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Super Foods for A Super You #2

I had so much fun sharing information about green super foods that you can incorporate into your diet that are naturally designed to improve your wellbeing that I decided to talk more about other super foods that are extremely beneficial to you, that you may not know about. In my last article “Green Super Foods” (post link here) I shared with you super foods that are designed to help you rock your workouts, improve digestion, build healthy bones, regulate blood sugar levels and fight off colds. In this article, I want to share with you foods that are designed naturally to protect your heart, protect you against cancer and keep you slim.

 

  • If you are looking for natural ways to protect your heart, then you will want to incorporate eating more leeks into your diet. This member of the onion family is loaded with flavonols, compounds that work to keep your blood vessels flexible and prevent bloods clots that can lead to a heart attack. One flavonol that is found in Leeks is kaempferol. In the American Journal of Epidemiology it is reported that people who consume the most kaempferol-containing foods are the least likely to die from heart disease. Leeks are also rich in the B vitamin folate, which plays a role in protecting your heart.
  • Protecting yourself naturally against cancer is not a difficult thing to do. You just need to know what to do to help your body increase its ability to fight off cancer. One thing that you can do is to eat more Watercress. Although Watercress may look a lot like spinach it is actually a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and Brussel sprouts, which are also packed with cancer fighting glucosinolates. These compounds are thought to prevent cancer by ridding our bodies of carcinogens before they can damage our cells. Since heat slowly destroys glucosinolates activity, these raw leafy veggies may provide an additional advantage over other cruciferous veggies that we eat cooked. Consuming three ounces of raw Watercress a day for eight weeks has been shown to reduce DNA damage in the white blood cells by up to 24 percent, documented in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • If staying slim is one of your top priorities, then I suggest that you begin by eating more peas. Peas are high in fiber and protein and can help you eat less and still feel nourished. One cup of peas packs an impressive seven grams of filling fiber, plus green peas contain resistant starch, a special kind of carb that our bodies can’t digest thus leaving you feeling full for hours after you eat your meal. A cup of peas delivers eight grams of protein, which is more than one large egg. Protein takes longer to digest than carbs and it requires more energy so you naturally increase your metabolism and burn up more calories in the process. Like all green foods, peas contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help prevent chronic disease.

 

Most people don’t get enough vegetables in their diet and eating vegetables is such a great way to improve your health and well being naturally. If you have never tried these super veggies, then I suggest start slowly by incorporating one or two of them at a time into your diet. Check in with yourself and notice how you feel during and after you eat them. You may be surprised at how thankful your body will be to you for doing this by allowing you to have more energy, vibrancy and successful weight management. So go ahead and splurge by incorporating fresh, organic, GMO and pesticide free Leeks, Watercress and peas into your life.

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Namaste,

 

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Feeling Constipated? These Tips Will Help

At some point in their lives, everyone has experienced issues with constipation and elimination. Here are some Ayurvedic tips you can use to help get your system flowing naturally and more consistently.

Become Aware

Constipation and elimination tend to be sensitive topics that people don’t normally like to talk about. Even if it’s embarrassing, it’s important to become aware of your elimination patterns. Are you someone that goes every day? Once, twice, three times a day? Are you someone who goes once every other day or every couple of days? Notice the timing in your cycle.

It’s also important to notice the consistency. If you only go once a day, is there a large amount of stool? Does it float? Does it sink? Is it small? Is it hard?

Stay Hydrated

It seems simple, but a major cause of constipation is dehydration. Make sure you’re drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day. I recommend 8 oz. every hour. If you drink more than that per hour (some people like to guzzle it down), you will urinate it all out probably within 30 minutes and your body doesn’t have a chance to absorb the liquid into your digestive tract.

If you’re drinking plenty of water and it doesn’t seem to help, add a little bit of oil to your water. You can add coconut, sesame, almond or even olive oil. Just a tiny bit will make a huge difference: it will help moisturize the colon and enable your body to absorb the oil. Since the colon is a dry part of the body, it’s important to make sure it has some degree of moisture so the stool can flow through easily.

Alternatively, you can also just take a tablespoon of whatever oil you choose in the morning or at night before you go to bed.

Get Moving

If you’re constipated due to a mobility problem, that is, if your colon is slow or sluggish regarding moving things through, then you want to increase your exercise. You core muscles, or your abdominals, are especially important: when they contract and expand, that will help the stool move along the colon instead of getting stuck, stagnant and dried out.

Eat Intelligent Foods

Leafy green vegetables (lettuce, kale, spinach and broccoli) act as a colon sweep and are great to help the colon get the stool moving along. My recommendation is to incorporate a leafy green vegetable into every meal, particularly dinner. When you’re eating, consume the leafy greens last. So if you’re eating a pasta dinner and there is spinach on your plate, eat the pasta first and the spinach last. This will help move the stool through your body because raw vegetables are generally cool so you want to eat them last. This way your digestive fire stays stoked through the meal.

Was this helpful? What other tips do you use to help yourself stay regular? Leave a comment in the area below.

Wishing you much health and wellness!

 

Namaste,

 

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS

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7 Way to Boost Your Immunity and Energy – Part 1

Often we think about boosting our immune system during cold and flu season, but throughout the entire year things come up that can throw us off-kilter and create havoc to our system and energy levels. Today I’d like to share some strategies that I use with my clients to help them stay healthy and energized 365 days a year.

Ojas, Ama and Toxins

In Ayurveda, we refer to the essences that help keep our immune system strong as ojas. When we eat healthy, nourishing, organic, non-GMO food, the nutrients are absorbed in our body and the end product of those wonderful essences creates ojas. This then helps us complete our digestion and create radiant skin and good health, as well as instilling a sense of happiness and well-being.

If the food we eat is full of pesticides, or if we don’t eat the right food for our body type, we can build up Ama, which are toxins. The goal is to always try to keep your body as free from Ama as possible because it’s so debilitating and can cause illness.

The term “toxins” in Ayurveda doesn’t only refer to chemicals like pesticides. It also refers to toxins we take in through our environment, things that we see and hear. This might look like a violent television show or music with aggressive or sexually explicit lyrics. Toxins, or Ama, are anything that assaults our sense of wellness and balance.

When our system is under attack or working very hard, our bodies become fertile ground for illness. The goal is to keep the seeds of disease from sprouting in the first place by maintaining low levels of Ama and high levels of ojas.

Food Choice

One of the most basic and important things to look at in building ojas is food choice. It is optimal to choose intelligent, immune-boosting types of food that are easy to digest. When I say “intelligent,” I mean fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lite, fresh, organic, non-GMO dairy products.

When you choose foods that are unaltered by genetic modification and pesticides, you give your body a great foundation to absorb the nutrients. These foods help us wake up the intelligent nature of our bodies and create ojas.

The foods to stay away from are processed, canned, frozen or packaged goods. They are the hardest to digest and create Ama in our digestive tract since they are so difficult to break down. When food stays in our colon, it petrifies and can be harmful to our immune system and deplete our energy.

Preservatives, pesticides and GMO’s deplete foods of their intelligence. When we consume them, they deplete our intelligence on a cellular level and set us up for illness and disease.

Cooking

When cooking, it’s important to be mindful of how long different foods need to be cooked. Steaming vegetables can make them more easily digestible for the body, but when they start to lose their natural color they’ve been cooked for too long. Overcooking reduces the immune-producing part of the food, depleting it of important vitamins and minerals.

Meat does need to be cooked to a certain temperature in order to kill harmful bacteria, but it should also be eaten in moderation, as it can be difficult for some body types to digest.

Stay tuned! In my next blog, I’m going to talk about how cooking with spices, eating certain fruits, and essential oils can all help boost the immune system.

In the meantime, if you want to take a more personal look at boosting immunity for your body type, visit http://www.stressassessmentmagic.com for some great starting tips.

Wishing you much health and wellness!

Namaste,

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS

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