“Health – A to Z ” – O

The Letter O.

Oats

High in soluble fiber (beta-glucan) which helps lower cholesterol. Diabetics also benefit from eating oats  due to their low GI value. Fiber also helps clean your digestive system and prevents constipation. Oats also contain phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins.

Obesity

There are lots of numbers, BMI, fat cell counts and weight measurements which aim to scientifically define obesity. I’m sure they’re quite valid, but don’t really mean much to the average person. So make your own definition. Say, when your tummy bulges or thighs rub together, or when you need to buy new clothes every season because last year’s don’t fit anymore. Or if your current weight is making you unhappy. Whatever it is for you, if you’re overweight you probably don’t need anyone else to tell you.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish like salmon (wild caught is best), flaxseed, walnuts, shrimp, scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, soybeans, tofu, kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Foods high in omega-3 can:- salmon

  • Reduce inflammation throughout your body
  • Maintain the fluidity of your cell membranes
  • lower the amount of lipids (fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides) circulating in the bloodstream
  • decrease platelet aggregation, preventing excessive blood clotting
  • inhibit thickening of the arteries
  • increase the activity of another chemical derived from endothelial cells (endothelium-derived nitric oxide), which causes arteries to relax and dilate
  • reduce the inflammatory response associated with atherosclerosis
  • reduce the risk of becoming obese and improve the body’s ability to respond to insulin by stimulating the secretion of leptin, a hormone that helps regulate food intake, body weight and metabolism
  • help prevent cancer cell growth.

Organic foods

While some people don’t believe orgainically grown foods are more nutritious and healthier (fewer toxins) than regular commercially grown foods I choose to believe that, logically, organically grown food is better. Find out more here.