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The potassium content of beet greens removes excess sodium in the body to relieve high blood pressure. It also reduces calcium-loss through urine and maintains calcium levels in it to prevent osteoporosis and the occurrence of kidney stones. Vitamin C and E in beet greens prevent age-related vision loss and skin problems.
If you have a severe cold or the flu, you’re bound to lose a lot of water and become dehydrated. Replenish your body fluid reserves with homemade beverages that also strengthen your immune system. Make pineapple tea by heating ½–1 cup of pineapple juice, a pinch of cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp of honey, and ½ tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a saucer. Sip on this concoction slowly for relief from your cold or flu.
Aside from whole grains, vegetables can be used to replace refined grains like bread and pasta. Leafy greens like kale double as sandwich wraps, while Portobello mushrooms make excellent buns. Run cauliflower through a food processor for rice or pizza crust. Thin slices of veggies work well as baked chips, quiche crust, or mini pizzas. Use peppers instead of bread bowls. With a spiralizer, vegetables like beets and zucchini can be turned into noodles.
Following a healthy diet sounds easy enough. All you need to do is eat more fresh vegetables to enjoy all their wonderful health benefits....
Fermentation of beets intensifies its content of carotenoids, minerals, and vitamins. Scientific studies have revealed that eating beets in moderation can lower hypertension due to its high inorganic nitrate content. Dietary fiber in it improves digestion and makes you feel full for longer. Being high in vitamins B and C makes it one of the best immune-boosting foods.
After days of overeating, the liver will be overworked as it has to get rid of a large number of fats and toxins from your body. That's when consuming foods like garlic, beets, leafy greens and apples can enhance its detoxification processes. Beverages like green tea is also a great aid in liver cleansing. Spices like turmeric can also be added to your diet to help with liver detox.
Many a times, we are eating all healthy and do not tend to realize it. There are foods that we consume regularly and still...
The next time you throw the banana peel or trash the watermelon rinds, give a second thought. Some of the vegetable peels, stem and leaves are more nutritious than their fleshy counterparts. The green leaves of the root vegetables like carrots, radishes, beets and the stalks of cruciferous veggies like broccoli have incredible benefits. Lemon pith is exceptionally high in vitamin C, contains vitamin B6, and fiber. And an apple’s skin contains anti-cancer properties like polyphenols as well as pectin, which is known for its ability to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Banana skin contains high amounts of vitamin B6 and B12, as well as fiber and protein and magnesium and potassium.
Vegetable burgers rely a lot on the quality of patties, buns and the filling used. It's best to opt for freshly-baked ones that have a pillowy texture and crunch to it. While making patties, remember to add oil and a binder to keep them moist and in shape. Yet another way to get the yummiest veggie burger is to bake the patties and then grill it on both sides. This will enhance its flavors greatly.
Love it or hate it, beets are a necessary addition to everyone's diet. It is an excellent source of folic acid for pregnant women. Anthocyanins in beets are powerful antioxidants. Beets are also rich in vitamins A and C and have good anti-inflammatory properties, almost comparable to medication. They also improve exercise performance and are a good pre-workout snack when eaten raw.
Not all of us have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of us store them for quite some time and then use them. It would be easier if we know which of them stay longer and which rot quickly, and the ideal conditions to store them. This will help us prevent food wastage to a great extent. Root vegetables do well when their green stems are cut off. Leafy greens need aeration even in a refrigerator. When it comes to apples, the smaller they are, the longer they last.
Every day, your organs work to detoxify the body. Take it to the next level with supplements that aid the process. Spirulina, a blue-green algae, protects the liver. Pearl powder offers amino acids, while moringa is an antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant. It’ll also protect the kidneys, liver, and digestive system. To fight hypertension and oxidative stress, enjoy beetroot powder. Chlorophyll, the green pigment from plants, may also protect the liver and DNA from damage.
Natural energy drinks contain vitamins and minerals that effectively increase your energy levels with no side effects. On the contrary, energy drinks contain stimulants and sugar that can have negative effects on your body. Use spinach, kale, berries, coconut water, honey, chia seeds, bananas, or oranges to make healthy energy drinks at home. These will not only boost your energy levels but also come with added health benefits.
Artificial dyes in foods may pass out in stools, imparting a color. Natural pigments like lycopene in tomatoes and chlorophyll in spinach can color stools as well. Foods with dark hues like licorice can result in black stools. Meat, poultry, fish, and seafood are iron-rich and can also cause black stools. Green, red, and black stools may be caused due to diarrhea or internal bleeding.
Blueberries improve learning capacity and motor skills. Cherries are rich in anthocyanins and improve blood flow to the brain. Avocados prevent blood clots in the brain as well as improve cognitive functions, especially concentration and memory. Spinach qualifies as a brain food because it contains antioxidants and phytochemicals that help improve blood flow. Flax seeds are essential for brain development, function, and concentration. Dark chocolate can help in improving blood flow to the brain.
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