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Wine For Healthy Aging

March 1st, 2016 Comments off

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Wine For Healthy Aging

Although I would not encourage non-drinkers to drink, those of you who do drink alcohol will be interested in these health reasons for sipping some wine daily.

More and more studies show that a glass or two of wine per day is good for you as you age. It benefits your cardio-vascular health.  It was thought that it is red wine that protects the heart because of a substance in the red skin of the grapes, but it is now proven that red or white wine is beneficial.

Every wine has an element that is good for some ailment. This depends on the region where the grapes grow and the minerals in that particular soil.

Wine has a relaxing effect as well and can add just the right touch to a meal.  After all it was the monk Dom Pérignon who created the epitome of wine, champagne!

However, too much alcohol can lead to high blood pressure so wine consumption should be moderate.  Limit yourself to one or two glasses a day for health as you age.

Grandma Nature

Dill For Healthy Aging

February 13th, 2016 Comments off

Dill

Dill For Healthy Aging

When the word dill is mentioned, you might think of pickles.  Yet it is a delightful fresh herb which can benefit your health.

As an aid to digestion, dill is thought to have muscle-relaxing effects on the stomach and to relieve cramps.  A strong diuretic, it provides anti-bacterial compounds as well which can alleviate bladder infections.

Grandma Nature

Honey For Healthy Aging

February 9th, 2016 Comments off

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Honey For Healthy Aging

Honey is rich in antioxidants particular to aiding skin conditions.  It is known to relieve or cure ailments such as psoriasis, eczema and even wounds.  When applied to your skin it enriches it and makes you skin smooth.

Use honey as a healthy replacement for refined sugar. It is healthier for you, too. Use honey in sauces, drinks, and simply as topping on your toast.

Grandma Nature

Chestnuts For Healthy Aging

February 2nd, 2016 Comments off

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Chestnuts For Healthy Aging

Chestnuts are the only nuts that are low in fat, although the fat contained in other nuts is the “good fat”. Thus they are low in calories, containing about one-fourth fewer calories than walnuts and hazelnuts.

Chestnuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids, which are good for the heart. So next the time you enjoy some roasted chestnuts, you can do so with not second thoughts. You are helping your heart stay healthy.

In Europe you can find roasted chestnuts for sale on street corners. They help to keep your hands warm and your heart healthy. Or, roast your own chestnuts at home.

Grandma Nature

Pumpkins And Squash For Healthy Aging

October 22nd, 2015 Comments off

Pumpkins & squash

Pumpkins And Squash For Healthy Aging

Pumpkins and squash come in various deep orange and yellow colors, and these colors are the secret to their very nutritional value.

Rich in vitamins B and C, pumpkins and squash also contain manganese, which is an antioxidant mineral rich in beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is the ultimate component of nutrition, and the deeper the color, the more beta-carotene the vegetable contains.  It is important to eye health and also an aid to fighting cancer.  As it regulates insulin in the body, it is helpful for diabetes as well.

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in these vegetables provide anti-inflammatory effects adding to their other virtues.

This autumn take advantage of a wide selection of pumpkins and squash to adorn your dinner plate as well as to decorate the table.

Grandma Nature

Bananas For Healthy Aging

October 1st, 2015 Comments off

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Bananas For Healthy Aging

Did you know that there are over 1,000 different varieties of bananas worldwide?  It seems that there are about as many health benefits as well!

Bananas are a powerhouse of vitamins when completely yellow.  As brown spots begin to appear they have more sugar and become sweeter.

Vitamins C and B6 are part of its components as well as the minerals potassium and magnesium.  Potassium is good for the function of the nervous and muscular systems and regulates arterial pressure. B6 is important for the regulation of the nervous and immune systems. Bananas help to regulate the gastro-intestinal system in order to aid digestion.

Why not have a banana for your daytime snack? It is both filling and nutritious and benefits healthy aging and therefor age esteem.

 Grandma Nature

Eggplant For Healthy Aging

August 14th, 2015 Comments off

Eggplants

Eggplant For Healthy Aging

Aubergine (eggplant) is a vegetable with many benefits.  High in fiber but low in calories and fat, it contains an antioxidant which is beneficial for the brain. Vitamins B 1 and B6 as well as potassium, manganese, magnesium and copper are components as well.

Eggplant is an anti-cancer, anti-cholesterol vegetable due to substances which fight free radicals in the body.  However, when eaten in great amounts, it can increase joint pains in the body when arthritis is present, or influence gall bladder problems and activate stones due to the high level of oxalates.

On the whole eggplant is a very nutritious and valuable health-promoting food.

An easy way to prepare eggplant and to give them a taste of Provence is to cook slices on the barbeque. Simply slice the eggplant lengthwise into slices. Place them on the barbeque for about five minutes, turning them over once. Put them on a platter and dribble a bit of olive oil over them. It is a tasty way to enjoy healthy eggplant for healthy ageing.

Grandma Nature

Carrots For Healthy Aging

June 11th, 2015 Comments off

Carrots

Carrots For Healthy Aging

 The orange substance in carrots is beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene contains lutein and lycopene. Both substances are very important for general good eyesight and night vision.  Beta-carotene is also thought to reduce some cancers.

Some nutrients disappear and the color becomes less bright as soon as the carrots are picked. This indicates the loss of some of the healthy nutrients in the vegetable.

To get the greatest benefit:

  • Eat carrots soon after they are picked;
  • Purchase carrots in small quantities; and
  • Replace carrots often so they will be fresher.

Carrots provide an easy snack. Eat them often to benefit from the beta-carotene they provide.

Grandma Nature

Avocados For Healthy Aging

June 4th, 2015 Comments off

Avocado

Avocados For Healthy Aging

 An avocado a day can be very helpful for your heart health.

Avocados contain high levels of vitamin E, iron and potassium. Even though they are high in fat, it is the good fat, which controls cholesterol levels and is important to heart health.

In addition avocado contains as a substance that, when it is eaten in the evening, helps to improve sleep and relaxation.

Add avocado to your salads, eat it directly out of its skin, or enjoy it in guacamole. There are many ways to add avocado to your diet for healthy aging.

 Grandma Nature

Lettuce For Healthy Aging

May 28th, 2015 Comments off

Lettuce

Lettuce For Healthy Aging

 Lettuce is loaded with nutrients. There are many different varieties of lettuce and they are all rich in vitamins A, C and K, and in dietary fibers.  Minerals, especially iron, are also found in lettuce.

It seems that the romaine or cos salad, as it is called, has the highest level of nutrients among the green leaf lettuces.  However, the mixture of green and red small leaf salad found today is the most valuable because of the phytonutrients – the mixture of colors. The darker the leaves the richer the lettuce is in nutrients.

To enhance the nutritional value use olive oil in the dressing.

Grandma Nature