Rich in Rhubarb

Rich Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a versatile vegetable that comes in red, pink, and green. Its stalks are edible and highly nutritious, but its leaves are poisonous. Rhubarb’s flavor is quite tart, so it’s typically paired with sugar and berries. It’s often added to treats such as pies, muffins, fruit crisps and crumbles, smoothies, and punches, though there are savory recipes available online as well (you can find a selection at La Cucina Italiana). Rhubarb is a source of vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and dietary fiber, as well as being rich in health-promoting antioxidants including anthocyanins (the compounds that give red, blue,… read more

Power Bars: Snacks Or Sweets?

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Power bars, or granola and protein bars make claims of improving health and boosting energy. Most commercial protein bars contain genetically modified ingredients, including soy protein isolate, while granola bars are little healthier, if at all, than your typical candy bar. Most brands depict their products as super foods using nature as its source, when really they are just encasing healthy ingredient like whole oats and fruit in cane syrup. And don’t be fooled by ingredients like barley malt syrup, which despite having ‘barley’ in its name bears no more health benefits than one would find in table sugar. While this can be disconcerting, there are still a few power… read more

Downshifting In 2013

Downshifting

It may take an event to make us realize it, or sometimes it is a feeling we carry with us each day, but when it all piles up we can no longer ignore the fact that we need to slow down. We have to rest to regenerate. This need to take a moment every now and then is actually ingrained in us. When we are going full force it is hard to really be cognizant of our surroundings and emotions. There is actually an entire week devoted to the idea that we need to slow down our lives. International Downshifting… read more

Lead Poisoning in U.S. Children

Lead Poisoning in U.S. Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a report stating that 1 in 38 children in the U.S that are ages 1 through 5 have lead poisoning. This preventable health risk has most likely increased due to the CDC having changed the lead exposure guidelines last year. This has been the first change regarding lead levels in over 2 decades. The modification is now half of the previous amount, with a level of 5 as the newer cutoff. The number was reduced due to increasing research which shows how destructive lead is to the human system. Lead… read more

Sweet Relief Without The Sugar

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From early childhood we are introduced to products laden with sugar. It is nearly impossible to go to the grocery store without being bombarded with “impulse buys”, in the form of ‘fun sized’ assortments of chocolate bars and sugary confections. But in addition to these sugar addictions, there is an inherent shame about our consumption. Of course, there are also many health concerns posed by over-consumption of sugars. While with any food or habit it is all about moderation, it can be hard to break certain habits without avoiding them altogether. This brings about a search for alternatives, so that people can be in the… read more

Reinventing the Toilet

Toilets Of Tomorrow

Bill and Melinda Gates want to harness the power of our excrement. About 2.5 billion people use unsafe toilets or defecate in the open. Poor sanitation causes severe diarrhea, which kills 1.5 million children each year. Smart investments in sanitation can reduce disease, increase family incomes, keep girls in school, help preserve the environment, and enhance human dignity. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a fair in which universities and other research facilities competed to reinvent the toilet. The California Institute of Technology in the United States received the $100,000 first prize for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates… read more

Garlic For Good Health

Garlic For Good Health

In addition to cooking, garlic has been used throughout history in the home and for medicinal purposes. Garlic cloves can be purchased from the market, or you can grow your own garlic fairly easily with proper soil and moisture conditions. It can be grown inside or outdoors, though gardening experts say not to plant garlic in the same area outside for two years in a row or it may promote plants to have disease issues. Garlic has many practical uses around the house and garden. It can be used instead of chemicals to keep away outdoor insects or ones residing in… read more

Natural Diet Foods For All

A Natural Diet

Many people are conscious about their bodies and the way they look. This is especially true when the New Year rolls around and everyone is promising themselves that they will eat better and get into the gym more often. If you are a dieter, consider a natural diet. Nutrients should come from natural foods. Each food group contains diet foods that provide many nutrients that benefit our overall health. Vegetables People who consume more vegetables have less chance of developing disease, according to NaturalFoodBenefits.com. These diet foods contain vitamins A, E and C, which promote health. They contain few calories… read more

Kale: A Certain Superfood

Kale: A Superfood

Kale is a dark leafy green vegetable that belongs to the brassica family, a group that includes Brussels sprouts, collards, and cabbage. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, and its rich antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory compounds make it a potent health-promoter. Research indicates that eating kale regularly may help to protect against certain cancers and to lower cholesterol (a risk factor for heart disease), as well as supporting the body’s natural detoxification system. According to the George Mateljan Foundation (2012), Kale is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C; a very good source of fiber, calcium*, and potassium; and… read more

Potassium Packs A Punch

Potassium Packs A Punch

Potassium is needed to build muscle, use carbohydrates effectively, and facilitate normal body growth. It’s critical for muscle control, blood pressure regulation, and nerve function, and it may play a role in the prevention of a variety of illnesses. There is evidence that not getting sufficient dietary potassium in relation to sodium may trigger high blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Severe potassium deficiency is uncommon, though it can be caused by poor control of diabetes, very low-calorie diets, overuse of certain laxatives or diuretics (including caffeine), some medications, intense exercise, alcoholism, and severe vomiting or diarrhea. However,… read more