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Color Matters: The Diversity of Whole Foods.

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Nature is a varied field of infinite possibilities. With each passing day some new discovery is stumbled upon and Mother Earth tops what we assumed were her greatest creations. She always shows us the best has yet to come. What always surprises me are the many components to every fiber and layer of life created. Every thing has its purpose, it’s specific duty to the world, down to the human body and the food we eat. I’ve always known certain foods were beneficial to us based on taste, texture, and even location, but never thought twice about the meaning of its color. Each representation of the rainbow possesses it’s unique nutrient to help build immunity and fight disease, keeping the body functioning on an optimal level.

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These are foods which contain chlorophyll, the molecule responsible for the process of photosynthesis in plants. Often referred to as the “green blood of plants” because of its close resemblance to red blood cells found in humans. Used mainly for purposes of detoxification, chlorophyll binds to toxins and helps remove them from the body. This “green blood” is also known for its maintenance of the circulatory, immune, and digestive systems.

Highest sources: dark leafy greens like kale, arugula & swiss chard, wheatgrass, the blue- green algae spirulina, herbs, and all green fruits/veggies. 

 

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The nutrient lycopene of the carotenoid family is responsible for the red color/hue found in many fruits & vegetables. Shown to protect blood vessels around the heart and in the neck better than vitamins A, E, and CoQ10, lycopene also delivers oxygen to body tissues. Also shown to prevent against various cancers, specifically prostate and breast.

Highest Sources: ripe red tomatoes, red chile peppers (cayenne), red bell peppers, watermelon, and grapefruit. 

 

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Beta-Carotene, alpha-carotene, and zeaxanthin are a few of the nutrients which give produce its yellow and orange hues. These are foods that promote good eye health, the building of strong bones, and boosting the immune system by fighting off free radicals.

Highest sources: carrots, pineapple, squash, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, yellow bell peppers, corn, and mangoes. 

 

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Anthocyanins are the compounds in various fruits and vegetables which give them a blue/purple pigment. This antioxidant acting member of the flavonoid family is known for its various benefits such as improving brain function & memory, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease, promote healthy aging, and protect cells.

Highest Sources: blueberries, eggplant, purple grapes, plums, blackberries, and figs.

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White fruits and vegetables are high in the compounds anthoxanthins and allcin. Anthoxanthins have antioxidant properties which lower the risk for cancer and heart disease. Allcin lowers high blood pressure & cholesterol and reduces the risk of stroke.

Highest sources: onions, potatoes, bananas, peaches, jicama, white mushrooms, and cauliflower.

 

It’s important to diversify your palate! Each fruit and vegetable contains a unique color which represents compounds & molecules present that will help aid in maintaining the body’s wellness. Don’t just marvel at the rainbow, eat it! 

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Fall Care. For the Cold Season.

Sweaters, boots, hoodies, Thanksgiving, Halloween, falling leaves, pumpkin spice ?!?!? Yes, pumpkin spice. If you haven’t noticed yet, fall is here and it is here to stay. Along with the perks of Fall, our bodies and minds have to adjust to this transitioning season.  Although it is hard to let go of the blazing sun and the great ordeals of summer, Fall brings great things. We promise! 

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The season is breaking and AfroMadu is here to help you stay healthy and safe through the cold weather!

  1. Vitamins Double Time:
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    A diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and nutrients can boost immunity to help fight infection.
    Top antioxidants include vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc. To get enough of these antioxidants in your diet, step up the intake of unprocessed fruits and vegetables. This isn’t realistic for everyone, with obstacles like budget constraints and busy schedules. Thankfully there are many supplements for these antioxidants at your local drug store, which come in the form of chewy candy, gum, pills or drinks.
  2. Rest Up:
    Our T-Cells or T lymphocytes count decreases when we are sleep deprived. These cells play a major role in the mechanism of our immune system. Getting adequate amounts is imperative – usually 7 to 9 hours for an adult.
  3. Water, Water, Water!:
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    As if AfroMadu doesn’t stress this enough, too little fluid in our body hinders the efficient working of the blood and lymph systems which reduces energy and contributes to a sluggish feeling.  You’re probably thinking about when you can get to your next cup of coffee or warm apple cider but you need to stay hydrated, and the only way to properly do so is with water! Eight to ten glasses a day is recommended.

4. Exercise:Regular exercise increases the level of leukocytes, an immune system cell that fights infection. Exercise also is associated with increased release of endorphins, natural hormones that pump up your sense of well being and improve sleep quality, both of which have positive effects on your immune system.

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5. Hygiene: This goes without saying, wash your hands often! Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on deck! Keep a pack of tissues on hand!

No excuses. I wish you all a healthy, prosperous cold season!

Protect Your Feet!

Summer is slowly leaving and Fall is beginning to approach. And with the thought that your favorite flip flops will be put in the back of a closet and those fall boots and flats will be back on the scene, might put a little hole in everyone’s heart. But before we decide to put those fall shoes to work, or even buy new ones, let’s begin to make better decisions on the two things that are the most important for your lifetime: Your feet! 

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It is BEYOND important to worry about your foot health. I mean think about it this way, if you don’t, who will? Making sure that finding the perfect shoe, for example, along with the perfect fit can not only make your feet feel super comfortable but will save them for your later years.

People who suffer from things like arthritis, muscle and tendon problems, toe and joint injuries, and just overall jacked up feet are very popular today. In fact 7 out of 10 people will eventually have drastic foot conditions, all of which can be preventable. How is it preventable you ask? AfroMadu always knows….

Unknown-17Understanding the strain point in your feet, for starters, is really crucial to maintaining good feet health. When you are on your feet all day, what part of your foot hurts the most? whether it is the heel, arch or the front of your foot, finding that shoe that supports your strain points will not only your strain points, but it will allow you to stay on your feet a little longer. 

Exercise, as always, is another good way to protect your feet. Cardio and recreational activities keeps the blood flow and muscles moving, while it straightens and tones the shape of your feet. 

Yoga, especially, has been a great practice to take care of your feet. Having yoga instructors called them the “root of the body”, their are poses and different techniques used in yoga to maintain and circulate blood flow in feet, and along the spinal cord and back.  

All in All, these strategies can strengthen and heal your feet. Longevity is super prominent for the two walkers that will keep you well and active. Training and toning might not be the first thing you think about when you want to get healthy, but it should be. Pay attention to those feet, you are going to need them forever!   

New Season, New Goals.

As the summer is coming to an end most people find themselves coming up with new goals for the remaining four months of the year. This year I am guilty as charged. My new goal is to get fit (I cannot afford to lose any weight) and find a constructive activity like kickboxing or Zumba. Granted I have a low cut so I do not have to worry about sweating my hair out. However, here are some tips to be able to work out yet not sweat out your hair too much.

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Time:
If you love to run, run early in the morning when the air is still cool. This allows your hair to sweat out a little less.

How to style:
Natural hair- if you braid your hair at night then keep it the same.
Permed hair- you can keep it wrapped by putting bobby pins in it.

Scarves: Some may feel scarves are too ghetto and should not be worn to the gym. However, I feel if you have a hair style that needs it then wear it. Just make sure it’s the best scarf you have. Don’t go to the gym in your scarf with all the holes in it. If you still feel uncomfortable then style your scarf to make it look like a fashion statement.

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Don’t let the pressure of your hair stop you from reaching your goals. Please share if you use a different style to protect your hair when you work out.

~B.R.A.T (Black, Radical and Thorough

Working out the New Trend?

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Obesity rates are rising and the government seems to be clueless as to why great amounts of Americans are becoming overweight and healthy. It is because they choose to become obese? Can people afford to be healthy?

Maintaining health in America today is another burden that citizens have to worry about. Between high priced health care in order to obtain daily checkups and proper treatments, to the high cost of organic and healthy food, the odds of living a healthful life is SUPER hard. People result in surviving off of the things that they can afford which means consuming fatty, processed food and sugary drinks that are in their price range rather than fresh fruits, vegetables and essentials to proper eating.

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..But there is hope. Trends of working out and staying fit has been the latest talk, especially during the summer, for people to work out on beach bodies and keeping fit for the summer. More gyms and weight rooms are making a come back in business and stores are  promoting and selling more workout clothes and paraphernalia. Is working out the new trend?

It is definitely time for us to wake up when it comes to our health. In the Black community ESPECIALLY we lack the desire to eat healthier and stay fit. Its time for a change. The constant excuse of being to busy or not having a budget for working out is probably the lamest one. We cannot continue to let our laziest control us!

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In the beautiful summer season, really think about your eating and fit habits. It doesn’t take a lot to develop healthy habits and stay fit. Here’s a few small tips for take control of your health!

Exercise: Running is one of the best ways to start your work out journey. Waking up 30 mins before work or school and running around the block every morning can make a huge difference in dominating cardio and beginning to get healthier. If running is too hard to start at first, walking can always be the beginning. Not only will you look better but feel better from the energy that was used.

Water: A free natural source that everyone has access to? WATER! Enough with the sugary drinks. All they do is give you more muffin to the top. Substitute water for every time you decide to drink a can of soda are a juice drink. It works in a million ways.

Educate Yourself: Nothing is better than learning more about your health and what you can do to improve it. Continue to read about tips, testimonies, workout plans, and other health and fitness stuff you can find. Knowing is Power!

It is clear that working out is becoming a trend so why not hop on this healthy bandwagon! This is could be the start of something life changing so start today!