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Eating Your Way to a

Healthier You By Stefan Anderson


Folk vs Science November 14, 2011

According to researchers, there are records indicating that people have been using herbs for medicinal purposes since the ancient Sumerians. Today these folk remedies are still commonly used not only because of the increasing popularity

Skin- Vitamin A helps

of natural every day solutions, but because many of these food myths have now been scientifically proven to work. Food cures, such as the tradition of eating chicken noodle soup when you’re sick, have been handed down for generations in many different cultures. According to a University of Nebraska study in 200, chicken

found that people with the highest intakes of balance the pH of the carotenoids- natural skin’s surface, making it acidic enough to fight pigments in carrots-were six times less off bacteria. Foods such as sweet potatoes, likely to develop skin spinach, and carrots are cancer than those with a good source of vitamin low intakes. A. Researchers have Hair- Eating iron packed foods can help increase hair growth. Good sources of Iron

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noodle soup actually can inhibit white blood cell movement, which relieves common colds. As scientists continue to study the validity of claims about food cures, more and more of these “myths” are becoming plausible. Here’s some good-for-you foods that scientists- and your grandmother- will agree on.

include lean red meat, turkey, egg yolks, dried beans and fruit, as well as whole grains.

Good foods for your body.


help keep the doctor away, she was right. zinc, found in fish and shellfish, helps maintain Researchers have found that eating one red healthy thinking and apple a day can block memory processes. LDL oxidation, which “Studies show results in an 8 percent that if you eat high drop in levels. Apples protein snacks 2 or (including their skins) contain soluble fiber, 3 times a day you that can scrub artery will be less likely walls clean.

Brain- The mineral

to binge between meals”

Eyes- Lutein, a

carotenoid found in plant foods, helps filter blue light, preventing it from damaging retinal tissues. Studies show that people who include lutein in their diet are 43 percent less likely to develop macular degeneration. Foods such as spinach, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts are good sources of lutein.

Belly- In order to

keep your metabolism up, snack on the right foods (low in sugar but rich in protein). Studies show that if you eat high protein snacks 2 or 3 times a day you will be less likely to binge between meals. Try snacking on a slice of hard or semi hard cheese. Cheese has 7

grams of protein per slice and no sugar, so it doesn’t raise bloodsugar levels and your body will stay in fat burning mode.

Muscles- Beef, packed

with protein zinc, and creatine, can maximize muscle growth.

Bones- Drinking

vitamin D-fortified low-fat milk every day provides your body with 600 milligrams of calcium and 5 micrograms of vitamin D. This is the perfect amount of nutrients to build strong, breakresistant bones.

Heart- If your mother

ever told you that eating an apple a day will

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Not feeling good? • Chicken soup relieves congestion that comes with a cold. Chicken has an amino acid that thins the mucus lining of the sinuses, relieving stuffiness. • Garlic and onions fight flu and cold viruses. • Blueberries get rid of the bacteria that causes diarrhea. • Bananas work as natural antacid- they can soothe heartburn or gastric distress. • Spinach contains lots of folic acid, which is good for your spiritslow levels of folic acid can cause depression. • Ginger is good for nausea and migraine headaches. • Onions contain quercetin, a natural seditive that relieves insomnia.

Resources: menshealth.com, factmonster.com, folkremediesforyou.com

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Eating your way to a healthier you.