50 Shades of Cravings

This is really almost a follow on from my previous blog as I’m sticking with foods and their benefits to us. However, I think I’ve mentioned before, I certainly have in my book that I believe our bodies tell us what we are lacking, what we need to top up on if only we are receptive to listening. Recently I have been and still am truth be told for mango. Equally, I always love humous and often enjoy it on toast but recently more so with celery. This has been so obvious that I felt the need to look a little deeper into the benefits of both of these foods and it was quite surprising, I knew they were good but I haven’t appreciated quite how packed with goodness they are.

I will start with mangos; these if we were to eat a 100g of mango it would provide us with 13% carbohydrate, 4.5% fibre, vitamins A&C minerals, copper and magnesium, photochemical S and carotene. They are full of antioxidants, it has proved that the polyphenols present in mangos work effectively against certain types of cancer. They help in preventing gastrointestinal disorders and improve digestion, they help lower bad cholesterol in the blood so resulting in protecting the heart. Their vitamin A content assists in proper maintenance of our immune system so helps us fight infections, for us as stroke survivors this is definitely a huge benefit. The vitamin C & E also help the immune system.

It is also one of the best fruits for glowing skin; which is interesting as I truly have been eating quite a lot of mangos recently and several people have commented on how much healthier I look! Ripe mango pulp can be rubbed directly onto the skin to remove dirt cleanse clogged poles but I’m afraid I cannot bring myself to do this, as I enjoy the taste too much!!

Mango being a rich source of beta carotene helps cure respiratory disorders. It has been identified that higher consumption S of beta carotene with vitamin C helps increase lung capacity.

Mango is also a natural cure for iron deficiency and anemia.

It also boosts memory which has to be beneficial to us stroke survivors as much as anyone, Glutamine, an important amino acid which is present in mangos helps enhance brain function by boosting two of the most essential neurotransmitters of the brain.

If you are not so keen on just eating it as a fruit you can use it in cooking. Make a pudding with it, make a salsa, a drink smoothie or the Indian drink lassi, or make ice cream if you wish, there are many ways to introduce it into your diet.

Celery it is now believed that by eating this daily you can help both strengthen and protect your eyesight. You can even brighten your eyes making them appear whiter and clearer. You can look younger and give yourself a fresh healthy looking face.

Celery is an anti-inflammatory as well as having antioxidants.  Its high water content helps in regulating body temperature by hydrating our bodies cooling it down on a hot day. It contains a certain type of ethanol which protects our lining of the digestive system. It is also like cranberries in that it stimulates urine production so helps to reduce Uris acid levels, therefore helping us fight against bacterial infections. It has also been proven to help lower cholesterol, prevent high blood pressure and protect our liver against fat build up.

Personally, I actually enjoy eating it both as it is and cooked, I think it’s something easily forgotten and underrated these days.

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