According to a recent Newsweek report, a teenage boy went blind after eating a diet of only fries, chips, white bread, sausages and ham. These foods comprised his entire diet since elementary school. He was described as a “fussy eater” and had no visible signs of malnourishment! In fact, he looked well.
For some it may be back-to-school time, but summer is not quite over yet! This means picnics and barbecues are still in full swing, and this Labor Day weekend it’s likely you’ve got a picnic or party to attend.
Perhaps one of the greatest lessons I have learned during my three decades in healthcare is that good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life. The body needs a balance of six essential nutrients, (carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats and water), to function at its best. And it’s best to aim to get as much of these six nutrients as possible from fresh vegetables, fruits and grains.
Fasting is pretty popular these days, with celebrities like Terry Crews and Jennifer Lopez reportedly hopping on the fasting bandwagon to maintain their incredible figures. (We recently discussed three types of fasting and how they may be beneficial to your health if practiced with the advice and guidance of a competent healthcare professional).
As we age, we tend to get more frail in the sense that we lose muscle mass, our bones become more brittle and we may find it harder to recover from the common cold or not bounce back as quickly after an injury.
It is probably fair to conclude that the food industry is not really a health-promoting business. It is perhaps better described as a money-making business! Take, for example, recent research conducted in Australia which suggested that on average junk foods in Austrailian supermarkets are discounted twice as often as healthy foods.
A vegan diet is a plant-based diet, completely void of animal foods like meat, seafood, eggs and dairy. Vegans eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Eating vegan eliminates many processed foods in the American diet, like donuts and baked goods, which may contain butter, milk and eggs. Furthermore, going vegan requires that you avoid foods containing animal-derived ingredients or additives, like gelatin, which is found in many candy products, Jell-O, marshmallows and other ‘not-so-good-for-you’ foods.
Lemon balm is in the mint plant family, along with basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme and more. Said to be native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean, lemon balm has a medicinal history that dates back more than 2,000 years.
The three methods, time-restricted feeding, intermittent calorie restriction and periodic fasting, are extensively discussed in this report. For each method of fasting described, very credible doctors stand behind the method he or she believes in. And each of the doctors came to the conclusion to support a certain method through his or her own research. These doctors are basically fasting experts.
There are many different types of mushrooms. I’m most interested in the potential health benefits of these fungi that people either love to love or love to hate.
Edamame, which are young soybeans (so they are legumes and not veggies) that are usually still in the pod (but can also be bought shelled), are a great plant-based source of protein. And protein is one of the six nutrients we need to stay healthy. (The other nutrients are water, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals). Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissues and make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals.
Apparently, when Eve convinced Adam to eat the forbidden fruit, it may not have been an apple.
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