“Health A to Z” – Z

The Letter Z.

Zeaxanthin

An antioxidant (a carotenoid), which along with lutein defends cells from the attack by damaging free radicals. Both are important in protecting against the development of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Fortunately both carotenoids are abundantly available in many food sources like eggs, kale, spinach, turnip greens, collard greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, corn, garden peas and Brussels sprouts. To maximize the availability of the carotenoids in the foods listed above, the foods should be eaten raw or steamed lightly.

Zinc

Zinc is one of the most important trace elements needed by your cells. It has a role in boosting our immune systems, aids in protein synthesis, cell reproduction and wound healing, and plays a major part in fertility and conception.
The importance of zinc can not be over-emphasized.  While zinc is naturally present in various foods and it food sources such as meat, poultry, dairy products, beans, whole grains and nuts are rich in zinc, the body can only absorb about 30% of the zinc that we take in. Because of this, and the fact we eat many processed foods zinc deficiencies are possible.


“Health A to Z” – Y

The Letter Y.

Yogurt

A source of calcium for your bones, vitamins riboflavin and B12, protein and potassium. A essential aid to improving digestive health (make sure the natural yogurt you but says “active yogurt cultures”).  Your digestive tract has many kinds of beneficial bacteria (called probiotics). Eating yogurt with live cultures helps the delicate balance between the good bacteria we need and bad bacteria which can cause digestive upsets.

Youthfulness

Overall we have an aging population and most of want to maintain our youth and quality of life as long as possible. Hydration, nutrition, skin care, not smoking, reducing sugar and fat intake, taking care to reduce exposure to toxins, getting enough sunlight to boost Vitamin D but not too much (avoiding overexposure to the sun, sunburn), avoiding too much alcohol and any kind of drugs will all help you to maintain your youth.

What to eat to help maintain your youth?  See the chart below.

Healthy diet


“Health A to Z” – X

The Letter X.  Surprisingly, easier to write about than “U”.

X-Rays

x-raysThe X-Ray was recently voted as the number one scientific invention. Obviously the ability to look inside a living body without cutting is an achievement not to be understated.  However, it is still radiation exposure.  Remember that the technician wears protective clothing and operates the machine from behind a shield and wears an exposure indicator.  Of course, their exposure is much more likely (and on a daily basis). Still, I think it’s sensible to limit your exposure as much as possible.

Xanthins

Yellow foodsLatin for Yellow – xanthins are powerful nutrients which protect the immune system. Eat yellow foods like, bananas, yellow peppers, yellow tomatoes, squash, grapefruit, lentils, lemons, melons, pineapples, yellow apples, mangos, pears etc.


Acai Berry = Slimberry

You have probably heard of the Acai Berry over the past few years being famous for it’s antioxidant properties. Well, the Acai Berry has been rated by many of the world’s top medical professionals as the world’s #1 Superfruit.

What does being the world’s #1 Superfruit mean?

The Acai Berry contains one of the highest antioxidant values of any edible substance on the planet. It even has 10 times more than another superfruit, the red grape. Acai’s fat burning qualities will help to free your system of waste, toxins, and excess pounds.

Studies show that the acai berry is one the most nutritious foods in the world. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it natures’ perfect energy fruit.

Why not try it for yourself?


BodyGlo Superfood

I’ve been looking for a new superfood product which is easy to incorporate into your daily routine, and I think I’ve found it!

We all know (don’t we?) about the importance of eating a range of fruit and vegetables each day.  We also know it’s quite hard to eat the quantities we should.

BodyGlo Superfood is a wonderful product which is a concentration of over 70 different fruits and vegetables and also contains enzymes, co-enzymes, anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, phyto-nutrients and non-dairy probiotics. Ingredients like these can support your immune system and help you maintain a alkaline pH balance.  A serving (a tablespoon sized scoop)  of BodyGlo Superfood is clinically tested to show it provides an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 7,581

BoduGlo Superfood is vegan friendly, lactose free and does not contain any added sugar, yeast, coloring, alcohol, preservatives, artificial flavor, salt, gluten, oil, stabilizers, starch, milk products or  maltodextrin.

Unlike some superfood concentrates it tastes great (like a fruit punch).

At the moment it’s only available to US residents, sorry!



“Health A to Z” – W

The Letter W.

Water

Hexagon Water filter


My favorite beverage. This wasn’t always so!  When I was offered tap water as a kid I didn’t enjoy it much, later as an adult I tried all types of bottled water and mineral water – I wasn’t keen on those either! So what changed my mind – it’s simple really – a Hexagon water filter.  Easy to fit to any existing tap and it does a wonderful job in filtering tap water to provide a constant supply of very inexpensive, great tasting, energized water.

Weight Loss

Something a lot of people want to achieve. I hope these people find useful information on this blog which may assist them in their quest.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass, from the family of cereal grasses, is a wholesome food with alkaline characteristics to correct and adjust acid-alkaline imbalance and maintain an alkaline state required by cells for optimum health.

Whole Foods

Real unprocessed foods. Not necessarily organic, just natural unaltered foods.

Alternatively, you can think about whole foods as being complete foods, like spirulina.