Men spill it, seal friendships with it, and, if they’re aging rock guitarists, have it purified at Swiss clinics. But blood also tells a detective story. Just as the amount, color, odor, and feel of the oil on a car’s dipstick offer clues about wear and tear on the engine, your blood can reveal critical details about the running condition of your entire body.
The best brain foods also make delicious, brain-healthy snacks. With these 15 snack ideas and recipes, you can boost your brain nutrition between meals. All around the world people are eating more snacks than ever before. Globally, 400 billion dollars are spent annually on snack foods. On average, we get 25% of our calories from snacks. And most of them are processed foods loaded with sugar, chemicals and unhealthy fats that are bad news for your brain. Processed snack foods aren’t really food at all. They are “food-like” concoctions developed by scientists aiming for the “bliss factor” — The perfect balance of fat, sugar, and salt that make these foods intentionally addictive. This gives new meaning to that old potato chip ad slogan “Bet you can’t eat just one,” doesn’t it?
Knowing the signs of a stroke is the first step in stroke prevention. A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” occurs when blood flow to an area in the brain is cut off. The brain cells, deprived of the oxygen and glucose needed to survive, die. If a stroke is not caught early, permanent brain damage or death can result.
All natural, with a host of health benefits, honey can truly be called a miracle food. It’s been used for centuries as a food, a medicine and for skin care. Honey’s super health powers are due to the multitude of nutrients it contains – carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and amino acids. In addition, honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains no fat, cholesterol or sodium.
Stomach bugs are common in kids. The stomach flu, medically known as viral gastroenteritis, is an infection of the intestines. Although most people catch the stomach flu by ingesting contaminated food or water, you also can pick up this infection by coming into contact with an infected person. Children commonly pick up the stomach flu because they have immature immune systems. Stomach flu symptoms typically include diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps and vomiting. You cannot effectively treat the stomach flu, so it is best to avoid getting it.
Everyone knows that eating vegetables has profound health benefits. But, like all foods, not all vegetables are created the same. Some are better than others in terms of nutritional content, and overall contribution to vibrant health. If you look more closely at their phytochemical [plant-based chemical] content, or the growing amount of research into their specific effects on the body and disease, a few vegetables appear to be downright “miracle” foods!