Why You Should Eat
Did you know that an avocado is actually a fruit?!
One of the healthiest fruits, in fact. The avocado is a perfect nutritionally balanced food containing all the essential nutrients (those that our bodies cannot produce on their own). Some of those nutrients are vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, B vitamins, folic acid, and the minerals calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, boron, and potassium twice that of a banana!).
We know that protein is important. Protein provides the amino acids needed to build muscle and other tissue, build and maintain cell structures, and produce the enzymes that tell our cells what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.
Ironically, our need for protein increases as we age while our ability to digest protein decreases.
Most people believe that the primary source for protein is meat but there are many quality protein sources that are plant-based. And plant-based protein may be easier to digest.
Peppermint is actually a naturally occurring hybrid of water mint and spearmint and has been around since at least 1000 BC. Like most herbs, mint has antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
Health benefits can be achieved with a variety of uses including internal, topical, and aromatherapy.
We should all be drinking water! And there are soooo many reasons why.
Our body weight is nearly two-thirds water. Nearly every type of cell in our body needs water to function properly. Water is necessary to transport nutrients into our blood to be used by our cells. The brain cells must be hydrated at all times. Muscle cells need the proper balance of water and electrolytes to function. Without the proper amount of water in these cells, we could not walk or move. The act of breathing uses water.
Beets along with chard, spinach, amaranth, and quinoa belong to the family of foods called chenopods.
One beet (average beet is about 2” in diameter) has 35 calories, 64 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate with 2 g dietary fiber and 6 g sugar as well as 1 g protein. Beets also have trace amounts of vitamin A and calcium. They are a good source of vitamin C, iron, and magnesium and are a very good source of dietary fiber, folate, manganese, and potassium. A single beet has about 260 mg of potassium! Since our diets tend to be skewed higher in sodium and lower in potassium (which is opposite what they need to be), eating beets can help rebalance that potassium-to-sodium ratio.
Chard (commonly referred to as Swiss chard) is also known as leaf beet, silver beet, white beet, and spinach beet. Chard is a cool weather crop so it will be more prevalent in spring, early summer, and fall. The leaves should be crisp and glossy, not dull and wilted.
Coconut oil gets a bad rap because it is a fat (we have been led to believe – mistakenly – that we should avoid fat) and because it includes saturated fat. But fat is a necessary component of our diet and saturated fat is not necessarily bad. Saturated fat from whole foods like eggs, avocado, and coconut is healthier than refined oils and it is definitely better than consuming oils that have been refined from crops like soy, canola, cottonseed, and corn that have been produced with genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has enjoyed a bit of “fad” status lately but it’s benefits have been known for years. Hippocrates, often called the father of medicine, would prescribe ACV to treat a variety of illnesses.
ACV is derived by squeezing the liquid from crushed apples and then fermenting the liquid by adding bacteria and yeast until the sugars turn to alcohol.