I always find it so interesting when I learn about how common foods in your house help with more than just hunger, and our guest chick today has some great information on a few of them. Lynda Bailey is one of my Golden Heart sisters and just released her book, Battle Born Love. AND she’s giving away a copy to one lucky commenter, yay!
So what’s cooking, Lynda?
Thanks, Abigail, for letting me guest blog today to promote my indie release, Battle Born Love. Leave a comment and you might win a free PDF copy!
Since this is *Chicklets in the Kitchen,* I thought I’d do a little somethin’ different—like turning food into remedies for everyday aliments. Research has shown that some foods are as effective, if not more, than prescription or over-the-counter meds. And guess what? They’re safer too!
Number one: use honey to sleep better. Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that honey can increase serotonin levels. Serotonin is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. Serotonin also sends a signal to curtail orexin release. Orexin promotes alertness during the day and can interfere with your zzz’s at night. Take about one-half to one full teaspoon of honey 45 minutes before bed. You can add it to chamomile tea or to a quarter cup of plain yogurt. (More sweet news: Dabbing honey on small burns is more helpful than standard dressings. Cover with gauze and change the bandage every day. Any type of honey will work.)
Number two: spinach improves moods. Research had shown that up to 38% of people with depression don’t have enough of the B vitamin folate in their systems. Folate is believed to boost levels of serotonin, the same soothing, feel-good brain chemical mentioned above. It’s recommended that your daily dose of folate be 400 micrograms. That’s the same as in a cup of raw spinach or any other dark green, leafy veggie like kale, Swiss chard or mustard green. You can also get a generous helping of folate from fortified juice and pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Number three: eating celery can lower your blood pressure. Celery contains apigenin, a compound that dilates blood vessels which helps in the treatment of hypertension. Celery also has 3-n-butyphthaide which not only relaxes the arteries, but can lower adrenaline levels as well as other related hormones which can skyrocket your BP. Eating four or five stalks a day can take a person who’s mildly hypertensive back into the safe zone.
Number four: rosemary can reduce cancer risk in grilled meats. If you or someone you love is a carnivore, summertime grilling is probably an essential. But cooking meats at high temperatures can produce heterocyclic amines (HCAs), carcinogens that increase the risk of colon and breast cancers. Using rosemary in marinades or seasoning can generate two natural antioxidants, carnosol and rosemarinic acid. These help to destroy HCAs. In fact, studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discovered that when animals were given rosemary extract after being exposed to a carcinogen, they had less DNS damage and fewer tumors. Just add rosemary, whether fresh or dried, to your marinades and stews. I personally love it sprinkled on roasted potatoes.
Number five: eat nuts, for your heart’s sake. The omega-3 fatty acids in nuts reduce arterial inflammation and thus the risk of clots. Nuts also have oleic acid, which improves cholesterol. Eat a small handful each day. Any nut will do, including peanuts, which aren’t actually nuts at all. They can be roasted or raw, but hold the salt.
Number six: magnesium for migraines. Folks who have chronic migraines usually have lower levels of magnesium. A German study gave one group of migraine suffers magnesium supplements for 12 weeks and another group a placebo. The group getting the supplement saw almost a 45% drop in migraines while there was just about a 15% reduction in the control group. Try to get 400 mg/day. You can eat one ounce of almonds (80mg), a half a cup of cooked spinach (78mg), cooked oatmeal (58mg). But if you’ve got kidney disease or kidney stones, check with your health care professional before loading up on magnesium.
If you have any questions or comments, shout ‘em out. And remember to leave your email addy in your response for a chance to win Battle Born Love. Thanks a bunch, Abigail, for letting me hang with y’all today!
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So interesting, Lynda! You should meet our Herb Girl. 🙂 And I guess I have to actually eat the celery I buy. *laugh* Does anyone else have any home remedies?