Monthly Archives: March 2015
Lose weight: The fiber in green smoothies keeps you fuller longer. Leafy greens help stabilize blood sugars and reduce cravings. Green smoothies are low in calories, too (as long as you leave out healthy fats such as nut butter, avocado, and coconut oil).
Gain energy: Such a high nutrient dense drink is bound to get you feeling energized.
Clear skin: A diet high in fresh fruit and greens cleans your body and detoxifies your skin naturally. The antioxidants in green smoothies are fantastic for promoting anti-aging effects and flawless skin.
Reduce cholesterol and cardiovascular risk: Studies show that a high-fiber, plant-based diet is excellent for improving heart health, controlling blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol.
Minimize arthritic pain: Chlorophyll in leafy greens helps in repairing joints, and the alkalizing effect of green smoothies lowers pain associated with arthritis.
Relieve acid reflux: The combination of fruits and greens in a green smoothie provides fantastic relief from and prevention of heartburn.
Strengthen immune system: Drinking a green smoothie daily not only boosts your immune system but also helps reduce future risk for degenerative diseases.
Ginger has long been used in folk medicine to treat everything from colds to constipation. Ginger can be used fresh, in powdered form (ginger spice), or candied. Although the flavor between fresh and ground ginger is significantly different, they can be substituted for one another in many recipes. In general, you can replace 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger with 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger, and vice versa.
Consuming ginger and ginger products, in addition to taking any anti-nausea medications as prescribed, may provide some comfort for a queasy stomach during cancer treatment.
Rosemary is a hearty, woody Mediterranean herb that has needlelike leaves and is a good source of antioxidants. Because of its origin, rosemary is commonly used in Mediterranean cooking and you’ll often see it included as a primary ingredient in Italian seasonings. You can use it to add flavor to soups, tomato-based sauces, bread, and high-protein foods like poultry, beef, and lamb.
Rosemary may help with detoxification; taste changes; indigestion, flatulence, and other digestive problems; and loss of appetite. Try drinking up to 3 cups of rosemary leaf tea daily for help with these problems.
“What you eat makes a huge difference in how you age and how you feel,” dietitian Manuel Villacorta says.
“Even your skin will stay younger-looking if you eat right,” says Allison T. Pontius, MD, an expert in anti-aging and regenerative medicine at Williams Center for Plastic Surgery in Latham, NY.
What to Put on Your Plate
Colorful fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants in colorful vegetables and fruits, such as leafy greens, deep red tomatoes, blueberries, and carrots, help stop unstable molecules from damaging healthy cells. So at each meal, fill about half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Your goal is five to nine servings a day.
Three particular antioxidants — vitamin C, zinc, and beta-carotene — help protect your vision from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness after age 64. If you already have macular degeneration, eating foods with these nutrients may slow its progress. Dark green, leafy vegetables — spinach, kale, collard, and mustard greens — are great sources. But you also help your eyes when you eat bright-colored produce, including corn, peppers, oranges, and cantaloupe.
Antioxidants like vitamin C can even help keep your skin younger-looking. One study linked eating lots of yellow and green vegetables to fewer wrinkles.
A powerful antioxidant in grapes and red wine, called resveratrol, may help lower your odds of getting cancer, heart disease, and premature aging.
Whole grains. Eating whole grains rich in fiber — oats, quinoa, barley, wheat, and brown rice — lowers your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. A healthy diet that contains whole grains also keeps blood vessels in peak condition. Your goal is three servings of whole grains a day.
Fish. Omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish offer many anti-aging benefits. They help protect your heart, lower your odds of having a stroke, and may even help guard against Alzheimer’s disease. Help yourself to two servings a week of fatty fish such as salmon, lake trout, or tuna.