December 31, 2014

Easy resolutions you can keep for your health

From the UK comes The 25 easy resolutions to transform your health:

Put your toothbrush in the dishwasher
Toothbrushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Scientists at Manchester University found that the average toothbrush contains ten million germs, including a high percentage of potentially dangerous bacteria such as E. coli.

Stop using armrests to get out of a chair
This will strengthen your muscles and help protect you against falls in later years. Place your feet firmly on the floor, tighten your stomach muscles, clench your buttocks and ease yourself slowly up to a standing position without using your hands for support.Each lift equates to a squat - the perfect exercise to tone the major muscles in the thighs and buttocks. Double the effect by also lowering yourself into every chair without using your hands

Drink cocoa at bedtime
The antioxidants in cocoa can improve memory in older people by improving blood flow to certain parts of the brain.

Turn the heating down by a degree
Being slightly chilly has been shown to increase levels of 'healthy' brown fat, a form of body fat that burns up calories and fat reserves, and helps keeps blood sugar levels stable.

Blow one nostril at a time.
Continually blowing your nose through both nostrils can push mucus back into your sinuses, triggering the possibility of a secondary infection.

Get regular kicks with a coffee
Drink up to four cups of coffee a day. Whether it's instant, espresso or decaffeinated, experts believe the phytochemicals - or antioxidants - in coffee offer some protection against diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
It also appears to improve cognitive function. The stimulating effect of caffeine can increase neuronal firing in the brain, improving reaction time, memory, mood and brain power.

Eat a portion of leafy veg A day
Eating just one daily serving (around two tablespoons) of green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale or broccoli could be enough to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 14 per cent….Increase that to one and a half servings per day and studies show you can double that reduction to 30 per cent. One theory is that green vegetables are a rich source of magnesium (along with some beans, peas, nuts and seeds), which appears to help regulate blood sugar.

Keep your eye out for Celtuce ., a new vegetable to try

An obscure Chinese vegetable that is as of yet hard to come by may well become the new kale in the months to come. The celtuce - which is known as wosun in China, where it is a popular ingredient in many dishes - is a translucent green type of lettuce that can be sliced, roasted, pickled, pureed for sauces or used as a garnish, among many other uses.

All About The Cool Obscure Veggie Of The Moment

One bite told me I'd never eaten anything quite like it either. The texture of the vegetable -- and the waiter assured me it was a vegetable -- reminded me of cooked leek. But it also had the homogeneity of a noodle and some of the crunch of shaved jicama. Its bright flavor was a little like a mix between bok choy, celery root and water chestnut, but was far milder than any of those. By the end of the plate, I was a celtuce fan.
Posted by Jill Fallon at December 31, 2014 12:01 AM | Permalink