A to Z of health, This Month: J

30Jerusalem Artichoke
A fleshy, root vegetable of sunflower family plants, this starch-rich root is eaten in many parts of Western Europe and the Mediterranean. This is a fiber rich vegetable which means it helps reduce constipation and keeps the digestive system healthy and balanced.

Native to parts of Southeast Asia, jackfruit is a powerful source of vitamin C which helps protect against infections. One cup of jackfruit provides ample supply of this powerful antioxidant.

Lift Your Mood With Dark Chocolate
Good news for chocoholics! Seratonin and phenylethylamine are substances that are ‘mood lifting’ agents. These are released naturally into our system by the human brain when we are feeling happy or in love. Research showed that eating chocolate also releases seratonin and phenylethylamine into the system, when we are feeling down or depressed, chocolate can provide a ‘lift’, instantly improving our mental state. Moreover, it’s the fats and carbohydrates in chocolate that make it so appealing.

A Good Breastfeeding Diet For New Moms
Remember new moms, your baby is what you eat. So, if you are breastfeeding, be sure to include a wholesome and well-balanced diet. This includes fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, and a limited amount of fat, sometimes with a multivitamin supplement. A sensible rule of thumb is to drink a glass of milk, juice, or water at each meal and each time the baby nurses. Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates, found in brown rice and whole meal bread, plan for healthy snacks of fresh fruits, vegetable salads, and pulses instead of eating fatty and sugary snacks such as biscuits, cakes, and nuts.

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