Best Gluten Free Foods

Best Gluten Free Foods

Not everyone should go gluten free. However, if you have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, gluten free foods can help you return to good health. Unfortunately, gluten is often hidden in products you might not suspect, like ketchup or soy. Gluten is a protein in grains like wheat. While the higher amount of protein makes it a good option for some, it’s not for those whose body struggles with gluten. The problems that occur can include diarrhea, exhaustion, skin conditions, anemia, auto-immune disorders, depression, headaches, stomach pain and more. Today, almost 80% of wheat is a variety that’s high in gluten.

Gluten free options may not be your best choice if you’re not gluten intolerant.

If manufacturers remove something from food, such as fat from yogurt, they replace it with something to make up for the loss of flavor, in this case sugar. That also happens if companies remove gluten from an option. Gluten doesn’t give a product flavor, like sugar does, but it does give it texture. Gluten makes bread denser and less crumbly. Opt for products naturally gluten free, like quinoa, corn, brown rice and oats.

Are you baking at home?

There are many wheat flour substitutes for people who are gluten free, but one of the best is almond flour. You can make it at home by blanching and grinding your own almonds. It takes about 90 almonds processed that way to make a cup of almond flour. If you opt to purchase almond flour, which many people do, check the label. If it’s made at a company that also processes products containing gluten, the label should give a warning about the potential of cross contamination.

Choose whole foods as a gluten free choice.

Grains contain gluten, but other healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, fish, seafood, meat, poultry, dairy, beans, legumes and nuts don’t. It sounds like you have a lot of options that are gluten-free and you do. However, bread products and even commercially made soups and processed food, even if it’s not a bread product, may contain gluten. Soups are often thickened with gluten containing products. Ketchup may contain gluten, depending on the type of vinegar used. Some vinegar is gluten free, such as apple cider vinegar. Others may start with a gluten containing product or be exposed to cross contamination.

  • Try using buckwheat or amaranth flour when baking. Buckwheat may have wheat in its name, but it’s not a wheat. Just like amaranth, it’s a pseudo cereal.
  • If you aren’t gluten intolerant or have celiac disease, be aware that cutting your intake of grains can also increase the risk of heart disease. It takes good planning to ensure you get all the nutrients necessary.
  • If you’re wondering what to choose for breakfast, try oatmeal. It’s naturally gluten free. Read the label to make sure there’s no cross contamination.
  • If you like to stop for a beer after work or other alcoholic beverages, be aware that many contain gluten. Beer, lagers, and malt beverages definitely contain gluten. Some wines may have gluten due to the paste used to seal the barrels where they ferment.

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Are Massage Guns Good For Sore Muscles?

Are Massage Guns Good For Sore Muscles?

While the best treatment for aching muscles is normally provided by a massage therapist, massage guns also can bring relief from sore muscles. These devices were first used by massage therapists to help increase circulation and bring aid for pain. They can provide deep relief at home that other types of vibrating machines and foam rollers can’t offer. It’s known as percussion therapy. Today, they’re found in many homes as a quick answer to painful muscles.

Besides muscle pain relief, massage guns can help improve sleep and reduce stress.

It impacts the immune system positively, by increasing blood circulation, which also helps improve overall focus. There are negative effects to bad circulation, like swollen appendages, fatigue, muscle cramps and cold extremities. You can even feel more comfortable lifting heavier and putting more effort into your workout, knowing if it results in muscle pain, the massage gun can help immediately. One study shows that this type of therapy can help improve muscle endurance and power, while decrease the potential for DOMS.

Athletes love massage guns for improving their performance and dealing with post injury care.

The increased circulation helps boost performance and if an injury does occur, the use of a massage gun can help reduce the recovery time. They help enhance flexibility by providing circulation to both muscles and fascial tissue. Whether it’s sciatica, muscle cramps, spasms or soreness, TMJ, low back pain, shin splints or carpal tunnel, massage gun therapy can help.

The design of a massage gun makes them easier to use on your own body.

If you have sore upper back muscles, you can direct the massage gun to help reduce the pain and it’s far easier to use and better than a foam roller. You can direct a family member to use it on the muscles that are sore. Even if they don’t have much hand strength or any massage skills, you’ll still get a good, deep massage. While there are all types of massage guns, some are light enough you can take them when you travel, providing relief everywhere you go.

  • You may run the risk of injury or lack of results if you don’t use them correctly. Read the instructions and check online for the proper way to use them. Better yet, learn from your massage therapist.
  • You can’t use massage guns on sprains, broken bones and areas of severe swelling. Check with your doctor if you want to use them where you have varicose veins or have conditions like hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis or other conditions.
  • Not all massage guns are created equally. Some are better than others. Do your research to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. Some guns that are lower in price are just as good as more expensive ones.
  • Always read instructions carefully and avoid using a massage gun on the same spot for more than 20 seconds or if the area turns red. Make sure you’re using the right speed and pressure. If you feel an electric shock-type of pain, stop immediately.

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How To Become More Flexible

How To Become More Flexible

You have to have all four types of fitness training to become fit. They include balance, strength, endurance and flexibility. We provide all types of training at Next Level Fitness in Irvine, CA. Flexibility training is important to help prevent injury and can make moves you do daily easier on your body and more enjoyable. Increasing your flexibility takes more than just stretching occasionally. It takes constant effort and knowing the right way to increase flexibility.

Flexibility starts with a warm-up and ends with cool down exercises.

There are several types of stretches to help increase flexibility: dynamic, static, ballistic, myofascial release and active isolated stretching. All play a role in flexibility and all are different, not only in how they’re done, but also when they’re done. Some types of stretching are better for warming up, while others are better for overall flexibility. Some help protect muscles when doing other exercises and others help muscles heal. Dynamic stretching is a great warm up exercise that can protect muscles, but those exercises can cause more harm than benefit if used when you’re rehabbing from an injury.

Do dynamic stretches before a workout to improve flexibility by warming muscles.

The type of dynamic stretching you’ll do is based on the type of workout you’re going to do. The dynamic stretch should warm the muscles you’re about to use when you workout. Dynamic stretches include lunges, jumping jacks and squats. Once those muscles are warmed, near the end of the exercise session, static or passive stretching can help improve range of motion—flexibility.

Active stretching alternates between contracting and relaxing antagonist and agonist muscle groups.

While active or PNF stretching was first used for rehab, it’s often used to help improve flexibility too. It’s more comfortable to do than many types of static stretching and strengthens the muscles while it makes them more flexible. PNF combines isometric stretching and static stretching. You assume the static stretch position, then isometrically tighten your muscles for ten to fifteen seconds, then relax the muscles.

  • PNF exercises can include hold-relax movements, contract-relax, hold-relax-contract and rhythmic rotation.
  • Don’t try to stretch too far when you’re first working on flexibility training. Start where you’re comfortable. Always warm muscles first before trying static exercises, like toe touching. If you can’t touch your toes, go as far as you can and work toward touching your toes.
  • Stay relaxed during stretching exercises. Deep breathing can help keep your body relaxed and aid in making you more successful. It’s why starting an exercise in a comfortable position is also important.
  • Our personal trainers will design a program specifically for your needs that ensure you maximize the benefits of all types of stretching and improve your flexibility. Flexibility not only helps prevent injury, it keeps your walk and movements appear more youthful.

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The Risks Of "Dry Scooping"

The Risks Of “Dry Scooping”

Are you a chronic viewer of TikTok videos? If you are, you’re probably familiar with many of the different challenges. Some are really funny and a blast to try, while others can be quite dangerous. One of the more dangerous challenges is dry scooping. What is dry scooping? It’s taking a scoop of powdered pre-workout mix that is supposed to be added to water or other liquid and trying to swallow it. There are several reasons this seemingly benign activity can be dangerous.

Let’s start with the obvious, choking.

When you add powder to liquid, if you add enough liquid, it mixes into the liquid to make a new liquid. If you don’t add enough liquid, it creates thick sludge or chunks. Those can block your airway. If you accidently inhale the powder, it can go into your lungs and create inflammation and infection. If it blocks your airway, you either do a self-heimlich maneuver, spewing powder everywhere, which again you can accidently inhale, or face suffocation.

The ingredients in protein supplements were never meant to be ingested that way.

Most pre-workout supplements contain caffeine and the concentration is less when mixed with water. However, taking it straight can be the equivalent of consuming all the caffeine in three cups of coffee at once. That can create heart related symptoms, like rapid heartbeat or palpitations. While it just might cause your heart rate to increase for a while, for some, it can be extremely dangerous, especially if you already have a cardiac problem, even one that you aren’t aware of having.

Take pity on your teeth.

Believe it or not, dry scooping too frequently can have a substantial effect on your teeth. Many supplements to take pre-workout are flavored with citric acid that also makes them dissolve easier. While it does add a tangy flavor, when not mixed with fluid and allowing your saliva to dissolve it, it sets on your teeth. As the name implies, citric acid is an acid and can remove some enamel permanently. Unless you’re brushing your teeth immediately afterward, it can weaken your teeth. Do you really think you’ll do that at the gym before you workout?

  • Many of the ingredients besides caffeine in pre-workout supplements can create reactions in the body when not diluted, like BCAAs, creatine, beta-alanine and niacin. The reaction can vary by degree and include rashes, shakiness, shortness of breath, and even stroke or heart attack.
  • Not all pre-workout supplements are pure. Some are contaminated and dry scooping them only makes it worse. Since the contents aren’t regulated, they may have more of a specific ingredient, which can cause even more problems.
  • While pre-workout supplements may be more convenient than bringing a pre-workout snack to the gym and dry scooping may add to that convenience, you’re better off using real food where you have more control over the content.
  • If you’re really serious about getting fit, avoid all the childish trends. While some are innocuous, others can be dangerous, but all get in the way of focusing on a great workout and healthy body.

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Where Does Fitness Fit On Your Priority List?

Where Does Fitness Fit On Your Priority List?

Is fitness a priority in your life? It should be. It affects how you feel, your health, your energy level, your mood and even how you look. While it takes some time to carve out time to get fit, the longer you put forth the effort, the faster you’ll get other tasks accomplished, due to increased energy. It isn’t just about losing weight, because if you’re thin, yet sickly, you aren’t functioning your best either.

Start by making small changes.

It’s all about lifestyle, not just one big push to eat healthy and exercise for a week. You can’t change the effect of years of bad habits with a week of good ones. Start by making a small change, like vowing to get more exercise and doing something about that daily, whether it’s exercising five to ten minutes several times a day, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or making the effort to walk a half hour a day. Choose something that you know you’ll do consistently, no matter how small, to increase your exercise—-then do it.

Double your benefits by doubling your changes.

Giving up bad habits is the hardest, especially if those habits are addictive, like nicotine, sugar, drugs or alcohol. If you’re tackling a big change, replace that bad habit with a good one. Instead of stopping at the local bar for drink after work, go to the gym. Get the benefits of relaxation from exercise or meditation rather than drugs, legal or otherwise. Have healthy foods available so you don’t reach for ones that have added sugar.

Boost your efforts by getting plenty of sleep.

We’re a nation where burning the candle at both ends is honored and working to the point of mental exhaustion applauded. Not only does that affect your health, but it also affects your productivity and can cause weight gain. It can cause burnout that ultimately leads to a reduction in your productivity and shoddy work. Lack of sleep can also cause a hormonal imbalance in the hunger/satiety hormones, leaving you feeling hungry all the time.

  • Build on the changes you made. Create a notification in your phone every month or two that reminds you to up your game. If you’re walking ten minutes every day, increase it to twenty or walk several times a day.
  • Drink more water. It may seem simple, but it’s extremely important. Mild dehydration can affect all parts of your body, including the brain. Increase the amount of water you drink daily or sip it throughout the day and watch your energy level rise.
  • A few simple changes can make a world of difference. Have healthy snacks, like fruit, vegetables and nuts on hand and avoid food with added sugar. Increase your servings of vegetables and add fatty fish to your diet once a week to feel your best.
  • When you make your health a priority, you’re doing it for your employer, your family and yourself. Your family needs you healthy and getting fit makes you more efficient at work. Most of all, every person deserves to feel their best, including you.

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Why Do I  Feel So Weak?

Why Do I Feel So Weak?

If you have chronic exhaustion and feel tired and weak all the time, always check with your health care professional first. If the doctor says it’s not due to illness, then it’s time to take action. We can help you at Next Level Fitness in Irvine, CA. Sometimes the problem can come from being inactive. Sitting too long can actually wear you out. Take frequent breaks if you’re sitting for long hours and get moving. Stretch, walk or even do mild calisthenics. It all helps to get your blood circulating and boost your energy level.

Is stress causing the problem, by wiping out your energy?

While working hard physically can leave you tired, it’s a good type of tired that lets you fall asleep fast. Mental work and emotional stress can create the same exhaustion and sleep doesn’t come easy, so you never feel completely rested. If your life is an emotional blender, it’s time to take a break. You can get professional help from a therapist if it’s overwhelming or burn off some of that stress in the gym. We can help create a program that will work you hard, burn off the hormones of stress and help you sleep at night.

Maybe you’re tossing and turning at night and not getting quality sleep.

It’s not all about how much time you spend in bed, but also about the quality of your sleep. As mentioned earlier, exercise can help you sleep better, but so can diet. Eating food high in B-vitamins and magnesium can help with stress. If you’re having problems sleeping, certain foods at bedtime can help, such as bananas that are high in magnesium, a bit of honey in tea or warm milk can help. Make sure the room is completely dark and cooler for the best sleep.

Just drink more water.

Dehydration can create the feeling of exhaustion and a bottle of water could make the difference. Dehydration can have many symptoms but feeling weak and tired is definitely one of those. Try drinking a cold, refreshing glass of water and do it every hour or two. You may notice the difference almost immediately. Dehydration can also cause other problems that you might not have considered. It can cause foggy brain, irritability and even mimic signs of dementia. Older individuals are more prone to it, but chronic mild dehydration can also affect the young.

  • You may have a problem with blood glucose levels. You don’t have to be diabetic to have this problem. When you eat sugary treats, it sends your energy high and then it plummets a few hours later. Eat more protein and fiber.
  • If you didn’t have a doctor check for anemia, do so, especially if you have shortness of breath, digestive issues and pale skin, which are other signs. Increased consumption of foods high in B-12, iron, vitamin C and folic acid help.
  • Adrenal fatigue is relatively common. It causes disturbed sleep, aches and pains, weight gain and low immunity. Eat protein, healthy fat and avoid simple carbs, especially those with added sugar. Include basil and other adaptogenic herbs in your diet.
  • Are you depressed? It’s not uncommon. Depression can come from stress, poor diet or too much alcohol or the opposite, too much caffeine. Gut health is also important in fighting depression. Try exercise, diet change, or meditation and other relaxation techniques.

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How To Get Energy Without Coffee

How To Get Energy Without Coffee

What’s the first thing you do when you’re feeling dragged out and ready to stop and drop? Some people grab a candy bar and others grab a cup of coffee. You can get energy without coffee or sugar and the energy lasts even longer. Unlike both, you won’t come crashing down, create a dependency or interrupt sleep later. Caffeine affects the neurotransmitters, blocking ones that make you feel drowsy and boosting those that make you feel alert. However, there are better ways to give your body a boost that are more long-lasting and can even help you get a good night’s rest.

Try a piece of fruit.

Yes, fruit has sugar, which does help you feel more energetic, but it also has fiber. Fiber slows and helps regulate the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. It gives you a constant flow of energy. Make that fruit colder and you have a treat that can really boost your energy level. Try freezing grapes and have a few as a snack as an energy boost. The fiber helps you feel full. Apple slices with a touch of peanut butter can also bring a more lasting boost of energy.

Don’t forget water.

Water is a natural boost to your energy, especially for those who are mildly dehydrated. The older you are, the more like that is to happen. Mild dehydration can bring on mind fog, cause exhaustion and even mimic the signs of dementia. If you don’t like plain water, try making infused water and keeping it on hand. You can infuse it with fresh fruit, herbs, spices or vegetables, to add flavor but few if any calories.

It has similar energy boosting effects to coffee, tea is a good alternative.

Tea, especially green tea, has similar effects to coffee, but doesn’t leave you feeling jittery. While scientists have discovered benefits in coffee, tea has even more, especially green tea. The more green tea you drink, the more benefits you get. There’s a direct correlation to the amount green tea consumed daily and longevity. Herbal teas, like ginger or peppermint tea can also boost your energy level.

  • Just move! Get your blood circulating to increase your energy level. If you’ve ever driven long hours and found yourself moving around, trying to stay awake you know intuitively that moving helps boost energy levels.
  • Eat some protein and fruit. A cup of Greek yogurt with berries, banana slices and nuts provide the carbs for instant energy and the protein and fat to keep your energy level higher, longer.
  • Go out in the sun. Getting your daily dose of sunshine can boost your energy and your mood, especially if you take a walk in a park or where there’s lots of green. It increases energy, while providing relaxation. Walk barefoot on grass if you can.
  • Sniff a whiff of essential oils or pack a lemon or orange peel in a plastic bag. Some scents can make you feel revitalized. Cinnamon, citrus and peppermint are good ones. Dab some oil on a cotton ball and seal it in a plastic bag. Open the bag and sniff when you need a boost.

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Do Weight Loss Patches Actually Work?

Do Weight Loss Patches Actually Work?

One of the latest weight loss aids that are creating some interest are weight loss patches. Clients at Next Level Fitness in Irvine, CA have asked whether these work or are a waste of money. Exactly what are these patches? They work like nicotine patches or pain patches and deliver the ingredients trans-dermally, meaning via the skin, then go into the bloodstream.

What are some of the problems with patches.

The patch contains specific ingredients that are supposed to help with weight loss or a combination of them and sometimes ingredients to help delivery. Not all ingredients that might help with weight loss can be delivered that way, some have molecules that are too large to enter via the skin. Other problems occur in measuring the amount of the ingredient that the patch delivers. Is there enough to be effective, while still being safe. To add to the problem, not all areas of skin absorb ingredients at the same rate. Humidity and heat also affect absorption.

What are the various types of ingredients used in patches?

There are a lot of different patches on the market. Some include one active ingredient, while others may include many. Ingredients used include green coffee bean extract, green tea, acai berry, ephedra, Hokuto mint/Japanese mint, flaxseed oil and bitter orange. There are few if any studies done on the effectiveness of the patches. They aren’t regulated by the FDA either, so little is known about overall potential risk.

The ingredients used have been studied for weight loss when taken orally.

One of the benefits of patches, which is also one of negatives, is that the ingredients bypass the stomach and digestive system and go directly into the bloodstream. While they will deliver the unaffected ingredient directly into the blood, nobody has tested whether that makes a difference on safety, effectiveness or results. The dosage level isn’t addressed either when delivered differently and at full strength.

  • One ingredient that could be found in weight loss patches is ephedra. It does boost metabolism, but also has been found to have dangerous side effects. The FDA banned it, but since patches aren’t regulated, some could contain it.
  • Flaxseed and flaxseed oil do help weight loss, but not in a way that can be reproduced in patches. The ingredients in both slow digestion and the fiber in flaxseed make you feel full. Tests on flaxseed oil patches have not shown effectiveness.
  • You’d be better off saving your money and including the ingredients in your diet. For instance, invest in green tea bags and drink it throughout the day. Not only does it help with weight loss, it helps boost good health.
  • While it sounds like a great idea to use patches, since they’re so convenient, but you could be wasting your money or even worse, gambling with your health. Eating healthy and a program of regular exercise is still the best way to take off weight and prevent it from returning.

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Is All Cheese Bad For You?

Is All Cheese Bad For You?

Like other types of dairy, cheese provides vitamin A, calcium, healthy fat and protein. Also like other types of dairy products, it’s even better if the milk comes from cows that are grass-fed and organic. There’s a growing body of evidence that questions the benefits and whether cheese is bad for you that considers other factors, like the amount of cheese you eat. For instance, it’s high in fat, so overindulgence can pack on the pounds. Some types of cheese are also better for you than others are.

Cheese is made from milk that has added salt, good bacteria and an enzyme, rennet.

There are eight different types of cheese and within those categories, many variations. Fresh cheese is one that’s ready to eat and doesn’t require aging. They include cottage cheese and ricotta. Mild semi-soft cheese is aged from a few days to a few months. These include Monterey Jack and Havarti. Soft ripened cheese gets softer with age and include Brie and Camembert. American or French goat cheese are surface-ripened. The outside is a rind with the interior soft or runny. Semi-hard cheese is the broadest category and include Swiss, cheddar and Colby. Hard cheeses are well aged and include Gouda and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Blue cheese is easy to recognize and includes Roquefort and Gorgonzola. Washed rind cheese, the final category, have an orange-pinkish rind from being washed with brine, beer or other alcohol. Limburger and Muenster are in that group.

There are some cheeses that even lactose intolerant people can eat and ones that are better for dieters.

The longer cheese is aged, the less lactose it contains, so it doesn’t have the same effect on those that are lactose intolerant. Muenster, Camembert, Brie, cheddar, Provolone, Gouda, Blue, Parmesan and Swiss are the ones with the least amount of lactose. If you’re trying to lose weight, cheese with higher calories include Parmesan, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Fintina and Romano. Those that are lower in calories per serving include Mozzarella. Feta and goat cheese. The healthiest types of cheese include Mozzarella, blue cheese, Feta, cottage cheese, Swiss cheese, Ricotta and goat cheese.

It’s not always the cheese that’s the unhealthy part of the food.

Cheese is often used in dishes that aren’t the healthiest. It tops loaded fries, pizza and other high calorie, not so healthy foods. Not all cheese is real cheese. For instance, those American cheese slices people often use are really cheese food. They contain additives to give them a longer shelf life. In fact, those additives are over half the ingredients of the product.

  • Some of those additives include sodium phosphate, sorbic acid and calcium phosphates. Calcium phosphates increase the firmness of the cheese. Calcium phosphates also are used in fertilizers.
  • If you’re going to eat cheese, eat full fat cheese. Low fat cheese has other additives to make it taste good. It also is missing the healthy fat that keeps you feeling fuller and provides benefits for your body.
  • If you want shredded cheese, do it yourself. Don’t buy the pre-shredded kind. In order to keep from clumping, manufacturers use additives to prevent that. Shredded cheese is also subject to mold quicker. Block cheese is cheaper, lasts longer and you can freeze it.
  • Cheese made from the milk of grass fed cows is healthier. It contains more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which makes it heart healthier. It also contains more omega-3 fatty acids and the optimal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6.

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Healthy Benefits Of Brussels Sprouts

Healthy Benefits Of Brussels Sprouts

You may have turned your nose up when your mother served Brussels sprouts or held your nose and ate one if she insisted. These little miniature cabbages have a far stronger smell when cooked, so many children act the same. Like cabbage, they’re a member of the Brassicaceae family. Just like cabbage, there are many benefits of Brussels sprouts that can help you stay healthier.

Brussels sprouts are high in nutrients.

Just one serving of Brussels sprouts contain 91% of your body’s daily value for vitamin K and 53% of the amount of vitamin C you need. It also contains 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of carbs and 12% of the daily value for folate. Yet this tiny power packed veggie just contains 28 calories per serving. They’re also high in antioxidants, which can protect you at a cellular level.

The high fiber content of Brussels sprouts helps maintain blood sugar levels.

Fiber is important for your body. It helps provide bulk to your stool to prevent constipation, while also feeding your beneficial microbes in the digestive system. Fiber also slows the absorption of glucose into the blood stream and by doing that, helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Studies show that people who have more cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts, in their diet, reduce the risk of diabetes.

Brussels sprouts contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Brussels sprouts contain a special type of omega-3 fatty acid. It’s alpha-linolenic or ALA. It’s the only type of omega-3 that plants contain. While a better, more usable type of Omega-3 is found in seafood and fish, it’s still a good option to add to the diet. The body converts the ALA to the omega-3 your body uses but can only do a small amount at a time, unlike the omega-3 in fish that doesn’t require conversion. Omega-3, no matter what the source, is important for lung, immune system and blood vessel health.

  • The antioxidants in Brussels sprouts help reduce inflammation by fighting free radicals in the body. Chronic inflammation can cause many illnesses from auto-immune diseases to cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
  • The vitamin C in Brussels sprouts helps keep tissue repaired. Brussels sprouts is the best source for vitamin C from vegetables. Vitamin C is also important for the production of collagen, which keeps your skin looking younger.
  • You can use Brussels sprouts in a main dish or as a side dish. They can be grilled, baked, roasted, sautéed or served raw. They are delightful in salads or cole slaw and can be quartered and served with dip.
  • Cooking Brussels sprouts can decrease the vitamin C amount, but increase vitamins E and K. It can also release myrosinase, an enzyme, which breaks down glucosinolates and provide anti-cancer benefits. Don’t cook Brussels sprouts to long, or they become mushy and bitter.

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