The ABC’s of Nutrition – B is For

So you want to be healthy? Adding good nutrition into your life should be as easy as the ABC's. Try these suggestions and see how easy it can be.

B is for Banana. Eating at least one banana a day contains everything a human needs, including all of the 8 amino-acids our body can not produce itself. Bananas do have more starch than sugar and those wanting to reduce starch should take note. Bananas have also been used in Ayurvedic medicine to help with peptic ulcers.

B is for Vitamin B and Brewer's Yeast. B vitamins are best taken as a balanced B-complex, which includes all of them. Synergy is needed between the different B vitamins to work well. If necessary, one can take additional specific B vitamins if your condition warrants it, in addition to a B-complex. B vitamins are water soluble which means your body does not store them. Daily doses are needed. Brewer's Yeast is a source of Vitamin B-complex. It also is a good source of chromium. Some of the functions B vitamins do is: process carbohydrates, fat, protein, support nervous system, effects energy,

B is for Bromelain and Boswellia. Bromelain found in pineapples is a protein digesting enzyme useful with digestion, breaking down atherosclerotic plaques, inhibiting platelet aggregation (blood clots), and help with smooth muscle spasms – like menstrual cramps. Both Bromelain and Boswellia help with reducing inflammation. Studies have shown Boswellia to be as effective as NSAIDS or over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, but does not lead to stomach irritation.

B is for Beans and Bran.
The key operative word here is fiber which both beans and bran have a lot of. Specfically, the fiber in bran reduces the urinary levels of calcium which in turn reduces the incidence of kidney stones. Guar gum found in most beans (legumes) are one of the most potent cholesterol lowering agents and blood sugar balancers.

B is for Bach Remedies. Many people still have not heard of the wonderful Bach remedies that readily available at most health food stores. The most famous is "Rescue Remedy". Rescue Remedy has a soothing effect on the nervous system. It can be taken internally or externally.

B is for Beets. Whether you eat this fresh, juiced or cooked, beets are a powerful liver and blood cleanser. It is a great tonic.

B is for Berries, especially Blueberries. The deep red-blue color of many berries are remarkable in their ability to strengthen collagen structures in the body. Berries are great antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Blueberries have been credited with control of diarrhea and help with urinary disorders. Blueberries have astringent and germicidal agents.

B is for Bilberry. During WWII bilberry jam was credited with improving the RAF pilots with night vision. Bilberry assays vision, and decrees vascular permeability. It also has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that help the GI tract.

B is for Burdock. The famous American Indian essiac formula for cancer contains slippery elm, burdock root, sheep sorrel and turkey rhubarb. Burdock root is a blood purifier. Can be used internally and externally. Burdock has been credited with treating sore throats, assisting with digestion and skin conditions like eczema. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

B is for Broccoli and Brussell Sprouts. Both are cruciferous vegetables that are believed to be helpful in preventing cancer. Broccoli is rich in Vitamin A and Folic Acid. 1 cup of cooked broccoli has the same amount of calcium as 4 ounces of milk and your daily Vitamin C requirements.

B is for Bacteria, the friendly kind like Bifidobacteria and lactobacillus. These are found in yogurt cultures and help keep the gut balanced with good bacteria. This is important to take after a round of anti-biotics which kills off the good bacteria along with the bad. Also helps to candida / yeast infections in check.

Source by Elizabeth Guimont