Author Archives: Ola Thomas

Guavas Good For Health

guava-nutrition-factsIf pineapple is known as the “king” of fruits, guava is considered the queen. Thought to be native to southern Central America and Mexico where it’s been a major crop for centuries, guavas are members of the myrtle and eucalyptus family, growing throughout the tropics on small trees with smooth, copper-colored bark.

Another type, Psidium cattleianum, grown in flower and foliage gardens, is not for eating. Soft, sweet, and fragrant when ripe, guavas are small and round or oval, with varying…

 

30 Jun 2018

The Hallelujah Diet

the_hallelujah_dietThe Hallelujah Diet is an eating and lifestyle plan based on the following passage from the Bible:

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb and bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” — Genesis 1:29…

 

19 Apr 2018

Daily Walking Benefits Those with Lung Disease and Cuts Stroke Risk. Here’s How to Optimize Your Benefits from Walking

hqdefaultPosture and proper body mechanics is equally important when you’re moving about. Simply walking has been found to have significant health benefits, including the reduction of severe attacks associated with lung disease, and a reduced risk of stroke—both of which I’ll discuss in a moment.

Walking correctly can only add to such benefits. In the video above, Esther Gokhale teaches several components of her Gokhale Method…

 

30 Mar 2018

Grapefruit Good For Health

grape-fruit-nutrition-factsIf you’re looking for a juicy burst of flavor that’s as refreshing as anything you’ll ever eat, grapefruits certainly deliver. Large in comparison to other citrus fruits, grapefruits could be described as mouth-wateringly tart with a hint of sweetness – somewhere between a lemon and an orange.

Grapefruits are tasty all by themselves or added to any type of fruit or green salad. They’re also a unique and delicious addition to salsa…

 

03 Feb 2018

Benefits Of Jujubes

jujubes-nutrition-factsJujubes are a very interesting fruit with an even more interesting history. From the Rhamnaceae or Buckthorn botanical family, they’ve been cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years. There are at least 400 jujube varieties, successfully developed for their distinctive characteristics – principally varieties best for eating fresh and others for drying to attain a chewy, date-like consistency.

While jujube trees are extremely hardy and can flourish in even extreme temperatures with as little as eight inches of rainfall a year, they prefer sunny over shady areas…

 

12 Jan 2018

Benefits Of Kale Good

kale-nutrition-factsThriving even in frost, kale is an easy-to-grow green that keeps on giving: cut the smaller, paler green leaves to anchor or mix into fresh garden salad; use the larger, dark greens for stir-fries, pizza topping, or soup, while the plant keeps right on growing.

One variety is known as dinosaur kale in Tuscan regions for its glossy, crinkly, green-to-violet-colored leaves. Kale has a relatively short life…

 

18 Nov 2017

Mediterranean Diet Alone May Lower Diabetes Risk

blood-sugar-testAdults at risk for heart disease who eat a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil can lower their chances of developing diabetes, even without restricting calories or boosting exercise, new research suggests.

In the study, Spanish researchers followed more than 3,500 older adults at high risk of heart disease. The researchers assigned them to one of three groups: a Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive oil…

 

09 Nov 2017

Slow Eating Might Help Curb Calories

ideal_diabetes_diet_articlepeople look for fresh strategies to cut back on calories and shed pounds, a new study suggests that simply eating more slowly can significantly reduce how much people eat in a single sitting.

The study involved a small group of both normal-weight and obese or overweight participants. All were given an opportunity to eat a meal under relaxed, slow-speed conditions, and…

 

28 Oct 2017

Benefits of Watercress

watercress-nutrition-factsAn aquatic plant found near springs and slow-moving streams, watercress is an often-overlooked, leafy green food source that is a close cousin to mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula. An attractive, succulent plant, watercress bears small, round, slightly scalloped leaves, which, in summer, produce tiny white flowers that become small pods with two rows of edible seeds. Watercress has been cultivated in Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas for millennia for use as both food and a medicine…

 

29 Sep 2017

Walking More May Be Key for a Longer, Healthier Life

heart-check-upThe more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life will tend to be—that’s the new consensus among researchers. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) now lists inactivity as the fourth biggest killer of adults worldwide, responsible for nine percent of premature deaths.

In fact, the medical literature now contains over 10,000 studies showing that frequent, prolonged sitting—at work, commuting, and watching TV at night—significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function…

 

31 Aug 2017