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Dare to Be Green: 5 Health Trends for Spring

Go green: health tips for spring.




SPRING IS JUST  around the corner and what better way to welcome the season than by highlighting the excellent emeralds in our lives that keep us healthy.

1.) Green tea: These days it comes in tea bags, hot, cold, over ice, in bubble, and frozen. Whatever the temperature, the best and healthiest green tea is made with loose tea leaves. Studies show that an after dinner cup of green tea may improve vascular reactivity (the way blood vessels respond to stress) and decrease the risk of heart disease.

2.) Kale chips: Want a healthy excuse for a chip? Bake up some kale leaves. (A staple for forever snacking med students, especially at 3 AM.) Kale has oodles of folate, Vitamin E and K (disclaimer: those taking mandatory blood thinners, take caution as vitamin K reverses what these medications are supposed to do!)

3.) Pistachios: Not only are these green little nuts fun to crack, but they also contain beta-carotene and gamma-tocopherol – compounds that lower LDL, or the ‘lousy’ cholesterol that leads to fatty deposits in our blood vessels. When researchers studied the change in LDL-cholesterol produced by subjects on pistachio-enhanced diets, they found decreased production in those who consumed 3 ounces of the nuts daily.

4.) Green juice: This may be the green gold at the end of the rainbow when it comes to health. An alphabet of vitamins, calcium, and nutrients, you can tailor each glass to your taste buds. Try the traditional Green Monster.

5. ) Cucumbers: These pre-pickle veggies are so high in water content that they’re almost negative in calories (meaning just the act of eating and digesting them probably burns more calories than they contain.) They’re also great for your post St. Patty’s bar hopping escapades since they hydrate your cells and lower water retention.

Ref: http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/brewing-evidence-for-teas-heart-benefits

http://news.psu.edu/story/167129/2010/05/20/research/pistachios-offer-multiple-health-benefits

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8 Comments

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    Angelo
    April 15, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Thanks for this information. I am really searching for ways to eat and drink healthy and this would be some of the best sources of healthy living. I like the taste of cucumbers so I might rather experiment on this veggie and learn how to get the most of it. 🙂

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    Hari Priya
    April 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Very healthy indeed. I always have these foods on a regular basis except for the kale chips which is not easily available in my place. Otherwise, I would add that in my dietary plan. I normally have a lot of fruits and vegetables and I would concentrate more this spring. Thanks for the article.

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    zhangisiung
    April 15, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    pistachios is my favorite from the 5. But they are so hard to open when snacking sometimes.

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    Killa
    April 16, 2017 at 12:44 am

    True green tea is very healthy. The effects are really good also while dieting.

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    Raphael Fabella
    April 16, 2017 at 4:43 am

    These all seem like perfectly yummy sounding snacks. I really don’t like cucumbers though, so i might pass on that.

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    azalea611
    April 17, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Cucumber as a possible remedy to hangovers? Just in time for my Coachella plans t’is season! I honestly never knew ’til I read your post… good job!

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    Jamie
    April 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    These are great suggestions! I have been drinking green tea for years now and have tried varieties of mix but never seem to get tired of it. And cucumbers are my favorite!

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    Hedda
    April 18, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I love cucumbers! I love nibbling them as well as putting them on top of my eyes to hydrate it. Super effective!

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