OPTIMUM HEALTH DIARY: This section documents my pursuit of peak health and sports performance using established methods, breakthroughs in sports science and alternative/nature options. I’ll be using my film-making and editing skills to also create a video diary here. ______________________________________________
BREAKFAST: Breckie today is cereal made up of pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, flax seed and puffed spelt. Sounds delicious right? OK maybe not but add a spoonful of pure set honey instead of sugar and you’re away! Well check out the nutritional value of all of that below before you scoff!
PUMPKIN SEED NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS:
Healthy Heart – “One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function. Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke, yet an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this important mineral.”
Immune System – “Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral). Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.” – Dr Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/30/pumpkin-seed-benefits.aspx
SUNFLOWER SEED NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS:
Cardiovascular Health – “Sunflower seeds contain two nutrients that promote cardiovascular health — vitamin E and folate.A quarter cup serving of sunflower seeds contains over 60% of the daily value of vitamin E. This essential vitamin performs important antioxidant function and balanced levels of vitamin E have been linked to a lower overall reduced risk of early death from cardiovascular disease.” – http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-sunflower-seeds/
SNACKS: For when I’m peckish during the day I continue the nutritional theme with a bag of Golden Tree 3 Seed Mix – salted and roasted pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and melon seed. So it’s Golden Tree instead of Golden Wonder and now we’re ready to hit that day head on!