the levels of acid, they can be problematic for those with excessive levels of stomach acid, those with ulcers and if you have some other health problems. They can also be a problem if you’ve had an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut before. You’ll want to make sure your gut has fully healed before adding them back into the diet.

Don’t Overlook the Prebiotics

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After all that about probiotics, it’s common to overlook the precursors. Many people forget about the use of prebiotics in the diet and you may not have even heard of them! This is because food and supplement manufacturers promote the cousins so much. Well, it’s time to add more prebiotic supplements to your diet.

Prebiotics help your gut grow its own good bacteria, whereas the probiotics ass the good bacteria. You can help to support your body naturally, encouraging homemade cultures to develop. These are often more suitable for the environment since they’re created specifically to fight against invaders and support your actual gut’s system.

Many people with irritable bowel disease have found prebiotics are powerful. An irritable bowel tends to have an overrun of the bad bacteria and it can be hard for the body to absorb the right nutrients to gain more of the good stuff. If you can encourage the growth of the digestive’s own cultures, it’s easier to keep the disease under control.

However, it’s worth pointing out that there are minimal trials at the moment. The research is ongoing and not everyone tolerates prebiotics.

Taking prebiotics can be useful for those who are taking antibiotics. Antibiotics will kill off all bacteria, including the good stuff. This makes it possible for more yeast to take over within the gut. If you use prebiotics, you can help with the development of the good bacteria in the gut, while getting rid of the bad.

Go Natural but Supplement Where Necessary

One of the best things you can do for your body is to go as natural as possible. There are many macro and micronutrients that your body needs. Your gut needs support to develop the good bacteria levels to keep the levels of bad bacteria under control. You need to help manage the levels of fungi and yeasts within the gut while supporting the breakdown of various nutrients.

However, you can’t get everything natural depending on your diet or your lifestyle. There are times that you’ll need to rely to supplements, whether full-time or temporary. Look out for the best quality supplements. Add new foods that you wouldn’t usually try and make sure supplements have been tested fully.

10 Health Benefits of Almonds During Pregnancy

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You’ve heard of all the foods that you are not allowed to eat during pregnancy. But what about the foods that you can eat? There are many that worry almonds are on a banned list, due to the rise in allergic reactions in children. However, unless you are allergic to almonds yourself, there is no need to avoid eating them on a regular basis.

Almonds can be extremely beneficial for your health during pregnancy. Whether you eat them whole or switch your regular milk for almond milk, you can gain many health benefits for both you and your baby.

Here are 10 reasons you need to start eating almonds during pregnancy. Again, this is if you are not allergic or if your doctor has not told you not to eat them for some reason.

You Will Add More Protein to Your Diet

Almonds are an excellent source of protein, and this is a nutrient that you need more of in pregnancy. While protein is usually suggested for your own muscles, there is more to it when you are pregnant. Most of the nutrients you eat will be used by your baby to help with development. Protein is essential for the building of the tissues, muscles, and more within your baby’s body. It is essential for a healthy birth weight, which helps with the survival after the birth.

On top of that, the protein will offer you more energy throughout pregnancy and in labor. Your body must do a lot more than normal when carrying a baby. Being tired is normal, but there is the risk of leaning on sugary foods and caffeinated drinks to get you through the day. Protein offers more longer-term energy boosts.

It takes a while for the body to break down the protein. You end up fuelling the muscles for longer with a smaller amount. While weight loss won’t be on your mind, weight management will. You need to gain a little weight, but that needs to be kept within a healthy window (which will depend on your starting weight). Since protein is low in calories and breaks down slowly, you end up finding weight management much easier.

You Will Get More Fiber Throughout the Day

You will Get More Fiber Throughout the Day - 10 Health Benefits of Almonds During Pregnancy

Almonds are also an excellent source of fiber. This is another essential nutrient for your energy levels. It is another one that breaks down slowly, so you end up feeling more satisfied with your meals for longer.

Fiber is also essential for the digestive system. Whether you eat soluble or insoluble fiber, both will help with the reduction in constipation and digestive complaints, which are common in pregnancy. The intestines do not have as much room due to the growing baby taking up space. It is normal for the bowels to struggle with this and constipation can be an issue.

You will also help with weight management, for the same reasons as eating more protein.

Add More Healthy Fats to Your Diet

Of course, almonds are also packed with healthy fats. There was a time that fats were considered back for you, but unsaturated fats in a small amount are good for you. They help to provide energy, while also supporting the health of your heart.

Almonds are packed with unsaturated fats. They support your liver function while offering good cholesterol. The blood vessels are lined with a smooth cover, making it easier for the blood to flow through. It is easier to keep the blood pressure down, providing a safe space for your baby to grow.

Healthy fat will also help with the development of your baby. You provide the omega-3 fatty acids needed for good brain development. Your baby also gets the fats needed to gain weight in the final trimester. Fat is required to help with temperature regulation after birth.

 Make Sure Vitamin E Intake Is Up

Make Sure Vitamin E Intake Is Up - 10 Health Benefits of Almonds During Pregnancy

While all nutrients are important, getting enough vitamin E is essential. The great news is almonds are full of these antioxidants.

Vitamin E will help with your skin and hair. It supports the cell production and renewal, keeping your body and skin healthy. However, it is not just good for the mother. Vitamin E will also help with the formation of your baby’s skin and hair. Without it, the skin and hair can be dry.

A baby’s skin is already sensitive. You want to help with good formation and structure to support the health of it in later life.

Get Plenty of Folate in Your Diet

Another nutrient that you need to add more of in your diet during pregnancy is folate. This is also called folic acid or vitamin B9. It helps with the formation of the central nervous system and brain and your doctor will usually advise you to take folic acid supplements. You should take them before you conceive, as your baby’s development starts long before you know you are pregnant!

While doctors advise taking the supplements in the first 12 weeks, there is no need to stop adding folic acid to your diet. Adding it throughout will ensure a healthier central nervous system even long after the initial development.

Folate has shown the ability to prevent neural tube defects in babies.

Ensure Strong Teeth and Bones

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Manganese is often overlooked when it comes to the nutrients. We take it for granted, as we do not realize how important it is. Calcium is considered the essential nutrient for strong teeth and bones, but that is not actually the case. Manganese also plays a huge part.

Almonds are luckily packed with both calcium and manganese. They work together to ensure your baby’s bones develop strong. Healthy bones will help to avoid many health problems, including brittle bone disease.

However, you will want to make sure you still add vitamin D to your diet. This is often added to cow’s milk, but you can also get supplements that are safe during pregnancy. Sun exposure is also good for vitamin D. This vitamin will help to prevent the calcium crystallizing in the body, making it far more effective for healthy teeth and bones.

Improve the Bowel Movements in Other Ways

While fiber is known for its support with your bowel movements, magnesium is also necessary. This is another nutrient that tends to be overlooked and you only need a handful of almonds to get a good amount in your diet.

Magnesium will help to keep your bowels working effectively. It is not just about pushing the waste through but making sure the bowels can get rid of all the waste from your body afterward.

The nutrient is also important for a healthy central nervous system. It works with the folate to support the development throughout pregnancy, reducing the risk of birth defects linked to the brain and central nervous system.

Improve the Cognitive Development Of Your Baby

Improve the Cognitive Development Of Your Baby - 10 Health Benefits of Almonds During Pregnancy

While we’ve already seen that almonds are good for brain development, there are other reasons to add almonds. You get plenty of riboflavin, which is a nutrient that supports the cognitive development of an unborn baby. This is more than just helping with the overall brain development, but making sure all the connections and elements form properly.

Your baby will be more alert and have better cognitive functions. Think of the riboflavin like the healthy fats. They do not just support the initial development but the continued development. Babies that get the right nutrients in the uterus have better cognitive functions after birth. They will meet the developmental milestones.

The nutrient is also essential for you. Your energy levels will take a beating during pregnancy. Your baby takes so much from you that it can be easy to forget about your own health. The good news is that riboflavin can offer more energy that doesn’t metabolize in the bloodstream, keeping you and baby healthy.

 Can Improve Your Metabolic Response

There are many people who fear that adding more almonds to their diet will see weight gain. This is often linked to the calories in a small handful of almonds. However, the addition of the nuts can help improve your metabolic response.

While they do include fats and some carbs, they are healthy versions of the nutrients. They help to support your metabolism, making it easier for your body to take energy from the foods. The nuts are also excellent for reducing the oxidative stress in your body. This helps to reduce the inflammatory response, so your body works more effectively throughout the day.

Then there is the benefit to your blood sugar. Because of the healthy forms of energy, you do not get the same blood sugar increases that you would eat chocolate bars and refined carbs. Your metabolism continually burns up the food that you are eating, rather than being forced to work on the sugars and store the other calories for later.

This is especially beneficial if you are obese or diabetic. The almonds can help you shed some pounds naturally and healthily throughout pregnancy, while still helping your baby gain weight. Do not focus on losing weight during this time, but do talk to your doctor about what you can do to protect your baby from harm.

Helps to Prevent Allergies in Your Baby

Helps to Prevent Allergies in Your Baby - 10 Health Benefits of Almonds During Pregnancy

There is no research that supports the idea that almonds will cause an almond allergy in children. Unless you are allergic yourself, there is no need to avoid almonds with the fear of the future. In fact, almonds can help to prevent some allergies later in life.

Studies have shown that eating nuts throughout pregnancy can help to reduce the risk of asthma in infants. There are also studies that show consuming nuts and peanuts can help to reduce other allergy developments later. Your baby’s body gets used to the particles, so has no reason to find them dangerous when getting older.

Some of this is linked to the vitamin E and zinc in the almonds. Both nutrients have shown benefits to protect against asthma in children. Even children as old as five have gained benefits from their mothers eating nuts (and other foods high in zinc and vitamin E) during pregnancy.

You Do Not Just Need to Eat Almonds

There are various ways to get almonds into your diet during pregnancy. While eating a handful of the nuts is common and easy, it is not the only option. If you do not like the taste or texture of nuts while eating, you can always look at the likes of almond milk and almond butter.

Almond milk is one of the best milk alternatives on the market. It is still packed with the calcium and other health benefits that cow’s milk offers, but without the sugars. You will need to make sure your almond milk is unsweetened. If you get a vanilla flavored option, you can get a little sweetness to the milk. At first, it may taste weird in your tea or coffee, but it eventually becomes delicious and normal.

As for almond butter, this is something that you can use. Replace your peanut butter with it for a higher fiber count. Yes, there are some fats in almond butter, but the small amount is worth it for the protein, fiber, and other health benefits. Plus, many of the fats are unsaturated and healthy for you. You will also get the extra vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, iron, manganese, and more.

There is nothing wrong with adding either of them to your diet. Opt for a mixture throughout your pregnancy. This way you won’t get bored of your diet and you can get all different nutrients depending on your day’s plan.

Add Almonds to Your Diet Now

If you are not allergic to almonds, there is no reason not to add almonds to your diet. Whether you get a handful as a snack during the day or you opt for almond butter on your whole wheat toast on a morning, you and your baby will gain a range of benefits. Not only do you get more energy, but your digestive system will be supported. Your baby’s nervous system, brain, and organs all get extra support during development, too!