Potatoes are a Plus for your Natural Health
Putting off putting potatoes on your plate? Pooey – they’re good for you! Potatoes aren’t the devil food they’ve been made out to be. Of course, if you’re going to go to some big chain restaurant and eat a huge baked potato with sour cream and butter and bacon and who knows what – you’ve got a big, bad plate of high fat poop! For example, one chain restaurant, Ruby Tuesday’s Loaded Baked Potato contains 591 or 688 calories (too high to really make you question it!), 29 g fat and 545 mg sodium. This potato delivers nearly half the fat you should eat in an entire day, and much of that comes from the load of animal fats – sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar cheese, and butter are all heaped upon a delicious low-fat potato which contains about 280 calories and next to no fat!
The potato itself is full of nutrition and should be a part of your healthy diet. One medium potato (150g) with the skin provides almost 30 grams of Vitamin C, almost half of the recommended daily intake. They also contain Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. The Vitamin B6 that you find in potatoes is an excellent source of stress-relieving neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline that help you to relax and calm down. And the skins of the potatoes are fiber-rich foods and we know that to be essential to maintaining healthy weight (see F is for Fiber – The Facts for Fabulous Natural Health).
Oranges for Natural Health and Happiness
Orange You Glad to See Me?????
I couldn’t resist. You should be glad to see oranges every day. Oranges are a great source of that all important vitamin C. One orange can provide the daily requirement of C. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system and reduces the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Eating a whole orange (rather than just the juice) give you a fruit full of fiber. Oranges contain a flavonoid called hesperin which is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
If you follow this blog (and I hope you will subscribe if you do!), you’ll know I love mangoes. Here’s a recipe combining these two wonderful orange-colored fruits that will refresh and stimulate you especially on a warm summer’s day!
MANGO ORANGE DRINK
Mango Orange Drink
3 c. Water
1/3 C. Sugar (or agave syrup)
1 TBL. grated Orange peel
2 C. Mango, mashed
1 C. freshly squeezed Orange juice
1/2 C. Lemon juice, fresh
Heat the water with the sugar (or agave) and orange peel. Let cool. Put mango, orange and lemon juice into blender and add sugar water. Pulse until smooth and cool. Serve over ice for a delicious summer delight!
Limes for Natural Health
You Put The Lime in the Coconut – See C is for Coconut. Lime, whether in coconut, or in some mineral water is a great addition to your natural health regime.
Limes, like most citrus fruits, are full of life-enriching antioxidant Vitamin C, which will reduce the risk of heart disease, inflammation and other diseases such as cancer. A half a lime squeezed into a glass of water will reduce the chances of having an asthma attack and should be drunk every morning.
I’ve talked often about how important it is to drink lots of water. Some people find that to be challenging and a way to make it more appetizing is to squeeze some lime into the water to add some taste. I sometimes put a drop or two of stevia in for a little limeade taste on a hot summer day!
You can mix together some lime juice and some coconut oil with a little dash of shea butter for a luscious, lavish and really great smelling body cream!
Jamaica - Hibiscus Flowers for Natural Health
Jamaica (pronounced Ha-My-Ka) flower tea is an iced tea made from the Mexican hibiscus flower. Jamaica flower tea is called “Agua de Jamaica.” Made from a strong brew of hibiscus flower tea, Jamaica flower tea is a tart, flavorful red tea, often sweetened heavily with sugar.
There are several health benefits to this delicious tea. It is a diuretic, meaning that it works similarly to plain water and courses through the body and is excreted through urination. It is also a laxative and helps to relieve constipation. All of this helps to regulate digestion and move food and toxins through and out of the body.
Jamaica flower tea is very high in Vitamin C, the antioxidant we know reduces the damage from free radicals that may cause heart disease and cancer. Vitamin C, like that found in Jamaica, also acts as an Immune Booster (see previous posts: I is for the Immune System – Part 1 and Part 2).
Carrots – Bugs Bunny had it right! What’s up, Doc! Carrots are good for your health and great for your skin!
Carrots are packed full of vitamins and minerals and natural health! They’re an excellent source of Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1 & B6. They’re also full of great minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and biotin. And if that’s not enough, there are plenty of anti-oxidants and carotenoids, and a host of phytonutrients to keep you healthy inside and out. Beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin are some of the finest nourishment that help keep the optic system in tip-top condition, with special protection against astigmatism, macular degeneration and cataracts.
Carrots do wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistant to various kinds of infections.
Crunch down on carrots for natural health with a lot of natural beauty benefits!
See: Carrots – Great for Your Skin