Foods that are rich in Iodine

Iodine is an essential nutrient that is very beneficial to the body, more specifically to thyroid function. Iodine’s biggest role is to regulate the production of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These two thyroid hormones not only are essential for metabolic activity but also help keep your organs (brain, liver, heart, etc) functioning properly.

The National Institutes of Health recommends that an average adult takes in 150mcg (micrograms) of iodine. It is important to note that there is such thing though as taking in too much iodine. The side effects of an excess of iodine are very similar to being deficient so it is important to stay within the healthy daily amount.

Seafood: Cod and Shrimp (highest sources), Tuna, Haddock, White deep water fish, and all varieties of shellfish.

Kelp: Brown seaweed kelp such as Wakame and Nori, Most forms of Kelp will have Iodine.

Vegetables: Spinach, Turnip greens, Swiss chard, Summer squash, Lima beans and Garlic.

Fruits: Strawberries ( Most fruits do not contain iodine strawberries are the exception.)

Dairy: Yogurts and Cheese (usually rich in iodine due to having iodine added to the animal’s feed.)

Water Sautéing

A basic cooking technique used in some recipes is water sautéing. This is used instead of cooking with oil. Water sautéing is simple and good for stir-fries, sauces, and many other dishes. To water sauté, heat a skillet on high heat until water sputters when dropped in the pan. Use small amounts (two to three tablespoons) of water in the skillet, wok, or pan, covering the pan occasionally and adding more water as necessary until the vegetables are tender. If stir-frying a vegetable dish, other alternatives to oil include no-salt vegetable broth, coconut water, wine, or fruit juice.

Cooking Beans

It is advisable to soak most dried beans or legumes overnight before cooking.

Replace the soaking water with two to three cups of fresh water for each cup of beans when cooking them. Most beans require about one and a half to two hours of cooking to become soft. Lentils and split peas require only one hour and need not be soaked prior to cooking.

Make sure the beans are thoroughly cooked, as they are more difficult to digest when undercooked. Always keep in mind that it is important to chew them thoroughly. As you get into the habit of eating more beans regularly, you will digest them better. Your good bacteria in your digestive track will need to get conditioned to digesting increased amounts of beans. Any discomfort will eventually go away.

Seed Facts

Flax seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids (essential for good health). They are also rich in anticancer lignans, and their mucilage lubricates and eases bowel movements. Flax seeds and sesame seeds contain more lignans than any other food. These plant compounds bind to estrogen receptors and interfere with the cancer-promoting effects of estrogen on breast tissue. They also have a strong anti-oxidant effect. If you choose not to use them whole, it is best to grind your own at home. Keep them in the freezer to retain their freshness. Scientific studies reveal that when flax seeds are given to women with breast cancer, the women show reduced tumor growth and enhanced survival rate, compared to women not given flax seeds.

Sunflower seeds are extremely rich in vitamin E, selenium, iron, and other minerals. With 22 percent of calories from protein and rich in the amino acid tryptophan, sunflower seeds are a healthy way that vegetarians, vegans, flexitrians (near-vegans) and nutritarians (people that eat very low amounts of animal products) can ensure that they get sufficient protein.

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of omega-3s, are high in phytochemicals, and are rich in zinc, calcium, and iron.

Sesame seeds have the highest level of calcium of any food in the world.They not only have a highly absorbable full spectrum of various vitamin E fractions, but they increase the bioactivity of vitamin E in the body.

Weekly Shopping List

Always keep a good assortment of healthy food in the house. A key to success is having the right kind of food. I suggest the following:

Vegetables to be eaten raw:  carrots, celery, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, lettuce and other salad greens, snow peas, sugar snap peas, and tomatoes.

Vegetables for cooking:  (fresh or frozen) – broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes, cabbage, string beans, kale, Swiss chard, mustard greens, spinach, Brussels, sprouts, asparagus, onions, and garlic.

Fruits (fresh or frozen):  strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, apples, oranges, pineapple, melons, lemons, limes, grapes, pears, bananas, mangoes, plums, peaches, and cherries

Raw nuts and seeds:  walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, unhulled sesame seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.

Ingredients for homemade soup:  carrots, celery, garlic, onions, zucchini, fresh and dried herbs, no-salt seasoning, leeks, turnips, dried beans, lentils, and split peas.

Other staples:  flavored and balsamic vinegars, lemons (juice is great in a salad, soup, or vegetable dish) tomato sauce (no salt added), salsa (no salt added), avocados, tofu, edamame (green soybeans), and old – fashioned rolled oats.

Fresh or diced herbs and seasonings:  basil, oregano, dill, parsley, cilantro, chives, rosemary, thyme, ginger, garlic cloves or garlic powder, onion powder, mint, chili powder, cumin, Cajun seasoning, pepper, curry powder, cinnamon, Mrs. Dash (no salt added)

Gluten-Containing Compounds

Gluten, a protein found in wheat can be found in many compounds that you would not except gluten to be in. Here is a list of some of them:
Gluten-Containing Compounds: including barbecue sauce, binders, bouillon, brewer’s yeast, cold cuts, condiments, emulsifiers, fillers, chewing gum, hot dogs, hydrolyzed plant and vegetable protein, ketchup, soy sauce, lunch meats, malt and malt flavoring, malt vinegar, matzo, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, nondairy creamer, processed salad dressing, seitan (wheat meat), some spice mixtures, stabilizers, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein.

12 Healthy Habits

It is never to late to start a healthy habit. If you grow up like I did eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) you probable have some room for improvement. Most Americans are eating over 35 grams of sugar a day. This works out to 15 pounds a year per person. To lose weight a person has to eat 15 grams or less a day. Most of this sugar is hidden in many of the food you are eating right now.

Unfortunately not everything we put in our body is beneficial to our health. Food and drink is very important to our daily survival. A good beverage and a good meal is an understatement that cooking for a man is a good way to win his affections. There are many food poisons that we consume on a daily rate that are dangerous to our arteries. Here a few of them.

1. Avoid Hydrogenated Oils

Hydrogenated oils are processed oils that should be avoided. These oils do not exist in nature and our bodies have a hard time digesting them. Rectum and colon cancer has been attributed to too much daily consumption. Avoid them at all costs to your health. Hydrogenated oils are in so many foods out there. They inhibit the normal metabolism of the body which can lend to long term damage as well as cardiovascular diseases. Trans fat also called partly hydrogenated oil should be looked at as a poison and never eaten throw it away.

2. Start An Exercise Regimen

Start an exercise program and get the body going. Where do I begin is a usual question and will I stick with it is another. It’s a great way to lose weight and get muscle tone especially for most of us – who at work sit at a computer all day. Find something that you can stick to, and enjoy. Thai chi, yoga and hiking  or just going for a walk are great places to start. Thai chi and yoga will help get the body flexible, relax you strengthen your circulation and get your heart rate to where you want it. Everyone can find some type of exercise to do.For example you could use the stairs in your house. Going up and down the stairs 10 times is a great way to exercise. If you can’t do it ten times do it three or four times, working up to ten times. If you have bad knees sit in a chair and work your upper body with some dumb bells don’t have dumb bells use soup cans that are full . Our bodies are designed to move and work. When they are worked then they don’t they fall apart. Do your body a favor and exercise it.

3. Get on a Garlic kick

Garlic is Mother Nature’s natural cleanse. It helps rid the body of unwanted accumulations such as parasites and yeast. As you clean the inner body digestion and circulation of blood and oxygen improves and you will start to look and feel a lot better. The great thing is garlic can be used in many dishes to spice up your health. Garlic provides support to the cells,organs, and systems that keep the body healthy. It will encourage healthy circulation, supports healthy liver function,enhances immune system response,promotes healthy lung function,helps maintain normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels that are already in normal range and provides antioxidants. Use lots of garlic in your diet. For those that don’t like the tast of garlic I carry a whole food garlic in a capsule form.

4. Swiss Chard

One of the most popular greens in Europe and nutritious as well, it’s quick to prepare and eat. It’s delicious sautéed in a small amount olive oil with garlic and crushed red pepper. Put it in your salad or add it to your smoothie it is also great steamed. Swiss chard is high in vitamin A, K and C. It is also rich in minerals, dietary fiber, protein there are many phytonutrients in Swiss chard. Vitamin K is great for bone health. It is high in B-complex group such as folate, niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid that are essential for cellular metabolic function. Swiss chard is one of the most powerful anti-cancer, antioxidants around. It’s a super green from nature. It is great in boosting the immune system, digestion and cleansing the system. If kept in your diet on a regular bases it has been found to prevent osteoporosis, low iron (anemia), vitamin A deficiency and believed to protect against cardiovascular disease and colon and prostate cancer. Get Swiss chard in your diet daily.

5. Decrease Your Refined Fat Intake

Your health depends on the good fats you consume. The risk of heart disease and clogged arteries increases with the daily intake of excessive bad fats, saturated fats. Unclog your arteries by adding unsaturated fats like omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acid benefits are numerous especially in reducing heart disease. Be careful not to use a lot of refined oils like olive. Most oils are refined (processed) which will concentrate the fats. The fats that are found in refined oils are about 16% saturated fat (the bad fats). I know most people have been told that oils are good for you, they are wrong. Keep your oils to no more than a table spoon a day, if you are going to use oil. Where you need to get your healthy fats from is from nuts and seeds. One tablespoon of flaxseeds a day will give you all the omega-3 fatty acid you need for the day.

6. Consume Cruciferous Veggies

Nrf2 or a normally protective protein which is found within our systems was inactive in the arteries that are disease prone until a chemical called Sulforaphane was identified. And it can be found in broccoli sprouts, which, of the cruciferous vegetables, or cabbage family of vegetables, have the highest concentration of sulforaphane. It is also found in cauliflower, bok choy, kale, collards, Chinese broccoli, broccoli raab, kohlrabi, mustard, turnip, radish, arugula, and watercress. Eat them raw and start your protection against heart disease through the prevention of atherosclerosis. Eating your veggies is also very helpful in the fight against cancer and diabetics.

7. Eat Oatmeal

Have you had your oats today? Oats have the highest amount of protein as well as containing avenanthramides(a substance that kills or inhibits the growth of micro-organims) 10 to 30 times more than any other oat compound, which is found in the whole grain and in the outer regions of the kernel. They contain soluble fiber that can reduce LDL cholesterol. Oatmeal functions as an antioxidant reducing heart disease, colon cancer and the reduction of clogged arteries.

8. Take Whole Food Vitamin E

Vitamin E can help against the narrowing of the arteries. Vitamin E is best known as an antioxidant and used as oil would be considered a quick way to remedy any deficiency you may be trying to get under control. Cataplex E from Standard proceess would be a true whole food vitamin E. Most vitamin E on the market are what they call fractional vitamins. A fractional vitamin only has a piece of the vitamin in them. In this case with vitamin E are would only be one tocopherol usually stated as alpha tocopherol. There are seven tocopherol in a whole food vitamin E this would be a complete vitamin E.

Vitamin E can help in the damage to the arteries caused by fatty foods and life long bad diets. Sunflower seeds and sunflower oil as well as pumpkin seeds are rich in whole food vitamin E. Vitamin E helps with malabsorption which is difficulty digesting or absorbing nutrients from food. Whole food vitamin E help with tissue repair, pituitary imbalance,

Healthy skin and hair are some of the benefits in consuming foods rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E can be great protection against cancer.

9. Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar’s is an ancient holistic remedy. One of its many benefits is its ability to clean out your arteries. It is great for the circulatory system. The potassium found in Apple Cider Vinegar

Research has shown that apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a good source for potassium. ACV has benefited many senile people experiencing clogged arteries. Studies have proven that the quality of lives of the senile elderly can be restored once toxic poisons are flushed out of their bodies. The potassium in ACV cleans out these clogged arteries from plaques, the same way water and vinegar cleans dirt from windows. Not only this, apple cider vinegar is also known to lower cholesterol levels and blood sugar, factors that may lead to heart diseases.

10. Lecithin

Lecithin is produced within our bodies, it is found in our heart, liver and kidneys. It is needed for overall health maintenance and is utilized by every living cell in our bodies. It is found in cabbage, cauliflower, garbanzo beans, soy beans, split peas, organic meat, seeds, nuts, & eggs. It helps in decreasing cholesterol which helps promote cardiovascular health and weight loss. It restores damaged livers and improves memory function. Prevents large deposits of fat from accumulating which allows blood to flow more smoothly where it once was clogged.

11. Cayenne Pepper

Add the right spicy zest to your diet. It has amazing effects, particularly promoting system which helps adjust pressure, which of course extends to the arteries. Cayenne helps rid the system of LDL Cholesterol and triglycerides. It aids in warming the body which helps in stimulating the assimilation and elimination. It fights inflammation and increases blood flow throughout the body.

12. Read Food Labels

Learn to read labels. With the fast paced world we live in, this is reason for all of us to care what we put in our systems and just how much rest, food and exercise we get.

Think of yourself as a fine tuned instrument that deserves the proper care and you will enjoy the life you deserve.

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