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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Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Water

902After your next workout, reach for some anti-inflammatory coconut water. Not only does coconut water help balance your glucose levels, but it is also packed with electrolytes, vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals. Drinking coconut water will promote a healthy immune system, and you might even notice an improvement in the appearance of your eyes and skin.

You can purchase whole, fresh coconuts at most grocery stores. Carefully push a metal skewer though the “soft eye” found on every coconut, drain it’s sweet water into a cup and enjoy!

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*http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-coconut-water-for-skin-hair-and-health/
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Watery Watermelon

watermelonThe next time you’re craving a sweet snack, reach for a watermelon. Watermelon is packed with more than just water; it provides healthy doses of vitamins C, A and B, thiamine, potassium and magnesium. Watermelon also contains lycopene, a key antioxidant in fighting prostate cancer and heart disease.*

When purchasing a watermelon, knock on the rind and listen for a hollow sound. Avoid rinds that produce a solid thud, which is a sign that they are overripe.

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*http://www.naturalfoodbenefits.com/print.asp?CAT=1&ID=75
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When to Take Supplements on an Empty Stomach

874Most people assume all supplements should be taken on a full stomach to help with absorption, but that only applies to fat-soluble supplements. Some supplements that are derived from amino acids like N-acetyl cysteine, GABA, L-arginine, carnitine and glutamine respond better when taken on an empty stomach. Water soluble vitamins B and C can be taken on an empty stomach too.*

Do some research online to determine the optimal time to take your supplements. For those supplements that direct you to take them on an empty stomach, try to take your dose either two hours after a meal or thirty minutes before a meal.

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*http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/12/pill-popping-101-when-to-take-supplements/
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Take Supplements With Food

857Most people avoid taking nutritional supplements on an empty stomach because they want to avoid a stomachache. But there’s another reason you should be taking your vitamins with food: absorption. The hydrochloric acid that is produced when you eat also helps your body absorb the nutrients from supplements like vitamins B, D, E, A, and K.*

Enhance your body’s absorption of supplements by taking the recommended dosage after a meal. Consider moving your supplements from the medicine cabinet to the kitchen counter as a way to remind yourself of the optimal time to take them.

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*http://www.betternutrition.com/how-to-take-supplements/columns/askthenaturopath/1033
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Bitter Melon Juice for Pancreatic Cancer

773For the millions of people at risk for pancreatic cancer, bitter melon juice gives us all a reason to rejoice. A study conducted by the University of Colorado showed that bitter melon juice cut the probability of developing pancreatic cancer by 60%. In cases where the tumor was already there, the bitter melon juice starved the cancer by preventing it from using glucose. Other studies are pointing to bitter melon juice as a fighter against breast, liver, colon, prostate and stomach cancer as well.*

Bitter melon supplements can be found at most health and vitamin stores. However if you are having trouble finding it locally, consider purchasing some capsules online at Amazon.com.

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*http://www.naturalnews.com/039583_bitter_melon_pancreatic_cancer_cytotoxicity.html
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Awesome Avocados

1718Did you know the energy boosting Avocado is classified as a fruit? In addition to being packed with nutrients and healthy fat, potassium, folic acid, and vitamins E and B, studies have shown that in as little as one week avocados can lower your cholesterol. Along with this benefit, tests show that the avocados actually protect your liver from damage and can destroy oral cancer cells. Pair these health benefits with the rich and delicious taste, and you’ll understand why avocados are considered a super fruit.*

Enjoy avocados by substituting them for unhealthy fats like butter or mayonnaise in baked goods, desserts, sandwiches, even soups. When whipped, avocados also make a healthy and yummy baby food.

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5
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