There are two components in flaxseed that have been shown in studies to be beneficial for the heart. One is the essential fatty acid, ALA, or alpha linolenic acid. The other is contained in the lignans, which are special chemicals the plant produces. ALA prevents plaque from sticking to arterial walls, thus preventing hardening of the arteries.
2.Regulate Menstrual Cycle
The menstrual cycle is about the timed release of certain hormones in your body. Anything that interferes with these hormones and causes one or the other to be delayed, or to be released too soon, can cause irregular periods. The lignans in flaxseed regulate how hormones in the body are metabolized and can therefore help to straighten out an out-of-kilter cycle
3.Alleviate Symptoms of PMS
Rising and falling hormone levels are responsible for premenstrual syndrome. Not only do the lignans in flaxseed help to regulate your hormone levels; both the lignans and the essental fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. So, flaxseed helps PMS symptoms in two ways: by regulating hormone levels and by reducing inflammation.
In a study of menopausal women, it was found that taking two tablespoons of ground flaxseed reduced the incidence of hot flashes by half.
x We’ve all heard how important it is to stay hydrated, but let’s be honest – how many of us actually get the recommended 64 ounces of water per day? I’m going to show you a quick and easy recipe that tastes great, it’s gong to make you want to drink all the water you can, and it will also impress your friends! Today I’m going to show you my version of spa water. Now If you’ve ever stayed at a nice hotel or gone to a resort, you may have had something similar. Let me show you how easy it is. First you get a simple pitcher of water – filtered water is best. And really, the base of it is: lemon, cucumber and mint, but we’re going to add a few extra items. When I make this, I like to start off with a few slices of cucumber, followed by a few lemon slices. When I’ve gone to the spa, this is usually what it consists of is: lemon and cucumber and mint. We can put a little mint in there – the fresh mint has wonderful aroma and the oil just infuses with the water. But not only can you just have this basic recipe, but it’s wonderful to use other fruit that’s in season – I’ve got some blood oranges here. It’s always great to add berries – they add antioxidants to the mixture and also a lot of great flavor. And by the way, you can use any fruit that’s in season. After it’s chilled for about an hour, it’s ready to serve. And if you’re having friends over, you can make it even a little more fun by adding a nice garnish of mint and lemon. I’m Nancy Newcomer. Come and check out my website at NancyNewcomer.com and while you’re there, you can sign up for Nancy’s Dish – it’s my monthly newsletter, I’ve got great cooking tips and recipes – come check it out. Thanks for watching!
Nancy Newcomer, Food Blogger & Radio Personality at http://NancyNewcomer.com, shares a smart tip about how to make refreshing spa water at home.
Gillean Osterday lives in Chandler, Arizona. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Arizona, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in Human Nutrition at Arizona State University. She is currently fulfilling her dietetic internship and plans on taking the R.D. exam in the summer of 2012. Nutrition is her passion, and she hopes to educate people on healthy lifestyle habits through social media outlets in her future career. Her blog (http://www.gilleanosterday.wordpress.com) is filled with tips, recipes, and personal experiences to inspire healthy eating. For more information about Gillean, please visit http://www.gilleanosterday.com or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.