The Strange Familiar | Unwanted
If I throw away all the garbage in my life
Happiness will come to me
If I throw away every problem
Every pain will be undone
It would be so easy to clean the slate
You could be so easily erased
I think I’ll just get in the car and drive
Leave everything behind
Hero Foods part 2
Anti-oxidant: Tomatoes contain a lot of vitamins A and C, mostly because of beta-carotene, and these vitamins act as an anti-oxidant, working to neutralize dangerous free radicals in the blood stream.
Diabetes: Tomatoes also have plenty of the mineral chromium, which helps diabetics to keep their blood sugar level under control.
Vision: Because of all that vitamin A, tomatoes are also an excellent food to help improve your vision. This also means tomatoes can help your eyes be better about night blindness.
Bones: Tomatoes have a fair amount of vitamin K and calcium, both of which help to strengthen and possibly repair in minor ways bones and bone tissue.
Cancer: Various studies have shown that because of all that lycopene in tomatoes, the red fruit helps to lessen the chances of prostate cancer in men, and also reduces the chance of stomach cancer and colorectal cancer
Heart troubles: Due to potassium and vitamin B, tomatoes help to lower blood pressure and to lower high cholesterol levels. This, in turn, could help prevent strokes, heart attack and other potentially life-threatening heart problems.
Loaded with Vitamins: like A, K, D, and E and a host of trace minerals.
Good Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids: the kind most of us need in North America.
Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Antioxidants: Researchers have identified more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. In a recent study on the relationship between risk of prostate cancer and vegetable intake (including such healthy vegetables as broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts) only spinach showed evidence of significant protection against the occurrence of aggressive prostate cancer.
Alkalizes the Body: All those minerals helps to balance off the highly acid diet which most of us subject our bodies to and which drains our energy, increases obesity and a creates host of other health problems.
Nourishes the Eyes: The carotenoids found in spinach protect against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Strengthens the Bones: One cup of fresh spinach (or 1/6 cup of cooked spinach) contains TWICE your daily vitamin K needs. This along with the calcium and magnesium in spinach is essential to maintain healthy bones.
Perfect for Green Smoothies and Salads: Organic pre-washed spinach is now readily available in most grocery stores. If you haven’t yet tried a green smoothie yet and think they might taste yucky then try one with the main ingredient as spinach. Spinach is so sweet, we guarantee you will be impressed. To see Diana make her own special brand of green smoothie click here: Diana’s Green Smoothie
Spinach is FRESH! Studies have shown that even the artificial light in the grocery store shining on those plastic tubs of spinach can actually help keep the leaves from spoiling. This indicates the spinach is still metabolically active and fresh.
Soy is a complete protein, and soyfoods are rich in vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium and, in some cases, fiber.
In the past 15 years, soyfoods have attracted the attention of research scientists around the world for health properties beyond basic nutrition as well.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially recognized the cholesterol-lowering effects of soy protein in 1999 with a health claim stating that 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Most soyfoods are also low in saturated and trans fats, one reason why the American Heart Association has recognized soyfoods’ role in an overall heart-healthy diet.
Recent research suggests that soy may also lower risk of prostate, colon and breast cancers as well as osteoporosis and other bone health problems, and alleviate hot flashes associated with menopause.
Increased Vitamin Bioavailability
The probiotic supplements strains mentioned earlier - Lactobacillus Bulgaricus and Lactobacillus Biotin, produces biotin (which is Vitamin B in simpler terms). With that in mind, your probiotic filled yogurt could contain well over 30 times more vitamin B12, 50 times more vitamin B3, and up to 14 times as much vitamin A than your regular milk.
Healthier And Better Digestive Tract
Your digestive and intestinal tract requires a delicate balance to remain healthy. And the probiotics benefits found in yogurt helps you maintain that balance by keeping the right acidity to ward off and keep the number of harmful microorganisms at a safe low.
Fortified And Strengthened Immunity Against Diseases
Once the probiotic strains reach your intestines, they help us fight off different diseases. You see, they produce substances that are not harmful for us BUT lethal for the pathogens and fungi that are residing in our body.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Sardines are considered fatty fish, which means they contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent and fight cardiovascular disease. They reduce levels of blood clots and improve blood flow. The Mayo Clinic recommends eating two servings of fatty fish per week; a can of sardines is equivalent to one serving.
High Nutrient Content
Sardines contain high levels of vitamin D, which is found in relatively few food sources compared to other nutrients. Breastfeeding women, in particular, may benefit from adding sardines to their diet, and increasing their breast milk levels of vitamin D because it naturally contains low levels of the vitamin. The vitamin D requirements for infants and children recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics increased in 2008 to 400 IU per day. Vitamin D helps build bones and regulates mineral levels in the body. Sardines also contain 351 mg of calcium, 99 IU vitamin A and 23 g of protein.
For many years, researchers have known that vitamin D participates in the regulation of cell activity. Because cell cycles play such a key role in the development of cancer, optimal vitamin D intake may turn out to play a significant role in the prevention of various types of cancer.
Seeding a pomegranate may seem like a lot of work for just a piece of fruit but think again. getting at those seeds may be well worth it. The pomegranate is a nutrient dense food source rich in phytochemical compounds. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries.
Helps Prevent and Treat Acne
Acne is caused primarily by hormonal imbalance or digestive problems. Consuming pomegranates regularly can help prevent acne and eliminate its root causes by correcting digestive problems and promoting healthy circulation of the blood. The fruit is rich in iron, a constituent part of hemoglobin that helps absorb oxygen. Oxygen is carried to the skin cells, making the skin look fresh and smooth.
In addition, the pomegranate is a good source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that is known to protect the skin from damaging free radicals. Vitamin C is also necessary for regulating the production of sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands of the skin, which is one of the root causes of acne.
Prevents Skin Aging
Drinking pomegranate juice is also a good remedy for skin damaged by sun exposure. It helps prolong the life of fibroblasts, which are cells that are responsible for producing elastin and collagen. Elastin and collagen help keep the skin tone healthy and enhance the skin’s elasticity.
1. Toss them in a smoothie
2. Replace potato chips with green chips
3. Make soup
4. Use fresh or dried green vegetables for seasoning
2 cans chunk light tuna in water, drained
1 can white beans or chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
Optional: Parsley, tomatoes, cucumber
1. Mix ingredients and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
2. Serve on a bed of greens.
Katie Herzig | I Hurt Too
When the lies speak the loudest
When your friends are starting to leave
When you’re broken by people like me
I hurt too, I hurt too
Rye bread with havarti cheese, peach, plum, strawberries, banana, salted cashew nuts, biscuits, tea and apple juice drink.