Monday, July 13, 2009

kitchen herbs that heal

Parsley has been traditionally used to treat indigestion. It's high in vitamins A and C, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and riboflavin.

Sage improves both mood and cognitive functioning.

Rosemary is a great antioxidant, which is believed to help prevent cancer and support heart health. It is also said to help memory.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

if you're a vegitarian you could be...

One thing to consider when on a veggie only diet is how to get our daily vitamins. Here's a quick chart to help you get the nutrients you need:

If you're not eating meat, chicken or fish you could be low in protein try eating beans, tofu, eggs, dairy and seeds to get more protein.

If you're not eating dairy you could be low in calcium try substituting tofu, soy milk, broccoli, kale and collard greens to get more calcium.

If you're not eating beef or chicken you could be low in iron try beans, leafy greens, potatoes, and cereal to get more iron.

If you're not eating beef, pork or chicken you could be low in zinc try eating more eggs, dairy, whole grains, nuts and beans.

If you're not eating any animal products you could be low in vitamin B12 try drinking more soy milk or fortified cereal.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

get your vitamins

Zinc - Has a huge effect on healthy hair and helps it grow. It helps keep the oil glands working meaning no dandruff and shiny healthy looking hair. Zinc will also keep your gums from accumulating plaque. Get zinc from beef, chicken, peanut butter, and chick peas.

Omega 3 - Helps your mental acuity. Try salmon and nuts to smarten up.

Leafy greens - Will help you eyes. Try spinach and kale which contain vitamins such as lutein and beta carotene important to vision retention as we age.

Vitamin D - Is another vitamin important to your gums and keep them from receding. Foods such as milk and tuna will keep you smiling.

Resveratrol - An antioxidant found in grapes and can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Calcium - Is great for your colon.

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