I like to get my Vitamin D by sitting in the sun for at least 20 minutes a day. However, I did not know that absorption was dependent on your levels of magnesium until read this article! I do have a magnesium supplement that I could take, but I like to get my vitamins and minerals from food as much as I can. Here’s a list of the top 10 foods that contain magnesium:
Since I’m a Primal kind of guy, I don’t eat many beans or legumes or things that contain a lot of sugar. So, I don’t eat many bananas because of the high sugar content (unless they’re really green). Spinach and avocado are great! Cashews, not so good. Almonds, Pumpkin seeds and oily fish are good, as are Sesame seeds. But I also stay away from Lima beans and peanut butter. Almond butter is my alternative.
I’ve struggled with insulin resistance in the past and have used some of these foods to help. As a matter of fact I was full blown Type II Diabetic, but not anymore. Although I believe most of my success from reversing my Type II Diabetes was from the fact that I lost 70 pounds by eating right and exercising a little bit, I did eat some of these foods during the process. I don’t think you can just add these foods to your diet and you’re going to reverse insulin resistance. You’re going to first have to start eating totally right (for me that is low carb high fat) and then ad these foods to a correct diet.
Some of the foods I added are mostly spices like turmeric and cinnamon, but I also started eating berries as a low sugar “dessert” to my meals. Here’s a link to an article that highlights 8 different foods with more info.
Here’s some more links to foods for health related articles:
Of course the correct answer is honey! And the main reason is because there is so much going on in honey than just the sweet part of it. Its a whole food. If you process honey to end up with just the sweet part, fructose, you end up with something that’s just as bad as sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Here’s a link to an article on GreenMedInfo that talks about the benefits of honey, a whole food, over sugar, a one dimensional toxic substance. Here’s an excerpt “…Even the “sugar” in honey, which we might mistakenly equate (due to caloric and nutrient classification equivalencies) to the “sugar” from sugarcane, is a complex mixture of the monosacharrides (one-sugars) glucose and fructose, and at least 25 different oligosaccharides (which are sugars composed of between two to ten monosaccharides linked together), including small amounts of the disacchardide sucrose, as well as trisaccharides (three-sugars) like melezitose and erlose.”
Local, raw honey can help you beat airborne allergies that you might have. Also, honey in your coffee makes a good cough syrup! Check out the article for all the benefits and I’m sure the next time you go to a local farmer’s market, you’ll be picking up some honey!
The sun will be happy to give you plenty of Vitamin D, but lots of people are deficient in Vitamin D. They stay inside most of the time and when they go out, they put sunscreen all over themselves! Drinking Vitamin D fortified milk is not the answer. You’d have to drink 300 eight ounce glasses of milk to get the same amount of Vitamin D as when you spend just 10 minutes outside in a bathing suit (no sunscreen). I’m not suggesting going outside and getting a sunburn. You definitely do not want to get a sunburn, but a 10 minute dose should give you enough Vitamin D without going overboard on the sun. If you’re afraid of the sun, take a Vitamin D supplement. I do in the winter time when the sun is not around as much as it is in the summer.
Vitamin D helps with a lot of systems in your body including assimilating cholesterol and helping with thyroid function especially for those suffering with Hashimoto’s Disease. Here a link to an article in NaturalHealth365 that has more info.
I bet when you think about “health foods” celery don’t come to mind, but it has many health benefits including fighting cancer. Read this article on Natural Health 365 for more info. Here’s an excerpt…
“Generally speaking, most people don’t think of celery as a “nutritional powerhouse.” Of course, on the other extreme – this past year, celery juice has been trending as the “cure-all” for a wide variety of health conditions. Today, we’ll focus on some undebatable facts about this vegetable.
Celery contains many essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It’s also full of flavonoids and antioxidants.”
I love garlic! Tons of flavor and it turns out that there’s tons of health benefits too! Check out this article on Natural Health 365. Here’s an excerpt…
“Allium sativum, or garlic, is a popular herb that has a history dating back centuries. Related to both shallots and onions, garlic is grown across the world, and it’s a popular addition to many recipes due to its savory flavor. But it doesn’t just taste good. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, manganese, selenium, and potassium.”
If you ever eat sauteed shrimp, add tons of garlic like I do for a great Cuban style garlic shrimp dish.
Check out the top 10 health benefits of Phosphatidylcholine and which food contain it in this article on Natural Health 365. Here’s an excerpt…
“A recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found dietary intake of phosphatidylcholine is associated with a reduced dementia risk and improved cognitive performance. In their study, men who consumed the highest amounts of phosphatidylcholine had a 28% lower risk of dementia compared to men who consumed the least.”
Check out this link to the Green Med Info website for info on Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits. Here’s an excerpt “Lion’s Mane is nature’s gift to your nervous system! It’s the only mushroom possessing not one but TWO potent nerve growth factors, showing potential benefits for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, multiple sclerosis, leg cramps, anxiety and more.” l love mushrooms!
Avocados are good! They do have fat, but its a good fat. Want a completely different way to eat avocado? Here’s my recipe for Avocado Chocolate Mousse! Did you know that an avocado has more potassium than a banana? Plus there’s lots of other health benefits. Check it out by clicking here.
Flaxseed is good stuff! It has four times more Omega-3s than Omega-6s, so by eating flaxseed you can bring your Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio back in balance to reduce systemic inflammation. I put some flaxssed oil on cottage cheese and it that or I add some flaxseed oil to my smoothies. 70 Reasons to eat more flax seed. Extend your life with Flaxseed!
Did you know cherries contain natural melatonin? That’s right! Eat some cherries or drink some tart cherry juice and get a good nights sleep! I buy frozen tart cherries from Costco and use them in my smoothies. Read more here!
My father died of colon cancer when I was 13 years old. And I had a brother in his 50s die of liver cancer. So I’m kind of obsessed with cancer and keeping it at bay. Cancer loves sugar! So the Primal diet is perfect because its all about lowering your carb (sugar) intake. Here’s an article entitled “Six ways to diffuse your cancer time bomb”.
Eat Primal/Paleo Foods to Get Healthy, Reverse Type II Diabtes and Get Off Meds Like I Did! You can do it too!