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3 Foods that Your Diet Cannot Do Without!

We all have a basic understanding of the foods we need to eat: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. There are ways to kick start your body, however, a lot more than normal. Give your system the healthiest shock of its life and start incorporating these three foods into your daily eating habits. All three of these foods help to lower high blood pressure too!

1.) Spinach

Where do we even begin? Let’s start with the vitamin K in spinach, which will help you fend off cardiovascular disease and stroke, and promotes a healthy nervous system and proper brain activity. Spinach can also help lower your blood pressure, and it can even aid in fighting cancer! It’s packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory capabilities, and fights off cataracts.

If you’re paying extra attention to the way you look in addition to the way you feel, then you better start eating more spinach, stat! According to Health Diaries, just one cup of (Read More....)

Why are BPA's so Bad?

BPA Overview

In recent years, there have been concerns over the amount of BPA in consumer plastics. This compound, also called Bisphenol A, was suspected to cause serious health problems. This public hysteria of BPA was fueled by studies in which researches showed adverse health problems, including cancer, in animals injected with large quantities. Since then, Wal-Mart has stopped carrying all products with BPA; Nalgene, Playtex, and other plastic makers have stopped using it in their products. Though people avoid BPA, many have little understanding of the chemical itself and how it is poisonous to the body.

Understanding BPA and Its Uses

Bisphenol A is a polar, organic molecule that has no color and is a solid at room temperature. With two phenol rings, the molecular structure contains 15 carbon atoms and 2 oxygen atoms. Chemical engineers use it as chemical reagents and building blocks to develop other complex organic products, such as polycarbonate chains. Companies have used these BPA-based polycarbonate chains to construct plastics since the 1960s, when the BPA methodology was first incorporated. BPA was a gold standard throughout the 1990s as a source to create plastic. It provided durable, high quality plastic that could be both clear and very cheap, which are qualities coveted by plastic manufacturers. The chemical is found in many household items (Read More....)

The Secrets of Spaghetti Sauce Italian Grandmothers Will Not Tell You

Nothing makes for a fantastic Italian dish the way a good spaghetti sauce does. While you can make a competent spaghetti sauce by following a recipe, have you noticed that there’s something just a little different about the way an expert does it? If you are curious about how to give your tomato sauce that extra bit of zing that Italian grandmothers brag about, there are some secrets that you need to be aware of!

Start With Whole Tomatoes 

Despite the fact that tomatoes are a New World fruit, they have been a staple of Italian cuisine for countless years. If you want to make a really wonderful tomato sauce, always start with whole tomatoes. Chop them roughly and place them in a pot filled with water. While some people love the texture offered by tomato skin, others prefer to remove the skin before cooking. Tomato sauce made without tomato skin is smoother and slightly silky. The key to remember is that you cannot cook the tomatoes too much. Always keep water in the pot so that the tomatoes do not burn.

Good Ingredients

You should always use high-quality ingredients when you want a high-quality product. Start with fresh (Read More....)

How to Get Flatter Abs by Eating Fiber

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Losing weight can be a challenging prospect for people of all ages. While diet and exercise can help some people shed those extra pounds, there can be times when weight just won’t disappear. Since no one likes the appearance of a “muffin top,” it’s important to find effective ways to lose weight and improve one’s health. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how to get flatter abs by eating fiber.

Understanding the Role of Fiber

Fiber plays an important role in maintaining proper digestive health. While the body doesn’t directly absorb fiber, it helps promote food mobility in both the large and small intestine.

When an individual eats dense foods, they digestive system is put under a lot of stress. Heavy foods like meats, cheeses, nuts (Read More....)

The Health Benefits of Cherries

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When you think of cherries, what comes to mind? If it’s an almost neon red maraschino cherry instead of the luscious, deep red fresh fruit, you’re probably not alone. Cherries can sometimes get overlooked in the fruit section of the grocery store because they’re usually a little pricier than other fruit and many people opt for fresh berries instead. However skipping this fruit is a bad decision because it’s full of nutrients that your body needs. Some of the health benefits of cherries are:
1.    They have strong anti-inflammatory properties. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating cherries by the handful or drinking tart cherry juice, consuming this fruit has been shown to help reduce inflammation. Regularly consuming cherries helps relieve pains associated with arthritis and reduce swelling in muscles after hard workouts, reducing the amount of recovery time needed.

2.    They are high in (Read More....)

Food for Thought: A Nutritional Guide to Better Cognitive Ability

Part of the reason why the human brain became so smart in the first place was that people acquired much greater access to nutrients than what was available in the past. The human brain needs a large number of nutrients to function at its best in the short-term and the consumption of certain foods can also help the human brain become even more powerful in the long-run.

Even better is how certain foods can reduce the degeneration of the human brain that many people mistakenly see as being inevitable. Neurodegenerative disorders can be slowed down or even reversed with the right nutrition.

Stay Hydrated

Water is the most important requirement for keeping the brain healthy. A dehydrated brain is not able to transport minerals as efficiently and will slowly deteriorate as a result. Of course, most people are not severely dehydrated, but even a little dehydration can make the brain function worse.

Fight Oxidative Stress On the Brain with Antioxidants

One of the biggest threats to the brain is oxidative stress and some researchers believe that oxidative stress is one of the leading causes of an aging (Read More....)