April 9, 2013 in Sa-Roc
Ok, so I have an addiction. I can’t resist the sweet, nutty, refreshing taste of coconut water. I have to drink it every single day. I think it means the universe is telling me that I need to be in the Caribbean. But not only does it taste delicious, it’s actually really good for me! I always knew it was rich in electrolytes, but I found out there’s so many more benefits. Check it out.
Not only is coconut water a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst, the juice is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels in the body.
Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects.
Coconut water has been generally offered to patients with diarrhea in many tropic regions to replace fluid loss from the gastrointestinal tract and reduce the need for intravenous therapy. The osmolarity of tender coconut water is slightly greater than that of WHO recommended ORS (Oral Rehydration Therapy) osmolarity. Presence of other biological constituents like amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and fatty acids may account for this higher osmolarity. However, unlike WHO-ORS, its water is very low in sodium and chlorides, but rich in sugars and amino acids. This well-balanced fluid composition with much needed calories would be an ideal drink than any other brand of soft drink beverages in dehydration conditions.
Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA polymerases etc. Altogether, these enzymes aid in digestion and metabolism.
Despite very light consistency, its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of fruits like oranges. (Compare mineral composition of oranges).
Its water is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.
Coconut water contains a very good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolytes deficiency in the body due to diarrhea (loose stools).
In addition, fresh coconut water has small amount of vitamin-C (ascorbic acid); provides about 2.4 mcg or 4% of RDA. Vitamin C is a water-soluble anti-oxidant.
So, don’t wait. Grab a straw and drink up!
The health benefits of spinach are numerous and its ability to help prevent disease is well known. Spinach is at the top of many super food lists.Spinach and other dark leafy greens like kale, collards, Swiss chard, turnip greens and bok choy are loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron. Spinach is also rich in vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids. Add its lutein and bioflavanoids and spinach is a nutritional powerhouse.
The A and C vitamins in spinach plus the fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients help control cancer, especially colon, lung and breast cancers. Folate also lowers the blood levels of something called homocysteine, a protein that damages arteries. So spinach also helps protect against heart disease.
The flavonoids in spinach help protect against age related memory loss.
Spinach’s secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly. Foods rich in lutein are also thought to help prevent cancer.
Let’s not forget about the chlorophyll, all you chlorophyllians. spinach is loaded with chlorophyll. Chorophyll, the green pigment(plant melanin) found in plants, is an internal body deodorant because it acts as a gentle detoxifier. Also, its structure is very similar to the hemoglobin found in our red blood cells, so it acts as a blood builder as well. It helps to oxygenate the cells AND research has been done on its anti cancer effects! soooooo, what the heck are you waiting for? walk, no run to the nearest store or farm and get you some raw spinach! NOW!
This food is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin K, Calcium and Copper, and a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Manganese. With a NUTRIENT BALANCE from nutritiondata.com of 76 Completeness Score you are close to lacking nothing as far as daily nutrients consuming seamoss.
SEAWEEDS AS MEDICINE
The elements abundant in seaweeds include: potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, chloride, sulfur, phosphorous, vanadium, cobalt, manganese, selenium, bromine, iodine, arsenic, iron, and fluorine.
so one day my sister called and told me about this vietnamese joint called viet tofu that hand makes their tofu. to put the icing on the cake, they infuse the tofu w bits of mushroom and lemongrass! now y’all know she ain’t said nothing but a word. of course i asked her to get me some. it just so happens when she finally brought it by, i was in the middle of my raw food detox. since i couldn’t taste it, i blindly prepared some of the lemongrass tofu for sol messiah without tasting the food myself. i got rave reviews back. i was thrilled that he enjoyed it, but I wanted to try it!
so the last week of my cleanse passed and i was back into cooked foods. my sister brought me another batch and for the past two days i was itching to try it. tonight i finally prepared. i sautéed the tofu with an array of veggies with a special sauce comprised of sesame oil, soy sauce, sri racha hot sauce, garlic, onions, and cornstarch to thicken it. that joint was BANGING, lol! I finally got to taste it and it was worth the wait. since y’all couldn’t taste it with me, i decided to share the picture. try not to drool on the screen, sun!
Watermelon has been one of my favorite fruits since i was child. Who knew it was so good for me? Check it out:
Rich in electrolytes and water content, melons are nature’s gift to beat tropical summer thirst.
Watermelon may also be a natural Viagra, says a researcher. That’s because the popular summer fruit is richer than experts believed in an amino acid called citrulline, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels much like Viagra and other drugs meant to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). A typical 4-ounce serving of watermelon (about 10 watermelon balls) has about 150 milligrams of citrulline.
Watermelons are very low in calories (just 30 cal per 100 g) and fats yet very rich source of numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants that are essential for optimum health.
Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin-A, which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant. It is essential for vision and immunity. Vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
It is also rich in anti-oxidant flavonoids like lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants are found to be protective against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. Phyto-chemicals present in watermelon like Lycopene (4532 mcg/100 g) and carotenoids have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen free radicals. Studies have also shown that lycopene protects skin damage from UV rays and from prostate cancer.
Watermelon fruit is a good source of potassium; Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
It also contains good amount of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), vitamin-C and manganese. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.
All of this? Who knew? I can’t wait until the season starts! Then i’ll have a great excuse for my excessive consumption of the sweet and delicious fruit. It’s good for me!