Ginger

Ginger

Ginger is a knotted, thick, beige rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale and has been used as a medicine in Asia, India and Arabia since ancient times. It can not only be used to treat stomach upset, diarrhoea and nausea and aid digestion, but also to help treat arthritis, colic diarrhoea and heart conditions. Ginger …

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Good and Bad Carbs

Good and Bad Carbs

In the past few years carbs have been called the fear food of new diets but some have also been promoted as a healthful nutrient. So hardly anybody now knows whether carbs are good or bad. And they are indeed both and it is pretty easy to separate the good from the bad. Good carbs …

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Good and Bad Fats

Good and Bad Fats

As fat is an important part of a healthy diet you should make sure to eat fat that is good for you. Many fats can actually reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke and also help our sugar and insulin metabolism. But of course not all fats are created equal. ‘Good’ fats include monounsaturated …

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Magnesium

Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to good health and about 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone, the other half inside cells of body tissues and organs. Even though only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, the body works very hard to keep that level constant. The mineral is needed …

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Healthy Oatmeal

Healthy Oatmeal

Oatmeal is not only a very healthy food product with good carbohydrates, protein and low fat. It has also been proved to lower cholesterol. When the soluble fibre passes through the digestive tract, it forms a gel that traps some substances related to high cholesterol. This way it is reducing the absorption of cholesterol into …

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Calcium

Calcium

Like many other minerals calcium is essential to maintaining body health. It keeps your bones and teeth strong, ensures proper functioning of muscles and nerves and helps your blood clot. If you are not getting enough calcium every day, the body ‘borrows’ it from the bones and the risk osteoporosis increases. Calcium deficiency can also …

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Chives

Chives

Chives are an edible species of the Allium genus and its scientific name is Allium schoenoprasum. Chives are really easy to grow either in your garden or in a flower pot on the window sill.  They love moist soil, so don’t let them dry out and can be cut one inch above the ground when …

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Thyme

Thyme

Thyme is a widely cultivated herb which is widely used for cooking. Due to its content of thymol it got a strong flavour. Best cultivated in a hot sunny location the perennial plant tolerates not only drought but can also take deep freezes. Being a native herb of the Mediterranean it has naturalised well in …

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Parsley

Parsley

Parsley probably is the world’s most popular herb, has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years and was even used medicinally before that. It contains more vitamin C than most other vegetables and three times as much as oranges and also has many other health benefits.  Parsley is a good source of iron, manganese, calcium, …

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Sage

Sage

Sage (Salvia officinalis) has not only a long tradition of culinary use, it was also used to preserve meat and was recommended to treat just about every know condition, from snakebite to mental illness. In medieval times sage was called ‘toute bonne’ in France, which means ‘all is well’. Modern research has shown that sage …

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