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Mouth-Watering Watermelons

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Watermelons are perfect thirst-quenchers for a hot summer’s day. Containing 90% water, it is perfect as a diuretic and for dealing with heat-related illnesses. This juicy fruit is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as minerals like potassium. […]

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Cinnamon Cure

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Cinnamon is actually the bark of the cinnamon tree. The bark curls into quills when it is peeled off the tree. With methylhydroxy chalcone polymer as its main active ingredient, it is found that the essential oils found uniquely in […]

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Perfect Peaches

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Fresh peaches contain large amounts of potassium, carotenes, flavonoids, and natural sugars. A medium-sized peach weighing 100g provides 49 calories, 0.9g of protein, 0.3g of fat, 9.5g of carbohydrate, 1.5g of fiber, and 8.4g of natural sugars (sucrose, glucose and […]

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Life-giving Lettuce

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Lettuce comes in many varieties – there’s the iceberg, romaine, butterhead and more. Whatever the type of lettuce, they are a good raw food addition to any diet as they can help offset acid-forming foods like meat and dairy. All […]

Healthy Hemp

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Hemp is a commonly used term for high-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products. However, because the Cannabis plant is seen to be a source of psychoactive cannabinoid compounds, hemp is considered illegal to grow and produce in […]

Cucumbers Are More Than Just Cool

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Cucumbers are considered cooling, and hence are ideal especially on a hot summer day, or after you have eaten something heaty, like deep-fried foods. But cucumbers are good for more than just its coolness. Cucumbers are good for joint, muscle […]

Love For Lentils

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Lentils are one of the easiest legumes to prepare as they are small. And they are highly nutritious. Lentils are good sources of protein, folic acid as well as trace minerals. The fiber found in lentils is known to reduce […]

Mineral-rich Molasses

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Molasses is the syrupy dark liquid that is derived from processing raw sugar into its refined form. While fully refined sugars (eg. white sugar and corn syrup) are quite devoid of any nutrients except glucose, molasses is rich in minerals […]

Brilliant Button Mushrooms

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Button mushrooms include white mushrooms and cremini mushrooms (such as the portobello mushroom). As fungi, these button mushrooms are extremely rich in selenium (important in the treatment of some cancer), copper, potassium and zinc. These mushrooms also contain some protein […]

Cholesterol-friendly Cocoa Butter

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Extracted from the cacao bean, cocoa butter is extremely beneficial for a healthy cholesterol profile. Cocoa butter is not only a cholesterol-neutral saturated fat. Containing plant sterols known as sitosterol and stigmasterol, cocoa butter can actually help to reduce your […]

Burdock Root Benefits

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Burdock root is used by many cultures (eg. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indians, Hawaiians) both as a food and as a medicine. Burdock root contains phytochemicals, known as polyacetylenes, which have antibacterial and antifungal properties. The root also contains hyaluronic acid, […]

Fantastic Fennel

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Fennel is a very popular herb among healers of different cultures. It is rich in nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, folate, magnesium, manganese, iron, calcium and molybdenum. Eating fennel or drinking fennel tea can help if you have an upset […]

Brilliant Bananas

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

As one of the richest natural food sources of potassium, bananas can help protect you against heart diseases as well as stroke. Besides potassium, bananas are also great sources of vitamin B6 and C, riboflavin, magnesium, biotin, silicon, and phosphorus. […]

Amazing Amaranth Grains And Greens

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The Amaranth grain is a highly nutritious grain. The ancient Greeks believed that this seed bestowed the gift of immortality, and hence named it “amarantos”, which meant “unfading”. World health workers found that in areas of Africa and Latin America […]

Bitter Can Be Bad For Illnesses

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Bitter foods are sometimes good for health and battling illnesses. An example is the bitter melon. This melon has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes in India, South America, Japan, China and Philippines. Amazonian healers and Ayurvedic […]

Alluring Adzuki Beans

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Often used for making red bean paste, the dark-red colored adzuki beans are not just nutty and sweet in taste. They are also highly nutritious. These beans are rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. They also contain large quantities of […]

Weight Reducing Wakame

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Wakame is a brown sea vegetable that is rich in nutrients. This seaweed is rich in calcium, iron and natural sodium. It also contains a bit of vitamin C. More importantly, wakame contains fucoxanthin. This compound, a carotenoid, has been […]

Terrific Turnip

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Turnip, a member of the cruciferous family, has the wonderful health properties of cancer-preventing cruciferous vegetables. Sometimes eaten as a starchy vegetable, turnip root contains only a-third the calories of a baked potato, and so much more dietary fiber, which […]

Grapefruits Are Great For Inflammation

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Grapefruits are citrus fruits that can be very beneficial to you if you are suffering from inflammatory problems. Patients suffering from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammation-related problems have reported a decrease in symptoms after consuming grapefruits […]

Wondrous Wolfberry

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Small but one of the most nutrient-dense plant foods around, wolfberries originated from the ancient soils of inner Mongolia and Tibet. These bright-colored berries are extremely high in antioxidants (in fact, their antioxidant values are off the charts!) and considered […]

Reliable Rye

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

For those who are gluten intolerant, rye is a flavorful grain that can be relied on. High in fiber, rye actually helps keep your body sugar levels steady. The fiber also helps to clear away waste and harmful substances in […]

The Secrets Of Sage

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Sage is often added to food for flavoring. But sage does more than bring taste to your food. When added to sausage, it actually helps in your body’s digestion of meat. With antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, the herb can be […]

Awesome Oregano

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Oregano is not only strong on the taste, it is also strong against microbes. Besides being great on pasta, oregano’s antibacterial properties can help you fight an infection or beat a cold. This herb’s anti-yeast benefits apply to yeast in […]

Ghee Is Great

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Ghee is a type of clarified butter produced by simmering butter and removing the residue. With casein and lactose removed in the process, this food is considered by the Ayurvedics as one of the best types of fat you can […]

Beneficial Basil

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

A member of the mint family, basil is a culinary herb that brings multiple benefits. With antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it is particularly good for eliminating harmful bacteria on food. Hence, some people add basil leaves to their salads for […]

Syrup That Is Healthy

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Harvested by driving tomahawks into maple trees to extract a rich fluid which is then concentrated, maple syrup is one syrup you can count on for health benefits. There are however different grades of maple syrup. The lower the grade, […]

Millet : A Marvellous Replacement For Rice Or Potatoes

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Consumed by the Chinese in ancient China as an alternative to rice, millet is an unrefined grain that is rich in nutrients and brings many health benefits. It is rich in thiamine, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese. It […]

Marvelous Miso

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

If you have poor digestive health, miso is a fermented food taste made from soybeans, rice and mold that could be beneficial to you. One of the foods made from soybean that is widely considered healthy (not all soybean foods […]

An Artichoke Affair

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The global artichoke is an unusual food. A member of the thistle family that is cultivated as food, it is one of the world’s oldest cultivated vegetables. Artichokes are used in many parts of the world both as food and […]

Head Over Heels For Olives

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Olives are often used for flavoring or garnishing food, while olive oil is often used to cook other foods. However olive is eaten, it has high nutritious value. These black or green nut-shaped fruits have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can […]

Honeydew Melon For The Holidays

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Honeydews make great snacks this holiday season. Not only are they rich in nutrients, they can also help your body with some cleaning up after the holiday feasting. Honeydews are rich in B and C vitamins, as well as copper. […]

Cashews For Christmas

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Cashew nuts make a great snack gift this Christmas. They are not only tasty as a snack, they are also nutritious. And they can make you feel really good! This is because cashew nuts are high in the amino acid […]

Precious Jems In Pumpkin Seeds

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Pumpkin seeds may be small, but they are highly packed with nutrients. They are especially good for guys, and here’s why. Pumpkin seeds are extremely rich in zinc, magnesium, manganese, protein, omega 3, iron, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins E and B […]

What Purple Eggplants Can Do For You

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The eggplant (sometimes known as brinjal) is an unusual fruit vegetable because of its vibrant purplish color. But it is this color that gives the vegetable its unique health property. The skin of purple eggplant contains a powerful antioxidant called […]

Coconuts From The “Tree Of Life”

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Known in the Philippines as the “tree of life”, the coconut palm is an amazing source of food and medicine – virtually all parts of the tree can be used in one way or another for nutrition or healing. The […]

Magnificent Mango

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Considered by Ayurveda to be the “king of fruits”, mangoes are tasty, juicy fruits that are highly nutritious. This fragrant and sweet fruit is rich in carotenes, vitamin C, copper and vitamin A. It is also a good source of […]

Miraculous Maca Root – A Wonderful Solution For Your Glands

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Shaped like a turnip but the size of a beet, the maca root was considered by ancient people to be a magical food. Used by the ancient shamans of Peru, the root is known to enhance the stamina of warriors […]

Chayote Craze

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The chayote is widely eaten in many parts of the world. Native to Mexico, but is now found in many countries including India, Philippines, Indonesia and Hawaii thanks to early explorers, the chayote plant offers a variety of culinary and […]

A Taste For Tamarind

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The brown fruit pod of the tamarind has been used in traditional cooking in many parts of the world. It gives food a sour, acidic flavor, like what you might experience with a Tom Yum soup or a Thai-styled pad […]

In Awe of the All-purpose Aloe Vera

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Aloe vera has been used for centuries for such a wide variety of medicinal purposes that it is sometimes known as a miracle plant. When used externally, aloe vera can help your wounds heal faster as well as alleviate your […]

Kale: Green Food Power

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Kale is a green food that has much nutritious value to offer. A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, kale is rich in phytochemicals like indoles, glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, as well as antioxidants like carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which can […]

Don’t Despise Durian Just For Its Smell

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Some people find durian a put-off because of its smell. But many of those who have actually tried this thorny Asian fruit often cannot put it down. Tasting like rich delicious custard, durians are actually rather nutritious. The fruit is […]

Consume Pears To Keep From Constipation, Clogging Cholesterol And Cancer

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

As sweet and juicy fruits, pears can offer you a whole lot of goodness. Rich in soluble fiber, a single pear can provide you with a quarter of the dietary fiber you need each day. In turn, high fiber intake […]

Amazing Asparagus For All

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Asparagus is a health-promoting food for many groups of people. Rich in proteins, potassium, vitamins A, B6, C and K, as well as folate, riboflavin and thiamine, here’s the health benefits this non-leafy green brings. The high folate levels in […]

Tomatoes: Too Good To Miss

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Tomatoes are so commonly found that many may not think much about them. But they are actually very nutritious. In fact, tomatoes are sometimes considered a super-food. Here are the reasons why. Tomatoes are high in phytonutrient lycopene, which has […]

Terrific Tempeh

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Tempeh is a hearty-tasting staple food used in Indonesia for over 2000 years. Made by fermenting soy beans, this food is high in nutritional value. Tempeh is rich in proteins, and hence makes a tasty meat replacement for vegans or […]

Pomegranates Are Powerful

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Pomegranates and their juices are rich in antioxidants that can protect you against many diseases, including atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases, as well as cancer. If you suffer from arthritis, pomegranates and their juices can help you find relief from […]

Natural Sweetness With Zero Calories And Zero Glycemic Load

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Do you know that there is a natural sweetener that gives you zero calories? It can even help keep your blood sugar level steady. And unlike other artificial sweeteners like aspartame, it does not harm your body but in fact […]

Figs Are Fine

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Figs have long been used in the Mediterranean for their healing and nutritional benefits. Figs are rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper and manganese. Great as a healthy energy-giving snack, figs can help those with constipation (just […]

More Than Just Sweetness In Dates

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Dates are more than just a natural, unprocessed alternative to sugar. Dates are highly nutritious and can be very much beneficial for your health. Unlike many sweet foods which are acidic to the body after consumption, dates actually leave an […]

Greatness In Guava

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

If you are looking for a fruit that would give you high-impact goodness in many ways, then you need to try the guava. The guava is rich in vitamin C (5 times as much as an orange) and high in […]

Little Known Goodness In This Fuzzy Fruit

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The fuzzy fruit kiwi is a rich source of vitamin E and A, folic acid, minerals (like magnesium, copper, phosphorus), pectin fiber and potassium (20% more than bananas). Highly packed with vitamin C, eating this fruit daily can give your […]

The Goodness In Plums

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

With over two thousand varieties of plums available, these fruits are packed with vitamin C and fiber. This makes plums a natural cure for constipation. Plums are also a good source of vitamin B1, B2 and B6. Plums are also […]

Why An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The saying is no cliche. Apples can indeed do a great deal for your health if you include them in your regular diet. The skin of this fruit contains antioxidant quercetin which has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. This means that […]

A Sweet Snack For Diabetics

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Many diabetics can’t resist sweet snacks, even though they know that the sugars in these foods can bring them serious problems and complications. Well, here is a naturally sweet food that will not only satisfy the taste bud of diabetics, […]

More Foods For A Cholesterol Profile That Would Impress Your Doctor

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Besides reducing your intake of sugars and simple carbohydrates, as well as replacing your unhealthy snacks with “good cholesterol” promoting nuts, here are more foods you can eat for a cholesterol profile that will amaze your doctor. * Garlic. Just […]

Nuts About Cholesterol

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Contrary to conventional knowledge that nuts are unhealthy because they are rich in fats, nuts can actually be good for helping you achieve a better cholesterol (and cardiovascular) profile. Nuts have been found to contain significant levels of plant sterols, […]

Don’t Cut the Fats If You Have High Cholesterol

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Contrary to conventional wisdom, cutting your intake of fatty foods may not actually help you lower your cholesterol levels. In fact, there are those who have actually lowered their blood cholesterol levels while still on a high cholesterol diet. This […]

6 Things To Do If You Suffer From Asthma

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Here are 6 natural remedies you can try if you (or your loved one) have asthma. Keep a diary of your symptoms Keep a daily record of your asthma symptoms and condition on a daily basis, to help you better […]

This Oil Could Help You With Your Menopausal Symptoms

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

As my mum approached her 50s, she started experiencing some uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, such as anxiety and hot flashes. In fact, many women around her age also come to suffer from similar or other menopausal symptoms, which could include […]

What To Eat If You Have Anemia

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

If you have anemia, especially anemia brought about by iron-deficiency, below are some foods that will benefit you. (Check out the later sections if you are a vegetarian). Meat Meats like beef, pork, mutton, fish and poultry are some of […]

Foods That Help You Fight Acne

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Here are some foods to top up on if you are suffering from acne problems. Pumpkin seeds, ginger root, pecans, brazil nuts, oysters, shellfish, fish, and other foods rich in zinc. Zinc is crucial for the healing of your skin […]

Millet: A Healthy Alternative To White Rice And Potatoes

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

This morning, my family tried something new for breakfast, as an alternative to our regular Ezekiel bread and buckwheat porridge. Today, we had millet porridge. Our millet breakfast was simple to prepare. We boiled 1 portion of the grains with […]

6 Good Reasons To Eat Forbidden Fruit Avocado

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

What does a fruit like the avocado, which is high in calories and fats, have to offer? Isn’t it a forbidden food to avoid if one wishes to maintain a healthy diet? The avocado is often misunderstood to be unhealthy […]

7 foods to help you lower your cholesterol levels naturally

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Do you have an unhealthy cholesterol level and are wondering what you could do about it without resorting to drugs? Here’s a very simple solution – eat more foods that help to lower cholesterol in your body. Below are 7 […]

Should you be taking TCM herb Eucommia? 6 instances when the answer is “Yes”.

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Considered a power-herb just second to Ginseng, Eucommia is a Chinese herb that has a wide variety of health and medical properties, and has been used by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners for thousand of years. It is only recently […]

6 Important Reasons For Eating Black Sesame Seeds

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The black sesame seed may be small, but it is a powerful food which the Chinese have learnt to use for many health-promoting and anti-aging benefits. Learn about their health secrets, and find out ways to incorporate this little treasure […]

4 powerful sources of probiotics you may be unaware of

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Have you heard that probiotics can help you improve your digestion as well as immunity? If you have not, well, these friendly bacteria are crucial for keeping the harmful bacteria in your gut in check. By maintaining a healthy flora […]

A delicious and blood-nourishing Chinese soup

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

For today’s dinner, my family had an extremely tasty yet nourishing Chinese soup – the black bean soup. We love it. And the wonderful thing is that the soup is extremely simple to prepare. Here’s what you need to make […]

Our quinoa and buckwheat breakfast

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

My husband’s struggle with systemic candidasis issues has been driving him to look for healthy everyday foods to nourish his body without feeding the yeast in his gut. His search has led us to two wholesome “grains” – buckwheat and […]

How to age gracefully with good nutrition

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

As recent as the early 1900s, the average person did not live past 50 years old. Today, in many developed countries, life expectancies have risen substantially. On the average, people can expect to live to their mid- or late- seventies. […]

So what do you do if you are deficient in zinc?

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Did you read my previous post on some of the possible symptoms of zinc deficiency, and how I could be deficient in this essential mineral myself? Well, I promised to share what I found to be some useful food sources […]

5 powerful foods to protect you against sunburn this summer holiday

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

As you have fun out in the sun this summer holiday, the last thing you would want in your way is pain from being sunburnt. How dampening it would be if you have to stay indoors (while all others are […]

6 powerful superfoods to prevent illnesses, including cancer

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Why are superfoods so special? Not only are they complete and densely packed with nutrients, their nutrients are also easily absorbed and used by the body. This makes them great for preventing illnesses (yes, including cancer!), maintaining good health, and […]

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In the hot summer days, zucchini (with over 75% water content) hydrates your body and can help you deal with the heat. Rich in fiber and is a good addition to your raw salad, zucchini contains plenty of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium ...

posted 12:18:40pm Apr. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Mouth-Watering Watermelons
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Watercress: A Wonderful Vegetable
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posted 1:22:02pm Apr. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Cinnamon Cure
Cinnamon is actually the bark of the cinnamon tree. The bark curls into quills when it is peeled off the tree. With methylhydroxy chalcone polymer as its main active ingredient, it is found that the essential oils found uniquely in cinnamon ...

posted 2:22:34pm Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Perfect Peaches
Fresh peaches contain large amounts of potassium, carotenes, flavonoids, and natural sugars. A medium-sized peach weighing 100g provides 49 calories, 0.9g of protein, 0.3g of fat, 9.5g of carbohydrate, 1.5g of fiber, and 8.4g of natural ...

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