Microgreens Another Source Of Great Nutrition

Microgreens are young vegetable greens that fall somewhere between sprouts and baby leaf vegetables.

Sprouts are technically the newly germinated seeds, while the microgreens are the 1-2 week-old youngster seedlings.

Sprouts grow more like a fungus, as they are provided with high humidity, an enclosed area, and a low light environment.

Whereas, microgreens grow more like a plant. It absorbs nutrients directly from the seed, soil, or nutrients added to water (if grown hypotonic) and light (photosynthesis).

Hydroponic grown microgreens
Hydroponic Grown Microgreens

Microgreens are rich in potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron, and copper – all of which are essential nutrients for the health of your body.

According to studies that have been conducted on microgreens, they contain up to 40 times more nutrients compared to their fully mature counterparts.

This means that you can get the right amounts of nutrients that you need for optimal health by just adding a few microgreens servings into your diet.

What Do Mircrogreens Taste Like

As noted above, these tiny and edible greens that grow from vegetable and herb seeds pack a nutritional punch and are absolutely delicious.

Generally speaking, microgreens have an intense aromatic flavor.

Here is a small list of the most popular microgreens grown out of over 100 varieties and their description of taste.

• Alfalfa – Mild, nutty, crunchy, pea-like taste

• Arugula – Nutty, peppery

• Broccoli – Mild, crunchy, dense, slightly bitter

• Clover – Mild earthy, nutty, crunchy, juicy

• Cress – Peppery, tangy

• Daikon Radish – Strong, Peppery

Daikon radish microgreen
Daikon Radish Microgreen

• Dun pea – Slight sweet, crunchy, robust flavor

• Kale – Mild, subtly sweet, broccoli-like taste

• Kohlrabi – Mild, sweet

• Lentils – Mild bitter, pea-like taste

• Mung bean – Mild bean taste, slight buttery

• Wheatgrass – Mild sweet, bitter, grassy

How To Use Microgreens

Apart from their nutrition, microgreens also give plated dishes visual appeal that is as a result of their delicateness and vibrancy.

Asian Pear Carrot and Daikon Radish Salad with Microgreens

Microgreens are not only important in giving your dish an appealing look, but also adds taste and texture to the plated food.

Microgreens can be used as a sandwich stuffer, with wraps, burritos, salads, soups, topped on fried or scrambled eggs, and used in smoothies among many other uses.

Pastrami Sandwich with Microgreens

Easy To Grow Year Round

The best part about growing microgreens is their ability to grow all year-round. You can grow them anywhere, whether you want to grow them indoors or in your garden.

Since you can grow them anywhere, you don’t have to wait for the right weather to set in so you can start growing them.

During summer, you can grow your microgreens anywhere as long as there is enough natural sunlight.

During the cooler seasons where sunlight hours are limited and temperatures drop below 40 degrees, you sprout the seeds in your home using a grow light to help them thrive.

Growing Microgreens Is Easy

Good Reasons To Eat Your Fruits And Vegetables Every Day

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, and variety is as important as how many servings you eat every day.

No single fruit or vegetable will provide all of the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy body.

A diet filled with plenty of different fruits and vegetables can help to reduce your risk for major disease.

Baked Beets and Sweet Potato Chips

Such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, just to mention a few.

All fruits and vegetables contribute to a healthy heart, though green leafy vegetables, like lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and mustard greens, have shown to be strongly associated with decreased risk of heart disease.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale – and citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit (including their juices) also contribute to a health vascular system (BMJ).

Citrus Herb Roasted Vegetables

Eating non-starchy vegetables and fruits like apples, pears, and green leafy vegetables may even promote a healthy body weight (PLOS Medicine).

Were as starchy vegetables like corn, peas and potatoes tend to be linked to weight gain, rather than weight loss (The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition).

Apples and pears are a great example of eating different types of fruit to receive your daily intake of vitamins and minerals if you want to maintain a healthy body.

Apples have more vitamins than pears, namely vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin B1. The vitamins are more abundant in apples than pears.

Apple Mango and Radish Salad

Were as pears contain more minerals than apples. Like iron, calcium, magnesium, and especially copper and zinc.

Red Pear and French Bean Salad

Both of these fruits though, contain potassium, phosphorus, and sodium.

There are at least nine different family types of fruits and vegetables that exist, and each with potentially hundreds of different plant compounds that are beneficial to your health.

Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad

That is why it is important to eat a variety of different types and colors of produce in order to give your body the nutrients it needs.

This will not only ensure a greater diversity of beneficial plant compounds, but also creates eye-appealing meals.

Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Health Benefits of Eating Root Vegetables

Most root vegetables are high in complex carbohydrates, which break down into sugar in your body to give you the energy you need to function properly.

Carrot Cranberry Salad

Root vegetables are high in fiber and phytonutrients, and low in fat as well as in calories.

They also contain vitamin C, beta-carotene, and essential minerals like potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron.

Roasted Root Vegetables with Brussels sprouts and Bacon

Pros and Cons of Eating Root Vegetables

Accordingly Harvard Medical School, most root vegetables have starch, a kind of carbohydrate that the body breaks down into glucose for energy.

Some are higher in starch like sweet potato’s and others are lower, like carrots and onions.

But don’t let the starch discourage you from eating them.

These type of vegetables are still fresh whole foods that contain many vitamins and minerals. Eating a variety of them is good for your health.

Harvard recommends eating just one serving of root vegetables per day. And not with another starch food, like rice.

They also recommend not eating the same root vegetables all the time. Instead, eat a variety of them to get a wider selection of nutrients.

Essential Oils To Alleviate Headaches

Essential oils for headache

If you’ve ever suffered from a headache you know how debilitating it can be.

Depending on the type of headache you have, it can cause throbbing pain and sensitivity to light and sound among other reactions.

Essential oils alleviate headache

A headache can last for hours to days, and the pain can be even severe enough to interfere with daily activities.

Known Triggers For A Headache

For many people, causes of headaches or triggers are related too

•Dehydration
•High Blood Pressure
•Tight Muscles in Neck and Shoulders
•Reaction To Food Additives
•Medication
•Chemicals That Trigger Inflammation in the Blood Vessels

Headache medicationsAccording to WebMD, not only medicines you take, but also changes in your hormones, lack of sleep, lack of food, can be triggers for a headache.

Ten percent (10%) of migraine suffers are due too tyramine, a natural compound that forms in protein rich foods as they age.

Essential Oils To Help Relieve Your Headache

Researchers have identified that the best essential oils for a headache are lavender, rosemary, chamomile, peppermint, and eucalyptus oils (Source: The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain).

According to the journal Pain Research and Treatment, aromatherapy essential oils that are good for headaches work in two ways.

First, the pain-relieving oils are absorbed through the skin and help to release muscle pain and tension.

Second, the aromas of certain essential oils can result in immediate pain reduction when inhaled.

Researchers have also found that some essential oils are good for headaches because they help cool the skin and increase blood flow to the affected area.

This has an analgesic effect when essential oil blends are applied to the temples.

Lavender

Lavender essential oil headache

Lavender emits a scent that encourages relaxation and is great for stress-related headaches. 

Lavender was used as far back as the year 1098 for headache relief. It also helps relieve nausea, tension, and is a analgesic or pain killer.

Medical studies found that 74% of volunteers who suffer from headaches and migraines found relief using lavender.

The study reported that lavender oil helped 75% of the time, were as high dose Tylenol only worked 15% of the time.

Peppermint

For hundreds of years the aroma and cooling properties of peppermint has been used as a headache remedy.

Scientific research has revealed that using peppermint oil for a headache could be as effective as paracetamol.

One study showed that a 10% peppermint essential oil blend helped to ease the intensity of headaches in 15 minutes.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is another easy-to-grow and fragrant herb that’s helpful to relieve tension and those headaches caused by anxiety.

It also acts as a mild sedative if your headache is preventing you from getting much-needed rest.

Sage and Rosemary

Sage and rosemary are excellent stress-headache relievers.

Rosemary can help to improve circulation and can stimulate the nerves – helping to relieve tension and cluster headaches.

Sages aroma as an essential oil can provide relief from tension and nerve-caused headaches.

Eucalayptus Oil

Several studies show that Eucalyptus as an essential oil has a unique anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect when applied topically.

It treats a headache by enhancing blood circulation around the temples and the affected areas, and as a result, relieves tension and pain.

How To Apply Essential Oils

You can use essential oils by themselves or as a blend to relieve pain and tension.

It is best to use these oils with a carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil.

A carrier oil will dilute the essential oil, making it safe to apply to the skin.

Massage the oils into your temples, behind the ears, and at the top of your neck.

Do Not Consume Essential Oils

Always remember not to consume essential oils, as they are meant for external use only.

Stillpoint Aromatics points out that essential oils are volatile chemical cocktails consisting of hundreds of chemical components from ten or so chemical families. They are extremely concentrated.

As an example of extreme concentration is rose oil. For one distilled drop, it requires 40 to 60 roast petals.

Another example is the distilled oils of chamomile. One drop is equal to 35 cups of herbal tea.

Repeated consumption of essential oils can cause serious health conditions. Some effects include:

•Stomach irritation (This is the most common effect)
•Ulceration in mouth, esophageal tract, and stomach lining
•Severe allergic reaction
•Teeth enamel is worn away
•Seizure

Therefore essential oils have proven to be effective to reduce or eliminate the effects of a headache when used topically or externally.

The Dangers of Personal Care Products

The Dangers of Personal Care Products

We read a lot about eating healthy whole foods. We view a lot of reading about the health effects of gmo foods, but nothing really about what our personal care products could be doing to our health, like our shampoos, toothpaste, or body wash.

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Good Reasons To Eat Whole Fresh Vegetables Every Day

Good Reasons To Eat Whole Fresh Vegetables Every Day

Many people who my be over weight or obese, are concerned about how to lose weight. When combined with exercise, a healthy diet that consists of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein, can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, also lowering your cholesterol levels, controlling blood glucose, and improving any other body functions on a daily basis.

Young Lady selling whole fresh vegetables at a farmers market There are so many ideas that my be complex or complicated when it comes to the word diet. Our bodies are an intricate machine, and it needs a variety of whole foods to maintain good health, and vegetables are an interrelated part of that process.

A diet should not consist of demonizing some foods or limiting what you eat. Your diet should be a life style.

We have here a video presentation on the importance of including fresh whole vegetables everyday as part of a life style diet that doesn’t limit you access to foods. As we mentioned our bodies are an intricate machine, and are a part of earth’s nature.

The way food was meant to be naturally seeded, grown, and harvested meets the body’s needs for nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. 

 

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Reaping the Benefits of Gardening Your Own Onions

Reaping the Benefits of Gardening Your Own Onions

Onions have great nutritional value and are a perfect addition to so many of your favorite lunch, dinner, salads, and side dish recipes. Onions can be stored in a cool dark area of the kitchen for several weeks, though they should not be stored with potatoes.

If you like vegetable gardening, then onions is a great addition as they are easy to grow.

Planting Onions

planting onionsYou can plant onions as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring, which for most areas  it can be late March or April (make sure the temperatures are not dropping below 20 degrees F).

Plant the onions sets 1 inch deep, with about 4 to 5 inches between each plant, depending on the size of the onion when mature, and in rows 12 to 18 inches apart.

Meet the Allium Family

The Allium family of vegetables includes the onions, scallions (green onions), chives, leeks, shallots, and garlic. The onion along with its cousin the garlic are grown and used both for medicinal properties and for cooking.

The Rainbow of Onions

There are many types and colors of onions. There are the smaller green onions, yellow onions, purple onions, red onions, white onions.

Depending on the color of the onion, they can have a sweet flavor or can have a spicy, pungent, and sharp flavor.

The Health Benefits

Onion bulb with green leaves and rootsOnions are so ubiquitous in cooking that it is hard to remember that they also have medicinal properties. The health benefits of onions include:

  • High in fiber, help with digestion and do not spike blood glucose
  • They have about 15 grams of plant carbohydrates per onion and no raw sugar.
  • Onions have no fat
  • Onions contain no cholesterol
  • Their mineral content includes iron, folate, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium
  • Onions are high in antioxidants, including sulfur and quercetin
  • Help to improve emotional wellbeing, and are healthy for your hair and skin
  • Reduce colon cancer risk
  • Onions can help fight obesity
  • Any onion because of its nutritional content can reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, which includes heart disease, and diabetes

Now let us examine in more detail some of the onions health benefits.

The Onion – Your Allie Against Cancer

It is the sulfur compounds of onions help reduce the risk of several different cancers. They inhibit cancer through several different methods. They can prevent oxygen free radical formation by being a potent antioxidant.

Animal and human studies have shown that all the Allium family of vegetables inhibit tumor growth and reduce the risk of stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, and prostate cancer.

The sulfur compounds can help block the growth of tumors and can prevent normal cells from mutating into cancer cells.

Antioxidants

Onions are rich in the antioxidant vitamin-C, which is important for cellular health as it can help stop the cascade of oxygen free radicals that are a by-product of cellular metabolism. Oxygen free radicals can damage or compromise the cell wall structure if they are not, neutralized by an antioxidant.

Your skin, bones, and ligaments, all rely on the vitamin-C, which helps to make collagen and maintain its health. Use vitamin-C rich onions in your salads or other dishes for the best in connective tissue health.

Folate for Mood and Sleep

Onions have a beneficial effect on your mood and sleep, as onions are rich in folate. This B-vitamin has shown to reduce the risk of depression by Eating fresh onions from your garden decreasing homocysteine levels in the body. High levels homocysteine has shown to conflict with the production of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, all of which are essential for emotional wellbeing.

Onions have the most nutrition in them, when freshly harvested, and you cannot really say that about the onions you purchase at the market.

This means it is best to start your own organic garden, incorporating a row of onions you can pick all season long.

 

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The Dangers of Microwave Ovens To Your Health

 

 

A Man's hand starting a microwave to warm or cook food

Here is an informative article on the use of microwaves. Who invented them, for what purpose, and how a microwave oven works. It also notes the dangers to food and human health.

Microwaves have some significant effects on the vitamin content and destroy enzymes. However, conventional cooking has identical effects, as stated in the book, “Food Chemistry” (2004) by Dr. D. Zhang and colleagues.  Dr. Zhang’s book says the loss of vitamins and enzymes are the effects of heating, rather than effects unique to microwave radiation.

But we want to add (Splendid Recipes and More) that microwaves don’t use the process of heating. Also you can control the cooking or heating of foods on the stove or in an conventional oven.

There are things to consider as to how fast and how even the food is cooked in the microwave, which are, the physical and electrical properties of the foods.

The microwave oven only cooks to a depth of 1 to 1.5 inches. Foods that are thicker than this, will cook on the outside, and the inside areas cook by conduction, which creates a less even cooking than traditional ovens. Uneven cooking will produce hot spots and under cooked areas. Such cooking causes burns and fails to destroy bacteria that can cause food borne illnesses. 

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Can Silver Halt Bacterial Infections?

Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Many organisms live in and on our bodies. And under normal conditions they are harmless and even helpful.

But under certain conditions, some organisms can cause diseases.

Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person, transmitted by insects or animals, and by consuming contaminated food.

Antibiotics are designed to kill or halt the growth of infectious bacteria.

But antibiotics are not able to differentiate between “good” bacteria and infectious “bad” bacteria, thus killing both indiscriminately.

Is there a way to target infectious bacteria in the body without killing the good bacteria?

Can Silver Halt Bacterial Infections

Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial to kill harmful bacteria.

Ancient civilizations applied the metal to open wounds. Ship captains tossed silver coins into storage barrels to keep drinking water fresh. 

While it is still a mystery as to exactly how it works at killing bacteria, researchers have been studying to better understand the anti-microbial properties of silver.

They are doing this by better understanding the process of proteins in live bacteria at the molecular level.

Researchers exposed “E. coli bacteria” to silver ion and found that it sped up the dynamics of the protein.

They observed that silver ions were causing paired strands of DNA in the bacteria to separate, and the binding between the protein and the DNA to weaken.

“What we want to do eventually,” says head researcher Wang, “is to use the new knowledge generated from this project to make better antibiotics based on silver nanoparticles.” (The Science Daily).

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Silver seems to help prevent harmful bacteria from spreading by disrupting how they move around.

Science Magazine reports that silver ions perform their deadly work by punching holes in bacterial membranes and wreaking havoc once inside.

The ions bind to essential cell components like DNA, preventing the bacteria from performing even their most basic functions.

Scientists have also found that up to 99.99% of living bacteria meet their doom when they come into contact with bacteria that have died from silver ion.

Because silver can weaken the wall of bacteria, this allows conventional antibiotics to enter more easily.

Research on mice at Boston University showed that with silver added, lower doses of antibiotic drugs were needed to kill bacteria.

Silver was also able to reverse the antibiotic resistance of E. coli bacteria, making them once more susceptible to tetracycline. The mice were left unharmed by the silver.

 

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Health Benefits of Walnuts

Here’s a great article we found on the benefits of walnuts. Walnuts are beneficial for both the health of men and women. Enjoy!!

The health benefits of walnuts out do the salmon, red wine, and poultry. Having problems with remembering things, eat those 7 nuts a day, and ward off…

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Check out this recipe after reading the article: Rotisserie Chicken, Walnuts and Sauteed Vegetables 

 

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