Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Foods That Relieve Bloating

While eating the right foods should leave you feeling great after a meal, many foods can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. If you frequently feel bloated after eating, take a look at this list of foods that relieve bloating. It should be able to help you to make the right food choices for you.


Sweet and juicy pineapple contains a digestive enzyme that will help your body to do away with stomach bloat. It can also help to settle your stomach or relieve heartburn. Because pineapple is so sweet, it can even be used to fight off cravings for less healthy food choices.


Because blueberries are such a good source of fiber, they can help your body to move things through your intestines more easily, which will get rid of bloat. Blueberries are light and low and calories, and the antioxidant protection they provide will leave you feeling healthier.

Black Pepper

Adding a little bit of freshly ground black pepper to your meal is the perfect way to fight off bloating. In addition to adding flavor to your food, black pepper is another food that will naturally aid your body in digestion.


Extremely low calorie celery is a great way to help flush out your system. Since celery is so light, it's easy to eat after finishing a meal, and it is an excellent food choice if you're hoping to get rid of water weight.


Papaya contains something called papain, which helps your body to digest proteins. It'll also help you to break down food quickly, helping you to get rid of your bloat in no time flat.


Healthy asparagus is a great way to keep your colon functioning perfectly, and your stomach feeling bloat free. Asparagus contains substances that work to fight off any bacteria in your intestines so that you can digest the food that you eat perfectly.


Drinking tea is a time tested method of settling your stomach and relieving bloat. Both ginger tea and peppermint tea are especially effective, but many kinds of tea will do the trick. Be sure not to add too much milk to your tea, as dairy products can cause bloating.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Foods that Contain Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant. They can fight off free radicals in your body, and can also improve the appearance of your hair and skin. Here are a few foods that contain Vitamin E.

Collard Greens
Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin E. They've been linked to providing great antioxidant protection as well as making the transition through menopause easier. Collard Greens are full of other great nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and calcium.

Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse, so of course they contain plenty of vitamin E. The antioxidants in blueberries also can help to fight off things like cataracts, glaucoma, and varicose veins.

Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are an incredible source of vitamin E. Thanks to this, they offer both anti-Inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits. If you want to be able to get a little vitamin E from a snack, sunflower seeds are the way to go.


If you'd prefer to get your daily dose of vitamin E from a snack that's a little nuttier, almonds are the way to go. Almonds are a great source of many other nutrients as well, including magnesium, copper, and riboflavin.


Many leafy greens are s terrific source of vitamin E, and spinach is no exception. Regularly eating spinach can make you healthier in many ways. In addition to vitamin E, spinach also contains vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, and many other nutrients.


Whether you enjoy olives on your salad or prefer to snack on them plain, they're a great way to get vitamin E. And in spite of their small size, they contain many other nutrients as well, such as iron, copper, and fiber.


Sweet papaya is one of few fruits that provides your body with vitamin E. They can give a great boost to your immune system and provide your body with anti-inflammatory effects. It's also a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C.

Swiss Chard

The last food on this list is yet another leafy green. Swiss chard is another amazing way to add more vitamin E to your diet. It'll even provide you with vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and more. It's a great food for anyone looking to start a healthier diet.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Foods That Can Cause Constipation

I've talked a little bit about the many foods that can relieve constipation here, but I haven't said much about the foods you should try an avoid if you chronically suffer from constipation. Here is a list of foods that can cause constipation.


All dairy products can cause constipation, but cheese is probably the biggest offender. Try to replace the cheese in your sandwiches or other recipes with flavorful vegetables to cut down on your intake of cheese.


Pork is difficult for your body to digest, as because of that, it can be a major cause of constipation. Lean meats or fish like salmon are a great replacement for pork if you're hoping to cure chronic constipation.

Processed Foods

Processed foods might be an obvious culprit when it comes to constipation, but it's worth mentioning all the same. If you frequently consume processed foods because you don't have time to cook, try freezing healthy meals and reheating them for meals later instead.


Though Eggs are a wonderful thing to eat in small doses, eating too much of this good thing can unfortunately cause constipation. If cutting eggs from your diet is too difficult, try to eat egg whites only whenever possible.

Wheat Products

Having wheat products in your diet is a great thing, but if you suffer from constipation, you should take a look at which wheat products you consume. Things like pastries in particular can be major causes of problems.


Though corn contains many good nutrients, it also contains a lot of starch. Eating too much corn can definitely contribute to constipation. Another vegetable that is a good source of fiber in eggplant, which also happens to be rich in fiber.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

More Foods to Fight Off a Cold

Several readers have requested another blog post about foods to fight off a cold, and I'm happy to oblige! Here are a few more foods to eat if you think you may be coming down with a cold.

When trying to fight off infections, it's very important to get plenty of protein. Edamame is a terrific source of it. It boasts an amazing 22 grams of protein per serving. It's great to add to salads or to eat as a snack.

Vitamin C is another nutrient famous for its cold fighting abilities, but kiwis aren't quite as famous for the incredible amount of vitamin C they contain. Just one kiwi can give you 100mg of it, plenty to help your body fight off infections.

Just because kiwis contain more vitamin C then oranges doesn't mean you should neglect to eat oranges if you feel as though you're getting a cold. Oranges contain flavanoids that have been shown to increase immune system activity. Another great source of these flavanoids are grapefruit.

Dark, leafy green kale contains a substance called Glutathione. Glutathione is a very powerful antioxidant which can easily help your body to fight off cold causing effections. Brocolli is another good source of this nutrient.

Asparagus is a very good source of vitamin b12, which works very well in preventing infections. Asparagus contains many other nutrients as well, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, phosphorus, potassium and protein.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Foods That Contain Zinc

swiss chard

There are many great benefits to zinc. It helps your body to maintain a healthy immune system, helps you recover from illnesses more quickly, and even helps keep your senses sharp. If you'd like to add more zinc to your diet, check out this llist of foods that contain zinc.


Tahini, a paste made from seasame seeds, is an extremely good source of zinc. A great way to get tahini in your diet is to eat some hummus. Hummus is primarily made from mashed chickpeas, which are another good source of zinc.

Swiss Chard

Nutrient rich Swiss chard is a great way to get all sorts of vitamins- and zinc is one of them. It also contains vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin E and fiber, as well as many other nutrients. Swiss chard is a true superfood.


Tasty peanuts are a great way to add a little more zinc to your diet. One 100 gram serving of dry roasted peanuts will give you 22% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of it. If you prefer to consume your peanuts through peanut butter, that's fine too.

Sweet and scrumptious strawberries are a great way to get a little bit of zinc through fruit. Strawberries also are chock full of nutrients like potassium, folate, vitamin B2, vitamin C and manganese.

Walnuts are yet another nut that provides a good amount of zinc. Of course, that's not the only nutrient that walnuts contain. They're also a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants like ellagic acid.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is an incredible source of zinc. Toasted wheat germ provides 17mg of zinc per 100g serving, while untoasted wheat germ provides 12mg for the same servimg size. No matter what way you eat it, it's a great way to get more zinc.

Pumpkin Seeds

Many seeds are a good source of zinc, and pumpkin seeds are no exception. They offer plenty of benefits thanks to the iron and copper that they contain. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of protein and vitamin K.

There's a reason that peaches have been the subject of song! Peaches are a good source of zinc, and of many other vitamins and minerals too. The nutrients in peaches include potassium, calcium, and iron.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Food Cures for Acne

Although acne is most commonly associated with teenagers, people of all ages can suffer from it. Unhealthy foods are often blamed foe bad skin, but eating right can help to clear up your skin as well. Here are a few food cures for acne,


Blueberries can help give you a healthier looking complexion thanks to all the anti-oxidants they contain, but that's not all they can do. Blueberries also contain anti-inflammatory enzymes, which will help to calm your skin and clear up your acne naturally.


Creamy avocado is loaded with vitamin B3. Also know as niacin, this is one of rhe most important nutrients to consume if you're after healthy looking skin. Avocado will also help to nourish your skin with all of the essential oils that it contains.


The Omega-3 fatty acids that walnuts are full are a great way to get healthier skin that's less prone to breakouts. They have many other benefits to offer as well, like all of the antioxidants that they contain, as well as improving the health of your heart.


Spinach is commonly associated with making you healthy and strong, but it can also give you great looking skin. Spinach packs a powerful dose of vitamin A, which has been linked to diminishing acne problems. It's a nutritious way to get clearer skin fast.


Foods with a low glycemic load such as broccoli have been linked to clearing up acne. Broccoli also contains many other skin friendly nutrients, such as vitamin A, and can even work as a natural anti-inflammatory. It's the perfect food for anyone who wants clearer skin.

Brown Rice

If you tend to suffer from breakouts while you're menstruating, you may want to add more brown rice to your diet. It's rich in vitamin B6, which can significantly reduce your chances of experiencing period related acne flare-ups. Be sure to choose brown rice rather than white rice.


The second nut on this list has an all new nutrient to offer: vitamin E. Vitamin E is a great way to clear up your complextion, and a small serving of almonds can give you as much as 150% of your daily dose of it.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is a terrific natural source of biotin, which is an active ingredient in many pricey skin care products. Biotin is one of many B vitamins that works to give you healthier looking skin. Not having enough biotin in your diet can lead to irritated skin and even breakouts.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

What to Eat When You Have an Ulcer

Choosing the right foods to eat becomes even more important when you're suffering from a stomach ulcer. Eating the wrong foods can aggravate your stomach and cause you to have even more pain. While many foods will have to be avoided, there are also many healthy foods that can help you to heal more quickly. Here is what to eat when you have an ulcer.


Easy to digest foods that are rich in antioxidants are a perfect choice for anyone suffering from an ulcer. Blueberries aren't very filling, but make a great nutritious snack. In addition to antioxidants, they'll provide your body with fiber and manganese.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are rich in fiber, which makes them an excellent thing to eat when you're suffering from a stomach ulcer. Be sure to choose a seedless bread, as seeded bread can irritate your stomach further.


Dark leafy greens like kale will provide your body with plenty of B vitamins, which are very important to eat when you have a stomach ulcer. Kale is also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese.


A filling food like salmon that is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids is an ideal food choice when you have an ulcer. Be sure to cook the salmon with a healthy oil such as olive oil rather than something that could irritate your stomach.


Not only does avocado contain an incredible amount of fiber, but it is also very soft, which makes it much easier for a sensitive stomach to digest. A great way to get some avocado in your meals is to eat it on a sandwich with some whole grain bread. It also tastes great with salmon.

Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juice will be very easy on your stomach when you have an ulcer. Choosing vegetable rich in antioxidants like carrots or veggies high in fiber such as edamame, eggplant, cabbage or beets will also help your body to recover much more quickly.


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