Health Benefits of Pumpkins

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Halloween is the time of year when we think about pumpkins.  But it’s always the time of year to think about eating right.  In that regard, pumpkins are frightfully good for us, not in a jack-o-lantern but in our diet.

Pumpkins are very beneficial for heart ailments and also help in reducing cholesterol.  […]

Les Miles LSU Eats His Greens. Shouldn’t You?

Les Miles, LSU head football coachWho’s eating their greens?

During the LSU football game against Alabama on Nov. 6, Les Miles, LSU Head Coach, was observed eating some of the Tiger Stadium grass.  Questioned about it after the game Miles said he does it every game.

No matter whether he eats grass to attain some sort of karmic “oneness” with the field or for the protein, it’s not too healthy to eat grass off a football field that’s probably maintained with all kinds of chemical fertilizers.  It might also be a good idea to wash the grass off before eating it because of possible windborne chemical contamination from nearby industrial plants along the Mississippi River.  How’s he going to flush those toxins out of his body?

Even though football stadium grass is probably not the ideal source, green plants, especially in their natural state, do provide many important nutrients.

Adding more greens to our diet is a smart thing to do and has many health benefits.  The American Dietetic Association in a paper titled “Eating Plants for Health: From Fiber to Phytochemicals” described the health benefits of eating a more plant-based diet, especially with a concurrent reduction in the consumption of animal products.  A plant-based diet has been linked to lower rates of many serious health problems.  Continue reading Les Miles LSU Eats His Greens. Shouldn’t You?

Antioxidants – Are You Rusting?

Rusted up tin manThe Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz rusted up due to oxidation.  We’re suffering much worse damage due to oxidative stress, and it’ll take more than an oil can to fix it!

Oxygen is essential for life, but it can create damaging by-products during normal cellular metabolism.  These by-products are called free radicals

Although the process of oxidation is necessary, it leaves behind free radicals, oxidized molecules that are missing electrons.  These molecules are unstable and agitated.  They remain unstable until they capture new electrons to replace the missing ones.  They roam throughout our bodies stealing electrons from our cells, even our most vital ones like  electron-rich DNA.

When free radicals pull electrons out of our DNA it can no longer function properly.  DNA stores our genetic information and controls the reproduction of all new cells, including the cells of our organs, heart, brain and other tissues which are critical to our health.  Continue reading Antioxidants – Are You Rusting?