Alkaline Diet – A random find

I was having a clear out yesterday and came across a folder that belonged to the previous owners and found a random print out of details for an alkaline diet – how random!  The content is set out very clearly and fortunately the website address was noted on the bottom of the page so I thought I would share it with you.

It sets out a good list of alkalising vs acidifying foods which is super helpful and an easy reference.  It also has a good index at the bottom of the page that provides some more interesting details on the affects of the foods.

Check out the website here:  http://rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

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Cool as a cucumber

Don’t underestimate your new friend in the fridge – the cucumber!  It has numerous health benefits – as well as being something you can slice up and use to relieve tired puffy eyes!  Here are a few more reasons why your cucumber is cool – and not just because you’re keeping it in the fridge:

  • Cucumbers have been found to contain lignans there is continued research into the various health benefits some including how they may assist in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and help to fight cancer
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Contains vitamins B, C and K
  • Contains minerals magnesium, potassium and silicon
  • The fibre in the cucumber aids digestion
  • It’s a hydrating fruit
  • Less than 100 calories
  • Aids weight loss and helps to reduce cholesterol
  • And even aids gum disease as the cucumber juice helps to absorb the acid in your mouth.

If you fancy a change I found some refreshing cucumber drink suggestions on bembu.com: here

Sources: care2.com whfoods.com

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LADIES ONLY: When it’s that time – how to stop the pain!

Time of the month AGAIN and fed up with the utter pain?

Well having had a little scoot over the internet in an attempt find out more – in very basic general terms it appears as though the ‘fun’ we go through is heavily influenced by prostaglandins and of course estrogens.

I wondered – if you don’t want to be on the pill to control your estrogen levels or take ibuprofen for anti-inflammatory to have an affect on the prostaglandins – are there foods that have an affect instead so we can control this at a natural level for ourselves?

Apparently so.

To balance out your estrogen levels keep your diet healthy and balanced – have your 5-a-day, fruits, veg and nuts and reduce fast food, caffeinated drinks and alcohol. You can find more details: here.

Anti inflammatory foods to include into your diet are:

  • Beetroot (my latest favourite)
  • Fatty fish
  • Whole grains
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Nuts
  • Ginger & turmeric
  • Berries

You can find foods listed: here

It will be interesting to see if incorporating these foods and reducing the intake of those they advise against has any affect.

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Beetroot – can’t beat it!

Beetroot – that old forgotten addition that I used to have in the salads my Mum made me as a child – I forgot how much I loved the taste of them.

With a little investigating turns out these red roots contain so much more than taste – just to note a few:

  • Boost your immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps to fight cancer
  • Contains antioxidants and nutrients

More details and benefits can be found on The Health Site.com if you’re interested:  here

In my website wonderings I also found a pretty cool website Love Beetroot.co.uk which has a few recipes should inspiration ever be needed – I like the sound of beetroot & brie – but there’s so much choice:  here

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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Leeks

Having made a dinner of grilled salmon on a bed of sautéd leeks with other vegetables it got me wondering….are there even any health benefits to leeks?? I picked them up because I know they have a sweet taste and I’m a bit of a sucker for that. In asking my flat mate about the health benefits she didn’t think there was much in it, disgruntled I googled and now happy I came across this great post below!
I shall be eating leeks again!

The leek is a vegetable that belongs, along with onions and garlic, to the genus Allium, however unlike its fellow members, leeks do not form bulbs. The edible part of the leek plant is a bundle of leaf sheaths called the stem or stalk. While leeks may appear unassuming or even boring, they have several health benefits that are similar to those of garlic and onion.leeks

Nutritional Content of Leeks

100 grams of leeks contain about 83g water, 1.5g protein, 14g carbohydrates and minimal fat. Leeks are a source of several vitamins and nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, magnesium and manganese.

Health Benefits of Leeks

1. Fight cancer: Leeks are a good source of allyl sulfides which have been shown to modify certain pathways associated with the growth of tumors.

2. Protects linings of blood vessels: The flavonoid kaempferol which…

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