Antacids Can Cause a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

1013According to a recent study, people who use antacids like Zantac, Nexium and Prilosec over a long period of time can experience a vitamin B12 deficiency. Your body needs vitamin B12, and without this essential vitamin you may experience mental fogginess, lack of motivation, mood changes, muscle weakness and fatigue. If you’re prone to acid reflux, the key is to find a balance between treating symptoms and regulating your B12 levels.*

Try to fight your acid reflux by ensuring that you have enough probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in your system. If you are still reaching for antacids, consider taking a B12 supplement or eat more B12 rich foods like shellfish, red meat, eggs and low-fat dairy.

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*http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/10/249975706/popular-antacids-increase-the-risk-of-b-12-deficiency
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Persimmons Are Power Fruits

1003Persimmons are powerful fruits packed full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Providing protection from free radicals, persimmons act as disease-fighting detoxifiers that will protect you from early aging, common colds and the flu. In addition to promoting eye health, fiber rich persimmons also promote natural weight loss and a healthy digestive tract.*

Because they act as powerful colon cleansers, be sure to avoid persimmons on an empty stomach. And while they’re very tasty, because of their high fructose content, be sure to enjoy persimmons only in moderation.

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*http://wiki-fitness.com/persimmon-fruit-health-benefits-and-nutrition-facts/
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Magical Mangosteens

999Mangosteens are tropical fruit (the size of tangerines) that are both high in fiber and low in calories. Thanks to their high potassium content, mangosteens can lower your risk of heart disease by regulating your blood pressure and helping to control your heart rate. Xanthones, a powerful antioxidant found in mangosteens, can also fight pain, infections, skin disorders, fatigue and even allergies.*

When purchasing mangosteens (found in most Asian markets), look for fresh looking green stems and dark purple skin. Be sure to avoid blotchy looking skin. Gently cut the fruit lengthwise, similar to the way in which you would prepare an avocado. Mangosteens can be enjoyed raw, and because they are so sweet, they are perfect for dessert!

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*http://drlindsey.com/superfruit-mangosteen/
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Amazing Health Benefits of Jicama

998Jicama is a white, starchy root that thrives in tropical regions. In addition to providing your salads with a tasty crunch, jicama can also provide your diet with healthy doses of Vitamin C, iron, calcium and phosphorus. The nutrients in jicama promote heart health and weight loss all while lowering your cholesterol and giving your immune system a boost.*

For a fresh salad idea, add one cup of equal parts: chopped mango, strawberry and jicama into a bowl. Squeeze three tablespoons of fresh lime juice and top with some freshly chopped cilantro. Gently mix all of the ingredients together, serve and enjoy!

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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/jicama-recipes_n_4018561.html
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Eat Some Leeks

989Leeks contain a flavonol, know as kaempferol, which may help lower your risk of heart disease and help fight cancer. Just like garlic and onions, leeks have anti-diabetes properties. In addition to being rich in folic acid, magnesium, and riboflavin, leeks are also packed with vitamins A and K.*

Quality leeks found at your grocer will be firm, with dark green leaves and white necks. Store refrigerated leeks in a plastic bag to help battle moisture. For a healthy cooking method, steam prepared leeks in a covered skillet with 3 tablespoons of broth for about 4 minutes.

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=26
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Black-eyed Peas for Your Brain

968We can credit the dopamine in our bodies for our sense of drive, enthusiasm and pleasure. Without dopamine we might feel empty, bored, irritated, or even sad. Phenylalanine is an important precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine, and can be found naturally in black-eyed peas.*

A one-cup serving of black-eyed peas will also provide your body with fiber, potassium and vitamins A, B and K. If you’re not a fan of black-eyed peas, try phenylalanine-rich alternatives like almonds or edamame.

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*http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrient-black-eyed-peas-2334.html
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Eat the Whole Cucumber

You may not think twice about peeling your cucumbers before you eat them, but maybe you wouldn’t if you realized the health benefits of eating the whole cucumber. A cucumber’s skin is filled with minerals (like magnesium and potassium) and it is also rich in fiber. Cucumbers also provide your body with much needed vitamin A, C and folic acid.*

To make your own hummus for a healthy accompaniment to your cucumber slices, use a 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans, three garlic cloves, two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and a half a teaspoon of cumin. Smooth these ingredients in a food processor or blender, slice a whole cucumber, dip and enjoy!

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*http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/natural-benefits-fresh-cucumber-4905.html
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Bananas for Stomach Health

932If you suffer from painful indigestion or stomach ulcers, it may be time to reach for a banana. Not only do bananas provide your body with necessary potassium, they also can protect your stomach lining from damaging acids and ulcer formation. Thanks to a prebiotic known as fructooligosaccharide (FOS), bananas provide your gut with healthy bacteria.*

It’s safe to have a banana a day. One way to keep your bananas fresh longer is by separating individual bananas from the bunch. If you want to keep your bunch intact, cover the collective tip with plastic wrap (keeping oxidizing air out).

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*http://www.naturalnews.com/031828_bananas_digestion.html
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Okra Lowers Blood Sugar

Kuwaiti-style okra with tomatoes
If you need help controlling your blood sugar levels, reach for some okra. Fiber-rich okra prevents the starches in your body from converting into glucose (sugar). Okra is also full of magnesium, vitamins, potassium, and zinc.

Glucose-regulating okra can be prepared by being steamed, sautéed, or grilled. Keep in mind that only one cup of okra packs about 8.2 grams of fiber. Enjoy!

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*http://healthland.time.com/2013/07/22/eat-this-now-okra/
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An Apple a Day

912Apples are one of the top-ranked fruits to eat for your health, thanks to their disease-fighting antioxidants and vitamins. Eating apples has been known to decrease the risk of chronic diseases like dementia, cancer, type 2 diabetes and even heart disease. High in fiber, apples also can help you keep off excess weight while fixing problems like constipation.*

For the best health benefits, consume whole apples (with their skin), rather than juicing them. Have fun experimenting with all of the different kinds of apples; currently there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide!

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*http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/10-reasons-to-eat-an-apple-a-day
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