Healthy Foods

Vitamin K – The Way Forward?

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So many vitamin supplements, we know it can get confusing. Don’t worry, we get confused ourselves! Today we will discuss Vitamin K, a supplement which is great for your heart – Vitamin K2 helps to prevent hardening of the arteries, which is a common factor in coronary artery disease and heart failure. Extensive research suggests vitamin K2 may help to keep calcium out of your artery linings and other body tissues, where it can cause damage.

Vitamin K can help prevent cancer – A study in 2003 in the International Journal of Oncology, found that treating lung cancer patients with vitamin K2 slowed the growth of cancer cells, and previous studies have shown benefit in treating leukemia. In an August 2003 study published in the Alternative Medicine Review involving 30 patients with a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma, who took oral vitamin K1, the disease stabilised in six patients; seven patients had a partial response; and seven others had improved liver function.In 15 patients, abnormal prothrombin normalised.

Cut Out The Sugar!

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Do you feel like you have too much sugar in your daily diet? You most probably do. In the UK the average Brit has 140 teaspoons of sugar a week! This obviously leads to an unhealthy diet, a higher calorie intake and a larger waistline.

“Identify the sources of sugar in your diet, and decide what to cut out completely and what to cut down on. You don’t need to cut down on sugars found in fruit or dairy products because these foods contain lots of nutrients that are good for us. It’s the food high in added sugar, such as fizzy drinks, which contain lots of calories but few other nutrients that we should be trying to consume less of.” (NHS Website)

Check the colour-coded pie-chart on all food items which breaks down the percentage of sugar in each item. Of course if sugar is highlighted in red, then this means there’s a high amount of sugar in the food.

A Tea to Cure Your Cough

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Thyme has been used for centuries, and was even used during The Black Death. A plague that peaked in Europe from 1346-1353, during that time, and in other incidents of the plague thereafter, people would gather to burn large bundles of thyme to ward off the disease, or carry pockets of thyme on them. Indeed, thyme does have anti-microbial properties, but we’re not warding off any plague here-just your cough. Thyme relaxes the muscles of the trachea and bronchi, and also opens up airways. The result is less coughing, and increased comfort. Meaning a better you!

You will need

  • a handful of fresh thyme sprigs or 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 8 ounces of fresh water
  • Honey or lemon (optional)

Directions

Lightly bruise the thyme, e.g. with a mortar and pestle, and then place in a mug. Cover with 8 ounces of boiling water, cover, and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Add some lemon or honey to taste, and drink the whole thing. Repeat 2-3 times daily as needed. It’s absolutely delightful just before bedtime (unless you aren’t a fan of thyme).

3 Additional Foods to Add to a Healthy Diet

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Unfortunately there’s a lot of gumpf in the weight loss and diet industry. No matter what people think, there are plenty of healthy foods out there today to choose from and we’re giving you three of the best which are all available to buy from your local grocery store or supermarket for a relatively low cost. If you want to get some healthy fat and protein, then our first option is great; pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkins seeds can actually be really good for you and they have some substance so try replacing a chocolate bar with a handful of pumpkin seeds if you’re looking to start a diet, it’s certainly an adequate replacement.

Another good food for your diet, if you’re not a vegan or a vegetarian is skinless chicken which packs a huge protein punch for build and repairing muscle mass which is required to perform daily tasks and exercises if you’re a regular gym go-er.

Cutting Down On Salt

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We’ve discussed cutting your sugar intake on our previous post, so it’s only right we discuss the same for salt. Salt intake should only be ideally one teaspoon a day, but with the types of food the average person eats, the majority are horrifically over their recommended sodium intake.

When selecting foods to eat, choose fruit and vegetables as much as possible as they are low in sodium content. This is the same for canned and frozen fruits/vegetables also.

Try and eat fresh meats over packaged meats. Packaged meats contain more sodium, and of course… Fresh is always better!

If you are worried about your salt intake, check food labels when doing your weekly shop. Manufacturers are legally required to let you know exactly how much of what, you are consuming. Anything labelled in red means it contains over the daily recommended amount.