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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Healthy Foods

I came across an article which listed all kinds of different foods and their benefits. Several of them I have already done a post on, but it can only be of help to remind you again.

- Dark chocolate can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce LDL cholesterol, increases the flow of blood to the brain and it boosts serotonin and endorphin levels, which are associated with improved mood and greater concentration. Look for chocolate that is 60 percent cocoa or higher.

- Garlic can help increase the release of serotonin, a neurochemical that makes you feel relaxed and reduces anxiety, as research has shown.

- Caffeinated coffee increases the average metabolic rate and stimulates the central nervous system by increasing heart rate and breathing.

- Chile peppers can jumpstart your fat-burning, muscle-building engines. According to a study, eating 1 tablespoon of chopped red, or green chiles boosts metabolism by 23 percent.

- Fried eggs may help reduce high blood pressure. Scientists in Canada discovered that fried eggs produced the highest levels of amino acids that dilate blood vessels and allow blood to flow more easily.

- Chewing gum can help ease your tension. People who chewed gum while taking multitasking tests experienced a 17 percent drop in self-reported stress. This might have to do with the fact that we associate chewing with positive social interactions, like mealtimes.

- Salmon, or the omega-3s may calm your neurotic side. Adults with the lowest blood levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were more likely to have symptoms for depression. Salmon is loaded with EPA and DHA, as are walnuts, flaxseeds, and even cauliflower.

- Yogurt may help you drop pounds, because the probiotic in it boosts the breakdown of fat molecules.

- Grilled chicken breast is full of protein which boosts the metabolism, but is also a top source of energy. People who ate higher amounts of protein had higher energy levels and didn't feel as tired as people with proportionally higher amounts of carbs in their diet.

- Kidney beans are an excellent source of thiamin and riboflavin. Both vitamins help your body use energy efficiently.

All of the above health benefits were based on the results of studies conducted by either universities, or health related, scientific organisations. Therefore, we can safely assume that the facts are true and we can eat all of the above, in moderation of course, and reap all the benefits.

We already know that God fills our every need and we don't have to question whether His provisions are good for us or not: we know they always are for our best!

Psalm 136:25
Who gives food to all flesh, For His mercy endures forever.


Blogger "Guppy" Honaker said...

This was a great post Corry. Thanks! I'm a huge believer in garlic (I have two kinds of skin cancer that I'm trying to keep at bay). I ingest (blended with V8) two cloves every day. It seems to help with so much! Your note about fried eggs came as a surprise to me, but a happy one as I love fried eggs.

- David

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October 04, 2010 12:29 PM  

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