Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Finetuning nutrients to what ails ya

…Do you ever have those days? Those days when you want to eat a doughnut instead of a pile of green compost? HA is having one. She scarfed Boston Market at her mother’s 90th birthday and was sick the rest of the day. (Sorry, Boston Market, but she was, though it might have been the scarfing aspect rather than the creamed spinach and too-too barbequey tasting chicken.)

…But she disgresses.

..Some in this world, even today, believe in targeting your meals and snacks to the body part currently in need of a vitamin or kind word.

…Our pal Connie Midey, writing in the AZ Republic, July 10, 2007, tells us how to get a glow of well-being.

…Dietitian Elizabeth Somer, author of 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman’s Diet, says looking fat isn’t the only way to tell you’re offtrack—cracked nails, wrinkles, straw-like hair and crankiness are also signs.

…Ratty hair may be calling for iron and folic acid, meaning eat dark green leafy veggies. Extra lean meat or chicken are also good for iron, protein, and B vits.

…Peridontal disease may call for three glasses a day of skim or soy milk. Orange juice fortified with calcium is also good.

…Wrinkling saggy skin? Fruit and veggies! Two at every meal and one as a snack. The phytochemicals protect skins cells and collagen underneath from free radicals generated by the sun.

…Age-related vision loss. Bingo! HA’s favorite. Cataracts and macular degeneration could mean you are low in Vitamin C and lutein, a phytochemical found in dark greens. Pound in the spinach salads, brussels sprouts, cabbage and citrus.

…Lutein acts as a blue filter in the eye, lowering the risk of macular degeneration. The macula is the center of your retina—you don’t want it degenerating. HA can attest that they stick needles in your eye for that.

…It’s not what she has, but she has heard about it in many a doctor’s waiting room.

…Where no doughnuts were served, incidentally, although once the wait was so long they offered peanut butter crackers.

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