5 Low GI Foods and Their Healing Benefits

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Anyone trying to control their carb intake is familiar with the Glycemic Index. According to Worlds Healthiest Foods it means “Glycemic Index (GI) is a measurement carried out on carbohydrate-containing foods and their impact on our blood sugar.”

This information is important for people managing their blood sugar as well as people trying to eat healthy. There are very low, low, medium and high categories. There is even a website where you can check your food. You can find it here.

What I would like to do today is cover 5 different foods that have healing properties and are very low or low GI. I am basing these on what I love to eat!

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Olives

For most people olives are an accompaniment to a meal. Like pickles they are just garnish. Did you know that olives
-Protect your heart by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure
-Protect your cells with antioxidants
-Enhance fertility
-Are rich in mineral content
-Reduce inflammation
Olives provide us with olive oil which is one of the healthy fats. They are considered very low GI.
Along with being healthy olives are also delicious!

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Walnuts

Walnuts are low GI. They are also a specific for lowering cholesterol.

Walnuts:

-contain melatonin which is an antioxidant that assists you in getting a good nights sleep.
-Contain B7 to strengthen hair
-Lower the risk of type 2 diabetes
-Protect against Alzheimer’s
For more info see my blog on Walnuts.

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Asparagus

Asparagus is very low GI and has several health benefits for:

• Type 2 diabetes
• Cancer
• Heart Disease
• Kidney Function

The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of Asparagus are excellent for heart health.  They prevent oxidative damage and inflammation which are 2 causes of disease.
Asparagus contains vitamin K which is excellent for regulating blood clotting.  In addition, the high fibre content helps decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Asparagus works to assist in controlling blood pressure due to its abilities as a diuretic removing excess fluid and salt from the body.
For more info check out my blog Health Benefits of Asparagus.

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Beets

I didn’t want to leave out the benefits of a medium GI food. Beets are amazingly high in antioxidants. They also:
-Help reduce bad cholesterol
-Increase oxygen to muscles
-Improve the hearts pumping ability
-Protect the cornea of your eyes
-Help prevent Macular degeneration
-Improve your sex life
To read more about the amazing beet please go here.

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Potato

Last but not least is the lowly potato. Although the potato is high GI it also has many amazing health benefits.

According to Medical News Today potatoes are beneficial for

-Bone Health
-Blood Pressure
-Heart Health
-Inflammation
-Cancer
-Digestion
-Skin
Stay tuned next week for my blog about the health benefits of potatoes. I think you will be surprised!

 

THIS BLOG IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR