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Power Foods

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The article says that it is true that the way to one's heart really is through the stomach. They also suggest we should not worry about what we shouldn't eat, but should focus on what we SHOULD eat. We can make a positive difference for our heart with just upping the intake of a few critical nutrients.

Here are some to consider (all info either quoted or in summary from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine February 2012 page 160)

"Berries Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries...they're all heart healthy gems. Out of season, buy them frozen, microwave until warm, and spoon onto oatmeal, crepes and even grilled meat.
Good source of antioxidants, fiber, phytonutrients."

"Chia Seeds They're not just for novelty planters. These tiny seeds are essentially flavorless and don't require grinding, making them an easy addition to anything from rice pilaf to lean burger patties.
Good source of antioxidants, fiber, electrolytes, phytonutrients, unsaturated fats."

"Broccoli Broccoli loses nutrients when boild or left too long in the fridge, so try it steamed or roasted until crisp tender, ideally within a few days of uying it.
Good source of antioxidants, fiber, electrolytes, phytonutrients."

"Fish Get hooked on wild salmon, herring, and rainbow trout, three great catches that are low in containants. To please picky eaters, slip fish into favorite dishes such as tacos.
Good source of antioxidants, unsaturated fats."

More tomorrow (or soon)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CELEST 3/1/2013 5:02AM

    Excellent. Interestingly enough, usually when folks have a shock of some kind, they are given sugar water to calm them down....but eating a handful of broccoli like you would an apple works 10 times faster in calming you down.

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LINOVER 2/28/2013 10:04PM

    Thanks for the info. We too use three out of four on a regular basis.

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LYN-EDWY 2/28/2013 9:25PM

    Hey...I'm doing pretty good. We use 3 out of the 4 mentioned quite regularly.

Thanks Asta.

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FIONNA39 2/28/2013 9:13PM

    It's so much more fun to shop from a list of superfoods than a list of 'foods to avoid'.

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ADELCASALE 2/28/2013 8:41PM

    Great info. Thanks for sharing!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/28/2013 8:37PM

    Great tips. I love to steam a whole head of broccoli and eat it without toppings. Yummy!

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Key Heart Nutrients

Monday, February 25, 2013

I simply cannot clip and file every article I find of interest though I do keep a notebook of many things pertaining to health. Blogging allows me to save info AND to share it.

This info comes from a 2012 Better Homes and Gardens Mag...Feb. issue. Page 160

"Key Heart Nutrients

Antioxidants protect the heart and blood vessels from harmful free radicals. Vitamins A,C and E, as well as the mineral selenium are some of the antioxidants found in foods...[will list the power foods later].

Fiber reduces levels of harmful LDL cholesterol and might ease chronic inflammation, a contributor to atherosclerosis.

Electrolytes help ensure steady blood pressure and a healthy heart rhythem. They include potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

Phytonutrients are plant compounds that protect arteries from inflammation and help ward off blood clots.

Unsaturated fats reduce inflammation and promote healthy cholesterol levels. Monounsaturated fats and omega-3s are two you'll find in these foods."

None of this is new information, but somehow, it helps to review these key nutrients and be reminded of what they DO. We are all working towards better health and fitness. Nutrition helps lay a proper foundation on which to build!

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TATTER3 2/26/2013 6:37AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/25/2013 9:10PM

    Thanks for posting it.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/25/2013 2:13PM

    What you mentioned is a good start. More more recent research has so much more. Take a look at this book published in Nov. 2012:

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LYN-EDWY 2/25/2013 1:39PM

    Thanks Asta for sharing this.
I can testify to potassium being needed for a healthy heart.
My first episode back in 1987 of going to emergency with severe chest
pain started an ongoing problem that I was not aware of.
Over the next 25 years I had the same problem and was admitted
to emergency 5 more times. Each time the dr.'s told me that they couldn't
tell me I had had a heart attack, but the they couldn't tell me that I hadn't.

Well, the last time, just over two years ago...a new young dr. in our community
was on duty when I arrived. After the ususal tests, and then some...he came
and in detail explained to me that I had a potassium deficiency. He was able
to solve my problem that many dr.'s before him had not.

Ever since, I endeavour keep my potassium levels up to the level that is needed for my health. SP has determined it to be 4500-6000mg per day.
I take potassium supplements as well as using foods rich in the same.
I have had no problems now that I am aware of this, and I am hoping for no more.

Thanks for the heads up with this blog.
Lots of love...

PS. Most people in Canada and the US do not get enough potassium in their everyday diet.

Comment edited on: 2/25/2013 1:40:47 PM

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    This is good information to share with others. Thank you Asta

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DR1939 2/25/2013 12:41PM

    Very useful.

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    Excellent use of your blog!

Make Today a Great Day!

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Wash Day

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Another email to enjoy and share. This came with cute pics.

Wash Day............
Now, this is really a cute one...and I’ve not seen it before, either!! That is getting to be a rarity!!!

Monday—Wash Day
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and
vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility
through the week ahead.

Tuesday—Ironing Day
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles
of prejudice I have collected through the years
so that I may see the beauty in others.

Wednesday—Mending Day
Oh God, help me mend my ways so I will not
set a bad example for others.

Thursday—Cleaning Day
Lord, help me to dust out all the many faults
I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.

Friday—Shopping Day
Oh God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase
eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love.

Saturday—Cooking Day
Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly
love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness.

Sunday—The Lord’s Day
Oh God, I have prepared my house for you. Please
come into my heart so I may spend the day and the
rest of my life in your presence.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BOOKWERME 2/22/2013 8:59AM

    Must add that the comment about "new to me" is posted by the person who sent the email...not by me.

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CELEST 2/22/2013 8:40AM

    Very cute and so true.

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TATTER3 2/22/2013 6:34AM

    I haven't seen!!!

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/21/2013 11:14PM

  All needed! HUGS

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/21/2013 9:48PM

    New to me too, thanks!

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LINOVER 2/21/2013 9:43PM

    I had not seen this one either! Thanks!

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    I haven't seen that one either. Thanks for sharing!

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Daily credit.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

My sister-in-law runs an online business..and posts a newsletter every Sunday. I enjoyed her closing quote (I don't know the origin).

Quote of the Day - First Thing Every Morning

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400-with no balance carried from day to day-what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank...time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can't hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it-time.

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SUNNYWBL 2/23/2013 6:27PM

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TATTER3 2/18/2013 2:01PM

    I really like this!!!

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PICTUREME40 2/18/2013 1:18PM

    That was food for thought. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 2/18/2013 6:14AM

    Certainly makes you stop and think. Thanks for posting.

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CELEST 2/18/2013 12:31AM

    Wow I love that! I officially "start" working today so I had best not waste too many seconds....but I do have to get my Jewel to the vet today for her injection.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 2/17/2013 10:42PM

    That surely gives a huge idea of how much is wasted every day... 28,800 seconds are lost if you sleep 8 hours per night

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/17/2013 10:26PM

    Wow, an eye opener.

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READ that label!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

My friend Glenda struggles with a variety of health issues and is only recently back up walking (some) with a walker. She struggles with pain a lot! While she was in a rehab place, she was struggling with her stomach due to the weird menu (and awful food) at the center. I suggested she try probiotics and purchased a bottle of Swanson brand probiotics for her. They helped a lot. To my surprise, they also helped with her pain issues.

Recently, she ran out of the Swanson brand, and her daughter purchased another brand found in the grocery store. The label SAID probiotics. She took one a day for a week or so...pain levels went up and her stomach issues returned. She took several pills a day..still no results. When I heard of this, I found another bottle (unopened) of the Swanson brand in my cabinet and hurried it to her. I hate knowing my friend is hurting and I have something that would my house instead of hers! I delivered them around noon yesterday.

Today she called me to let me know her stomach was better and the pain levels were decreased already...she had expected it to take more than 24 hrs. She had also compared the labels on the two bottles. The brand purchased in the grocery had NO probiotics in it...just a variety of vitamins and minerals..some of which some people should not be taking iodine.

I made a similar error in not reading labels...with Aloe. I had read that Aloe helps with blood sugar..but I was only taking 25-50 mg a day. Not enough. I purchased another brand...higher dose and took several. Aloe is supposed to be SO good for you. I had er...upset stomach...for two days. Investigated online and learned that there is aloe vera gel and aloe vera that has gel and latex. That second one will cause diarrhea...and can cause dependency if taken for more than a week or so. In my case, I didn't do the investigation first...not knowing that there are different forms of Aloe and having always heard how good for you and healing aloe is.

The bottom line? RESEARCH first...and READ THE LABEL You might be very surprised!

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SUNNYWBL 2/23/2013 6:26PM

    It is great that the supplement is working so well for her!

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GAMOMMY3 2/17/2013 11:05AM

    SO glad that the Swanson brand helped your friend! Great reminders Asta. Thanks!

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    Research is key! Even if the label tells you it has something in it that you are wanting, knowing if it has the PROPER variant of it is so vital!

Your example with the probiotics, or even the aloe, show this very well.

Recently I was researching niacin supplements and discovered that many easy to find types are made of the version known as niacinamide. This is almost an inert form of niacin, meaning it will do very little of what true niacin will do! So many manufacturers are only out to spend as little as possible in making their products and increasing their profits and have no real concern for the people buying those products. In fact, many count on their customers being too dumb to know what they are really getting! Sad world.

Really looking forward to the day when this sort of thing will all be gone and we will no longer need to know all this stuff because we will all have perfect health! :)

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SANDYZEE 2/17/2013 2:39AM

    Thanks for sharing that. Good info!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/17/2013 2:33AM

    Reading the labels and doing research can mean your life. Hope Glenda is better.

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CELEST 2/17/2013 12:54AM

    That is amazing and yes it is sometimes VITAL to check the label. My mother was sick once and I went to the pharmacy explained her age, her symptoms and her allergies and took home the suggested meds. Got home, opened the bottle, took out the label and read NOT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN OR THE ELDERLY. What is with that negligent pharmacist????
Lucky for me I read the label.

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KIMS_SHNOOKY 2/16/2013 10:18PM

    I am learning more and more the importance of the info on those labels! Thanks for sharing your friends experience.

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    I have been reading labels for years. With my health issues I have to be real careful with what I ingest.

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POSITIVEPAULA8 2/16/2013 6:24PM

    So True!

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