More Great News About Green Tea

on Tuesday, 15 April 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

More Great News About Green Tea

I blogged about the awesome powers of green tea in February, and I’m returning to the subject now to fill you in on ground-breaking new research from Switzerland showing that green tea is not only great for the body. This superfood may also have an important influence on the brain by boosting cognitive function (your thinking power, particularly working memory) and may be worth studying as a treatment for dementia.

Too Much Salt!

on Tuesday, 08 April 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

Too Much Salt!

Pop quiz: What’s the biggest source of salt in the American diet?

  • 1.Cheeseburgers
  • 2.Pizza
  • 3.Bread
  • 4.Cold cuts
  • 5.Cheese

This may surprise you. The answer is #3 bread. Yes, that’s right. I got it straight from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has a cool graphic on its website giving you the skinny on salt. It’s a shocker. Take a look!

How Bad Is It?

As I explain in my book The Omni Diet (now available in paperback), excess salt in the diet can lead to stiff blood vessels, which ultimately reduces blood flow. The extra salt also increases oxidative stress, which can lead to a number of diseases.

And we all know that too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Another thing you may not have considered: salt hijacks your taste buds covering up delicious natural flavors. The Omni Diet steers you toward healthy, organic, fresh vegetables. I promise you they’ll taste better without salt.

You can punch up salads naturally by tossing in chopped fresh herbs like basil, chives and cilantro. You can simmer herbs and spices into soups, stews, and chili and sprinkle fresh herbs over grilled meat and fish. Without the salt, you’ll focus on the amazing flavor your food and these herbs provide.

And don’t forget garlic: technically a vegetable, it flavors like an herb. Beyond that it’s good for you: eating garlic regularly can help lower the risk of strokes, improve heart health, and boost the immune system’s ability to fight off colds and flu.

I you must use salt, try unbleached sea salt or some other salt that hasn’t had its minerals removed. But do try to use as little as possible. Aim to limit your daily intake to less than 1,500 milligrams. You can also try using a potassium-based salt substitute. Supplementing with about 5 grams of potassium daily and reducing sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day can improve vascular function, kidney function and insulin sensitivity and decrease blood pressure, oxidative stress and inflammation.

Promise me you’ll try to cut way back on salt. In return, I promise that you’ll soon wonder why you disguised the fabulous natural flavor of good food with salt. For more health tips, brain games, and healthy recipes join Brain Fit Life today!

The Fried Food Factor and “Life isn’t Fair”

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Thursday, 03 April 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

The Fried Food Factor and “Life isn’t Fair”
You can file this news under “life isn’t fair”, but on the other hand, it could actually be helpful if you’ve been frustrated by previous attempts to lose weight. Researchers at the Harvard School for Public Health have published a study showing that some people with a genetic predisposition to obesity actually gain weight faster as a result of eating fried foods than those whose genetic risk is lower. My daughter often complains that “life isn’t fair” when she has to do something she doesn’t want to do. I agree and explain that “fair” is a place you go to see farm animals and eat really bad foods, like fried foods that add pounds to your middle as fast as you can eat them.

Great News about Exercise

on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Fitness, Tana's Blog

Great News about Exercise
Here is some fantastic news for women: researchers in Europe have found that daily exercise cuts the risk of breast cancer, regardless of a woman’s age or weight. The “age” and “weight” findings are surprising and hugely important. We’ve known for years that exercise can reduce some women’s risk of breast cancer, but earlier studies were smaller and narrower, focusing on young women or women who exercised a lot when they were young. The new one includes data on four million women and applies to all of us.

How Chocolate Works Its Health Magic

on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

How Chocolate Works Its Health Magic
Cacao, the raw form of chocolate, is bursting with anti-oxidants believed to protect us against cardiovascular disease, premature aging and some forms of cancer. It is truly an Omni NutriPower food. We’re familiar with cacoa’s many health benefits, but until now, we haven’t had a clue about how it exerts its positive effects in the body. Researchers at Louisiana State University (LSU) have unraveled that puzzle with a study showing that in the stomach cacao is gobbled up by certain beneficial bacteria that then ferment it into heart-healthy anti-inflammatory compounds...

Shaking Sugar

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Thursday, 20 March 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

Shaking Sugar
Eating simple carbohydrates and sugar (in any form) keeps you addicted to sugar. And let’s face it many of these foods are the very ones we used to call fattening. Aside from their sky-high GI ranking, they also tend to be loaded with calories. Some examples: High GI foods include brown rice, white bread (which ranks even higher than table sugar!), potatoes and watermelon. I suggest sticking to foods than rank under 60 on the GI. These include most fruits (with the exception of that sugary high GI watermelon), beans, nuts and non-starchy vegetables.

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