The short answer is yes, but to better understand what that means, let’s take a deeper look.
What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye which in turn is often found in pasta, bread, cakes, and breakfast cereal.
Whole Grain: Whole grain does not mean wheat or that it contains gluten… In fact, true grains are edible seeds of certain grasses and for a food to be considered “whole grain,” it must contain 100% of the original seed. Amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat are considered whole grains.
In-soluble Fiber: Wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains help to promote digestion by adding bulk to the stool and help it move quickly through the stomach/intestines.
Soluble Fiber: Oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits/vegetables when digested attract water and turn into a gel-like substance.
Psyllium husk comes from the small seeds of the Plantago Ovata plant. The small shrub-like plant can produce up to 15,000 seeds at a time. The husk is milled from the seed and is a rich soluble fiber, that has many benefits and uses. Since psyllium husk is classified as a seed, it contains no gluten in its natural state.
Gluten-Free and your health
According the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten-free living appeals to about 30 percent of American adults, though it seems to still be widely misunderstood, .4 percent of people have a doctor-diagnosed wheat allergy. When people with celiac disease eat gluten it prompts an immune system attack on the small intestine causing diarrhea and/or bloating. The misconception that gluten-free is healthier has led to avoidance of whole grains which is an important source of fiber, micronutrients, and prebiotics.
As previously stated plain psyllium husk is naturally gluten-free. However some companies will add wheat flour as a binding agent. So the best way to be completely sure that you are getting 100% psyllium husk is to read the ingredients on the product’s Nutrition/Supplement Facts panel.
When it comes to fruits, summer time has the sweetest and the juiciest of all year. When thinking about juicy fruits, one stands out above the rest -- guess that explains why August is National Peach Month!
A symbol of longevity and immortality, peaches are low in calories, have no saturated fat, and are a good source of dietary fiber. This sweet fruit is not only packed full of vitamins and nutrients, but it also aids digestion.
Is your mouth watering for more? Let’s take a look at peaches on digestion --
Around the Health Plus office, 10 a.m. is often a favorite time of day, as it is Snack Time.
In honor of National Peach Month, for today’s snack we decided to construct our very own Greek Yogurt Peach Parfait.
There is a lot of great topping options for your parfait…
We want to know how you like to dress up your yogurt, share your favorite recipes or toppings with us!
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Food for thought....
Yesterday marked that summer is officially here and if you have not already started to achieve that summer bod you have been fantasizing about all winter, you might be feeling all is lost. Truth be told, you will not score drool-worthy 6-pack abs overnight, but these helpful tips may give your summer slim down the boost it needs.
Drink more water, is what people always say to lose weight, but it is not because it’s a no calorie option. Our bodies are 60% water and every cell need it to function properly. By increasing water intake, you will also raise metabolism and the rate calories are burned.
Eat Real Food
Summertime is when there is an abundance of colorful and flavorful produce to fill your plate. A great substitute for eating hot and heavy foods that become very unappealing as the temperatures rise. Fruits and veggies are the best source for antioxidants, nutrients, minerals, and vitamins which the body requires to maintain healthy functioning. Consuming fruits and vegetables will also provide the body with fiber which helps you feel full longer. Fiber may help to eliminate fat and lower cholesterol, as well as slow down sugar and fats entering the bloodstream. This gives a steady supply of energy, helping to power through those long summer days.
Need inspiration, check out these yummy and quick summer snack ideas.
Beautiful sunny weather and long hours makes for a perfect reason to take your workout outside. Check out local hiking spots, go for a bike ride, or take up swimming. Summer offers a whole new way to make your workout fun and exciting. However, summer could also mean heat thus creating potentially dangerous conditions.
When the summer weather has you wanting to stay cooped-up with the A/C blasting there is a few simple fixes for scorching calories without the heat.
Don’t let vacation or rest days sideline your progress….
Getting some R&R is not only good for your mind, but your body too. It may help with lowering stress and give fatigued muscles time to recover. If you are away on vacation , get out to explore and take in some local fare. Vacation gives the opportunity to take in new flavors, sights, sounds and the chance to reignite your motivation.
In 1994 a bill establishing National Men’s Health Week was signed by President Clinton on May 31st. Since then, not only has the awareness week grown from a week to a month, but it is no longer recognized as just a national observance. In 2002 the Men’s Health Network led the charge with representatives from six leading men’s organizations from around the world to work together and launch International Men’s Health Week (IMHW).
Men’s Health Week ends on Father’s Day and even if you already have the perfect gift for dad, there is no better way to celebrate the leading men in your life then by helping to support their health and safety.
For centuries, cultures around the world have been using plants to aid and support dietary needs. Fast-forward to modern times, people are incorporating more plants into foods, drinks, and supplements in effort to achieve optimum health. As part of a weekly spotlight, here is a deeper look at a commonly used ingredient that helps support a natural lifestyle, but you might know very little about.
A reddish pigment known as “the King of The Carotenoids,” astaxanthin is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are produced by normal aerobic metabolism in organisms and are unavoidable. However, protecting the cells improves immune system function.
There are two sources of astaxanthin that can be found on the market, natural (Haematococcus pluvialis) and synthetic versions. Naturally occurring astaxanthin is derived from algae and can be found in micro-organisms and marine animals such as shrimp, lobster, crab, and salmon. The best food source to obtain the antioxidant is from wild pacific salmon.
Astaxanthin is considered such an amazing antioxidant because it is 14 – 65 times more potent than either Vitamin C or E. For better adsorption, it is suggested that astaxanthin be taken with a meal or food that contains some healthy fat, such as olive oil.
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Why is Turmeric Good for you?
What is Turmeric and where does it come from?
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is perennial a herbaceous plant and is considered a part of the ginger family, native to Southern Asia. Turmeric was first used as a dye for its deep orange yellow hue. It's commonly used in Asian foods such as curry and yellow mustard for its warm, bitter taste. Out of all the Southern Asian countries, India remains one of the most prominent producers of turmeric.
How much should I take?
The preparation for turmeric is the same as ginger. All you have to do is peel off the outer layer skin and then either cut or grate the root. The daily amount of turmeric you can take depends on the method of consumption. There are three different ways to consume turmeric: Fresh turmeric root, dried root powder, or supplementation. Each method has different dosage of turmeric.
- cut root: 1.5 - 3 grams per day
- dried powder: 1-3 grams per day
- supplement: 1.2 - 1.8 grams per day
Note: If you are using powder: 1 tbs daily is okay
Overall, Turmeric is really a powerful natural ingredient. Turmeric contains more than 300 antioxidants, making it a powerful healer.
Turmeric Root and Powder image: Turmeric vs. Cumin Spiceography showdown http://www.spiceography.com/turmeric-vs-cumin/
Fresh Turmeric image: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/83809243039532546/
Turmeric Root Capsules image: http://time.com/3984504/turmeric-supplements-curcumin/ Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME
Written by: Health Plus Inc
We all were told by our parents, “Eat your fruits and veggies or you'll have a hard time pooping.” Now, 30+ years later, you are browsing the internet looking for home remedies to solve your problem". In the back of your head, you can hear your mom’s voice saying, “I told you so.” Well, don’t worry too much. We are here to help!.
Whether you are just starting your first cleanse or looking for help with occasional constipation, it is important to focus on fruits and vegetables with a high concentration of fiber. The following fruits and veggies have an abundance of fiber, nutrients, and vitamins.