Native to Europe, North America, and the western region of Asia, Eyebright has been used since at least the 1300s and continues to remain a popular and effective choice for treating eye infections or vision problems. The eyebright flowers are usually white or purple with a yellow tinge, getting its name from the flowers that look like eyes.
Eggplants offer an impressive array of many vitamins and minerals, such as fiber, folate, potassium and manganese, as well as vitamins C, B6, K, phosphorus, thiamin, copper, niacin, magnesium and pantothenic acid (B5). Click here for this delicious recipe--compliments of Chef K.
Mustard is one of the most commonly used condiments around, but did you know that the tiny mustard seed used to make mustard holds within it considerable benefits for your health? Its mighty powers were first documented as many as 5,000 years ago, and it’s benefits continued to be researched and documented to this day.
High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is a condition that affects nearly 1 out of 3 Americans, but as many as 1 in 5 adults don’t know they have the condition. That’s why it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly by a health professional. You can also check your blood pressure yourself at a pharmacy with a self-service blood pressure kiosk.
Even if you don’t have “high” blood pressure right now, you may be one of the millions of people who is “borderline”: your blood pressure is above 120 over 80 mm Hg but not yet above 40 over 90 mm Hg. For you, making changes in your lifestyle and diet recommendations now may postpone your need to start taking blood pressure medication in the future.
It’s important to prevent or control high blood pressure because it can lead to other health problems like heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. The good news is that with diet, lifestyle and exercise, high blood pressure is controllable. Diet and lifestyle contribute to high blood pressure in a few ways.
The following factors can raise your blood pressure:
One of the best ways to reduce sodium is to cook foods at home; restaurant meals and many convenience foods are much higher in sodium than the foods you prepare yourself.
There are also many ways to use spices and flavors that provide great flavor and much less salt. For example, lemon juice gives a tang to chicken dishes with 0 milligrams of sodium.
Check the nutrition information on package labels and recipes to find out how much sodium (and potassium) is in the foods you eat. Less sodium and more potassium is a good thing when it comes to blood pressure.
Yesterday I had the honor of speaking to a group of men about health and nutrition. Often when we think of legacy we think of material things or money,in my opinion, the best gift you can leave your family is the gift of life. Making healthy choices as a family sets the foundation for a healthy future.
Here are 3 simple things you can do to enhance your family's lifestyle. Commit to a family legacy of good health. The future of our children depends on it.
Paint a brighter future for your child(ren) this school year with quality supplementation. Of course, no supplement replaces a wholesome diet. Food is and should be the first line of defense to provide the required nutrients for proper growth and development. But let's face it, the soil on which most food is grown today lacks the necessary nutrients for optimal health. Quality supplementation can help fill those nutritional gaps.