As a child, I was always told I needed calcium for strong bones. So, I drank lots of milk and made sure to eat foods rich in this mineral. As an adult, I took calcium supplements. I figured I was doing what I was supposed to be doing from a nutritional standpoint in order to protect my bones.
Sweet potatoes, not to be confused with yams, have been cultivated for thousands of years. These root vegetables are believed to have originated in Central and South America. North Carolina, which is now the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the United States, claims the sweet potato as their state vegetable.
Typically, hypertension is diagnosed by measuring your blood pressure. A doctor may take many blood pressure readings over time to determine whether you have hypertension. And if the readings fall within a certain range, you may be diagnosed as hypertensive and perhaps prescribed medications to treat the hypertension.
There are six types of nutrients that our body needs to survive. They are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. We have provided a wealth of information about minerals, because they appear to be the least discussed. But today, we are going to talk about water.
Senator John McCain’s recent announcement of surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor and appearance on television with his scars still very visible while on the floor of the U.S. Senate, have renewed interest and concern about tumors, especially regarding brain cancer.
Over my lifetime, I may have been prescribed antibiotics after dental surgery or to treat a bronchial infection. And I have always been instructed to take the full course of antibiotics prescribed, in order to reduce the likelihood of further infection and prevent the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
I will be the first to admit that I love food. But usually I take the time to find healthy foods to eat, because then I can generally eat as much as I need without feeling guilty.
The persimmon has many nicknames: “The Apple of the Orient,” “The Fruit of the Gods,” “Jove’s Fire,” “Nature’s Candy,” and more. This fruit originally comes from China, but there are other varieties, including the Japanese, American, Indian and the black persimmon.
Iron, chromium, copper, zinc, iodine, manganese, magnesium, selenium— are we talking about science class or my dinner?
Watercress is an aquatic plant with succulent leaves. It is native to Europe and Asia and is among one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. Traditional English tea sandwiches usually have watercress, and in Britain watercress was often referred to as “poor man’s bread.” It was inexpensive to eat plain watercress between two pieces of bread.
Most of us know what sleep deprivation feels like, and it is not pleasant. If we do not get enough healthy sleep (some children need 10 hours nightly, while most adults need at least seven), we may be left feeling irritable and disoriented. It can also be dangerous to be sleep deprived.
Oranges, lemons and limes. These are citrus fruits we associate with being cleansing, invigorating and refreshing. Grapefruits are part of the citrus family too, and this versatile fruit is something you may want to put at the top of your grocery list.