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Top 5 super foods with healing powers

Mansi Kohli
Times of India
2012 February 1

You might know about many nutritious whole foods, which are rich in healthy nutrients. But, do you know about the significance of a few super foods that help you heal?

These foods have multiple healing effects like fighting cancer, reducing cholesterol levels and guarding against heart diseases. Intrigued? Let’s take a look…

Kiwis. These tiny packs of goodness have high levels of Vitamin C. Rich in potassium, kiwis have more fiber in them when compared to apples and bananas. Because of phytonutrients present in them, they are extremely good for people who have heart disease, cancer or any respiratory disease. They have natural blood-thinning properties, which further help in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure in the body. It is always best to eat the kiwis as soon as you cut them as they contain enzymes that lose certain properties once exposed to air. Aim to eat one to two kiwis a day.

Cherries. Cherries are packed with antioxidant value and vitamins. They are slightly high on natural sugar content, but they’re still very low-carb and are an excellent source of important fiber. Cherries are amazing with feta and greens. With a glycemic index of just 22, one should go for a daily serving of cherries, when they are in season locally.

Beans. Other than fiber, beans are also rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They have low glycemic index levels, which helps in regulating blood sugar levels and insulin production. They are low in energy-density levels i.e. they provide sustained energy, maximizing health benefits. Also, known as miracle foods, beans deliver a high amount of antioxidants to the body. Enriched with potassium, magnesium, vitamin B1 and B2, and vitamin K, they are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. One should go for a minimum of two servings of beans on a weekly basis.

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Resolve to be healthier. You can do it!

Healthy resolutions bring a happier and more natural New Year

JB Bardot
Natural News
2012 January 3

Almost everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. However, by February each year, many well-intentioned attempts to make changes in one’s life trickle away with nary a glance backwards. Why are so many resolutions never fulfilled? Perhaps it’s because the goal is too difficult to accomplish. If individuals choose goals that are more easily attained on a daily basis, the success rate for New Year’s resolutions may improve along with the quality of life. Include one or more of the following goals in your New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners

Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG, and artificial sweeteners may make foods taste better; but they’re neurotoxins that contribute to a wide range of disease conditions. Symptoms of MSG poisoning may include headaches, dizziness, trembling, palpitations, and cognitive or neurological dysfunction. Artificial sweeteners have been associated with various cancers as well as insulin and other pancreatic disorders.

Avoid GMO foods

Foods that are genetically modified are done so at the expense of life-building nutrients and a healthful environment. Genetically modified crops destroy the ground in which they’re grown, damage natural environmental life cycles and cause a variety of nutritional deficiencies and digestive disorders. The most common GMO crops are corn, soy and canola.

Eat organic

Eating organic foods provides natural nutrients to sustain life and build healthy immune systems. Organic food is real food, without additional chemicals or foreign genes added to alter its makeup. Integrate organic foods into your diet throughout the year until it becomes a primary eating style.

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