Health and Nutrition
"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, just as your soul prospers."
(3 John 2) Not only is it God's will for us to be prosperous and successful, but it is His will for us to be in good health. We cannot enjoy success, our blessings from God, or even go out and spread the word of God, if we are not in good health. In order to do that, we must be aware of what is going on with our bodies and learn about foods and exercises that can prevent sicknesses and keep us in great health.
Fruit and Veggie Facts
The 4-1-1 on Apples
You that famous quote 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away.' Well here's a few reasons why
Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart disease. The insoluble fiber in apples provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system.
It is a good idea to eat apples with their skin. Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fiber content. Most of an apple's fragrance cells are also concentrated in the skin and as they ripen, the skin cells develop more aroma and flavor.
The Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea, including black and oolong teas, are all derived from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. This powerful tea's legacy was originally discovered by an emperor some 4,000 years ago. Since that time, traditional Chinese medicine has recommended green tea to relieve bodily aches and pains, aid digestion, fight depression, soothe headaches, enhance immune functioning, detoxify the body, provide "instant" energy, and even promote longevity.
Defending our bodies against daily stress can help us become more productive both at work and in the gym. And, new research has shown green tea may help our bodies burn more calories, faster, which is why it's showing up in more and more fat-loss formulas.
- Increase resting metabolic rate and increase the rate the body burns fat to support weight loss
- Provide "extra" energy and delay fatigue, maximizing performance under stress
- Help stimulate production of "natural viral-killer" cells to enhance immune functioning
- Potentially guard against heart disease and lower cholesterol and blood pressure
Research indicates that Green Tea may be useful in the treatment of:
- Hair and scalp disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Sunburn pain
Green tea has quickly become the "supplement of choice" for many seeking greater health and control of their weight. Not only does it have an interestingly appealing flavor (when prepared as tea), it appears to have science defending some astounding benefits for immune enhancement and fat mobilization when it's used as a supplement.
Green tea, or more accurately, the polyphenols in green tea, appears to activate our bodies' "natural viral-killer" immune cells, which scavenge and fight off bacteria and flush out toxins. These all-important polyphenols in green tea also appear to use calories in our bodies as energy and thus may assist our "fat-fighting" efforts.
Here's a tip when choosing Green tea:
When choosing a green tea, it is best to look for the measurement of polyphenols, which are believed to be responsible for green tea's benefits. Three cups of tea per day should provide around 240 to 300 mg of the polyphenols.
A Recipe for Green Tea Punch
FYI: This punch combines two heavy-hitting immune system boosters, green tea and vitamin C.
(You'll get 40 milligrams in each serving).
It promotes a healthy heart - green tea can help lower
blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.
500 ml boiling water, slightly cooled
2 teaspoons loose green tea or 2 bags of green tea
500 ml cranberry juice
550 ml pineapple juice
- Prepare the tea by pouring the slightly cooled water over the tea or tea bags in a pot or bowl.
- Steep for four minutes, then strain and cool.
- Add the cranberry juice and pineapple juice to the cooled tea.
- Serve over ice.
"This Week's Health Tip!"
Watch Your Portions! According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, portion sizes have increased dramatically over the last 20 years - and with them, so have the calories! Twenty years ago, the average blueberry muffin weighed 1.5 ounces and contained 210 calories. Today's commercially available blueberry muffin averages 5 ounces - and contains a whopping 500 calories!.
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost (First Corinthians 6:19). We must be good stewards over our bodies. We have too much work to do to be home sick in the bed. We must be fit for the Master's use.
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