Apart from the fact that sweet potatoes are readily available, inexpensive, and delicious, there are many other reasons to love these yummy vegetables. They are as follows:
1) They are High in vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homo cysteine in our bodies. Homo cysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.
2) They are a good source of Vitamin C: Vitamin C is important to help, ward off cold and flu viruses. Also, it plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin's youthful elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be linked to cancer.
3) They contain Vitamin D: Vitamin D is critical for immune system and overall health. Vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. Seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, as it is also called), which is linked to inadequate sunlight and therefore a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth. Also, supports the thyroid gland.
4) Sweet potatoes contain iron: Plays an important role in red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning and the metabolizing of protein.
5) Good source of magnesium: It is a relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle and nerve function.
6) Source of potassium: It is one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heart beat and nerve signals. Also helps in relaxing muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and protecting & controlling the activity of the kidneys.
7) Natural sugars: Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.
8) Carotenoids: The rich orange color indicated that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is teh precursor to vitamin A in your body. Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
If you have ever been to a tropical country, you have probably experienced diarrhea: frequent and uncontrolled evacuation of liquid stool caused by bacteria in local water, milk or food.
Diarrhea can also be caused at home by excesses in diet (a diet that is too rich) or an allergic reaction to certain foods or medication or even by stress.
To treat diarrhea, avoid all solid food on the first day. Drink liquids like water, apple juice, meat or vegetable boullion and tea. These will compensate for your loss of water - dehydration being one of the main dangers of diarrhea - and will give your intestines a period of rest.
If you have stomach cramps, rub your hands together for about a minute. Then place both palms on your abdominal region. The heat
will soothe the pain.
On the second day, eat small quantities of solid food. Among the least irritating are cooked cereals (especially rice), biscuits and soft
You can also try charcoal. It comes in tablet or capsule form (you can also get it off burnt toast!)
Did you know that just walking for 30 minutes, 3 or 4 times a week is enough to combat aging?
According to researchers at the University of California, one of the principle causes of deterioration of the human organism’s physical faculties is its diminished ability to metabolize glucose. And they showed that even leisure exercise, like taking a walk, plays an important role in keeping glucose metabolism functioning smoothly.
Do you spend the whole day sitting at your desk or in front of a computer screen? Why not get up occasionally and do a few minutes of physical exercise? Don’t worry about what other people think.
In some Japanese companies, it is even become a collective habit. Every twenty minutes a bell sounds, and everybody gets up to do some stretching exercises, after which they sit down again as if nothing had happened. Japanese managers are convinced that their employees are more productive when they are relaxed.
- Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
- Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
- Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer.
- Play more games.
- Read more books.
- Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
- Sleep for 7 hours.
- Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.