Food – Just Fuel or More Important?

Food experts and parents up and down the country have been warning us since the beginning of time that “we are what we eat”. What they mean by this of course is that whatever we put into our mouths has a direct influence on our health, fitness, beauty and even mood. Because of this, we are forever being ordered to eat certain things, drink certain things and avoid lots of things. It sometimes all gets a little much to take in however, so here are 3 of substances that have the biggest impact on our bodies.

Salt. It is only reasonably recently that we have been made aware of the harm that salt can do to us. The Food Standards Agency in the UK state that people should have no more than 6g of salt and day and most people exceed this. If you are very active then you will need more salt in your diet as it is lost via sweating and important to muscle function but most people should cut down as high in salt intake is closely linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Rather than put it in your body, salt is good at conditioning skin and is in fact an ingredient in lots of skin care products

Fats. We need different types of fat in our diets in order to maintain healthy cells and for all the various functions of the body. They are generally unsaturated fats that we need and not the type that most people get far too much of, which are saturated fats (AKA trans fats). Put simply, eating too many saturated fats will not only make you fat but could also cause heart disease, organ failure and diabetes to name a few. It won’t matter how many times you have a body polish, inside and out will not be great if you don’t watch your fats

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Why Should You Eat Alfalfa?

Alfalfa is a very popular herb but not a lot of people know anything about what healthy benefits you can can get from it and research has proven that those who take Alfalfa may be able to lower any glucose or cholesterol in the blood. You need to be aware that although Alfalfa is normally a very safe herb to eat you might be one of the unlucky percentage that end up with lupus like symptoms. In the seeds and sprouts of Alfalfa, amino acid L-canavanine is present and that is what is thought to cause this response. Luckily the leaves don’t contain this substance.  Overall Alfalfa is good for your health.

If you suffer from swelling and fluid retention you might want to take Alfalfa as this is what the Chinese have been doing since the 6th century. The Arabs were the first to find Alfalfa and they named it “the father of all foods.” There are many nutrients to be had in the leaves, including carotene, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

Not only does it work as a diuretic it’s also good as a laxative. It also works well for urinary tract infections, and kidney, bladder and prostrate disorders. A number of studies have been carried out and one of the latest findings is that it can help with cholesterol because there are certain agents in Alfalfa that stick to cholesterol which keeps it from remaining in the blood stream.

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