Cheese Can Cause Headaches

The natural compound known as tyramine is produced when certain foods age and their proteins begin to break down. Not everyone is sensitive to tyramine, however high amounts can leave some people’s head pounding. People who are prone to headaches should watch their intake of aged foods including cheeses like blue cheese, brie, cheddar, stilton feta, gorgonzola, mozzarella, muenster, parmesan and swiss.*

Generally, the longer a high-protein food ages, the greater the amount of tyramine. If you think tyramine could be the culprit of your headaches, considering keeping a diet diary. It’s a little work that will be a big payoff once your headaches stop.

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*http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/weird-reasons-your-headache
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Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

The ancient Mayan word for “strength,” chia seeds provide your body with essential nutrients for lasting energy. Just two tablespoons of these tiny seeds provide you with four grams of protein and eleven grams of fiber. Chia seeds are also packed with antioxidants, zinc, potassium and vitamins B1, B2 and B3.*

Because chia seeds absorb water, they can help your diet by making you feel fuller, longer. Sprinkle some healthy chia seeds over a salad or blend them into a smoothie today!

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How to Pick Sweet Potatoes

812If you are looking for a food packed with iron, fiber and protein, look no further than the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are also delicious sources of vitamins A and C. When purchasing sweet potatoes, make sure your choices are smooth, firm and without cracks.*

Enhance the shelf life of your sweet potatoes by keeping them out of the fridge. Save an already-purchased bruised one by cutting off the bruise quickly before it has a chance to spread.

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*http://home.howstuffworks.com/sweet-potatoes2.htm
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Amazing Health Benefits of Cabbage

1713We all want to avoid diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s; recent studies show that by eating red cabbage can help. Cabbage is a part of the cruciferous family with other vegetables like broccoli, arugula and cauliflower. Cabbage can protect you from these health risks because it is packed with antioxidants and flavonoids that protect your body’s cells from damage done by free radicals. In addition to these benefits cabbage has been known to help with constipation, stomach ulcers and inflammation. This healthy vegetable is packed with vitamins, fiber, omega-3 oils, protein, even calcium.*

All of the different types of cabbage (red, green, Savoy, Napa and bok choy) provide health benefits. You can enjoy raw cabbage immediately after washing it; just slice it up to add some tasty crunch to your salads.

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*http://www.leafy-greens.org/whatsnew_redcabbage.html
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Find the Right Fish

1342Fish are a healthy source of lean protein. Oily kinds such as tuna and salmon are packed with omega-3 fats, which are crucial to heart and brain health. Small fish such as herring, sardines, and anchovies are usually low in contaminates. Avoid farmed fish, which tend to be lower in healthy fats and higher in contaminates. Instead, buy sustainable seafood by ensuring that your fish has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).*

When it comes to cooking fish at home, steaming, baking, and grilling are three of the healthiest methods. Try incorporating lemon, garlic, and capers into your cooking for natural complementary flavors.

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*http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/arthritis-and-pain/the-best-fish-to-eat#5vRmmsfsaeEu1ddv.97
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EDTA Chelation for Heavy Metal Detox

1282Heavy metals are potent free radicals that can negatively affect your health. One way to get rid of heavy metals is to undergo EDTA Chelation therapy, in which a protein-like substance attaches itself to the heavy metals in your body, and is then excreted via urine. EDTA Chelation therapy can be done intravenously or orally.*

EDTA Chelation therapy has been used by doctors as a successful detox method for many years. People who need to detox from heavy metals may be experiencing mood swings, depression, forgetfulness, fatigue, light sensitivity, loss of smell, or immune system problems.

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*https://www.healthy-living.org/html/avoid_heavy_metals.html
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Eat to Sleep

1272Its common practice to not eat before bedtime, but certain snacks can help you snooze. Research shows that a carbohydrate paired with calcium or a protein can lead to a better night’s sleep. These combinations will help you feel calm because they boost serotonin in your brain. Try this snack about an hour before bedtime, and observe the change in your quality of sleep.*

For sleepy-time snacks, reach for whole grain cereal and milk, celery sticks with almond butter, or a slice of whole wheat toast with cheese. Remember to have this type of snack an hour before bedtime, which allows enough time for serotonin to kick in.

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*https://fooddemocracy.wordpress.com/2008/01/28/sweet-dreams-the-right-foods-for-a-good-nights-sleep/
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Water Curbs Nighttime Cravings

1269A University of Washington study has found that drinking of glass of water at night stopped nighttime hunger pangs for dieters. This makes sense, as thirst is often confused for hunger. Drinking water helps you to feel fuller, making it a simple method to help you achieve your weight loss goals.*

Drink a glass of water, wait 15 minutes, and see if your hunger subsides. True hunger will not be curbed by water. If you are truly hungry at night, reach for a low-calorie snack with some protein such as sliced peppers with hummus.

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*http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/food-nutrition/nutrients/hydration-why-its-so-important.html
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Protein for Seniors

1268Protein provides your body with essential B vitamins and iron. It also acts as building blocks for your muscles, bones, cartilage, and skin. Protein is particularly important for people over 50 years old because as your body gets older, you skeletal muscle mass decreases. We should all make an effort to give our body the protein it needs. This is especially true for seniors.*

The average woman should have 46 grams of protein a day, while the average man should strive for 56 grams per day. For comparison, one chicken breast has approximately 30 grams of protein. Seek out protein in fish, lean chicken, lean beef, beans, and tofu today!

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*http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/increase-protein-diets-elderly-2557.html
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The Buzz on Beet Greens

beetgreensBeet greens join the “dark, leafy” category with spinach, Swiss chard and kale. In addition to being a good source of protein, zinc and phosphorus, beet greens are also packed with fiber. High in vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium and copper, beet greens are a low-fat and low-cholesterol green that can shake up your regular veggie routine.*

Don’t toss beet greens away, incorporate them into your meal! Cook beet greens just as you would spinach or collard greens. Boil or steam them for a simple, yet healthy side dish.

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/509649-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-beet-greens/
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