TAG: Potassium

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

Potato Powerhouse

Potato Powerhouse

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred fuel source, but potatoes are much more than just an energy booster. Potassium supports optimal muscle performance and potatoes are actually higher in potassium than bananas, the fruit often lauded as a top potassium source. Potatoes also contain iron and B and C vitamins, and their skins are a great source of fiber (you can increase your fiber intake by eating a larger number of smaller potatoes rather than one or two big ones because you’ll consume more fiber-rich skin this way). Potatoes have gotten a bad rap as a fattening food, but the reason… read more

Strawberries – So Healthy

Healthy strawberries

The beautiful strawberry. So pretty to look at and so healthy too! Eating one cup of strawberries contains only 43 calories! They also curb overeating. Strawberries contain a lot of Vitamin C, so fantastic to ward off common colds and flu. They contain a lot of fibre to help keep you regular and lower blood pressure. Packed with phenols which have anti-oxidant properties. The phenols have anti-inflammatory agents also. Strawberries modify our blood cholesterol profile, where cholesterol is absorbed in the intestines before it can be processed by the liver. Is said to fight cancer because of the combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents…. read more

The Good in Chocolate

Dark chocolate

Chocolate. Long considered a culinary sin, it’s loyal devotees have been advocating its health benefits for years. Only recently, have those claims been accepted. Lucky, as I am guilty as sin. Not all chocolate is created equal of course, and you must choose wisely when wanting to reap the benefits and dismiss the not so palatable side effects. Dark chocolate is the best pick with a high cocoa content. It is rich in flavanoids that are fantastic at eliminating toxins.  It has far more antioxidants than milk or white chocolate. About 4 squares of dark chocolate are 200 Calories. Ok if… read more