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Food Combination is key!

Latest research has shown how the the combination of certain food products and groups can provide the body with more bang for your buck. Why not try some of the following food pairings the next time your visiting the supermarket, and try to introduce them into your diet.

See what effect these clever combinations have on your lifestyle:

  • Green Tea & Lemon Juice – Green tea is a great warming alternative to the average cup of “joe” – Combine this with the rich vitamin C packed  juice of a lemon, grapefruit or lime to help breakdown the heart-protecting oxidants found in the tea, known as catechins. Breaking them down makes it easier for your body to absorb them quicker, taking full advantage of all the good stuff.
  • Tomatoes & Beans – Our bodies find it difficult to absorb iron from beans and leafy greens when compared to red meat and other protein rich foods. The key lies in vitamin C which helps to make iron easier to digest. Try to combine iron packed kidney beans with vitamin C rich tomatoes to gain the full benefits.
  • Yogurt & Banana – If like us you find yourself aching after an exercise routine, try to combine carbs with protein to help speed effective muscle recovery. This common combination helps to increase the production of insulin, which causes muscles to soak up repairing nutrients.
  • Fish & Wine – Research from Italy found that women who consumed a glass of red or white wine a day were found to have higher levels of healthy omega 3 fats. Why not try combining omega 3 rich, oily fish such as salmon with a glass of red or white wine to help increase your healthy fat absorption.
  • Apples & Raspberries – Raspberries are rich in ellagic acid which helps to enhance the ability of quercetin – an antioxidant found in apples. Combine the two to increase your intake of the quercetin – a cancer fighting antioxidant.

6 tips to help fend away cancer

Each year, over 10 million cases of cancer are diagnosed across the globe. It’s a subject that receives much attention, and in some cases the advice given can put a real dampener on things. However, it is possible to make small and simple lifestyle changes to ensure you decrease the chances of becoming one of these cases.

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 6 tips to help defend against cancer:

  • Introduce onions into everything – We understand that not everyone is a fan of onions! Yet onions are not just to be seen to add delicious flavor to all your home cooked meals. A diet high in onions has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by almost 50%. The onion is most powerful when eaten raw, but if your not up to task, lightly cooking them also helps the main the good stuff.
  • Eat grapes with your partner – Grapes are a great source of resveratrol, a compound found in wine that helps to protect us against cancer. Taking it in through the grape means you’re getting all the benefits without the alcohol. Being close to your partner simply helps to strengthen both your immune systems.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes – It’s mentioned time and time again, but a 30 minute walk is all that’s needed to reduce your risk of breast cancer. A study of 170 overweight women in Seattle, USA showed that moderate exercise reduced the levels of oestrogen found in the body, a hormone related to the cancerous cell.
  • Skip the Sunbed – If you desperate to get a tan, try to avoid the sunbeds all together as they can drastically increase your chances of skin-cancer. Instead, why not opt for the spray tan option which is now widely available at most local health spas.
  • Fancy a beer? – Not to be mistaken as completely useless, beer helps to protect us against the harmful bacterium “Helicobacter Pylori” which has been linked to stomach cancer. Obviously, it’s not an excuse to overdo it – Excessive alcohol over the course of a week can actually increase the chances of some cancers.
  • Get a Cantaloupe Melon – Cantaloupe melons are a great source of carotenoids, a chemical shown to help reduce the risk of lung cancer. Although not seen as convenient, prepare your melon in advance.  Keep chunks of it stored in an airtight container in the fridge, and help yourself throughout the day.

Daily Walking can beat 24 illnesses

If asked to go on a daily run or trip to the gym you may think that it’s far too much effort to be sustained, but a daily walk seems much more attainable. The benefits of a daily walk can be huge so the Healthy Hideout looks at how you and your family’s health could benefit.

Simply taking a 30 minute walk every day can significantly cut your risk of 24 illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. Scientific research has shown that taking a brisk daily walk can improve health while slowing down our body’s deterioration due to old age. These numerous health benefits have been attributed to walking after researchers examined over 40 previous studies conducted in that last four years.

Child walking to School

Child walking to School. Photo: Pawpaw67 on flickr.com

The researchers found that keeping fit and maintaining an active lifestyle ranks alongside not smoking as the best choices you can make for you and your family to stay healthy. In addition it seems that the benefits help both men and women in all age groups.

The study was based on a moderate level of exercise, defined as cycling or walking briskly for 150 minutes per week or 5 lots of 30 minutes exercise 5 days a week. Growing evidence also suggests that such exercise could lead to a lowered risk of dementia in later life, which is a fear for many people.

The health benefits include a lowered risk of: heart disease; dementia; type 2 diabetes; osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure and depression among others. There is less evidence when it comes to specific types of cancer.

Moreover, if you can increase your exercise to about an hour a day the results are even more notable with a decrease in illnesses such as cancer and improvement in overall health.

The findings show that the best health is achieved when we lead an active lifestyle, eliminate smoking, eat healthy diets and keep our weight out of the overweight category. What things do you do to keep active and lead a healthy lifestyle?

Pumpkin is King!

As October begins to step into full swing, many of us will begin to notice an increase of pumpkins available on our supermarket shelves. What many of us fail to realise is that a pumpkin is not just for hollowing out and creating an award winning design! Pumpkins really are incredibly good for you, and offer more health benefits than many of us may realise. They’re also a fruit and not a vegetable, but you already knew that right?

Pumpkins – The real super food

So why are they so orange? Well first and foremost, pumpkins are loaded with the invaluable anti oxidant beta-carotene, also found in carrots and sweet potato. This has been known to reduce the risk of many diseases including cancer, whilst helping to protect us against long term illnesses such as heart disease. Pumpkins are also a great source of fibre, potassium, and magnesium which all help to keep our bodies running like a well oiled machine.

The seeds found inside pumpkins have been used since colonial times to assist with digestive problems, and even as an addition to medicine. The oil found inside the pumpkin seeds has a high level of both magnesium and zinc which has been proven to offer various health benefits from extra bone protection to anti inflammatory benefits for those suffering from arthritis. A study of approximately 400 men ranging from 45-92 years of age published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed a clear correlation between low dietary intake of zinc and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.

Incorporate Pumpkin into your diet today!

There’s plenty of ways you can incorporate pumpkin into your diet starting today! The seeds are widely available and make an excellent accompaniment to any breakfast cereal, but the fruit itself is at the height of season in October so grab them fresh whilst you can! If you’re lucky enough to get a pumpkin with the flowers still intact, be sure to not throw them away – They taste delicious!

Remember, pumpkins are not just for decoration! For more information on healthy vegetables you never knew existed (or did but just choose to ignore), check out this book from Michael Pollen.