Healthy Living and Tips on How to Live Healthy
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Did you know...?
... that the deeper the colour of a fruit or vegetable
the more nutritious it is! Discover lots more interesting
food facts below.
- Avocados are cholesterol-free and provide heart-healthy vitamin E, folic acid and potassium. They are high in fat for a fruit, but most of this is the healther unsaturated type.
- Tomatoes are actually a type of berry and these once-exotic fruits were called 'love apples' in the 16th century.
- Pasta, oats and pulses (peas, beans and lentils) are good sources of 'slow-release' carbohydrates that help to keep your blood glucose (sugar) levels on an even keel.
- All types of fruit and vegetables count towards the recommended five servings a day, whether they're fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned.
Types of protein
Protein plays an essential role in building and repairing your body. But whether it helps a fingernail to grow or heals a sore muscle, for example, depends on the make-up of the protein.
Proteins consist of smaller units called amino acids, which can link together in many combinations to form chains. Some amino acid chains are created by your body, but those called essential amino acids must come from your diet. Although all animal and plant cells contain some protein, the amount and the quality of the protein varies a lot.
Herbal medicine is the most ancient form of medicine in the world, and uses plants - or parts of plants - to treat illness, relieve common ailments and restore health. The list below will give you a good idea of what's available.
Herbs can be taken in the following forms:
- Infusion - leaves or flowers steeped in water to make a herbal tea.
- Decoction - bark, twigs or roots simmered or boiled in water.
- Tincture - herb soaked in alcohol and water for a specific length of time.
- Extracts - parts of the herb dried and powdered, or oils extracted, and made into tablets or capsules.
- Creams or ointments - herb combined with oils, fats and water.
- Poultices - mixture of fresh dried or powdered herbs applied directly to a wound or problem area.
- Compress - cloth soaked in a water-based herbal preparation and applied to an affected area.
- Oils - herb infused in hot or cold oil over time.