Facts You Can Use To Improve Your Health

I hope you are staying strong and dedicated to your New Year Promises. February is Heart-health month and March is Nutrition month.  Let’s kick off translating these facts and using them in our daily routine.

  • Did you know that the exercise that leaves you out of breath can help you live longer? This study showed that the life expectancy in men increased by 3-7 years even among men and women with heart disease.
  • Your mother was right when she told you to eat up your Broccoli and Brussels sprouts because they are good for you. Studies show that compounds in them known as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) play an  important part in preventing several types of cancers. It works when I3C destroys the harmful molecule Cdc25A. This molecule is essential for cell division and production and is found in abnormally high levels in half of breast cancer cases and usually reflects poor prognosis. The same molecule is found in other types of cancer such as prostrate, liver, esophagus,  endometrial, colon, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Alzheimer’s diseases.

What you can do?

  • Pick an activity that makes you move and one that you enjoy. Do it consistently for at least 30 minutes per day, 3 to 5 times per week.

 

  • Include green leafy vegetables and cruciferous ones like the ones mentioned in this article in your meal plans.

Sources of Facts: Archives of Internal Medicine
The Journal for Cancer Prevention Research

Recipe For Your Health!
Steamed Broccoli
2 cups broccoli florets
1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 red or yellow bell, pepper diced
1/4 teaspoon basil or herbs of your preference
freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a Saucepan fitted with a steamer, steam the broccoli for 2 minutes. set aside. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and pepper; cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook, stirring 1-2 minutes more Season with  black pepper.

This is a simple side dish that is quick to prepare. You can double the recipe and eat it cold as part of your lunch the next day. Enjoy!!!

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