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You Are What You Eat!

The brain is influenced by the nutrients it derives from the foods we eat. Food compaigners say altered diets could be affecting our minds. Saturated fats has been increasing popular with the boom in ready meals, act to slow down the brain's working process. Avoid at all means! Start by adopting healthier diets with more fresh vegetable, fruits and fish. Dutch researchers have identified a meal that can help men reduce the risk of heart disease by 76 per cent and increase life expectancy by six-and-half years.

Ideal Portions For The Hear-Healthy Foods

  • 112 grams salmon, herring or another fish containing omega-3 fatty acids
  • 100 grams dark chocolate
  • A glass of wine
  • A handful of almonds - 64 grams
  • 2 cups fruits and vegetables
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic

Mental Woes: Mind Your Diet

Depression: It is linked to low intakes of fish. Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for good brain health.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Sufferers are low in iron and fatty acids.

Alzheimer's Disease: High vegetable consumption can protect against the brain disorder.

Schizophrenia: Sufferers have low levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Some Ideas To Chew On

  • Eat slow-digesting carbohydrates for very meal
  • Have two to three servings of low-fat dairy, and nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Do not replace potatoes with sweet potatoes or corn
  • Take a lot of legumes, pasta, Basmati rice, and couscous
  • Eat lean meat, fish and chicken
  • Reach for breakfast cereals such as oats and muesli
  • Aim for heavy-grain breads, sourdough breads and stone-ground breads

Usually caffeine-free, herbal teas have long been consumed for their healing properties. Calming chamomile can be enjoyed in the evening or after the meals. Peppermint is wonderful for the digestive system. Ginger tea can be made right out of your spice cabinet - either from ground or whole root ginger - and it's good for upset stomachs - ginger, cardamom, fennel seeds, and cinnamon benefit in a number of ways, from helping digestion to keeping breath fresh.

Super Vegetables

Tomatoes: Rich in lycopene, which medical researchers believe reduces the risk of certain cancers.

Spinach: Has an impressive store of iron, potassium and vitamins A, B2 and C.

Carrots: Owe their brilliant orange color to beta-carotene which has anti-cancer properties.

Mushrooms: Contain phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and selenium - minerals lacking in a today's high-processed food diet.

Cabbage: A good source of vitamin C, this cruciferous vegetable is also believed to reduce the risk of cancer.

Broccoli: A powerful source of vitamins A and C. It's another cruciferous vegetable believed to reduce cancer risk.

What To Look For In A Steamer

  • Triple-, double- or single-tier steamer? Bigger models, with multiple steam containers or baskets, are good for large families or for steaming various foods at the same time.
  • Shape of the steam baskets. Some are oval and elongated to steam whole fish. Make sure you have plates to fit.
  • Removable basket bases are versatile - they allow room to steam a whole chicken.

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