Sunday Research, Addictions groups, Phytonutrient benefits, March 6, 2022

Day 66 of 365 blogs (Sunday, March 6, 2022)

We were not speaking at any other congregations today so we actually got to attend our own. It was so good to see the people we are most familiar with and our church family. We felt very loved. We spent the day after church doing family history (genealogy) research for Jim’s family. We both have roots in Missouri and his dad was born here and they go back to the early 1800s. His family is from the north and middle of the state and mine is from the southwest. We love knowing that we have come back to where our ancestors started.

We had the wonderful opportunity to receive a video call from our daughter and one of the twins and our 2 ½ year old ended the call with smiles saying, “luv you, grandma”. It does not get better than that. Animal chores still have to be done on Sundays but it is very simple to do right now so we hurried and did the chores before we went down to Springfield for to lead our addiction recovery groups. Mother Nature tried very hard to slow us down by splashing lighting all across the sky and sending torrents of rain down on us as we drove. Jim is a very good driver and we arrived safely going and coming back home.

I just want to say that working with people who have the courage to admit that they have an addiction of any type and will strive in anyway to overcome it have our deepest love and respect. We are truly honored to work with these fine, humble children of God.

Nutritional Education

I would like to clarify some information given in a past blog and a video we did for YouTube. We soak our nuts and dehydrate them to get rid of the phytic acid on them that binds important minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium. We will continue to do so. We hope to start sprouting our wheat for the same reason. We also soak our dry beans and rinse them prior to cooking for the same reason. It is true that nuts and wheat and legumes are a phytonutrient which is an antioxidant but they are also called a anti-nutrients because they bind other minerals. That is why I soak. See below to find out how other phytonutrients can benefit us in many wonderful ways.

Phytonutrients found in foods are of vital importance to our health. There has to be a balance. When you finish reading this your will understand why I say, “Eat a rainbow”. Let me tell you of 6 phytonutrients. They are antioxidants.

Eat a rainbow

Beta Carotene – Build the immune system, vision, skin health and bone health – Pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots cantaloupe. spinach, collard greens, kale and broccoli – Think orange and dark green leafy vegetables.

Lycopene – Helps fight prostate cancer and heart health – Tomatoes, pink grapefruit, red peppers, watermelon, tomatoed products – The heating process makes lycopene easier for the body to absorb. Notice they are red.

Lutein – Eye health, cancer, heart health – Collard greens, kale, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, artichokes – This phytonutrient is present in the retina and the macula of the eye.

Resveratrol – Heart health, Cancer, lung health, inflammation – Red Wine, Peanuts, Grapes – 1 cup of grapes can have up to 1.25 mg of resveratrol. (I don’t drink wine but grapes do a great job.)

Anthocyanidins – Blood Vessel Health = Blueberries, blackberries, plums, cranberries, red onions, red potatoes, radishes, strawberries – Think Red and Purple.

Isoflavones – Menopause, breast cancer, bone health, Joint inflammation, Lowers Cholesterol – Soybeans – ½ cup boiled soybeans offers 4.7 mg of solenoids.

This information is from Linus Pauling Institute “Macronutrients Center” Oregon State University – This came from my lecture notes in one of my nutrition courses.