Vegetables for Healthy Living

Vegetables for Healthy Living

Essential Ingredients to Help Fight Disease

Vegetable-Basket

Do you remember how you absolutely hated vegetables as a kid? And what kid do you know that likes vegetables? Mother would say that if you don’t eat your veggies, you won’t get any pudding. Was that meant as a bribe? Name one kid who doesn’t like pudding. You sit there staring at what’s still on your plate and all there is, are the vegetables you don’t like. So you grin and bear it and eat your veggies.

Fast forward and you realise that your mother was doing you a big favour by constantly nagging you, just like she did your father, to eat up all your vegetables. After all, mother knows best.

How times have changed in this fast paced world when most mothers are now having to give up their valuable time at home and are forced to go out into the corporate world.  Economics dictates this. It wasn’t like that during the Baby Boomer years. Then mothers stayed at home looking after the kids, making sure they did all their homework and cooking up a storm in the kitchen, mainly vegetables.

But thank goodness for the internet. The mothers who are fortunate enough to be able to work from home again, have more time now to spend doing chores their grandmothers would have done during those bye-gone years. It is, of course, debatable whether the chores today are better than yesterday.

But there’s no denying we all need vegetable for living a healthy and long life. Vegetables are low in calories. Vegetables are full of important nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, folic acid, dietary fibre as well as vitamins A and C. The perfect ingredients for maintaining a healthy functioning body.

Would you ever consider following a healthy vegetarian lifestyle? Contrary to popular belief, eating red meat is definitely not better than eating a whole host of mouth-watering vegetables. I’m proof of that because I’ve been a vegetarian for nearly 43 years now and have no regrets whatsoever. Whether you want to believe it or not, research has shown that people living a vegetarian lifestyle have a much lower risk of a whole host of diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that vegetarians have a much lower risk of contracting many of the diseases that continue to plague us to this day. The risk of dying is 12 percent lower than meat eaters. It’s never too late to eat start eating veggies.

Cabbage

Cabbage

The Healing Power of Cabbage

While a hot compress made from cabbage leaves and placed on your tummy can help ease stomach upsets, a cold cabbage compress can also relieve breast tenderness when you place the chilled leaves inside your bra. However, cabbage has a lot more health benefits. It can help prevent, breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer.

Cabbage can also prevent heart disease and lower your risk of cataracts. Just like other members of the cruciferous family, cabbage is rich in antioxidants and they also contain two important cancer-fighting chemical compounds. One is called indole-3-carbinol, which is especially effective against breast cancer. Another compound is sulforaphane, which has been found to step up the production of tumour preventing enzymes in the body.

Just like other members of the cruciferous family, cabbage is rich in antioxidants and they also contain two important cancer-fighting chemical compounds. One is called indole-3-carbinol, which is especially effective against breast cancer. Another compound is sulforaphane, which has been found to step up the production of tumour preventing enzymes in the body. Read more…

Carrots

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The Healing Power of Carrots

Do carrots really improve night vision? There has been a lot said about this particular proclamation. During the second world war, British pilots were told that by eating carrots before going on a night raid, they could win the war against the enemy. And we all know that they did succeed. So there must be some merit in eating carrots to improve our vision at night.

I remember that as a youngster that I could play better cricket at night than I could during the day because I was able to somehow see the ball clearly in the dark. During the day I had way too much competition. The healing power of carrots goes way beyond their ability to help our vision. Carrots contain several chemical compounds that may also help prevent certain cancers, heart attacks as well as lower cholesterol. Read more…

 Cauliflower

Cauliflower

The Healing Power of Cauliflower

Mark Twain once said that cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. But what he didn’t know was just how valuable this cruciferous family member was in our quest for good health. And if he did, Huckleberry Finn and his friend Jim might have spent their days eating raw cauliflower instead of those greasy catfish fillets.

Just like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower comes fully loaded with nutrients that help you fight a whole host of diseases, including cancer. Cauliflower is also an excellent source of important vitamins and minerals, essential for keeping your immune system in check. So don’t take Mark’s comment to the test and eat cauliflower. Read more…

Broccoli

Broccoli-Head

The Healing Power of Broccoli

I cannot tell you how good Broccoli is for you, but I’m going to tell you anyway. And as it turns out your mum was right about this crunchy vegetable that resembles a miniature tree. We also know that broccoli isn’t everyone’s favourite veggie, but this cruciferous family member can ward off a whole host of health issues, including heart disease and cancer.

Broccoli can also boost immunity. The chemical compound found solely in broccoli helps maintain the health of the tiny batteries that power cell in your body. This chemical improves metabolism and can reset cellular processes that are disrupted as we age. So don’t forget to bulk up on broccoli when you next go grocery shopping.

The chemical compound found solely in broccoli helps maintain the health of the tiny batteries that power cell in your body. This chemical improves metabolism and can reset cellular processes that are disrupted as we age. So don’t forget to bulk up on broccoli when you next go grocery shopping. Read more…

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel-Sprouts

The Healing Power of Brussel Sprouts

You’d be dead right thinking that Brussel Sprouts look just like a miniature version of its cousin – the cabbage. And that’s because they are. It’s also likely to be the one vegetable on your plate you’d most want to slip under the table and give to your dog. Only trouble is, dogs don’t like them either. So it’s best to simply grin and bear them. After all, they are not nearly as bad as you think.

Brussel Sprouts have gotten a lot tastier than they were in the past. Brussel sprouts of yesteryear were strong and bitter, but thanks to a new and improved method, Brussel sprout growers started changing the hybrids to make these little green balls taste a lot better. They’re making a big comeback. Read More…

Celery

Celery

The Healing Power of Celery

I bet not many guys know that celery contains a natural steroid called androstenone which causes their sweat glands to release the pheromone androstenol, also often used in colognes and sprays to attract members of the opposite sex. This may entice more guys to go out and make celery a must have the sexy item in their shopping basket.

Another good reason to snack on celery is it can lower your risk of developing colon cancer as well as help reduce high blood pressure. Celery is also a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, fibre, and calcium. Read more…

Onions

Onions

The Healing Power of Onions

Want to know what’s so important about onions? Well, for starters, just beneath their paper-like skins are several chemical compounds that help lower cholesterol, thin the blood and prevent hardening of the arteries, all of which can significantly help prevent heart disease. One of the most important heart-healthy compounds in onions is the flavonoids.

The antioxidant properties within onions also help gather up cell-damaging oxygen molecules called free radicals, which naturally accumulate in your body. Onions also have the healing power to lower blood pressure, decrease the risk of cancer, reduce inflammation and relieve congestion. Read more…

Artichokes

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The Healing Power of Artichokes

Where did this green pineapple looking vegetable come from and is it something we can eat? The outer leaves may be tough, but once you get to the heart of the artichoke, everything changes. Artichokes are actually the immature flower of the thistle plant and were first discovered in the scorching Nile Valley.

Today artichokes are grown in many parts of the world. Artichokes have the healing power to protect you against skin cancer. They can help prevent heart and liver diseases as well as help prevent birth defects. Artichokes are also an excellent source of fibre. Read more…

Parsnips

Parsnips

The healing Power of Parsnips

At first glance, parsnips appear to be similar in shape to that of carrots, only much lighter in colour. But despite their pale appearance, their nutritional profile more than makes up for its whitish tone. Would you believe that parsnips don’t come from the same root family of carrots, but surprisingly, from the parsley family, hence the name.

Parsnips are a good source of fibre, folate, and phenolic acids. They can also help prevent colon cancer, lower your risk of heart disease, stabilise blood sugar levels, decrease the risk of a stroke and protect against birth defects. Read more…

Peas

Fresh-Peas

The Healing Power of Peas

We’ve all heard the expression – Just like Two Peas in a Pod – but where did it all this originate from? While some may argue that two peas from the same pod are virtually indistinguishable, the answer might lie in the fact that when you breed two different peas together, the offspring could take on the features of both “parents.”

Peas are much more than some scientific theory, they have been found to contain a powerful compound that can help prevent healthy cells from becoming cancerous. In addition, peas contain substances that can help ease symptoms of the common cold.

Asparagus

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The healing Power of Asparagus

I’m sure you’ve all experienced that after eating just a small amount of Asparagus, your urine seems to have an unpleasant odour. It’s nothing to be alarmed with and there’s no need to go rushing off to the emergency room either. There are many reasons to add asparagus to your dinner plate because this tasty vegetable helps keep your immune system strong and helps lowers cholesterol.

Asparagus is also an excellent source of folate and vitamin E and contains fructooligosaccharides, which helps promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon and is a natural diuretic. Read more…

Beetroot

Beetroot-Parsley

The Healing Power of Beetroot

If you want to improve your endurance before any sporting activity, you might want to increase your intake of beetroot. This bulbous vegetable plant is rich in nitrates, which helps promote the delivery of oxygen throughout your body. Studies show that by eating beetroot or drinking beetroot juice two-and-a-half hours before a race or any other form of exercise will help boost your performance.

Beetroot also helps protect against cancer and the compound that gives this vegetable its rich, natural crimson pigment is called betacyanin, which is a powerful tumour-fighting agent.

Butternut

Butternut

The Healing Power of Squash

People have been eating Squash for thousands of years and in some findings, these deep yellow and orange flesh vegetables have been buried with the dead in order to provide them with nourishment on their final journey. When we talk about the healing powers of squash, we’re usually referring to winter squash such as Hubbard, Acorn, and Butternut.

However, supermarkets these days, often carry many other varieties such as the Calabaza Squash, the Delicata Squash, the Golden Nugget Squash and a few others. All types of squash are packed with nourishing compounds and contain a rich array of vitamins, minerals to help ward off diseases such as lung infection and endometrial cancer.

Pumpkin

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The Healing Power of Pumpkin

It’s no coincident that when Halloween night comes around, pumpkin sales skyrocket. But it’s also a sad fact that the flesh of the pumpkin is usually discarded. The thick outer skin is the only part that survives. Well, at least for the night. It’s a darn shame since pumpkin is much more than just a giant winter squash or a delightful decoration.

Pumpkins are actually filled with powerful carotenoids like beta-carotene, which can help stop the cellular damage before it leads to disease. Pumpkins have the power to prevent macular degeneration, heart disease, and cancer as well as boost immune systems.

Sweet Potato

Sweet-Potato

The Healing Power of Sweet Potatoes

Except in name, the sweet potato is not related to the nightshade family potato, but a member of the morning-glory family. Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. They play an essential role in preventing cancer and heart disease.

And because sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates and low in calories, they control weight and weight-related conditions like diabetes. In addition to fibre, sweet potatoes also contain the B vitamins, folate, and B6 that help boost brain performance as well as helping to preserve memory.

Kale

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The Healing Power of Dark Leafy Green Vegetables

How many of you out there can tell me that dark leafy green vegetables deliver more nutrients for fewer calories than virtually any other food on the planet? No, this is definitely not a trick question. There are simply tonnes of important nutrients in leafy green vegetables. Even the not so dark variety. Leafy green such as spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens all contain magnesium, iron, calcium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6.

And this is just the beginning of more healthy ingredients to come. These vegetables also contain heart disease and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. These vegetables are the densest nutrient foods that we have available, yet how many of us are eating them. Read More…

Spinach

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