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Health Tip of the Day-Super Brussels Sprouts

Tis the season for Brussels sprouts and not only do they taste great but they are loaded with nutrients.

They contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E and K, beta carotene, folate, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, fiber, Omega 3 oil and protein.  With all these vitamins and minerals they help boost your immune system and are good support for the kidneys and bladder. This is the time of year when you want to nourish these organs.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the two organs associated w/winter are the bladder and kidneys. Symptoms associated w/weakness in these organs include:

  • bladder and kidney infections
  • low back pain
  • knee pain
  • cavities in teeth
  • weak or broken bones
  • infertility
  • premature gray hair or hair loss
  • ringing in the ears
  • increase of phobias or fears

Experiencing any of these symptoms? For more information refer to my blog article Tis the Season for UTI’s

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for roasting Brussels sprouts that will be sure to please even the most finicky eaters.

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts

3 tablespoons good olive oil

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. If large, cut them in ½ or thirds. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan or toss them from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly.  Serve immediately. (Optional: Add a splash of balsamic vinegar, chopped hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds and or red grapes and roast all together). The combination will create that sweet and crunchy taste. Joanne DiMauro website

 

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Go Green and Get off the Joe-Important Reasons to Drink Green or White Tea

Green and white tea are available in a range of varieties and have many health benefits. Some benefits are:

  1. High in antioxidants, which can promote stronger bones, lower cholesterol levels, and lower rates of heart disease and some types of cancer.
  2. A good source of EGCG, a polyphenol that may help to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, and boost the immune system.
  3. Antibacterial – a 2010 study from Egypt suggests that drinking green tea enhances the effects of antibiotics, even against drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs.”
  4. They are energy boosters, low in caffeine yet high in polyphenols which also can help eliminate seasonal allergies.
  5. Green tea can prevent blood glucose spikes after eating. Green Tea and Blood Glucose
  6. White tea may promote weight loss by inhibiting accumulation of fat in cells and stimulating fat burning activity. White Tea and Fat Cells
  7. Green tea generates new brain cells linked to improved memory and spatial learning and builds stronger bones. Green Tea and Memory

Introduce yourself to the healing powers of these teas by substituting a cup of green or white tea for a cup of coffee, and you will soon be enjoying the health benefits of this delicious beverage!

Eck you say, it tastes like grass. Not so! There are a plethora of delicious green teas out there!  Explore and experiment w/different ones and before you know it you will become a connoisseur of teas. Make sure you read the labels and be on the lookout for additives or enhanced “flavorings” which is code word for chemicals.

One of my favorites is Ban-cha, a great tasting toasted green tea.  Choice and Yogi brand teas are a few “clean” tea brands that you can usually find in your local Whole Foods.  They have no additives such as artificial sweeteners or flavorings. Joanne DiMauro website

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Health Tip of the Day

The National Cancer Institute recommends at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber daily.

Fiber has been shown to prevent some forms of cancer.  Fiber promotes healthy regular bowel movements and moves food quickly through the digestive tract to minimize the time that potential carcinogens are in the intestines.

The easiest way to get fiber in your daily diet is to eat fruit and vegetables (not juicing-it eliminates the fiber), eat beans and whole grains (i.e. brown rice, barley, oatmeal (but not instant oatmeal), popcorn (but not movie theatre popcorn!) The rule of thumb concerning whole grains: the longer the cooking time the more fiber they contain.

If you love your fresh juices but want to hold onto the fiber, all you need to do is make them in a regular blender.  Cut up greens, fruit and veggies into small chunks and put them in blender with some water and ice cubes. Certain fruits like bananas or avocados will make your juice drink thicker.  Here’s a quick demo of how to make a kale and fruit smoothie.

Green vegetable/fruit smoothie

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Dr. Oz says “desserts are metabolic suicide! ” To reduce that middle age spread cut out the sweets.  Okay, too extreme for you?  Then shoot for one of Michael Pollen’s food rules, “snacks and sweets on days that begin with S.” (Pollen, Food Rules).

Dr. Andrew Weill says, “contrary to what many women believe, menopause doesn’t lead to weight gain. Instead, the drop in estrogen redirects the process of fat storage in women from the hips to the abdomen.  But the weight gain so many women experience after menopause can’t be blamed entirely on hormonal changes. The fact is, as we get older, we need fewer calories because there’s a shift in body composition from lean muscle mass to fat and a consequent slowdown in metabolism. If you want to maintain your weight as you get older and avoid weight gain, you have to cut back your food intake by about 200 calories per day; this applies to men as well as women. The other part of the equation is exercise. ” (Menopause Re-arranges Women’s Fat)

Not that easy you say. So what else can you do? If you want the full explanation of what causes belly fat and what other tips you can take to lose it, go to my blog article: What Causes Middle Age Spread?

 

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Some conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain more pesticides than others.  The fruits and vegetables with the highest concentration of pesticides are:  apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach and strawberries.  For the complete list of Environmental Working Group’s  “dirty dozen” and “cleanest 15” go to: Complete Guide to Pesticides.  If you’re out shopping and you forget your list, the rule of thumb is, if you can peel it, it”s probably safe to buy conventional produce, if you’re eating the skin, try to buy organic.

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 Trans fatty acids found in margarine,

processed baked goods, fried foods and

saturated fats found in meat and full

fat dairy products have been shown to

make brain cells hard and rigid.  These fats also interfere with your brain’s ability to process information quickly.

 

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Health tip of the day:  Use natural sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar and honey in place of synthetic sweeteners such as Splenda, Nutrasweet or Sweet N Low.  They contain carcinogens. Possible side effects of Splenda include: “gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea), skin irritations (rash, hives, redness, itching, swelling), wheezing, cough, runny nose, chest pains, palpitations, anxiety, anger, moods swings, depression, and itchy eyes.”  Even white sugar would be a healthier choice.
Learn more: Stop Using Splenda

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Health Tip of the Day

Cortisol is a hormone released when you experience stress.  Elevated cortisol levels are directly related to accelerated signs of aging, skin disorders, memory loss, body fluid retention, belly fat and high blood pressure.

For more info on this topic check out my blog article: Lack of Sleep as Causal Factor in Belly Fat

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