Wow its March 1st already!! Don’t worry we are knocking on wood as we say this, but boy it sure does feel like winter is finally on its way out.

 

We just love this time of year ( not the messy slushy roads or any of that) but from a health stand point.  More so even than the “new starts” that some new years resolutions can bring.

Spring just has such a great cleansing feel to it.  It’s the perfect time to start breathing in fresh air and exercising outdoors, and of course nutritionally its a great way to make up for any “mistakes” we may have let ourselves get away with during the colder winter months.  Fresh air, Fresh start.

 

Now there still is of course some snow on the ground ( at least in most parts of North America) so for the time being I thought why not focus on some nutritional improvements inside the home; specifically the kitchen.  A sort of spring cleaning of the kitchen.  Out with the bad and in with the good.  After all with summer right around the corner don’t we all want to look and of course feel our best.  Some simple changes can help us get a step closer.

 

If we dont allow any “unhealthy” choices into our kitchen then naturally we won’t be tempted by them and therefore won’t be led to eat them, but on the other hand if we stock our fridge and cupboards full of readily available nutritional choices we have no reason not to be eating these instead. ( better yet you can get all of the items we are about to list delivered straight to your door from the upayanaturals website without having to leave your house! )

 

Ok, so lets get started, We are going to offer you 5 healthy alternatives to some items we commonly consume on a regular basis.

 

Number 1 is coffee ( now coffee isn’t necessarily all bad, it has been shown in limited doses to possibly prevent Parkinsons disease and dementia) however there is a much better alternative given that coffee does come with many harmful effects as well.

 

Healthy Alternative #1: Green tea

*Promotes a healthy immune system

*Contains epigaliocatechin Gallate ( EGCG) with is a powerful antioxidant *Speeds metabolism *Normalizes cholesterol 

 

Number 2 is table salt.  Table salt causes dehydration, mineral depletion, constipation and is highly refined and often bleached.

 

Healthy Alternative #2: Kelp Granules

*Very low in sodium yet still has a salty flavour *Rich in potassium, magnesium, iron and B vitamins *Contains phytochemicals that help eliminate radioactive elements and heavy metals from the body *Blood purification

 

Number 3 is butter.  Butter is high in saturated fats and raises LDL which is bad cholesterol, damages arteries and can lead to heart disease.

 

Health Alternative #3: Coconut Oil

*Stimulates metabolism

*Increases energy

*Contains lauric acid which boosts the immune system ( only other food source is breast milk, which is known for it immune boosting properties) *Anti viral, Anti bacterial and Anti fungal.  Has been shown to kill candida ( yeast) *Promotes healthy skin

 

Number 4 is packaged fruit snacks.  Many people thing that because the word fruit is in the title that these are healthy but be careful many brands contain harmful preservatives, lots of added sugar and artificial flavours and colouring with a host of health issues associated.

 

Health Alternative #4: Goji Berries

*Very powerful antioxidant

*Known as the “longevity fruit”

*Immune boosting

*Loaded with amino acids and trace minerals *Contains 500 times the amount of vitamin C by weight than oranges do.

( I could go on and on about the amazing benefits here)

 

Number 5 is sugar.  One of the most important that should be removed from everyone’s diet is white sugar.  It contributes to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, lower immunity and so much more.

 

Health Alternative #5: Yacon Syrup ( pressed from the yacon root and tastes vert similar to molasses) *Contains prebiotics which aid in digestion and colon health *Helps the absorption of calcium and other minerals *Very low in calories *Increases bone density *Low glycemic and is great for diabetics *Increases bone density

 

So as you can see some simple changes can be made to point us in the direction of better health without having to miss out on any of the good stuff!!!!!! 

Check out Upaya Naturals website and see how easy it is to stock your kitchen full of amazing nutrition dense products that will be sure to put a smile on your face.

Lets “Spring Forward ” into health this season.

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One thought on “Spring Cleaning: From kitchen to body to mind

  1. Though I am sure the majority of your readers do not use butter, this is a very misleading post. Though butter may be high in saturated fats it contains mostly short to medium chain saturated fats, which are far easier for the body to digest then long chain saturated fats such as those found in meat. The post also fails to mention that coconut oil contains high levels of saturated fat much like butter (medium chain saturated fats as well). Eating excessive amounts of either can be detrimental to health, but the body does need some saturated fat. Furthermore, cholesterol is not the main cause of heart disease, it is far more complex then that, and has more to do with oxidized LDL which can be from a lack of antioxidants in other parts of an individual’s diet. Foods containing cholesterol also do very minimally for raising cholesterol levels. Food contributes to only 15% of cholesterol in the body, whereas the liver is responsible for synthesizing 85% of it. Cholesterol also has antioxidant properties and actually helps to protect cells from DNA damage. The body may synthesize higher levels of cholesterol for various internal reasons that show as high cholesterol on a doctor’s report, rather than just eating cholesterol. Butter is also a great source of vitamin A, D, E and K, and contains butyric acid which is a potent anti-inflammatory and is also anti-carcinogenic. It also contains lecithin which keeps cholesterol in solution, which is important in preventing heart disease. Butter likewise to coconut oil is also good to cook with it because it’s heat stable because of its saturated fat content.

    The real issue with butter is buying non-organic butter since so many pesticides and chemicals are fat soluble, and butter is a source of concentrated fat.

    I don’t dispute that coconut oil is an extremely healthy fat to use. I love coconut oil, but it’s misleading to readers to say butter is a bad choice because of those reasons, particularly because it’s high in saturated fat, when coconut oil is as well. Butter actually has numerous other benefits to it, that I haven’t listed. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, it’s just different.

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