Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Seeds of Positivity: Instincts


Trust yourself. You don't have to explain who YOU are to anyone. Be yourself. Discover your bliss!

Yogaventure - New favorite pose!


I'm a total newbie at yoga so I have no idea what this pose is called, all I know is that I LOVE IT!! It's one of those poses that I'm able to stay in for an extended period of time and that alone is exciting and extremely rewarding. I feel like I can grow in this pose; "grow" as in practice my endurance and test my strength. In any case, I'm a fan of any pose that challenges me to be upside down and tackle any kind of headstand of sorts. I hope you'll try something new today, be it yoga related or not, and I hope that you discover that you love it! 
Here's to trying new things!

Nature's Food: Mango


3 Awesome Facts:
1. Apparently the antioxidant compounds found in mangos can help prevent the development of common types of cancer in individuals. How awesome is that!?!!

2. Mangos can promote clear skin because they help clear out those pesky pores. They can be used to prevent skin issues by using them internally and externally. This is awesome and, admittedly, I may turn into a mango because I will be eating them and rubbing them on my skin if only for this reason!

3. Mangos are a total boost to the immune system. To me, there are few things worse than falling ill. The vitamin A and vitamin C found in mangos can help keep sickness at bay. 

Happy eating!

Sources:
Follow this link to learn more about mangos. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Seeds of Positivity: Heart of Gold

Your mistakes do not define who you are. Learn from them and choose to do better in the present moment.

Yogaventure - Bakasana!


Getting into this pose was so spectacular! If you have a yoga goal, keep working towards it!

Nature's Nutrient: Vitamin K



Vitamin K is absolutely essential in the complicated 12 step process of blood clotting. It is necessary in 4 of the steps.

Vitamin K is fat soluable.

Vitamin K is essential in bone health because Vitmin K activates a protein called osteocalcin which works in the mineralization of bone.
It is believed to work in partnership with Vitamin D so if one is in deficiency, neither of than can properly function.

Vitamin K1 – phylloquinone, naturally found in plants (particular green veggies) and goes to your liver which directly promotes the process of blood clotting.

Vitamin K2 – menaquinone, created from bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract which directly effects your tissues, blood vessels and bones.

1.      Vitamin K2 precents calcification (hardening) of other arteries which prevents cardiovascular and other heart related diseases.
2.     Vitamin K2 is necessary in the improvement of bone density, reversing bone loss and raising osteocalcin levels. Because of this, proper intake of Vitamin K can prevent Osteoporosis.
3.      Vitamin K has antioxidant properties and studies have shown that Vitamin K staves off the risk of cancer development in an individual.
4.      Vitamin K2 also improves insulin sensitivity which helps in the prevention of type diabetes.

Vitamin K3 – menadione, is synthetic and should be avoided unless otherwise instructed by a licensed physician.

Happy eating!

P.S. Here's a link to a chart of foods high in Vitamin K - http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=112

Sources:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2004/03/24/vitamin-k-part-two.aspx


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Seeds of Positivity: Trust Yourself


Your gift is real. Pursue it! Pursue happiness!

Yogaventure - King Pigeon Pose & more


I've only been doing yoga for over a month and I must say that I can't imagine life without it. I love it!!

Seeds of Positivity: Kindness


Perform a random act of kindness today! 

Nature's Food: Green Beans



Note: I would so love to summarize all the info I learn, but in fear of leaving out something important, I've decided to use the direct information provided by sources and provide their links in case you'd like to look up further research. This will be the case for all food/scientific posts to follow. 

One serving size of green beans is about 31 calories.
Green beans are in season from summer to early fall. (It's always best to buy fruits and vegetables that are grown seasonally.)

"Green beans contain excellent levels of vitamin A, and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and ß-carotene in good amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes."

Carotenoids are organic pigments of color found in plants. Some of these pigments can be changed into Vitamin A, naturally by the body, and Vitamin A is known to carry antioxidant properties which aid in the prevention of cancer.

 "Vitamin A is the name of a group of fat-soluble retinoids, including retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, and retinyl esters. Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication. Vitamin A is critical for vision as an essential component of rhodopsin, a protein that absorbs light in the retinal receptors, and because it supports the normal differentiation and functioning of the conjunctival membranes and cornea. Vitamin A also supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs." 

"Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid in the beans, selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it thought to provide antioxidant and protective UV light filtering functions. It is, therefore, green beans offer some protection in preventing age-related macular disease (ARMD) in the elderly."

“Age-related macular degeneration is an eye condition that leads to the deterioration of the center of the retina, called the macula, leading to loss of central vision.”  

"They are very rich source of dietary fiber (9% per100g RDA) which acts as a bulk laxative that helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Adequate amount of fiber has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing reabsorption of cholesterol-binding bile acids in the colon."

Green beans are known to be an anti-inflammatory. This is beneficial in prevention of type 2 diabetes. Because omega 3 fatty acid can be found in green beans, it is believed that they promote cardiovascular health. 

"In addition, beans contain healthy amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism. Manganese is a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure."

I wasn't always a fan of green beans growing up, but now, they are a staple in my home. After doing research, they will remain a staple, and for good reason.

Happy eating!

Sources:
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/green_beans.html
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=134