Have you ever wondered what all the hype is about kale? Have you ever tried it? Kale is a nutrient-packed leafy green that has lots of health benefits. In fact, kale makes spinach pale in comparison to its nutrient content.
Kale has lots of fiber, which can benefit both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. A high fiber diet helps keep blood sugar levels down in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and people with type 2 diabetes may have improved cholesterol and insulin levels. Kale also contains an antioxidant, known as alpha-lipoic acid, that has been shown to lower blood sugar levels, increase insulin sensitivity, prevent oxidative stress changes, and decrease neuropathy.
The white group of fruits and veggies contain healthy compounds that may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and may help reduce the risk of stomach cancer and heart disease.
Bananas are a good source of potassium, which helps prevent high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. Bananas also ease constipation, protect the stomach against ulcers, reduce depression, reduce the risk of stroke, promote kidney health and help build strong bones.
Potatoes are a good source of vitamins C and B6, manganese, copper, potassium, fiber and tryptophan. The health benefits of potatoes include protection against heart disease, reduction of blood pressure, increased endurance, and maintenance of normal brain cell and nervous system activity.
Cauliflower is full of nutrients such as vitamins C and K, folate, fiber, and the B-complex vitamins. Cauliflower helps to detoxify your body, promotes heart health, and protects against rheumatoid arthritis.
I am a Duke Integrative Medicine trained Health Coach located in Charlotte, NC. I hold a B.S. and M.A. in Wellness Management. I have a passion for health and for helping others achieve the healthy life they desire.