Dynamic Food Duos

Did you know that pairing specific foods together can amplify their individual nutritional values? Special food combinations can maximize your health benefits. Read on to find out what these dynamic food duos can do for you.

Cancer-Fighting Duo: Chicken and Broccoli

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Broccoli, like all cruciferous vegetables, contains sulfuraphane, which has been shown to protect against cancer by inhibiting and activating certain enzymes to stop cancer development. Chicken contains selenium, which is found in antioxidant enzymes that help prevent cellular damage from free radicals, and subsequently fight cancer. When eaten together, these foods are three times more beneficial than when consumed alone.

Cancer-Fighting Duo: Salsa and Avocado

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Salsa is made with tomatoes, which are full of lycopene, a potent anti-cancer antioxidant compound. The healthy fats in avocados help you absorb up to five times more benefits from lycopene. Eating them together can reduce your risk of lung and bladder cancers.

Cancer-Fighting Duo: Yellow Onion and Turmeric

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Yellow onions and turmeric are often paired together in the curries of India. Turmeric is a great source of the cancer-fighting compound curcumin. Yellow onions contain quercetin, which also helps to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. This tag-team effort helps to reduce precancerous colon polyps.

Cancer-Fighting Duo: Salmon and Watercress

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Watercress contains a compound called phenethyl isothiocyanate that limits cancer development. Salmon is rich in omegas-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation and cancer. This combo can decrease the risk of leukemia and kidney cancer.

Energy-Boosting Duo: Chickpeas and Red Peppers

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Chickpeas have iron (essential for immune function) that is difficult to absorb on its own. Red peppers are a good source of vitamin C, which unlocks the plant-based iron found in chickpeas, making it accessible to blood cells. Try red peppers with or in your hummus.

 

Mood-Booster Duo: Broccoli and Eggs

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Broccoli provides one of the most easily absorbed forms of calcium. Studies show that calcium can decrease depression and anxiety during PMS. Eggs contain vitamin D, which promote the absorption of calcium and bone health, and also can help with seasonal affective disorder and depression.

Belly-Trimming Duo: Pasta and Balsamic Vinegar

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Vinegar’s acetic acid slows down how quickly you digest and absorb glucose from starch; this helps to control hunger and makes you less likely to eat later. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a starchy dish to stabilize your post-meal blood sugar.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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