Learn About Your Core And How to Strengthen Those Muscles

Learn About Your Core And How to Strengthen Those Muscles

There is more to strengthening core muscles then you think.  Chiseled abs a not what it is all about.  Read the article to learn more.

 

Well-trained abdominal muscles are pliable, not chiseled or hard, and adapt quickly to change. Your core is more complicated than just your muscles When we talk about core power, abdominal muscles come to mind. But our core is much more than that.

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Is The Sugar In Fruit Bad For You?

Is The Sugar In Fruit Bad For You?

Fruit is so good for us so is the sugar in it bad for us?  My good friends at Your Super posted this great article.  It is so worth a read.  I have been watching my sugar for years.  And, watching my fruit intake.

Fruit is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, but it’s also a natural source of sugar. Does that mean the sugar in fruit is bad for you? And will fruit cause you to gain weight?

One of the biggest complaints I see from people who are new to making smoothies or even eating a more plant-based diet is how much fruit they’re eating — and not in a good way. Fruits are a natural source of sugar, but does that mean the sugar in fruit is bad for you?

Here’s the sweet truth about fruit…

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The Importance of Trace Minerals + 4 Mineral Rich Herbs

The Importance of Trace Minerals + 4 Mineral Rich Herbs

The Importance of Trace Minerals + 4 Mineral Rich Herbs

This is a great article from my friends at Khroma Herbs about Trace Minerals.  

Most people don’t realize the importance of trace minerals, probably because they are required in amounts too small to be significantly appreciated in the diet. Nevertheless, they are incredibly important. Read on to learn exactly what trace minerals are and how you can ensure proper levels of each with select mineral rich herbs. What Are Trace Minerals? Also referred to as micro minerals, trace minerals are inorganic substances needed by your body in small amounts to facilitate normal physiologic functions. Generally, you only need about 20 milligrams of each trace mineral on a daily basis. However, specific amounts required by the body vary with age and sex. Despite the fact that they are only required in small amounts, they are very vital to your overall health because each trace mineral has its unique benefit to the body. A few of the most common trace minerals include: iron iodine zinc […]

The list is out ~  Fruits and Vegetables with the Most Pesticides

The list is out ~ Fruits and Vegetables with the Most Pesticides

The list is out and Kale is back on it. I understand that eating organic can be more costly then eating non-organic produce. Check out this list for the food that you should really try to eat organic. Strawberries act as a sponge for soaking up all of the pesticides and chemicals. I highly recommend eating organic strawberries for that reason.

The Health Benefits  of the “Mighty” Cauliflower

The Health Benefits of the “Mighty” Cauliflower

Is Cauliflower considered one of the dreaded “white” foods that many popular diets advise against eating?

Foods like pasta, rice, white bread, sugar and other white foods are off limits for many diets. However, cauliflower is a white food you can feel good about eating. This nonstarchy vegetable is a cruciferous vegetable like cabbage and broccoli. High intake of cruciferous vegetables is associated with a lower risk of some cancers. They contain vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, that may help neutralize damaging toxins. The nutrition profile of cauliflower is quite impressive. Cauliflower is very low in calories, yet high in vitamins.

Here is an overview of the nutrients found in 1 cup, or 128 grams, of raw cauliflower:

    • Calories: 25
    • Fiber: 3 grams
    • Vitamin C: 77% of the RDI
    • Vitamin K: 20% of the RDI
    • Vitamin B6: 11% of the RDI
    • Folate: 14% of the RDI
    • Pantothenic acid: 7% of the RDI
    • Potassium: 9% of the RDI
    • Manganese: 8% of the RDI
    • Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
    • Phosphorus: 4% of the RDI

A few interesting facts:

Glucosinolates are sulfur-containing compounds that give cauliflower its pungent smell and flavor. Glucosinolates activate the body’s detoxification system. Chewing breaks down glucosinolates into their active form, which triggers the detoxification process. Research suggests that they may play a role in preventing various types of cancers. Cauliflower contains the second highest amount of glucosinolates, after broccoli.

Potassium

Potassium is an essential dietary mineral. Normal body functions, including regular heart beats and proper body hydration, depend on proper potassium concentrations both inside and outside of cells. The adequate intake (AI) for potassium is 4,700 mg per day for both men and women. Cauliflower is an excellent, low-calorie source of potassium. One cup of chopped raw cauliflower contains 320 mg in only 27 calories. In comparison, a medium banana contains 422 mg in 105 calories. Did you ever think about putting cauliflower in your smoothie instead of a banana? Cuts down on the sugar also.

 Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that promotes skin and brain health. When you think of vitamin C, you might think of oranges or other fruit. But cauliflower has a surprisingly high amount of vitamin C. One cup of raw cauliflower contains 52 mg. In comparison, a medium orange contains 64 mg. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women per day. Also, less sugar.

Tips

Quickly cooking cauliflower reduces the sulfur smell, preserves crispness and color and reduces the loss of nutrients. Steaming or microwaving cauliflower will preserve its vitamin content better than boiling.  I love to roast cauliflower in the oven.  I recently made it in the airfryer.  It turned out great!