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Why We Should Include Lemons In Our Diet

Lemons are my besties in the kitchen. They are one  of the staples that are always available in my refrigerator.  I drink lemon juice several times in a week, use the juice to marinate meats and dab the juice on my face. Lemon juice is a natural astringent.

The health benefits of lemons are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A,vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper,  calcium, iron,  magnesium, potassium,zinc, phosphorus and protein.

Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer fighting properties. It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion and many other problems, as well as improving the skin, hair, and teeth. Studies conducted at the American Urological Association highlight the fact that lemonade or lemon juice can eliminate the occurrence of kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals.

Lemons contain pectin fibre which is extremely valuable for colon well-being. Lemons also have effective antibacterial properties.

The fragrance of lemon can likewise repulse mosquitoes, while drinking lemon juice with olive oil serves to dispose of gall stones.

 

 

 

Lemons contain an acidic juice which stimulates our body to become more alkaline.

Reasons to include lemons in your diet:

  1. Improves liver function
  2. Reduces symptoms of colds and other viruses
  3. Stimulates bowel moment and cleanses the bowel
  4. Reduces acidity in the bladder, thus prevents UTIs
  5. The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form or applied topically, can help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles, and improve overall skin texture.
  6. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of the skin.
  7. Improves digestion. Because lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.
  8. According to the American Heart Association, eating higher amounts of citrus fruits may lower ischemic stroke risk for women.

Adding lemon juice to your favorite recipes is relatively easy. Roast chicken cooked with lemon instead of stuffing becomes deliciously tender and aromatic.

Boil barley and make your own lemon and barley water. Squeeze the juice of  lemon over your salad, chicken, fish or seafood. Try a slice of lemon with your tea.

You can even clean with lemons. Just add to vinegar as a great kitchen cleaner. Or slice up some lemons and pop them into your microwave oven, set to cook mode for a minute and wipe down the microwave oven. I love popping sliced lemons into the oven and bake them for several minutes to get rid of odour.

Potential health risks of consuming lemons

Those with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation when consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruit; however, individual reactions vary.

It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a diet with a variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.

 

 

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Preventing Cardiovascular Disease and Lung Disease

Cardiovascular disease and lung disease are the number one killer in the world today.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that around 1.34 million premature deaths from respiratory diseases and cancers were caused due to polluted air in 2008.

Effects of Air Pollution?Reduced lung functioning?Irritation of eyes, nose, mouth and throat?Asthma attacks?Respiratory sy...

 

The largest contributions to urban outdoor air pollution include motor transport, small scale manufacturers and other industries, burning biomass and coal for cooking and heating, as well as coal-fired power plants.

PM10 particles, which are particles of 10 micrometres or less, which can penetrate into the lungs and may enter the bloodstream, can cause heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, and acute lower respiratory infections.

With such bad air everywhere, are we surprised this is happening? All the more reason each and everyone of us should load up on clean water and colourful vegetables or the alternative or extra boost of Izumio and Super Lutein because the extra pure molecular hydrogen in Izumio and the potent carotenoids of 9 serves of fruit and vegetables in Super Lutein will firstly remove the unnecessary bad free radicals from your cells and secondly form a protective layer around your cells to prevent it from future free radical attack.

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Getting Your Loved Ones from One Place to Another

There is no doubt about the fact that individuals nowadays are busy. Working a 9-to-5 job, taking care of responsibilities, pursuing hobbies, enjoying entertainment, and doing everything else can be very tiring. It is a good idea for individuals to take advantage of different services that are available in order to help them care for their responsibilities and possibly be able to enjoy a little bit of downtime.

If you have an older individual in your family or an individual who has a disability in the family, it is very likely that you need to transport your loved one from one place to another in order to help them get to doctors appointments as well as other places. When you already have a busy schedule, you can take advantage of disability transportation Dallas TX in order to help you transport your loved one safely. The great thing about using this transportation service is that you can be sure that your loved one will safely arrive at their destination, and then you will be able to carry on with other normal activities.

Most transportation service companies have websites that will give you an idea of who is driving the vehicle as well as give other important details. You want to work with a reputable company. You will likely be able to read reviews by other individuals who are in your exact same circumstances. They may need their loved one transported from one place to another, but they do not have the time or the ability to do it on their own. You will be able to read about the experience they have had with the particular company and then decide if that company is right for you and your loved one.

Many large families have found that they are able to share the responsibility of transporting elderly parents or disabled family members. They will set up a schedule that will allow these family members to get from one place to another and not put the burden of transportation on just one individual. In order for a family to be able to function well in this situation, communication is of utmost importance. If one individual in the family is not able to actually drive the disabled or elderly person, they may be able to contribute monetarily in order to help the whole family.

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Chives Health Benefits

Chives, just like its cousin – spring onions, are one of our favorite vegetables.   We love chives cooked in any way.  Chives pair well with many dishes, especially those with eggs and cheese such as omelets, scrambles, quiches and frittatas. They’re also great with creamy vegetable dips and as a topping for soups and salads. They taste great when stir-fried with meat and also go well with noodles.

 

Chives are part of the allium family of vegetables and herbs, which also includes garlic, scallions, onions and leeks. Allium vegetables have been cultivated for centuries for not only their characteristic, pungent flavors but also for their medicinal properties.

Nutritional breakdown of chives

Chives are a nutrient-dense food, meaning that while they are low in calories they are high in beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One tablespoon of chopped chives contains 1 calorie and 0 grams of fat, 0 grams protein and 0 grams of carbohydrate while providing 3% of the daily value of both vitamins A and C. One serving of chives also contains a small amount vitamin K, folate, choline, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.

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Possible health benefits of consuming chives

Chives are a nutrient-dense food, meaning that while they are low in calories they are high in beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Cancer: Allium vegetables have been studied extensively in relation to cancer, especially stomach and colorectal cancers. Their beneficial and preventative effects are likely due in part to their rich organosulfur compounds. Although the exact mechanism by which these compounds inhibit cancer is unknown, possible hypothesis include the inhibition of tumor growth and mutagenesis and prevention of free radical formation.

Prostate cancer: In a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers used a population-based, case-controlled study to investigate the relationship between allium vegetable intake and prostate cancer. They found that men with the highest intake of allium vegetables had the lowest risk for prostate cancer.

Esophageal and stomach cancer: Frequent intake of allium vegetables such as chives has been inversely related with the risk of esophageal and stomach cancer.  Several survey-based human studies have demonstrated the potential protective effects of consuming alliums, as well as reports of tumor inhibition following administration of allium compounds in experimental animals.

Sleep and mood: The choline in chives is an important nutrient that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.6 Folate, also found in chives, may help with depressionby preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body, which can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain. Excess homocysteine interferes with the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which regulate not only mood, but also sleep and appetite as well.

Digestive Issues: The allyl sulfides and other unique organic compounds found in chives deliver similar benefits to the body as garlic, and as such, can effectively ease digestive discomfort. Furthermore, chives have natural antibacterial qualities that can eliminate a wide range of bacteria, particularly those in the salmonella family, which can wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal system. More specifically, chives can increase the nutrient uptake efficiency of your gut, ensuring that you get as many of the nutrients from your food as possible.

Image below shows a sauteed garlic chives bud dish with minced meat that I dished up yesterday.  Chives are inexpensive and easily available in our country.

 

A Final Word of Warning: Chives are not typically considered to be an allergenic substance and very few reports of negative reactions exist. However, an excessive amount of chives, with a high concentration of powerful organic compounds, can cause stomach discomfort. If you are allergic to onions or other members of the Allium genus, consult a medical professional before adding chives to your regular diet.

 

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