If your day to day energy is dwindling, or if you’re just feeling tired more often, simple lifestyle changes can help to restore energy levels, fight fatigue, and even boost your mood. Try the following:
Fresh fruit salad is a traditional, healthy dessert. Not only delicious, it is nutritious, too - the natural antioxidants and fiber of fresh fruit support the body's defenses and help to keep it running smoothly. When making a fruit salad, consider including the following choices - according to the USDA, these fruits are exceptionally high in antioxidants:
- Wild blueberries
- Red delicious apples
- Granny Smith apples
- Sweet cherries
- Black plums
Look for organic varieties at your local farmer's market, and enjoy!
The theory here is that the balance of bacteria in the digestive system might play a role in obesity. To find out if that’s possible, a nutritionist from Finland tested probiotics on 256 pregnant women, giving some capsules that contained Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, and others “dummy” capsules during their first trimester. Probiotics provide “friendly” bacteria that can reduce the growth of harmful bacteria.
This tart, sweet salad dressing is wonderful on dark, leafy salad greens like romaine or leaf lettuce tossed with orange segments, black olives and red onion slivers.
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
Whisk all the ingredients together or combine in a small jar and shake well. Keeps in the refrigerator for 2 days.
Want to use vitamin C-rich citrus in a morning fruit salad instead? Try my Frosted Orange Ginger Fruit Salad!
High doses of vitamin E combined with prescription drugs may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. What’s more, the benefits appear to increase over time. This news comes from a study involving 540 patients with probable Alzheimer’s, all of whom were taking drugs used to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical involved in learning and memory. Of the total number of patients in the study, 208 took 800 IU to 2,000 IU of vitamin E daily; 49 patients took anti-inflammatory drugs but no vitamin E and 177 patients took vitamin E plus anti-inflammatories; 106 patients took nothing. After five years, the researchers reported a “small to medium” slowing of functional decline among the patients on vitamin E alone, and a “small” slowing of the decline among patients taking anti-inflammatories but no “E.” Those taking both vitamin E and anti-inflammatories had the best results of all. The safety of taking large doses of vitamin E wasn’t assessed in this study. Results were presented at the annual scientific meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in May 2009.
Soy foods are a wonderful source of beneficial phytoestrogens and can help protect against several types of cancer. One of my favorites is tofu. Tofu has a neutral flavor and absorbs different seasonings, making it versatile and an excellent choice for culinary experimentation. In this dish, which can be served as a light entrée or side dish, it develops real zest from a sauce made with fresh cilantro and ginger root. Cilantro, also known as fresh coriander or Chinese parsley, is an herb used in Asian and Mexican cooking. Ginger provides anti-inflammatory effect along with its unique, spicy flavor.
Kessler, former head of the FDA, explores this thesis in “The End of Overeating,” a new book that contends some people really are “wired” to be unable to resist unhealthy foods, and the food industry preys on such people by reinforcing this innate tendency. Result: big profits for processed food makers who load their creations with fat, sugar and salt, and skyrocketing rates of obesity and diabetes.
Smoking has never been a good idea, but it might be even riskier for lung health to smoke American cigarettes today than it was a few decades ago. New research blames techniques now used in American cigarette production for increases in a certain type of lung cancer called adenocarcinoma.