Friday, March 26, 2010
Go Red! for Women Weekly Digest 0326
In this week's issue, I want to address the use of medicinal foods to combat health maladies such as heart disease. This use of food as medicine ought to be preventative as well as restorative. Nourishing and nutritious foods help the body to fight its way towards health. Using food to maintain and restore health is both right and good, and a good method of achiving the correct modification of lifestyle so necessary to achieving optimal health.
So, what are these so-called super foods?
*purple grapes and purple grape juice
*black, green, oolong tea
*olive leaf extract
Grapes prevent LDL buildup. Grape juice increases the immune system. Cinnamon increases good/HDL cholesterol while declining blood pressure. Teas contrel stress cortisols from circulating in the body. Spinach strengthens blood vessels. Olive leaf decreases blood pressure. Orange juice increases the production of collagen which keeps veins and capillaries strong. Vitamin D decreases inflammation and increases immunity. Fish oil and cod liver oils regulate cholesterol and have antiinflammatory properties.
With all the advances in science, sometimes it is the small and accessible changes that can do the most good. All of these foods are within reach, and within budget. As some of them do the same things, then concentrate on your diet and you may just be surprised at how your health improves!
GO RED! FOR WOMEN HEART HEALTH CHECKLIST FOR 0326:
1. Get your numbers www.goredforwomen.org
2. Make an appointment with your doctor to see what you can do to improve health.
3. Add healthful foods to your diet. You can do it! Try at least three things off of the list and add them to your daily meals.
4. Have a laugh! Give yourself a good chuckle to get your heart going!
Once again, from the bottom of my heart,
From my heart to yours,
Heart Health Ambassador
San Jose American Health Association