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Health Benefits of Broccoli

Broccoli is a green vegetable that belongs to the plant species know as Brassica Oleracea. It looks like a miniature tree.   It forms part of the family of cruciferous vegetables, which includes cauliflower, red cabbage, purple cabbage, green cabbage, white cabbage, romanesco, kale and brussels sprouts.     There are three main varieties of broccoli which are purple cauliflower, sprouting broccoli and calabrese broccoli. Broccoli is full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.   The stalk, leaves and florets of the broccoli are all edible. These can be eaten raw or slightly cooked, either lightly steamed or stir fried. The stalk contains the most fibre and the leaves contain the highest cell-protecting antioxidants, Vitamins E and K and calcium. Be careful not to overcook it, otherwise you will lose the vital...

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkins belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and it is a type of Winter Squash, although it can be eaten all year round. They are usually round and vibrant orange in colour, with a slightly ribbed, tough and smooth outer skin. Sadly, due to media advertising, pumpkins are normally popular only around Thanksgiving and Halloween.       Whilst commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkins are scientifically a fruit, as it contains seeds. That said, it is nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits.   When cooked, the whole pumpkin including the seeds, pulp and skin are edible. It is a great source of potassium and beta-carotene, which is a carotenoid that converts to vitamin A. It also contains some minerals including calcium and magnesium, as well as vitamins C, E and some B...

Health Benefits of Seaweed

Do you eat seaweed? Read further to discover the health benefits of seaweed. Seaweed or sea vegetables are forms of algae that grow in the sea. They range in colour from red, green, brown and black and are a food source for ocean life. It is commonly eaten in Asian countries such as Korea, Japan and China.     There are many varieties of seaweed. These include: Arame Dulse Kelp Kombu Nori Wakame     Each type of seaweed may contain slightly different nutrients and minerals. Seaweed grows along rocky shorelines around the world or near salty waters and they generally contain many healthful minerals that are easy for the body to break down. Therefore, adding seaweed to your meals may help with thyroid function, digestive health, and weight loss.   The Okinawans in...

Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and is closely related to turmeric, cardamom  and galangal. It is among the healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.     The name Ginger is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning horn or antler, referring to the shape of the rhizome (underground part of the stem), which creeps along horizontally underground. The lance-shaped leaves are about 30cm long and the flowers are pale yellow with a purple lip and an aromatic smell.   Ginger is popular in many South East Asian cuisines and widely used in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, India, Sri...

Health Benefits of Organic Dandelion

This medicinal herb has sadly been incorrectly classed by media advertising as a weed. Due to this incorrect knowledge, most households see dandelions as pests, dig it up and destroy it.   Have you ever wondered why this herb is so hardy and grows everywhere? Nature has left us huge clues as this herb may be the solution to our health concerns. The reason the dandelion is so tough and beneficial is because the root system goes down as deep as three feet.   If you are one of those who have been misled, we trust that after reading this article, you will realise how beneficial dandelions are and it is our wish that readers have a new belief that it is actually the “Weed You Need”. Despite their...

Health Benefits of Avocados

This is the final stretch of the Breakfast Show and there's no other better person to put the cherry on the cake on a Wednesday than the one and only Ronald.   We're going to be going through our extensive wellness section. Now guys, if you don't know, Ronald has had like, over 50 years experience in terms of being in nutrition and, you know, he's got a lot under his belt so when he shares stuff with us, he's researched stuff and he's gone in and out through the loopholes in and out the earlobe, you know, I mean, he's done all kinds of stuff and he's gonna be sharing some very powerful stuff with us today. So take a note of this. So what are...

What Is Nutrition?

What Is Nutrition?   Nutrition is the process of providing and obtaining the nutrients necessary for optimum wellness and continued growth.   It is the biochemical and physiological process by which an organism uses food nutrients to support its growth and life functions. It includes ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, assimilation and excretion of waste.   It is about eating a healthy and balanced meal each time you sit down to eat. Understanding this entire process will help you make better food choices and combinations each time.   Nutrition is the process of taking food and drinks and using it for growth ,metabolism and repair..   There are seven major classes of nutrients that our body needs :-  1.CARBOHYDRATES 2.FATS (ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS) 3.FIBRE (SOLUBLE & INSOLUBLE) 4.PROTEIN 5.MINERALS (MACRO & MICRO ) 6.VITAMINS (MACRO & MICRO) 7.WATER & OTHER LIQUIDS LIKE...