7 Health Benefits of Rhubarb

Written by: Helen

Welcome to Fit Food Friday.  I thought it would be good to look at a vegetable that is in season now and is delicious.  I will link to some recipes at the end and, yes, one will definitely be a crumble.  Can you beat a rhubarb crumble?  I think not.

Here are 7 reasons why you should be eating rhubarb.

 

1) Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight then this is a useful vegetable.  It is not only low in calories but it is high in fibre.  Foods that are high in fibre help us to feel fuller for longer and can prevent snacking.

 

2) Digestion

The amount of fibre also means that it is good for our digestion.  Fibre encourages healthy bowel movements and keeps our digestive systems in good working order.

 

3) Alzheimer’s Disease

It provides good amounts of vitamin K.  Vitamin K is an important nutrient involved with brain health.  It stimulates our cognitive activity and can help to delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimers.  You can find more info about that here

 

4) Antioxidants

To read my article about the role of antioxidants in the body click here.

Rhubarb has high amounts of antioxidants.  The redder colour stems have more vitamin A than greener stems.  Antioxidants are an important part of a healthy diet because they protect our bodies and help to fight off diseases including heart disease and cancer.

 

5) Cancer Prevention

This leads me on to number 5.  As mentioned above the antioxidants make it a good food in the fight against cancer.  Antioxidants battle against free radicals and free radicals cause cells to mutate or die.

 

6) Healthy Skin

As well as containing vitamin A, rhubarb also contains compounds such as carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein.  These convert into vitamin A inside the body.  Vitamin A is important for skin health (It is also an important nutrient for healthy eyesight so rhubarb helps with this too).  Free radicals cause some of the signs of ageing and, as mentioned, the antioxidants in rhubarb help to combat free radicals.

 

7) Bone Health

As well as helping combat Alzheimer’s, vitamin K also plays a role in bone health.  It aids our bones with growth and repair.  This nutrient combined with the calcium in rhubarb means that this vegetable is a great food for our bones and teeth.

And now that you know how good it is for you, here are some recipes.  Just click on the recipe to be taken to the link.  Do you eat rhubarb?  Let me know below.  Thanks for reading 🙂

Rhubarb Cordial

Rhubarb cordial

 

Oaty Rhubarb Crumble

rhubarb crumble

 

Rhubarb Fool

Rhubarb Fool

 

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Heath & Heather Organic Super Tea

Written by: Helen

 

I love trying different teas.  My tea shelf (which is gradually expanding into a tea cupboard) is well stocked with a variety of herbal and unusual teas (I’ve written an article before about the health benefits of herbal teas.  You can read it here).  So I was pleased when Heath & Heather sent me their range of organic super teas to try.

The great thing about these teas is that they have been created by herbalists and each is designed with a specific purpose in mind.  Struggling to sleep at night?  Try the Organic Relaxing Night Time tea.  Coming down with a cold?  Try the Organic Supportive Root Remedy tea.  I’ve included the full range of teas along with their descriptions.  There’s one to suit any mood.

I enjoyed these teas.  They are made from natural ingredients, no funny business and the main thing is they taste great.  So far my favourite, I think, is the Night Time tea but it depends how I’m feeling.  These teas are available from Holland & Barrett and independent health food shops.

 

The Company

Heath & Heather was first established in 1920 by Samuel and James Ryder.  They were among the first to study the therapeutic benefits of English botanicals, herbs and plants.  Today the company continues to develop a range of fruit and herbal infusions, designed to help support a natural, healthy lifestyle.

You can contact the company through their social media at-

Instagram: Heathandheathertea
Twitter: @HeathHeatherTea

 

The Full Range

Organic Energising Morning Time tea– It contains ginseng root and Amazonian guarana which are natural energy boosters.

Organic Relaxing Night Time tea– chamomile and spearmint infusion with valerian root and hops, traditional herbal remedies for easing insomnia, anxiety and restlessness.

Organic Supportive Root Remedy– This uses turmeric, ginger, galangal and ginseng roots to support health and help keep colds and flu at bay.

Organic Detoxing Slim Tea– An infusion of green yerba mate, guarana seeds, psyllium and rooibos meant to assist natural bowel movements, aid detoxing the liver and curb food cravings.

Organic Digestive Super Seeds– This combines coriander seeds, anise seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds; herbal aids to ease digestion and bloating.

 

I received these teas for free.  All opinions are honest and my own.

 

Perfecting your Posture

Written by: Helen

 

“Sit up straight” may sound like something grown-ups used as a nagging tool when you were a teenager, but in fact it was very good advice (so if you’re reading this and you are still a teenager, take heed).  The definition of posture is the ‘position someone holds their body in when standing or sitting.’  Therefore good posture means you hold your body in a good position.  But good for what? Does it really matter?  Actually you may be surprised at the things posture can impact.

 

Importance of Good Posture

There are various benefits we can feel when we pay attention to our posture and try to correct any bad habbits.  Here are a few of the benefits:

Allows for better and deeper breathing- Lungs have room to expand

Improves digestion– allows organs to properly align including the stomach

Better on your muscles and joints- reduces stress on ligaments and helps to keep our joints correctly aligned.  It can reduce the risk of injury.

Reduces stress on spine

Makes us feel happier and more confident- This may initially seem a little far fetched.  However when people feel sad they are more likely to slouch and when people feel happy they are more likely to stand straight.  Good posture is an outward display of confidence and someone who is in control.  This can help to change our frame of mind so that we feel confident and in control.

Makes you appear taller and slimmer

 

What Does Good Posture Look Like?

Good posture is when you are in a position (whether you are standing or sitting) that doesn’t place strain on your joints and ligaments.

When sitting you should sit up straight and push your bottom to the back of the chair.  When standing some tips are to pull in your stomach and straighten your spine (you should never aim for a completely straight spine as our spines have natural curves); keep your shoulders back.

The thing is that we are all individuals so ‘good’posture may vary slightly for each of us.  Ultimately the aim is to make ourselves a little straighter and taller whilst protecting the three natural curves in our spine.

If you want to find out more about what your posture should look like then this article details it here

Ways to Improve Posture

1) Start to notice bad habbits

We can’t start to correct ourselves until we recognise where we might be going wrong.  Most of the time when we stand or sit we don’t even notice our position.  If you work in an office start to pay attention to how you sit in your chair.  When you are walking do you walk tall or do you slouch?

2) Look for warning pains

Back pain can be a sign of bad posture.  There can, of course, be other causes but if you start to notice that you suffer with back ache then checking your posture and making any adjustments is a good place to start.

3) Take a break

It can be hard to maintain good posture if we are trying to sit or stand in the same position for a long period.  Take a break and move around, change positions or do something different.

4) Make gradual changes

If your posture is bad you could improve it gradually.  This may make it feel more comfortable and also make it a little easier.  Start by pushing your bottom back in your seat or straightening your back or pushing your shoulders down.

5) Find a way that works for you

Perhaps you work well with imagery.  In this case imagine you are being pulled upwards by a piece of string.  Perhaps you need reminding throughout the day so you could set a reminder on your phone to check your posture at regular intervals.  Make sure your chair and desk are set up correctly ie. you have a footrest if needed, your chair is at the right height for the desk etc.

What is your posture like? Thanks for reading 🙂