Saturday, December 29, 2012

Health & Fitness: 25 Foods You Need Part 1



Bismillaah

"All praise and thanks belongs to Allaah, Lord & Creator of all the worlds. May Allaah bestow His peace & mercy upon the Prophet, his family, his companions, and on all of those who follow them in truth until The Last Day" Aameen


As salaamu alaykunna! Good morning, afternoon and evening to some :).

Today is Health and Fitness day here at Mariam Poppins! Today we are going to talk about food. Starting with 25 foods you need!

Then later on this evening- for all my pregnant sisters, who want to workout, exercise, - what can you do in each trimester!

Thank you everyone, and welcome to our new readers.

Baraka'Allaahu'Feekum

 25 Foods you need in your life! Inshaa Allaah

Adzuki Beans

Why? Legumes are loaded with antioxidants, and adzuki beans are no exception! The small, dark red beans have a sweet, nutty flavor and are often used in Asian desserts. They are easy to digest and filled with flavonoids, which are part of a bigger family of antioxidant called polyphenols. These compounds may lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Adzukis are one of the highest in protein and lowest in fat- (among beans).

Almonds

Why? Crunch your way to a happy heart and a sharper mind! Almonds are also chock-full of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects against cognitive decline and certain cancers. The fiber in almond skins may exert a prebiotic effect and increase the beneficial bacteria in the gut to improve digestion and bolster immune defense!

Almonds are a powerhouse!!



Aloe

The scoop: Most people are familiar with the aloe vera leaf benefits to heal (by Allaah's permission) external problems- like burns. But Aloe's healing properties extend to internal aliments as well. Aloe juice, may aid people with digestive disorders and type 2 diabetes, and may help boost the immune system.







Apples

Good ole' apples: They get an A+ for antioxidants. They are source of not only antioxidants but vitamin C and an array of cancer-fighting polyphenols that work in concert to exert a powerful effect. According to a study:  People who regularly ate apples  experienced some very specific disease-preventing benefits: a 30 percent risk for high blood pressure and significantly reduced inflammation markers.

Note: Conventionally grown apples are heavily treated with pesticides, so opt for organic when possible!

Brussels Sprouts

Why? Not usually most people fav! But this member of the cabbage family is high in potassium, carotenoids, vitamin B6, folate, all of which contribute to heart health!

here's to a heart-healthful soluble fiber- which slows digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, giving rise to lower and more stable blood glucose and insulin levels, which is good for your metabolism and your arteries

Buckwheat

What is it and why you need it?

Buckwheat isn't wheat at all; it's an herb that's related to rhubarb. Buckwheat is a heavyweight when it comes to hunger-curbing fiver and magnesium, which is necessary for normal muscle and nerve function and healthy bones, and may protect against type 2 diabetes and stroke!!!

Free of gluten, buckwheat is suitable for those sensitive to the grain protein.

Cabbage

What's the scoop: Several studies suggest that higher intakes of cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, can safeguard against several forms of cancer, due in large part ot an abundance of chemicals, such as glucosinolates, that help detoxify carcinogens. Among cabbage varieties, red has the highest antioxidant activity

Carrots

Hmmm bugs bunny was perhaps a nutritionist in disguise! Carrots, contain a wealth of beta-carotene, which provides protection against age-related cataracts. Rich in vitamins C and K, potassium and fiber! Deliciously sweet rainbow carrots, born from heirloom yellow, purple, and red seeds, contain several different disease-thwarting antioxidants.........seek out asap perhaps at your local farmers market!


Cauliflower

Why? Why not? White or orange, this low-calorie veggie is bursting with cancer-fighting properties. Cauliflower abounds in cancer-fighting glucosinolates, which the body coverts into compounds that increase the liver's ability to neutralize toxic substances.....sounds good to me!







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