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Garlic in Your Food for Health

The link between food and health is often forgotten and the wonderful part about adding garlic to your food is it is so flavorful you forget it has preventative disease and medicinal healing properties.

Garlic is one of the best sources of selenium, a nutrient noted by cancer researchers for its powerful antioxidant properties. From curing colds, and fighting cholesterol to cleansing toxins from your body; is it any wonder it is considered a miracle food? To learn more about it’s medicinal properties I recommend reading, Garlic the Miracle Food by Dr. Pavlov.

Add Garlic to your food everyday – yes every day. Sound like a lot? You won’t think so once you discover a few favorite recipes. With these tips and ideas you will find yourself roasting garlic, adding it to cooked and non-cooked meals and yikes, even eating it raw!

Worried about smelling of garlic? Although people who eat garlic on a regular basis do not reek of it, after a meal of eating it raw you will have garlic breath. To relieve garlic breath, chew on a sprig of parsley. If you are worried, stick to cooked garlic or garlic capsules.

Over the years I’ve discovered a variety of ways to use garlic in my daily meals, and have converted many people to the wonders of garlic as well. These ideas will turn your meals into tasty delights and gourmet dishes. If you are unaccustomed to garlic, start with smaller amounts until your taste buds get used to the new flavor.

Roasted Garlic

Excellent as a side dish served with a pepper jelly and added to recipes roasted garlic has become one of my gourmet favorites.

How to make it:

Cut off the top of the garlic bulb, exposing the flesh of each clove.
Pour 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over the cloves.
Wrap in foil and bake in the oven at 375 for 1 hour.

Hints:

· Roast several at a time. Pinch the soft cooked clove from its shell and store in a container in your freezer to have ready for your next recipe.

· Choose large bulbs, elephant garlic works best.

Roasted garlic with meals you already love.
It’s so easy to include: just crush 1-2 cloves of garlic and stir it in.

Soups – Stir 2-3 cloves into potato soups, tomato based soups and pasta dishes.

Potatoes – Crush 1 clove per serving into mashed, fried and scalloped potato recipes.

Side dishes – Serve a whole roasted garlic bulb with pork dishes – especially pork chops. A whole roasted garlic will also compliment salad and casserole meals.

Hints:

· Roasted garlic introduces a nutty flavor

· Start with 1 clove per serving and adjust to your taste

Cooking with Garlic

Experimenting with garlic in my everyday cooking has me adding it to almost any dish.

Vegetables – The next time you steam your broccoli add a few cloves of garlic slivered during or after cooking and you won’t need all that salt and butter.

Stir Fry – Adding slivered, sliced or crushed garlic to any stir fry dish will only be complemented by it’s flavor.

Eggs – Add crushed to scrambled eggs, omelets, and quiches.

Roast Beef – Cut slits large enough to insert whole cloves of garlic and roast as usual.

Hints:

· Cooking garlic slowly in soups, stews and roasts mellows the garlic flavor.

· Take care when sautéing garlic, burning it will make it bitter.

Raw Garlic

Did we say raw? Yes, raw garlic is most effective in it’s natural form.

Try these easy and simple favourites:

Grill cheese sandwiches – thin slices spread on your cheese before grilling
Pasta garlic oil – slice garlic cloves up to 1 cup and mix with 1 cup of olive oil and cook over medium heat until soft and lightly browned – pour over pasta.

Juice – add crushed garlic to your vegetable juice.

Hummus – This chickpea spread is a tasty way to eat raw garlic, and you won’t even notice it’s raw.

Salads – Rub the side of a wooden bowl with raw garlic. When you toss the other ingredients in it your salad will have a hint of garlic.

Condiment – Some people actually eat them the same way they would eat pickles. I haven’t tried this one, yet!

Hints:

· Store garlic in a cool dry place with ventilation – not in the fridge.

· Avoid buying garlic with green sprouts

Enjoy in good health!

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Calcium Supplements and Health Drinks

Maintaining proper pH balance is confusing, but adding calcium supplements and health drinks to your diet is a smart way of simplifying the issue. It is extremely challenging for even the most health conscious person to reach the recommended proportion of alkaline foods to acid forming foods each day. That recommended ratio is 80% alkaline to 20% acid. While most of us eat plenty of acid forming foods without even trying, it takes some conscious effort to consume more alkaline forming foods.

Take a good look at your own diet and you will see that proper pH balance is not easy to accomplish without some help. Understand that we are talking about the acidity or alkalinity of your blood when discussing pH balance. Things like:

  • Coffee, sodas, alcohol, chocolate, white and wheat flour, cheese, meats, rice and beans are common acid forming foods.
  • Alkaline foods are more likely to be fresh fruits and vegetables.

As we all know, most people don’t stick to a diet of 80% alkaline foods, so let’s take a look at how calcium supplements and health drinks can assist. First, it is imperative to understand that the best sources of calcium come from whole foods. Dandelion root and alfalfa are two excellent whole food ingredients rich in this valuable mineral. When calcium is attached to a source of this nature, the body is better able to absorb it and put it to use.

  • How does the body use calcium to regulate pH balance?

Think of it this way: The human body starts out in a slightly alkaline state, but over time becomes more and more acidic. When the intake of alkaline foods is not high enough to neutralize acidity, then the body must use whatever calcium is available to maintain pH balance. Usually, the next best source of something alkaline is the calcium in your bones. It only makes sense, then, that a calcium supplement will help you preserve bone strength while also maintaining the pH level of your blood for other issues.

If you also regularly consume health drinks with high alkalinity levels, you will be giving all that acid forming food, the one, two punch.

  • What kinds of health drinks are alkaline?

This is easy to remember. Since most fruits and vegetables are good for pH balance, it stands to reason that health drinks made from whole foods are naturally alkaline. However, it is key that the health drinks you choose do not include added sugar, artificial sweeteners, or high fructose corn syrup, as those are acid forming. What is most important is that the health drinks contain whole food ingredients such as real lemons, peaches, cinnamon, and/or herbal teas, as these are alkaline forming foods.

You will not find advanced health drinks in a convenience store, the local supermarket, or even your typical health food store. The best place to find higher quality alkaline forming foods and drinks is on the Internet. Search for all natural health drinks that are not sold in stores.

When shopping for calcium, remember to choose a natural whole food calcium supplement. Look for alfalfa and dandelion root in the ingredients. Also, check that Vitamin D2 is present as that provides the necessary component to work with calcium for improved bone strength and density. Vitamin D2 is crucial to aid the body in absorbing calcium.

Food and Health

Food is necessary for life. When we have not had food for six or seven hours we feel very hungry and we have no strength or energy to do anything and we feel miserable. If we do not have food for a long time we can die of starvation. Our health and fitness of the body depends not only on the amount of food we eat, but also on the kind of food we eat. A big built person needs more food than a small built or anyone doing hard, active work will need more food than a clerk or someone doing a desk job. School girls and boys also need more food than their mother or older relatives because they are growing.

The body is like an engine that needs fuel to keep it going. The fuel needed is food, which is required for different purposes so that the body will be able to keep fit and strong. Food can therefore be divided into three classes according to their work.

The classes of food are:

1. Body building foods – for growth and to built new tissues and to repair worn out tissues.
2. Energy foods – to supply energy for work and play. Also to supply heat to keep warm.
3. Protective foods – to protect the body from sickness.

Foods are made up of food substances. There are seven food substances and each has its own function. Therefore, it is essential that when we plan a meal we include foods containing all the food substances required to keep us healthy.

Food Substances
1. Protein (Class: Body building energy)
Sources:
Animal – meat, fish, prawns, chicken, eggs, milk, salt fish, cockles.
Vegetable – peanuts, bean curd and other soy bean products, bean sprouts, read peas, french beans, all kinds of peas and beans.

2. Carbohydrates (Class: Energy)
Sources:
Starch – rice, bread, flour, noodles, potatoes, yams, tapioca, cakes, biscuits.
Sugar – Sugar, sweets, chocolates, syrups, ice cream, cakes, fruits, jams, jellies.

3. Fats (Class: Energy)
Sources:
Butter, margarine, coconut oil, peanut oil, ghee, lard, cream, milk.

4. Vitamins (Class: Protective)
Sources:
Egg, milk, margarine, limes, green vegetables, papaya, pineapple, carrots, tomatoes, yellow sweet potatoes, fresh fruit.

5. Minerals (Class: Body building protective)
Sources:
All vegetables and fruits.
Liver, fish, egg, milk.

6. Water (Class: Body building protective)
Sources:
All drinks and all foods which contain water.

7. Roughage (Class: Protective)
Sources:
Fruits and vegetables, maize and other cereals.

Worst Foods To Health

As people’s lives get busier, concerns about food and health get put in the back burner. People would rather have food that is fast to prepare, appealing and delicious, and don’t think about how these foods may affect their health. However, keeping your diet healthy is not all that difficult. Even if you can’t do without certain foods in your life, at least stay away from these top ten worst foods to eat as much as possible.

1. Processed Food – Although they’re extremely easy to prepare and convenient, these babies are loaded with preservatives, which can increase a person’s likelihood of having cancer. A diet of processed foods will give you loads of salt and fats, but none of the nutrients that your body really needs.

2. Frozen Dinners – When you go home at night, the last thing you’d want to do is to cook a meal. Most people settle for microwaving frozen dinners as it’s both cheaper and easier. These dinners are filled with artificial flavorings and preservatives so they can last longer in your fridge. They are also low in nutrients, and high in calories.

3. Potato Chips – People think that munching on these is good for their health because technically, potatoes are good for the body. However, these not only contain bad carbohydrates, they are also filled with a carcinogen called acryl amide.

4. Doughnuts – When it comes to food and health, majority of pastries raise a red alarm, but none are as deadly as the doughnut. Yes, doughnuts are extremely tasty and easy to munch on, but they are also loaded with sugar, especially the glazed variety. A large glazed doughnut on its own already contains 250-300 calories and 10-20 grams of fat.

5. Low Fat Labels – Beware of foods that say they’re low fat. Most manufacturers of calorie-loaded foods often market low-fat versions of their wares so that health conscious people will be more comfortable when buying them. However, these may destroy your diet even more since you’re more likely to eat more because you don’t feel the guilt associated with binging on fatty foods.

6. Carbonated Drinks – Soda is delicious and it quenches one’s thirst really well. However, do you know that each can of soda contain no less than 10 teaspoons of sweeteners like sugar? Since these drinks are carbonated, they also increase the likelihood of gastric pain, hyper acidity, ulcer, and even pancreatic cancer. Chugging several cans per day also puts you at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.

7. Margarine – Margarine brings a plethora of food and health issues simply because they are filled with Tran’s fats, which is the main culprit for bad cholesterol. A diet filled with margarine will not only pack on the pounds, it can also hurt your cardiovascular system and give you loads of health issues like hypertension and heart disease.

8. Sugar-Free Food – In the same way that low-fat labels can misguide you; sugar-free food is also extremely dangerous because you tend to eat more of these because you don’t worry about the sugar content. Also, since they don’t have any sugar, most companies use artificial and chemical preservatives to give flavor to these otherwise bland foods, making it dangerous to your health.

9. Liquid Meals – Manufacturers say that drinking these is equivalent to one full meal, so if you’re on a diet or don’t have time to eat, this will still give you the calories you need. However, there is no substitute for real food, and although these may contain calories, they don’t contain the proper nutrition your body needs daily.

10. Pork Crackles – Tasty and delectable, these pork crackles are absolutely dangerous to people who are conscious about their health. Deep fried and salted fatty pig skin is filled with bad fats, salt, and should be avoided at all cost.

Now, it’s not bad to have these once in a while, but if you’re really meticulous about food and health, there are a lot of alternatives out there to keep you from grabbing one of these the next time you go to your favorite supermarket or restaurant. Remember, health is a worthy investment, and it all starts with what you eat.